Solution Architect – Retail Banking

  • Market Standards
  • Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions UK Ltd
  • 15 Feb 18 2018-02-15

Cognizant has been a tremendous success story globally over the last 20+ years. It is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world.

Cognizant’s Banking & Financial Services Practice encompasses consumer lending, commercial finance, leasing, insurance, cards, payments, investment banking, wealth management and transaction processing. It is the company’s largest industry segment, serving leading financial institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. These include 9 of the top 10 European banks and 16 of the top 20 North American financial institutions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Must have security clearance
  • Working within the Architecture & Design team, providing direction to and collaborating with the broader Banking, Payments and Testing community, key business contacts and other IT colleagues to ensure meeting business needs in a cost effective & timely manner.
  • Effective management of all architecture assets.
  • Ensuring the project Business Case reflects architecture direction in wording, timeline, benefits and funding.
  • Bringing innovation to life by keeping abreast of new and emerging technology and understanding and articulating how it can benefit existing customer platforms

Essential Skills:

  • Hands on experience working as an enterprise architect
  • Experience of complex multi-system solution development projects with multidimensional process and data requirements
  • Hands-on experience of working through the end to end project lifecycle
  • Technical design or architecture experience in key technology platforms and capabilities supporting a modern business – in particular banking and payments solutions
  • Strong strategic/visionary competency with ability to pose future scenarios and anticipate future consequences and trends accurately while ensuring into account short and medium term perspectives of situations are catered for.
  • A firm grasp on plan & finance aspects of architecture.
  • A focus on delivery.
  • Familiarity with working with 3rd party or offshore suppliers to ensure the delivery of high quality designs that conform to the solution architecture defined
  • Good overall knowledge of a broad range of technology and technology trends
  • Past experience of designing systems or components, ideally on large projects (£15M+)
  • Experience with formal architectural methodologies and  frameworks, including TOGAF
  • Experience in architecture modelling tools (EA Spark/RSA)
  • Proficient knowledge of UML
  • Affinity for change. The ability to identify opportunities and lead others through organizational and technology change
  • Strong risk management skills to manage architectural risk through the project lifecycle
  • Ability to multi-task to lead enterprise architecture on multiple programs
  • Good level of commercial awareness, the ability to understand supplier proposals and promote cost effective solutions
  • Experience of working with multiple solution service providers
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

Nice to Have Skills:

  • Experience of working in Financial Services, in particular Banking Platform and/or Payments.
  • Significant knowledge of technology trends.
  • TOGAF certification
  • Experience and knowledge of agile approaches as well as more traditional waterfall delivery
  • Excellent people skills

About Cognizant  Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 205 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @Cognizant.