Infrastructure Architect - Senior Manager
PwC's Technology Consulting Practice is looking to recruit Architects at the Senior Manager level.
The role of the Infrastructure Architect is critical to PwC's Technology Consulting business, and will be instrumental in selling and delivering client work. The firm is looking to significantly grow its technology capability over the coming years to support its growth ambitions, and intends to build the best independent "Business Technology Architecture" capability in the UK.
The role is client facing, providing independent and expert infrastructure architecture leadership to projects and programmes across a wide range of industry sectors. PwC's Architects will be expected to take ownership for, adn delivery of, the architecture that underpins our clients solutions, and contribute significantly to the development of their Enterprise Architecture or IT strategy.
PwC's Architects are trusted individuals that leverage the firm's brand values and positioning as the leading advisory firm, and the successful candidate will be one who can skilfully bridge the worlds of business and technology and build sustainable relationships with clients based on the quality of their work.
An architect's client base can include both public and private sector clients and the team focuses on supporting all key market sectors by providing a wide range of skills in all areas of Architecture from Business through to Infrastructure. The role provides the individual with significant development opportunities that arise through working in a high growth area in an expanding team.
- Opportunity for working from home? (Yes)
- Amount of time client based (70%+)
- Opportunity for job sharing? (No)
- Need to travel/overnight stays away from home (Yes)
- Opportunity for flexible working (hours)? (Yes)
- Amount of time PwC office based (20%)
- Translating business and solution architecture into technical infrastructure requirements, which may include contextual, conceptual, logical and physical views of the architecture. Architects should be able to lead the overall technical architecture, or lead in architecture domains such as business, application, information, integration, security, infrastructure and operations architectures;
- Develop solution and Infrastructure architecture requirements, both functional and non-functional, preferably for both packaged Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) packages and bespoke solutions development, and in projects from GBP50k to well over GBP1m in size. Architects should have held an Infrastructure Architecture lead role in at least two large projects or programmes;
- Consulting or Advisory engagements, working directly with clients to lead the development of enterprise or Infrastructure architectures, IT strategies or transformation programmes;
- Managing infrastructure architecture reviews of existing systems or in-flight projects, and communicating the findings of the review back to stakeholders;
- Working within a Technical Design Authority, providing guidance to projects and programmes and helping them deliver designs that conform to the defined infrastructure architecture elements including five or more of the following infrastructure architecture elements: Data centre, Local Area Networking, Wide Area Networking, security, servers, storage, backup, virtualisation of servers or desktops, cloud services, directory services, mail services and messaging services and Enterprise Service Bus services;
- Leveraging the use of industry recognised standards to support ICT frameworks, such as ITIL and COBIT to provide common understanding amongst key stakeholders of supporting architectural concepts and their impacts;
- Participating in the definition of infrastructure technical standards and guidelines, and their establishment within an organisation;
- Presenting IT architectures to a range of stakeholders in the business and technical communities (ideally up to CxO level);
- Overall candidates should have a good breadth of IT knowledge gained from experience in significant roles, with depth in infrastructure architecture as well as at least one of the other key architecture domains.
- An ability to advise and interact with all levels of client management and staff, including CIOs, CTOs and Chief Architects;
- An appreciation of the role and value of infrastructure architecture, and an ability to communicate the same to project teams and clients;
- Strong business acumen - with awareness of the current business environment and the challenges it presents to organisations;
- Experience in one or more sectors which would enable the architect to engage credibly with clients in that sector;
- Excellent oral and written communication and negotiation skills;
- Ability to support the sale of consulting work, having been involved in a sales role or having previously undertaken proposal work;
- Experience in leading the development of a client relationship.
- Working within architecture frameworks such as TOGAF, MODAF and Zachman, using architecture tools such as Troux or System Architect.
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