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Solutions Architect (Mobile App)

IT – Software Development ~ IT – Infrastructure
Cape Town – Western Cape

LEAD and support project solutions requirements & help build out the technical roadmap as your expertise as a Solutions Architect (Mobile App) is sought by a growing and reputable Retail Group to join its team. You will be expected to define solutions for the Online/App and Enterprise Architecture in support of the business strategy. The successful incumbent will require a suitable 3-year tertiary or NQF aligned qualification, a relevant Architecture Certification and be ISTQB Certified. You must have 3 years’ experience in a similar role with a focus on digital and have experience in a Mobile App environment, working knowledge of iOS, Android, Micro Focus ALM Products – Use of Quality Centre, Microservices, Mobile Automation, SoapUI, Objective-C, Java, HTML, as well as XML and JSON feeds and Jira.
  • Define solutions for the Online/App and Enterprise Architecture in support of the business strategy.
  • Proactively identify business risks and mitigations, based on the Enterprise Architecture principles and guidelines
  • Proactively define and support the Architecture landscape, in partnership with the business and Vendor Architects to ensure governance is adhered to.
  • Proactively identify, mobilise and deliver IT opportunities for continuous improvements, as input to the IT Operating Plan.
  • Contribute to the development of IT Online/APP and Enterprise Architecture frameworks and methodologies.
  • Contribute to develop and maintain components of the IT Enterprise Architecture functions of Architecture Governance, IT Portfolio Planning, Business Enablement (Online/APP) and Functional Management.
  • Build and maintain relationships with suppliers and key stakeholders across IT and Business.
  • Collaborate with IT counterparts from Project- and Technical Management to deliver Solutions Architecture for Strategic Projects and Operating Plan initiatives impacting business and third-party services.
  • Lead and Support project solution requirements by ensuring engagement and alignment across the IT Landscape.
  • Actively participate in, and promote a working group culture across IT, Business and Enterprise Architecture functions.
  • Provide a Technical Lead/Solution Architecture role in Online/APP and business transformation related projects.
  • Work with the Technical Management structures within Online/APP to build out the technical roadmap to meet business demand and scale requirements.
Qualifications –
  • Relevant 3-year tertiary or NQF aligned qualification.
  • Relevant Architecture Certification.
  • ISTQB Certified.
Experience/Skills –
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a Solution Architecture capacity with focus on digital.
  • Must have played a solution architect role in a Mobile APP environment.
  • Experience in working with Agile Delivery Frameworks.
  • Engineering technical solutions aligned to roadmap by defining and implementing the design, build and architect for the solutions.
  • Working knowledge of mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android.
  • Experience in Micro Focus ALM Products – Use of Quality Centre.
  • Understanding of Microservices.
  • Understanding of Automation, Mobile Automation, SoapUI.
  • Working with a variety of databases and coding programs, such as Objective-C, Java, HTML, as well as XML and JSON feeds.
  • Understanding of modern development methodologies, Agile, DevOps, Scrum.
  • Experience in Defect Management Life Cycle.
  • Jira knowledge essential.
Advantageous –
  • Experience in Retail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Responsive to external influences (positive or negative) on the organisation
  • Supports the development of business acumen of team through knowledge sharing and upskilling.
  • Factors in retail models and levers in building an effective IT landscape.
  • Develops retail acumen of team through knowledge sharing and upskilling.
  • Makes sound technical decisions based on understanding of what is commercially achievable within technological constraints.
  • Evaluates the applicability of solutions with the ability to challenge and qualify its suitability for the business.
  • Devises contingency and mitigation strategies based on interdependencies, risks and considerations.
  • Others approach you to help identify key issues, stakeholders and viewpoints in complex situations or problems.
  • An expert in identifying potential barriers and works proactively to eliminate risk.
  • Mentor others on how to translate business requirements and plans and ensure implementation of activities/projects identified in business strategy.
  • Consistently maintains a keen awareness of the interrelationships among various components of large-scale activities/projects.
  • Consistently applies diplomacy and tact, effectively demonstrating respect for differing perspectives.
  • Demonstrates an advanced understanding of the perspectives of others to establish mutually beneficial objectives.
  • Exceeds expectations in appropriately adapting the message, style and tone to accommodate a variety of audiences.
  • Consistently addresses groups of people confidently.
  • Effectively anticipates and initiates change by staying updated on trends affecting one’s own field to adapt to an evolving landscape. 
  • Proactively and effectively reviews, evaluates and disseminates information regarding key methodologies, best practices and effective tools to support a future landscape.