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Lead Enterprise Architect

Date:  09-Apr-2021
City:  London
Company:  GFT Technologies SE

Enterprise Architect


About GFT

GFT is driving the digital transformation of the world’s leading financial institutions. Other sectors, such as industry and insurance, also leverage GFT’s strong consulting and implementation skills across all aspects of pioneering technologies, such as cloud engineering, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things for Industry 4.0, and blockchain. 

With its in-depth technological expertise, strong partnerships and scalable IT solutions, GFT increases productivity in software development. This provides clients with faster access to new IT applications and innovative business models, while also reducing risk.



Role Summary 

We are looking for an Enterprise Architect to take ownership for developing the strategic state architecture and interim states, seeking approval from the appropriate governance committees and communicating to the delivery teams and business partners.



Role Responsibilities

  • Obtaining approvals from technical design authorities
  • Defining the target state architecture and interim steps from target state, in the context of the overall Risk IT architecture and the technology strategy 
  • Representing GRA on technology and architecture governance committees
  • Presenting to senior IT and business stakeholders
  • Guiding solution architects on developing appropriate detailed designs for approval
  • Communicating GRA architecture designs and principles to the pod leads and technical leads, providing suitable guidance
  • Ensuring alignment with Risk and organisational level architecture principles, practices and strategy
  • Relationship management to the appropriate functional architects in the business domain
  • Defining and managing the overall solution for a technology change or business transformation programme covering both functional and non-functional requirements across multiple teams and workstreams
  • Ensuring the end-to-end design meets the operating model for products, services, geographies, controls and technology
  • Ensuring the end-to-end design a production strength solution that can also meet the future anticipated vision of the business
  • Validation of business vision, drivers and objectives
  • Transformation of Business vision into project deliverables
  • Setting standards for tools and techniques where they do not already exist
  • Providing oversight on the development process
  • Managing the quality of delivery of other architects in the programme
  • Establishing which deliverables are appropriate, and to what detail, over the Business, Information, Application and Technology architectures
  • Has led teams of developers across multiple time zones
  • Experience with vendor management and package implementation
  • Experience of different development methodologies such as waterfall, agile, SCRUM
  • Experience of planning, estimating, staffing, organising, and managing a business-driven technology change programme
  • Has monitored and dealt with critical paths and risks areas
  • Understanding the finance infrastructure in large, global banks



Competencies and Skills Needed

Mandatory Skills:

  • Experience of modelling within banking or finance, able to demonstrate an understanding of both analytics and modelling lifecycles and changes (ideally in the context of Risk Management)
  • Experience of cloud based system design, ideally hybrid-cloud using Google Cloud Platform (GCP).  Certification would be advantageous
  • Experience of running a globally distributed team of solution architects
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, including the ability to describe complex technology issues simply to non-technical stakeholders
  • Collaborative team player


Behavioural Skills

  • You should be able to clearly demonstrate you are a driven person who has achieved success in your career that goes above the normal.
  • You should be able to demonstrate that you are a curious person, who is continuously learning
  • You should be able to demonstrate that you are a strong team player, who is open to the views of others
  • An ability to apply structured thinking, simplifying complex problems into component parts, to the resolution of project challenges.
  • Working practices; thorough with high standards of work.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to be able to establish rapport with people at all levels.
  • An eye for detail and accuracy, and an affinity with design issues and the ability to help establish an own a vision for our solutions.
  • The ability to work in teams and knowledge of agile processes & ceremonies such as Scrum, SaFe and Kanban
  • Organizational ability and tenacity; able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others.
  • Demonstrated an aptitude in sales centric roles, typically in support of key sales personnel.


What we offer you

You will be working with some of the brightest people in business and technology on challenging and rewarding projects in a team of likeminded individuals. GFT prides itself on its international environment that promotes professional and cultural exchange and encourages further individual development.


Founded in 1987 and located in 13 countries to ensure close proximity to its clients, GFT employs over 5,000 people. GFT provides them with career opportunities in all areas of software engineering and innovation. The GFT Technologies SE share is listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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