Technical Architect | IT Recruitment

  • Full Time
  • Sandton

Description:

  • The Technical Architect is a seasoned professional who is responsible for specifying and designing solutions based on their technical expertise across one or more technology domains.
  • The individual in this position takes responsibility for the successful overall technical design and build of the custom elements of the solution to meet a client’s business requirements.
  • “Provides primarily pre-sales technical support for the development and implementation of complex products/applications/solutions.
  • Uses indepth product knowledge to provide technical expertise to sales staff and the customer through sales presentations and product demonstrations.
  • Assists the sales staff in assessing potential application of company products to meet customer needs and may prepare
  • detailed product specifications for the development and implementation of customer products/applications/solutions.
  • May create detailed design and implementation specifications for complex products/applications/solutions.
  • May build a mini-application based on customer requirements to demonstrate feasibility of the application, often requiring rapid prototyping and/or product demo for client.
  • May provide consultation to prospective users and/or product capability assessment and validation.
  • Report only those incumbents with incentives not tied to product sales.”

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Select and apply appropriate design standards, methods and tools, consistent with the agreed enterprise and solution architectures and ensure that these are effectively applied and adopted.
  • Guide successful implementation and execution of system solutions.
  • Provides detailed and specific advice regarding the application of their specialism(s) to the planning and operations processes.
  • Contributes to the development of solution architectures in specific business, infrastructure or functional areas.
  • Defines and manages scoping, requirements definition and prioritisation activities for small-scale changes and assists with more complex change initiatives.
  • Design’s components using appropriate modelling techniques following agreed architectures, design standards, patterns and methodology.
  • Provides pre-sales technical support and expertise in analysing client requirements, in conjunction with the client’s current infrastructure, architecture, system capabilities and business challenges.
  • Ensure technical solutions accomplish the client’s objectives.
  • Work with Solutions Architects (SAs) to produce a technical specification for the solution’s custom development and systems integration requirements.
  • Develop the technical design document to match the solution design specifications.
  • Lead the scope of work determination, product pricing and RFP/RFI responses and assist with the decision to pursue or abort a deal.
  • Manages client proof of concept (POC) initiatives, which require appropriation of appropriate resources, and setup and delivery of the POC.

Knowledge, skills and attributes:

  • Demonstrate broad product knowledge integrated with strong technology understanding
  • Good understanding of the vendor’s products, business and technology positioning
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to establish and create excellent client relationships with their technical expertise
  • Ability to develop and leverage their knowledge of reference architectures
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of trends and development in technology domains
  • Knowledgeable in core frameworks used
  • Strong knowledge of the problem domain that their systems are to provide solutions

 

Academic qualifications and certifications:

  • Qualification in Information Technology, Computer Science or Information Systems
  • Certification and working knowledge of Enterprise Architecture methodologies (e.g., TOGAF, Zachman, SOA, ITIL, COBIT, etc.)
  • Relevant vendor and industry certifications, e.g., Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle,
  • Software and programming languages, e.g., C++
  • SAFe Scaled Agile certification advantageous

 

Experience required:

  • Proven track record as a developer and architect of new systems/solutions
  • Previous work experience working as a systems administrator or network engineer
  • Proven client engagement and development consulting experience
  • Experience managing expectations when balancing alternatives against business and financial constraints
  • Proven experience in a variety of architectures for specific domain or specialization
  • Experienced designer and development know-how
  • Project management experience
  • Experience presenting technical solutions to non-technical audiences
  • Experience working in an agile development environment
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