Solution Architect

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Location

London, UK

Contract type

Full-time

Hours

40

Job description

Location flexible - Leeds, London, Gibraltar, Krakow.


As Solution Architect, you will provide architecture consultancy across all our product teams, from the integration of new vendor solutions to in-house built solutions. In doing this, you will ensure alignment with our core architectural principles to ensure we continue to build a robust architecture that focuses on avoiding undue complexity and over-coupling and supports us in our goal of building sports betting and gaming platform that can operate at global scale.

 

 

About Us

 

Working with us, you'll be at the heart of the technological revolution of one of the world's most trusted betting and gaming companies. We deal with projects ranging from mobile Casinos to online Sportsbooks and everything in between. The cloud-native software you design will process 500 online bets per second, accommodate 20 million users, and process 160 terabytes a day. You can be sure there are many more challenges waiting for you.

 

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, and we offer a fast-paced environment where we have fun, celebrate success and give you all the tools you’ll need to be your best self. It’s not just our colleagues we look after – we’ve got a responsibility to our customers too and we work hard on our ambition that nobody is harmed by gambling

 

Your role in the team

 

You will participate in code reviews for the product engineering teams, to ensure the architectural direction set out at the start of a project is maintained throughout delivery, and you will ensure that architectural decisions are documented in an appropriate, but still lightweight, manner. You will work collaboratively with the product owners, software engineering and SRE to build operationally robust and secure platform services and capabilities, with low cost of ongoing change, and high levels of automation in build and deploy.

 

You will be involved in the initial solution design for in-house developed applications, and in laying the groundwork for new projects while teams are formed and allocated. You may be pulled in to help correct the course of projects or help get them over the line on occasion. You will be proactive in identifying opportunities for and means of code reuse (whether that is functional code, infrastructure as code, or other pieces of code).

 

We believe in an open and collaborative working environment, and we want you to draw upon your experience to help establish this culture across our product teams, whilst ensuring we apply appropriate governance to our product engineering.

 

The ideal candidate has a recognised background in agile, product-centric technology development, customer centric functions as well as a good understanding of these capabilities and associated applications. This remains an evolving area for us and will require you to adapt and be creative as changing business demands continue to introduce new capabilities and applications.

 

Role and responsibilities

 

  • Define and document best practices for platform engineering teams, working with those teams to define preferred tools and technologies and then promoting their standard use throughout the organisation.
  • Work closely with teams as and when needed on specific areas of solutioning, bringing a broad perspective on how to provide capabilities that can be reused across solutions and teams
  • Oversee the technical acceptance of agile user stories and ensure the integrity of any proposed solutions across workstreams and associated technical lead engineers.
  • Identify and exploit the re-use of any components, patterns, techniques and document these in RFCs structure to re-use by other projects.
  • Establish and direct proof of concepts in innovation and make recommendations on technology adoption.
  • Work with the Security and Information Risk functions to ensure any solution meet the needs of our security standards and principles.
  • Chair the Platform Design Working Group sessions to review new RFCs and record all architecture decision through use of ADRs.

 

Skills needed

 

  • Ability to understand complex technical processes/challenges and propose pragmatic solutions working with engineering teams, product owners and SRE is critical to success in this position.
  • Strong interpersonal skills enabling the ability to comfortably communicate with key stakeholders, including senior business leaders, product owners, technical leads and engineering teams.
  • Practical experience of delivering change in a global, fast-moving, multi-vendor environment supported by an agile delivery framework.
  • Recognised expertise in cloud native and client-side technologies, demonstrating the ability to put forward relevant knowledge of architectural patterns, technology components and vendor products preferably within sport betting industry.
  • Experience within an architecture team where you have developed solutions aligned with an overarching strategy.
  • A good understanding of how to derive complex digital solutions for a truly global business where the customer experience is seamless across multiple channels, including retail store interactions.
  • Experience of providing leadership and guidance to peers and more junior members of the team.
  • Experience with Public cloud ideally AWS Cloud, Functional programming ideally with Scala, Service oriented architectures like microservices, Streaming based architecture ideally with Kafka, Persistence storage solutions like Cassandra or Postgres and Kubernetes eco-system services like Istio, client side tech like React, Web-sockets, CDNs etc.

 

 

Your Qualities

 

  • Humble: you acknowledge your strengths, and your weaknesses; you work for more than your own personal glory.
  • Curious: you follow the latest technology developments and explore ways they can be adopted.
  • Creative: you think beyond the obvious.
  • Thorough: you consider the full-picture and understand that details can matter.
  • Calm: you're positive under pressure and happy to take the lead in challenging times.

 

What’s in it for you?

 

You’ll get to work with like-minded individuals in great teams based across the globe. All working in Agile delivery methods and deploying into Amazon Web Services (AWS). You’ll have the autonomy to flex your strategy and solution design across a truly global product that drives the heart of our sports betting for William Hill worldwide.

 

We have a generous personal learning budget joined with 10% learning time throughout each month to help you learn and grow. We’ll welcome you on board with 25 days holiday (not to mention an extra day for your birthday), healthcare, an attractive pension package and life assurance. As an added incentive, we offer a rewarding bonus scheme too.

 

We take the safety and wellbeing of our employees seriously, especially at this challenging time. We have put in place robust Covid19 measures and are supporting our new employees with a smooth remote onboarding and training programme to make you feel welcome and part of our team.

 

We will soon be able to welcome our teams back to the office, however, we want to offer a balanced approach to office and home working - now and for the long-term future. We know that not everyone is the same, many people have embraced home working, whilst others can’t wait to get back. Therefore, we are offering our employees the opportunity to work from home up to 80% of the time with 20% of office time built in to ensure we get some face to face collaborative team time -  and the chance for a coffee and a catch up! 

 

If you have a keen interest in any kind of sport then you’ll get to enjoy competitions, events and moments at the home of betting – William Hill.