1 x TECHNICAL ARCHITECT | IoT.nxt

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1 x TECHNICAL ARCHITECT

Role: Technical Architect

Department: IT and Engineering

Location: Centurion, Pretoria

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Job Title/Reporting to

Technical Architect with one of the following grade levels:
  • Junior Technical Architect
  • Intermediate Technical Architect
  • Senior Technical Architect
Technical Architects report to the Lead Technical Architect.  

Job Purpose

The Technical Architect is responsible for reviewing the target architecture vision and roadmap of the IoT.nxt platform, evaluating, and prioritizing roadmap items for platforms deployed globally, and translating them into designs and non-functional requirements for the Product Engineering team.  As a Software Architect the role requires an individual that has  the capability of designing software architecture specifications that enable developers to develop services, integrations or products. This role requires excellent technical management and communication skills. Technical Solutions Architect is also responsible for the architectural design, development, and deployment of the enterprise's overall systems. Defines system solutions based on user/client needs, cost, and required integration with existing applications, systems, or platforms. In addition, this job is focused toward being the fundamental layer between the Delivery and Product Engineering business units within the organisation. The purpose is to implement best practices, processes and manage the technical delivery of large initiatives as well as general sell through in the business. Define the architecture, standards, and methodologies in accordance with industry best practices. Ensure the good functioning of the Architecting Process. Serve as the high-level designer of the systems to be implemented. Establish the basic structure of the system, defining the essential core design features and elements that provide the framework for all that follows. Provide the architects view of the users' vision for what the system needs to be and do, and the paths along which it must be able to evolve and strive to maintain the integrity of that vision as it evolves during detailed design and implementation.  

Key Result Areas (Major Accountabilities)

  • Creates and leads the process of integrating IT systems for them to meet an organization’s requirements.
  • Conducts a system architecture evaluation and collaborates with project management and product development teams to improve the architecture.
  • Evaluates project constraints to find alternatives, alleviate risks, and perform process re-engineering if required.
  • Updates stakeholders on the status of product development processes and budgets.
  • Notifies stakeholders about any issues connected to the architecture.
  • Fixes technical issues as they arise.
  • Analyses the business impact that certain technical choices may have on a client’s business processes.
  • Supervises and guides development teams.
  • Continuously researches emerging technologies and proposes changes to the existing architecture.
  • Continuously transfers knowledge within the team.
  • Adhere to enterprise architecture standards, procedures, policies.
  • Match system requirements with IT strategy and objectives.
  • Balance system properties with internal design properties.
  • Balance stakeholder needs with system context, during the entire system life cycle.
  • Manage consistency across the various organizational and design boundaries.
  • Maintain repository of systems architecture artefacts
  • Monitor high-level system performance
  • Data Security Management
  • Develop systems architectures containing logical models of the components and interfaces involved.
  • Produce detailed component specifications from systems architectures, taking into consideration the intended uses of the architectures as a whole.
 

Skills:

  • Ability to analyse and synthesize complex content.
  • The ability to innovate and improve upon current processes.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • A positive attitude, willing to jump in and tackle new challenges.
  • Strong technical aptitude–ability to quickly Ability to quickly grasp complex technical concepts and make them easily understandable in text and pictures
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills in English.
  • Desire and ability to innovate and improve upon current processes.
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Professional Experience:

  • Extensive exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments
  • Experience in business capability modelling and technical and solution architecture
  • Experience and knowledge of digital and Telecommunications industries strongly preferred

Expertise:

  • Initiate research and recommend technologies, tools, methods, and processes to increase effectiveness and delivery pace / quality.
  • Understanding of the technology relevant to the capability.
  • Detailed business analysis of requirements and needs.
  • Co-ordination with other teams to deliver and implement enhanced capabilities.
  • Ability to interpret architecture principles into designed and deployable / usable solutions.
  • Identify operational risks within the capability area.
  • Close co-ordination with Architecture to ensure that designs, standards, and quality can be implemented within their function.
  • Recognised expert in several key technologies and has expert level of understanding of technology relevant to the capability.  Has experience of implementing complex technical solutions in a variety of diverse situations.
  • Identify and mitigate operational risks within the capability area.
  • Demonstrates ability to lead discussions and takes appropriate actions to overcome any potential barriers.
  • Take accountability for developing and cross-skilling across multiple disciplines within own area to expand capability and versatility of the team.
  • Experienced architectural skills.  Capable of creating innovative new architectural solutions and taking the technical lead with teams to implement.
  • In depth technical knowledge of application functionality and architecture.
  • Recognised for expertise depth that sets a standard across IoT.nxt and other external benchmarks.
  • Expert understanding of the commercial processes relevant to the capability.
  • Champion / evangelist for best practices and adoption of new / emerging technologies across the department, ensuring the right tools and technologies are used, and cost of change is minimised.
  • Is considered a key expert and influencer - not only to Expert Engineers / Architects across multiple regions within IoT.nxt but is also a public face of IoT.nxt.  Evangelises the use of technology, an MVP professional, potentially published and has broad experience outside of their immediate domain.
  • Has a good understanding of the broader IoT.nxt business, the importance of global technology relevance / trends and awareness of appropriate technologies that would suit our varying customer bases.

Educational Background:

  • Degree in Computer Science; Information Systems; Systems Analysis, Engineering preferred
 

Leadership

  • Holds self and others to account for meeting goals and is influential to the creation of a high-performance culture. Recognises that engaging everyone requires a varied approach, so adapts style accordingly. Celebrates success.
  • Exhibits confidence in self and others.
  • Sets an example by taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Accepts feedback from others and gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Displays willingness to make decisions in a timely manner with relevant reasoning for decision made
  • Is recognised as a technology leader by building strong partnerships and relationships across the business - particularly with Product Engineering, Management, and Marketing. Works collaboratively with others, irrespective of team or geographical borders, to meet shared objectives, delivering world class customer-centric solutions. Able to easily communicate deeply technical concepts to a non-technical audience and use technical insights to inform commercial decision making and influence technical direction and strategy.
  • Leverage their relationships across the business and their expertise / awareness of developing technology trends to spot opportunities, engages the right people and help drive plans to make things happen.
  • Role models expected leadership behaviours and high standards of honesty and integrity.  Is approachable, driven by a sense of team, has a lack of ego and demonstrates consistency between what they say and how they act.

Delivery Capability:

  • Analyse and document solutions using various technology tools and techniques.
  • Takes accountability for delivering quality.
  • Share responsibility for planning and delivering team activities.
  • Provide accurate estimates for the design, development, and implementation of a solution.
  • Professional approach to time, costs, quality of work, and deadlines.
  • Provides technical / specialist direction to team members.
  • Adhere to enterprise architecture standards, procedures, policies.
  • Manage consistency across the various organizational and design boundaries.
  • Translate component specifications into detailed designs for implementation using selected products.
  • Produce documentation for technical architectures, making sensible use of both text and graphics.
  • Co-ordinate design activity between the systems architecture, application development and service delivery functions to ensure consistency.
  • Provide architecture guidance to assigned projects.
  • Take full responsibility for ensuring that systems architectures balance functional, service quality and systems management requirements as indicated by the business requirement.
  • The ability to motivate and inspire others to achieve challenging goals.
  • Maintain a good knowledge of current practice and awareness of current developments within own area(s) of expertise.
  • Balance stakeholder needs with system context, during the entire system life cycle.
  • Drives / demonstrates innovation within the department in accordance with IoT.nxt goals and objectives.
  • Capable of conceiving, designing, and delivering highly innovative solutions to problems.
  • Capable of being parachuted into any initiative / project struggling technically to offer skills advice and to help the technical direction of the team back on track.
  • Contribute to the organization’s enterprise architecture technology and vision and ensure alignment with the group strategic architecture direction.
  • Can point to achievements that have made a significant impact for the company or for the technology community.

Teamwork & Collaboration:

  • Effective communicator with good relationship management skills.
  • Adapt to significant changes in either technology or environment.
  • Willingness to take on additional responsibility to ensure team success and quality solutions.
  • Ability to multitask across different projects.
  • Personally, engage the right people / roles across the department to ensure effective communication and consultation as appropriate.
  • Ensure timely delivery of work items / projects, always meeting agreed project deadlines.
  • Provides advice and seeks opportunities to share and develop cross departmental capability.
  • Ability to adapt to multiple virtual teams and projects and people.
  • Share responsibility for planning and delivering team activities.
  • Identify opportunities for technical improvement to product and take accountability for implementing them.
  • Mentor and guide other members of the team on solutions as appropriate.
  • Can deputise and take accountability for leading priority work streams.
  • Collaborates across functions to drive the most efficient use of emerging technologies and ensure efficient learning through collaboration and skill sharing.
  • Excellent communicator able to evangelise the technology opportunities internally and to external community.

Customer Focus

  • Develops solutions in response to customer feedback. 
  • Provision of technical or testing support to internal customers (e.g., Tier 3 support).
  • Develop customer relationship and anticipate future customer needs and deliver quality solutions in response.
  • Identify & mitigate any factors that may affect the team’s customer service performance.
  • Ensure that technology / service problems are dealt with appropriately.
  • Provision of expert support to others within own area.
  • Champion the delivery of appropriate business solutions based on knowledge of IoT.nxt as a business.
  • Accountable for driving ongoing optimisation and performance improvements of products.
  • Ability to communicate changes effectively with customer and prepares and supports those affected by change.

Values and Behaviours:

  • We are honest and respect each other.
  • We challenge issues but honour commitments.
  • We believe that innovation is a way of life.
  • We have a passion to win; a freedom to fail; but only once for the same reason.
  • We take responsibility for our actions; we are accountable for achieving results and we take ownership of our mistakes.
  • We do the right thing for the right reason.
  • We are part of the solution, not part of the problem.
  • We are fearless with nerves of steel.
  • We believe in teamwork and partnership.
  • We are diverse yet united.
  • We are involved yet independent
 

Remuneration & Benefits:

  • Annual Salary CTC
  • Wellness Programs 
  • Flexible / Remote Working

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