Lead Solution Architect

Full time
Up to £100,000 + 12% annual bonus
Locationlondon Calendar15/05/2018   Full time Up to £100,000 + 12% annual bonus

Lead Solution Architect - Cloud

Salary: Up to £80,000 (£100,000 for London) + 12% annual bonus

Location: London

One of Aviva’s core values is Care More, and this is brought to life through the flexible ways we like to work. This may include working from home some of the time, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies. Our flexibility allows you the opportunity to integrate your professional and personal life.


At Aviva we are looking to transform the way in which we engage with our customers. Digital technology is key, and the adoption of agile methodologies is at the heart of our approach. We are executing a progressive IT Strategy and Cloud is fundamental to this.  As Lead Solution Architect for our Cloud programme, you will play a key role in driving and supporting Cloud adoption at Aviva. 


Role Purpose:

The role is expected to:

  • Lead a team of solution architects to define end-to-end solutions to host new and existing applications on Aviva’s AWS Cloud Platform.
  • Oversee creation of end-to-end designs that are fit for purpose from a functional, non-functional, service, and security point of view, including transition states to ensure smooth implementation paths.
  • You will help your team to grapple with the constant trade-offs between the new opportunities presented by Cloud services and the constraints of integrating with legacy systems.
  • Drive improvement in design quality by leading the whole Solution Architect community in Cloud adoption.


Key aspects of the role:

Note – All key aspects of Aviva’s Lead Solution Architecture role apply but this role will be leading / establishing how this is achieved for Cloud developments.


Solutions and Assurance:

  • Lead creation of solutions and design for projects to meet Aviva’s standards for technology and ensure they meet our ambitions for availability, security, resilience and performance.
  • Perform early triage and shaping of IT initiatives to support investment decisions and initial delivery planning.
  • Produce design options with associated costs, benefits and risks to enable investment decisions.
  • Ensure compliance to policies, standards and target architecture. Represent area of accountability in all appropriate broader governance bodies and processes.
  • Responsible for the integrity of end-to-end solutions, including transition states used to achieve target state.


Technical Leadership:

  • Provide leadership on key designs to ensure the long term strategic goals of Aviva IT are met as well as short term project needs.
  • Approval of design artefacts of team members.
  • Support and lead the business with innovative ideas to improve the service we give to our customers.
  • Coach and mentor team members to achieve the required design and architectural outcomes.
  • Manage a team of c.10 direct reports.
  • Accountable for people management decisions including recruitment, setting objectives, performance management, recommending reward and/or bonus.


Internal Collaboration:

  • Member of the Solution Architecture Leadership Team.
  • Expected to maintain strong links to technical teams across Aviva to share learning and ensure sharing of best practice.
  • Able and willing to bring through the next generation of talent either within or outside of the team.


Experience / Skills Required:

  • Excellent design and architecture skills.
  • Significant Cloud experience.  Amazon Web Services is our chosen platform.  Strong portable skills in other Cloud platforms will be considered (e.g. Azure).  AWS Solution Architect Associate accreditation is essential.
  • Experience of leading and managing others.
  • Experience of turning strategic direction into deliverable E2E solutions that drive IT Architecture forward.
  • Strong knowledge of end to end project lifecycle methodologies (mainly agile).
  • Financial acumen to support development of business cases and to inform key design decisions.
  • Ability to think long-term strategically and operationally.
  • Strong personal impact and influence.
  • Good stakeholder and relationship management at all levels.
  • Experience of operating at senior management levels.


Additional Information:


IT is the key enabler for Aviva to achieve its strategy. A really strong, innovative and forward looking IT function is the cornerstone of our challenge to disrupt the industry and fulfil our digital ambitions.


The pace of change here is fast. There are numerous opportunities to develop and implement new, innovative ways to support the business through brilliant technology solutions.


Come and join our team: you’ll have loads of opportunity for personal development, you’ll be well-supported by our leaders across IT whilst working on really interesting, challenging and innovative work.