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Fabric and Underlay Tribe Architect

Job Req ID:  26853
Posting Date:  7 Apr 2024
Function:  Architecture Solution and Design
Unit:  Digital

Assembly, Bristol, United Kingdom

Salary:  Competitive with Benefits


This role is based on a hybrid working model of 3 days in the office and 2 working from home.


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Why Business Unit/Function


We are in an incredibly competitive industry and it’s not just the technology that’s important, but the world of promise it creates for our customers. We live and work in a connected world where people want seamless service, great products, and the best connectivity there is, as well as continually expecting more and more from us, and rightly so. The Technology units are BT’s powerhouse, with our expert technologists, we have a unique position in BT. By bringing together our technical and commercial expertise, and our insight and passion for customer experience, we help BT stand out from the competition. With the best networks and mart innovative products, combined with a personal experience, it sets us apart from the pack. 
The Digital unit will lead our digital innovation agenda, driving new digital experiences for our customers - and in new markets – while, at the same time, simplifying what we have. They will be responsible for focusing on digital delivery and the customer experience as much as the end innovation (including delivery and transformation, digital innovation and delivery, data strategy and solutions, and architecture and governance). 
The Digital unit will set and implement the overall BT Group Digital Platform Strategy including x-CFU products, platforms, architecture, standards, and transformation agenda. 
Innovation drives everything we’ve done since BT started in 1846. Coming up with new ideas and developing new technologies is central to our future. We want to improve people’s lives for the better in welcome, relevant and affordable ways and we’ll be fast to market with an effortless experience to match.  We will continue to focus on developing our converged network capabilities which will give customers seamless connectivity. Our skilled people will lead this technological revolution, not only for our customers but for the industry across the Globe, truly making customers our heartbeat. 


Why this job matters


The Connectivity Tribe Architect is the role that is shaping the technical direction for the cloud and overlay products including SDWAN, Edge, CPE and Cloud Solutions. (It does not include Voice, IOT or Global Fabric which are else3where)
The Tribe Architect is a critical join between delivery and architecture. 
This role matters because it is the technical leadership of every tribe, it is the thinker that makes sure we have the right roadmap that joins the technical strategy with the business outcomes for the tribe.
It is key as it’s moving the architecture decision making closer to then work, speeding up and simplifying making sure the architecture is being rolled out.
The TA maintains the decisions and backlog of technical debt too, for decisions made to not build strategically the TA will be accountable for those decisions balancing the business outcomes vs goal of building the strategic and ensuring we don’t have to build tactically because we didn’t have the right roadmap.


Skills required for the job


1.    End-to-end Architecture Strategy/Roadmap and Design of the Tribe product/ solutions
•    Sets and drives the architecture strategy/roadmap aligned to the Tribe’s vision. Drives adoption of the strategic architecture, balancing the outcomes needed of the tribes (including transition states)
•    Recommends to the Tribe Lead the expected outcomes balancing customer value and technical debt (including relevant technology KPI targets)
•    Guides on the technical shaping and feasibility estimates for epics and features, identifying major dependencies.
•    Inputs tribe roadmap content into overall Business architecture roadmap and strategy
2.    Responsible for consistent Business Architecture that aligns pan BT. Owns the business capabilities for their tribe, the maturity and roadmap of capabilities, along with matrix of capabilities consumed from other Tribes. Owns the relationship with the sub-domain to ensure capability evolves in line with the architecture.
3.    Responsible for bringing together other subdomains from others CFUs that use the same capabilities that the tribe needs
4.    Architecture Demand – understands the domain architecture relevant to Tribe products development and collaborates with Sub-Domain Architects to ensure the sub-domain strategic architecture runway aligns with business needs and timescales
5.    Drive Tribe engineering excellence, quality assurance and technical debt optimization and backlog of tech debt the tribe has built.
6.    Tribe product/solution architecture meets the nonfunctional requirements:
•    Performance - Ensure the continued uptime/reliability, integrity, performance and maintenance of the Tribe’s experience layer.
•    Security – Ensures security by design and security compliance with all work in the tribe
•    Economics – Optimizes the TCO of the tribe architecture, ensuring the affordability of the IT with the sub-domain architect
•    Modernisation – Ensure the tribe is following Cloud native guardrails and modernizing the relevant tribe components. 
7.    Re-usable patterns and Low-Level Designs - Leads the creation of innovative and repeatable solution architectures to resolve the most complex solution architecture problems and meet agreed requirements, reusable patterns catalogued and aligned to business capabilities the tribe offers.
8.    Stakeholder engagement - Support the tribe lead with stakeholder engagement to develop and gain support for proposed solutions, providing technology expertise and identifying efficiencies within deployed Technology. 
9.    Tribe Resource Planning - Recommends to the Tribe Lead the composition and volume of technology resources and capabilities needed across squads to deliver outcomes, but not responsible for managing the resource allocation of squad architects.
10.    SME - Operates as an SME within own field of expertise and acts as expert advisor to other teams and senior management on the most complex architecture related issues.
11.    Customer Centric – Promotes and adopts empathy driven design for customer centric products.
12.    Inputs into the MTP process to ensure the relevant funding needed to advance the architecture is requested and identify where lack of funding is slowing the overall architecture rollout down.    •    Experience of various SDWAN technologies and journeys in a business context – scalability of large corporate deals, through to SoHo journeys.
•    Vision setting ability to set direction for how connectivity architecture should evolve.
•    Ability to direct and guide a team of architects and engineers in the tribe.
•    Drive End to end roadmap / architecture runway for the tribe over a 6/12/18 month horizon, considering business transformation, benefits, cost and technical maturity.
•    Ability to create and maintain the business capabilities for the domain, in line with the pan BT capability framework.
•    Ability to balance and manage own time with multiple priorities from tribe demand through to team roadmap alignment.
•    Create, maintain and govern re-usable patterns for the role in a way that can be shared and understood by solution architects and engineers.
•    Ability to make difficult decisions with or without data on strategic vs tactical investment choices to further the business and strategic outcomes.
•    Ability to take people on a journey in an inspirational way with simple clear communications, ranging from junior engineers up to CFU MD/CEO level presentations.
•    Use of Jira and other tools needed for Agile planning (Mural, MS Whiteboard etc)
•    Ability and experience of driving Agile ways of working and execution at pace.
•    Ability to define shorter-term/tactical work that can be carried out within strategic vision. 
•    Using outcome-based delivery and creative thinking to achieve results. 

•    Excellent communication skills to bring multiple squads together – blending the work architects do in tribes with the work they do in Architecture 


•    Mandatory: 5 years+ experience in a senior architecture role.
•    Mandatory: Very strong stakeholder management experience from junior developer through to CEO.
•    Mandatory: Experience creating roadmaps for a “domain” that can tell both the technical, commercial and business impacts. 
•    Preferred: Experience of Agile planning, SAFE framework
•    Preferred: TOGAF certified


What you'll get

•    Competitive salary
•    25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
•    15% on target bonus

•    £5500 car allowance

•    Private healthcare for you and your spouse/children
•    Life Assurance
•    Pension scheme if you pay in 5% BT will pay in an additional 10%
•    Option to join the Healthcare Cash Plan or other benefits such as dental insurance, gym memberships etc.
•    50% off BT and EE mobile pay monthly or SIM only plans
•    Exclusive colleague discounts on our latest and greatest BT broadband packages
•    EE TV, including TNT Sport and the NOW Entertainment membership, and 25% off NOW Sport, Cinema and Kids
•    30% discount for friends and family on EE mobile pay monthly SIM only plans

Why this job matters

The Solution Architect Principal leads and drives the overall solution architecture design, the mapping of business requirements and drives smooth project delivery empowering the implementation of functional solutions that are fit for purpose and delivered against stated business requirements.

What you’ll be doing

1. Operates as an SME within own field of expertise, leading the design of technical and repeatable solutions that achieve customer requirements driving positive outcomes.
2. Leads partnerships with business and operational stakeholders to conduct business and technical discovery, as well as collaborating closely with stakeholders in order to understand business, operating models, functional requirements as well as client challenges/obstacles.
3. Establishes robust recommendations, proposals and scope of work documents for group engagements while also identifying critical dependencies and gaps.
4. Leads the creation of innovative and repeatable solution architectures to resolve the most complex solution architecture problems and meet agreed requirements.
5. Influences business stakeholders' understanding of capabilities and the transformative power of group products, services and technology.
6. Enhances the solution architect team's knowledge, methodologies and customer-facing collateral.
7. Ensures alignment with Enterprise Architecture guardrails and solution patterns'
8. Contributes deep, technical thought leadership and provides advice on multiple technologies, setting the long-term technical direction of solution architecture
9. Leads complex, group-level initiatives from a solution architecture perspective that are a part of the company's overall commercial strategy
10. Leads the implementation of continuous improvement opportunities to improve solution architect processes'
11. Mentors and coaches experienced professionals to develop current and future team capabilities and ensure performance
12. Leads the development of the conceptualization of innovative services or products within solution architecture
13. Act as the primary technical expert on architecture governance and design authority for development of products and services in line with the published roadmap

The skills you’ll need

Regulatory Compliance
Vendor Management
Change Management
Computer Networking
Product Roadmapping
Configuration Management
Product Management
Business Analysis
Cloud Computing
Solution Design
Strategic Planning
Agile Methodologies
Business Process Improvement
Proposal Development
Solution Architecture
Decision Making
Growth Mindset
Inclusive Leadership

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