What is the purpose of the role?
The Business Platform Architect (BPA) owns the definition, governance and roadmap for the platform requirements of a specific part of the TW business. The BPA will be the expert for the services, underlying environments and systems required by teams in a specific part of the business. You will build strong relationship with the Thames Water teams in a specific part of the business, and develops a deep understanding of the business & technical requirements. This role is the overall (end-end) solution owner of the application, system and platform requirements for a specific part of the business and manages the technical relationship with suppliers. You will work across multiple programmes and projects to ensure business change is delivered in a coordinated and efficient way with the successful delivery of technology initiatives.
What makes this role unique?
You will be working in a fast, dynamic team with ample opportunity to make a difference in the way we operate. This unique opportunity allows you to play a major part in the Asset and Plant management of the business, providing essential and integral support in this challenging area.
What will this role involve?
You will be responsible for defining the Technology Roadmap and Reference Architectures for a specific part of the business and the overall Technology Strategy for these.
You will Identify opportunities and drive the reduction of TCO across a specific part of the business and define/govern capacity and financial forecasts across the domain for Base Case initiatives to ensure long term financial planning aligns with the technology roadmaps.
You will inform and influence technical decisions made at governance boards and design authorities.
Perform Architecture Impact Assessments for technology within the domain, to help size and shape ideas and initiatives and an early stage.
You will ensure roadmaps provide at least N-1, or specified levels of software versions across the domain and assure throughout the project delivery lifecycle that individual solutions are fit for purpose in their application of technology and align with the overall strategy.
Contribute to the definition of Architecture Principles and Policies.
You will manage the architectural relationship with domain suppliers & provide guidance on technical direction and attend Service Reviews and provide platform-specific points of view.
You will collaborate with other Platform Architects to ensure the overall integrity of domain roadmaps.
You will understand industry best practice and engage with strategic partners to align capabilities and influence product roadmaps.
What are we looking for?
Essentially, you will have significant experience as a Technical, Product, Solution Architect or System Design Authority. You will have strong knowledge of architecture methodologies, principles and frameworks, ideally TOGAF. You will have practical experience of defining technology domain roadmaps. You will have experience in working with 3rd party delivery partners. You will have extensive practical architecture experience. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and is fully experienced at dealing with stakeholders. Previous experience within the utility industry or large, complex enterprises is preferred but not necessary. You will have experience with the following solutions and practices: SAP, Click Scheduler, Microsoft, Mobile applications, DevOps.
Thames Water information and salary details
The role is based in our offices in Reading offering a competitive salary dependant on experience. On top of our competitive salary package, you will also receive a competitive bonus, car allowance, private healthcare and an industry leading pension scheme. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year.
About Thames Water
Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 28/05/2019.