Lead Solution Architect - Healthcare

Job reference: 149838BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: IT
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
Lead Solution Architect - Healthcare

We are looking for a talented and dedicated individual to join the Healthcare IT Delivery team as a Lead Solution Architect within the Digital Pharmacy Programme. We are seeking an individual who is adaptable and transferable with an ability to undertake a broader range of activities to capitalise the opportunities that will be available to them as we progress through our Healthcare digital transformation programme.

The Lead Solution Architect works collaboratively with colleagues from the Business, IT and the wider Walgreens Boots Alliance group. You will define, develop and articulate the target architecture within the programme and manage a small team of solution architects. Ideally, candidates should have a technical background as they will be required to validate solutions and assist in resolving design issues throughout the life of the project.

About the opportunity

• Lead the Solution Architects in the Digital Pharmacy Programme to produce high quality Solution Architecture deliverables
• Provide an open communication link between the Solution Delivery team, IT partners and the wider business to develop quality architecture deliverables and ensures the delivery of fit for purpose.
• Support the development of the roadmaps for the business and technology.
• Build & maintain a deep understanding of the Boots IT strategy, technology frameworks within IT and overall Enterprise Architecture direction.
• Ensure design governance is met within your area of responsibility and are produced on target
• Adhere to the Boots Enterprise Architecture method and tools
• Creation and ownership of key design decisions and present when required at enterprise design board.
• Oversee and review the Outline Designs, High Level Designs and Detailed Designs produced by other resources, partners and third parties.
• Ensure alignment of all solutions to relevant roadmaps and strategy

About you

• Experience of leading a team
• Experience in solution design preferably including Java EE, .NET and Azure technology stack
• Expertise in crafting Architecture Assets for both waterfall and agile projects
• A broad and balanced understanding of IT capabilities, methods and technologies
• In-depth experience of design and development of IT Solutions ideally related, but not limited to Healthcare and Pharmacy, Patient Management Systems, Cloud Hosting (MS Azure), Web Services & Micro Services with an understanding of Security such as PCI & GDPR and customer facing technologies
• Experience with integration technologies such as Talend, Software AG, WMQ, Azure Service Bus, Azure Event Hub.
• Master Data Management (MDM) knowledge and experience
• Understanding of Architecture frameworks and use of modelling tools, with knowledge of enterprise integration patterns

About us…
IT is at the centre of what we do.

This is retail IT for the real world, you’re so close to your customers in all ways – in store, online and internally.

You can get involved with all the different areas of our business, working on projects that make a real difference – from our hugely successful Boots App to our world-class warehousing system.
We place so much value on our IT team – if you want to build a career that will keep developing with your skills, there’s no better place to do it.

Boots UK is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is the UKs leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2500 stores in the UK our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible. You can learn more by visiting boots.jobs.


We have a great range of benefits that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you:
• Competitive salary
• Maternity / Paternity / Adoption leave pay
• Boots Pension Scheme
• Competitive holiday allowance
• Generous staff discount (Boots, Boot Opticians and Boots Hearing Care)
• £100 gift card for colleagues expecting/adopting a baby
• Access to corporate discounts, including retail, cinema, holidays etc (UK only)
• Discretionary annual bonus scheme
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme
• Flexible benefits scheme (via salary sacrifice) including financial wellbeing support, gym membership, dental cover, life assurance, restaurant discount cards, activity passes, holiday buying and much more (exclusions may apply, eligible roles only)
• Onsite staff shop, opticians, gym, coffee shops, cafeteria, dry cleaning service and excellent travel links
*All rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility.

Why Boots

Our mission is to help everyone to feel good. This starts internally – with every colleague and every team. In our stores and pharmacies, our warehouses and our Support Office, we work together, putting our customers first and our colleagues at the heart of everything we do. We aim to attract, develop and retain the best people, with a huge range of opportunities for you to continue to grow with us… just bring your passion and commitment and we’ll do the rest.

Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do in our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, passionate about embracing the diversity of our colleagues and providing a positive and inclusive working environment for all.

We offer a variety of flexible working patterns to support our colleagues to achieve a good work life balance, just speak to our Recruitment team to find out more.

What’s next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact helen.doherty@boots.co.uk