Enabling platform architect - infra & hosting

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Location: Reading

Type: Permanent

Ref: e20013318

What is the purpose of the role?

The Enabling Platform Architect for Infrastructure and Hosting owns the definition, governance and roadmap for the underlying infrastructure and platforms used by Thames Water for all Information Technology systems. They are the expert for the evolution of our infrastructure to next generation platforms and hosting arrangements – with a focus on moving to an as-a-service and asset-less future. This future view will include a view on greater use of Cloud environments, including the network requirements to deliver them. They will create the future view and evangelising the benefits driven by the future architecture.

What makes this role unique?

The Enabling Platform Architect for Infrastructure and Hosting is the overall owner of the underlying technologies and relationships that underpin our future, including the technical relationship with suppliers. They will assist in outsourcing decisions and the rationalisation of the existing solutions along with working on strategic supplier management to drive down the TCO. The Enabling Platform Architect works across multiple business areas, programmes and projects to ensure the correct solutions are utilised and exploited.

What will this role involve?

Responsible for defining the Technology Roadmap and Reference Architectures for the future Infrastructure and Hosting plans for Thames Water that underpin and deliver the overall Technology Strategy.

Identify opportunities and drive the reduction of TCO across the existing Infrastructure and Hosting relationships.

Define and govern capacity and financial forecasts across for Base Case initiatives to ensure long term financial planning aligns with the technology roadmaps.

Inform and influence technical decisions made at governance boards and design authorities.

Perform Architecture Impact Assessments, to help size and shape ideas and initiatives at an early stage.

Ensure roadmaps provide at least N-1, or specified levels of software / hardware versions.

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.

Define Standards and Patterns applicable to the domain.

Expert for the evolution of infrastructure and hosting.

Understand the technical requirements for the Infrastructure and Hosting areas.

Manages the architectural relationship with agreed suppliers and provide guidance on the technical direction.

Attend Service Reviews.

Demonstrate thought leadership on specific topics and promote knowledge sharing across the architecture community.

Collaborate with other Platform Architects to ensure the overall integrity of roadmaps.

Understand industry best practice and engage with strategic partners to align capabilities and influence product roadmaps.

Mentoring and supporting other members of the CTO organisation and the wider architecture community.

What are we looking for?

We are keen to see candidates you are ideally be educated to degree level, BSc or equivalent. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be fully experienced at dealing with stakeholders. You will have significant experience as a Technical, Product, Solution Architect or System Design Authority and you will be a confident communicator with an ability to explain complex problems in a simple and effective manner. Prior experience of working with 3rd party delivery partners and experience in building Digital environments is advantageous. Strong knowledge of architecture methodologies, principles and frameworks, ideally TOGAF is preferable. Previous experience in platform architecture for infrastructure and hosting and practical experience of defining technology roadmaps is essential. Candidates with previous experience within the utility industry or large, complex enterprise or different IT delivery approaches (waterfall, agile, lean…) are of interest.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role is offering a salary of circa 56,000 to 75,000 and will be based at our offices in Reading. 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.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 26/03/2018.