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Title:  Senior IT Solution Architect

Location: 

Hethel, NFK, GB

Department:  IT Business Partners & Projects
Date:  22-Jul-2021
Description: 

Fixed Term Contract - 12 months 

 

This solution architect role is critical to the effective governance of a technical online eCommerce and other Lotus Commercial solution design and ensures compliance with enterprise architecture frameworks within Lotus.    Ensure solutions designs can be and are integrated with other applications in use at Lotus and the wider Geely Group. The SA role is to maintain the integrity of the Lotus IT enterprise architecture with technical solutions by way of governance and change management, and to provide strategic technology guidance for future developments for Lotus. 
 

Ability to design and enforce best practice in design of an eCommerce solution landscape based on Lotus technology foundations. Ensure that Lotus keeps up to date with technology to achieve & maintain a leading position within the automotive retail market. This role will allow the individual to develop and provide input to and deliver the Lotus strategy for all IT Infrastructure systems within Lotus as it embarks on a significant period of growth and utilisation of advanced technology solutions. This role is a key member of the IT technical team for Lotus and point of contact within the Geely organisation. This role enables involvement in presentations and meetings with Senior management positions.

 

  • Act as main solutions Subject Matter Expert for physical and application design for new IT Business Applications relating to the Lotus Drive online sales platform and associated systems.
  • Be proficient in leading designs of systems for projects, including integration to SAP, Finance, Configurators, and other associated IT applications, plus BAU and business planned upgrades.
  • Where required, work as part of a wider design or change control group to approve new application requirements.
  • Support enabling technology aspects of the Business Road map as directed by the IT Business Partner and Project Manager.
  • Support the end-to-end delivery of systems into business as usual operations including training and service acceptance criteria.
  • Support other Marketing, Sales and Service IT application projects where required.
  • Provide input and deliver the Strategy (including upgrade roadmap) for all IT Infrastructure systems
  • Participate in strategic and operational governance processes of the business organization 
  • Support IT strategic and operational planning to achieve business goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization.
  • Act as an advocate for the organization’s IT vision via regular written and in-person communications with the organization’s executives, department heads, and end users.
  • Identify opportunities for the appropriate and cost-effective investment of financial resources in IT systems and resources, including staffing, sourcing, purchasing, and in-house development.
  • Assess and communicate risks associated with IT investments.
  • Develop business case justifications and cost/benefit analyses for IT spending and initiatives.
  • Coordinate and facilitate consultation with stakeholders to define systems requirements for new technology implementations.
  • Ensure IT Infrastructure Systems operation adheres to applicable laws and regulations.
  • Establish lines of control for current and proposed information systems.
  • Define and communicate plans, policies, and standards for the organization for acquiring, implementing, and operating IT Infrastructure systems.
  • Direct development and execution of an enterprise-wide disaster recovery and continuity plan.
  • Prioritise and control projects and the project portfolio as they relate to the selection, acquisition, development, and installation of major information systems.
  • The Solution Architect Role is expected to develop, design and implement technical and procedural documentation standards for the Lotus IT Infrastructure Team.
  • Keep current with trends and issues in the IT industry, including current technologies and prices. Advise, counsel, and educate executives and management on their competitive or financial impact.
  • Assess and make recommendations on the improvement or re-engineering of the IT Infrastructure Server systems organisation.
     

Essential Criteria

  • Educated to degree level
  • Extensive eCommerce Experience in similar role
  • Security technologies (IDS/IPS, ACL, Firewalls/VPNS)
  • Network technologies (Layer 2/3 routing, VLANs, WAN, MPLS), SaaS solutions
  • Fluent English spoken and written
  • Advanced PC skills (Office)
  • Methodical, Analytical
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Extensive experience of architecting eCommerce landscapes.
  • Multiple integrations with automotive systems.
  • Team player
  • Self starter
  • Technical hands-on
  • Independent thinker
  • Proactive “doer”
  • Proven interpersonal skills with an ability to operate at all levels of seniority