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Solutions Architect

  • Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois, 60004
  • Salary: 80.0
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted about 1 month ago

MATRIX has partnered with a premier client in filling a strategic position in the north suburbs of Chicago due to rapid growth which will be REMOTE!! This is a great opportunity to expand your career and work with a well known global company.

Do you get excited thinking about Solutions Architecture including browser and mobile based channels involving APIs?  Do you eat, sleep, and dream about solutions architecture in a financial environment and ways to optimize it?  This position may be for you!!!

Title:  Solutions Architect

Program / Project:  Servicing project - revamped digutal banking experience to customers, uplifting internet banking to new state of banking APIs - currently there are too many sections online so this will make things faster, leaner and smarter - new functionality and include all functions

--Functional organization for the position sits in the UK - will have it next week


Required Experience: 

  • 7-9 years (Mid to senior level) Solutions Architect Experience
  • Previous development experience is a must
  • Financial Application Experience
  • Browser based and Mobile channels, API
  • Springboot, and Mulesoft, devising solutions using APIs


  • Banking
  • Retail Banking
  • Commercial Banking
  • Cloud Technology (AWS) - their services are hosted on AWS

Solution Architect

The Solution Architect provide consistent end to end solution designs which will deliver expected Business Outcomes, satisfy all relevant regulatory requirements and mitigate identified operational risks. They are responsible for delivering in line with global patterns and strategies where appropriate and to align business requirements to technology solutions. Their primary stakeholders are Sub-Value Stream Product Owners/Business, Technical Leads, Platform and Value Stream architects, and PODs.

They are accountable for:

End to End Solution Design

  • Defining the detailed end to end solution design for products and features in a way that supports the execution of the technology strategy and roadmap, articulating and addressing associated architectural risks, issues and technical debt
  • Translating the requirements created by business analysts into the architecture for that solution, ensuring the products and services meet the customer needs and expected Business Outcomes
  • Engage with relevant Stakeholders, Platform and Enterprise Architects who inform solution design
  • Ensuring the design of the solutions are cost effective and maintained through the agile development lifecycle, managing the flow of the backlog of design activities
  • Ensuring the NFRs are consistently defined and architected into the design


Risk Management

  • Effectively manage & escalate risks/issues, to ensure there are no surprises for the PM &/or stakeholder where appropriate



  • Ensuring the architecture undergoes appropriate level of assessment at the right stage throughout the agile process in line with the Governance process ensuring adherence to Decision Driven Design and the Solution Architecture Functional Instruction Manual.
  • Production of relevant risk-based architecture deliverables are completed in accordance with Architecture governance process and quality standards
  • Appropriate level of governance for any decisions when deviating from Reference Architectures, Strategies, Patterns or Policies
  • Peer review and solutions design decision making verification and traceability


Architecture Mindset

  • Collaborating with the Enterprise, Platform and Value Stream architects to evolve the architectural strategy and roadmap; looking for opportunities to improve the current landscape/enterprise
  • Identify dependencies across multiple Platforms and Value & Sub-Value Streams; awareness of projects/strategies outside of the Value Stream
  • Developing and growing a skillset to design for cloud and for resilient, robust, secure, adaptable and flexible solution
  • Act as interface to other architectural groups both regional and at Group level



  • Providing leadership with individual PODs or working with a number of PODs to ensure consistency of direction




Key Skills

  • Experience in delivering solutions over a number of years in roles other than architecture
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Capability to influence and champion new ideas and technical direction within the organization
  • Ability to collaborate with the Business and Engineers to ensure solutions adhere to principles and direction set
  • Ability to breakdown non-functional requirements into Infrastructure and Security designs
  • Excellent Communication skills and the ability to adapt verbal and written communications to the appropriate audience to communicate at the right level
  • Responsible for significant architectural decisions and provide justification for decisions taken
  • Technical and business stakeholder management from developers to executive management
  • Good understanding of the Business Functional Domains (with at least one function end to end); Operations and Frontline activities
  • Awareness of Infrastructure Design and concepts
  • Awareness on Integration concepts, techniques and patterns.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Data modelling and Data Architecture concepts
    • APIs and Messaging infrastructure and standards
    • security concepts and design


Key Behaviors

  • Approachable manner and be a supportive team member with a collaborative attitude within a demanding, fun, fast paced Agile environment
  • Proactive
  • An abundance of drive, motivation, determination, dedication, resiliency, honesty and enthusiasm
  • Personal maturity and confidence to listen, reflect and adapt upon what others communicate to you
  • Excellent Stakeholder Management
  • Keen Learner; Demonstrates Continuous Improvement
  • Technology Savvy
  • Pragmatic
  • Flexibility and composed under pressure
  • Ownership
  • Capable of communicating based upon the target audience
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Builds Networks