Columbia Threadneedle Investments
London, United Kingdom
19 Aug 2022
06 Sep 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
About Columbia Threadneedle Investments

About Columbia Threadneedle Investments

You'll find the promise we make to our clients is the same one we make to our employees: Your success is our priority.

Here, you'll find growth and career opportunities across all our businesses. We're intentionally built to help you succeed. Our reach is expansive with a global team of 2,000 people working together. Our expertise is diverse with more than 450 investment professionals sharing global perspectives across all major asset classes and markets. Our clients have access to a broad array of investment strategies and we have the capability to create bespoke solutions matched to clients' specific requirements.

Columbia Threadneedle is a people business and we recognise that our success is due to our talented people, who bring diversity of thought, complementary skills and capabilities. We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace that supports the diversity of our employees and reflects our broader communities and client-base. We welcome applications from returners to the industry.

We appreciate that work-life balance is an important factor for many when considering their next move so please discuss any flexible working requirements directly with your recruiter.

Job Purpose Statement

Conceptualize and design detailed solutions for specific projects enabling the organisation to meet business objectives with a focus on application, technology, or data architecture .

Provide technical leadership to ensure technical design and implementation are aligned with business requirements and enable optimal performance, stability, and extensibility.

Ensure compliance of technology solutions with architectural standards and strategies.

Role Responsibilities

How you'll spend your time....Partner with business analysts, systems analysts and engineers in gathering and reviewing requirements. Identify key business and technology drivers that impact architectures. Collaborate with application and infrastructure teams to understand scope and requirements.Translate enterprise or business needs into long-term architecture solutions. Apply enterprise vision to all portfolio, technical and application projects understanding and communicating different architectural strategies that are consistent with business strategies

Conduct assessments of current business and technology architectures including functional assessment and technical assessments. Identify and document any risks, issues or critical success factors that may require immediate action.

Translate project requirements into detailed designs consistent with current and future platform strategy and road map while influencing requirements and balancing needs for immediate action and the POA.

Create effective and efficient patterns and enforce policies and standards to enable the enterprise to conduct business at an appropriate and known risk level. Research and recommend technology to improve current systems. Develop and build strong relationships and use effective communication skills to influence and accomplish strategic architecture objectives.

Partner with other architects to ensure alignment and integration across portfolio boundaries and promote an enterprise focus. Develop and build strong relationships within and across the lines of business and use effective communication skills to influence and accomplish strategic architecture objectives.

Research and maintain a deep understanding of current and emerging technologies and solutions to solve business problems. Based on this research, proposes changes in process, policy and standards as they relate to the architecture and design principles. Collaborate with other peers and colleagues within the industry and identify opportunities for sharing knowledge.

Key Capabilities

To be successful in this role you will have....
  • B.S. or higher in Computer Science or Engineering (or equivalent work experience)
  • 3-5 years relevant experience required
  • 3+ years relevant solutions, technology, or data architecture experience
  • 3+ years software development and/or technical support experience.
  • Skills in general architecture, operations, and deployment methodologies and techniques (e.g. TOGAF, Zachman, ITIL, MOF).
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) to effectively interact with both technology and business partners

Desired Capabilities

If you also had this, it would be great....
  • Solid understanding and applied expertise in solutions architecture designs and concepts, which include but are not limited to: SDLC Process, Security, high availability, recovery, performance, monitoring and operations design, and application architecture.
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) to effectively interact with all levels of technology and business partners.
  • Financial Services industry specific knowledge that includes working knowledge of industry data standards and architectures.
  • Experience in architecture strategy development and architecture governance

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