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Solution Architect - IT Infrastructure (IT2A)

Support Office»Technology


Job Reference: 221787BR

Nottingham Support Office


37.5 hours per week

Recruitment Partner: Akash Karia

Location: Nottingham

Contract: Perm

We are looking for Solution Architects to join Technology Services at Boots Nottingham Support Office.

Reporting to the Lead Solution Architect, your role will be to produce IT infrastructure high-level designs and proposals in response to internal customer requests and project demands.

You will ensure customer requirements are understood and then work with the wider Architect community, service owners and subject matter experts to deliver cost effective, supportable end-to-end high-level designs, adhering to enterprise strategy, roadmaps, standards, security and service capability.

Who we are

International Technology & Advanced Analytics (IT2A) is a multi-national function of Walgreens Boots Alliance based in the UK, Europe, Asia, South America and the USA. We leverage emerging technology and robust data to transform our pharmacy and retail offerings, improve experiences for customers and patients and enhance operational effectiveness for team members. Partnering with some of the finest tech providers and utilising a cutting-edge tech stack, we support two of the UK’s most trusted and established brands - Boots and No7 – in personalising their customer interactions. We’re an innovative team of specialists spanning security, hosting, architecture, software engineering, networks, project delivery and more. A proud equal opportunity employer, we passionately embrace team member diversity and provide a positive and inclusive working environment for all.

About the role

Key responsibilities

  • Produce high-level designs, concentrating on the consumption of existing platforms and services. Making sure the agreed business requirements and desired outcomes are achieved in-line with strategy and architecture, are cost-effective, deliverable and supportable

  • Ensure high-level designs are understood by everyone in the project team, including managed service partners and other shared services who produce low-level designs. Ratify understanding of low-level designs and build work with the high-level design. Re-approval must be sort for any divergence through change control and any ensuing technical debt captured and managed

  • Provide technical consultancy and leadership throughout the whole project life cycle. During construction, if issues are encountered, work with the project manager and build teams to formulate alternative approaches and mitigation plans to keep delivery goals on track

  • Participate in governance bodies, for the approval of high-level designs, along with quality assurance in divisional and broader group IT governance

  • Be an active team member of the Solution Architect team and support colleagues through peer reviews, compliance checks, due diligence, and help promote a ‘right first time’ culture

  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of design patterns, standards, and design blocks to facilitate wider consistency and promote re-use of design elements, delivery at pace, quality assurance and cost efficiencies

Technical skills required

Understanding and functional experience in a mix of any of these areas:

  • Public Cloud technologies – Azure Cloud. Full range of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS products including Azure App services, Azure SQL and Cosmos DB

  • Microsoft 365 – Full product stack and supporting technologies, including Cloud PC

  • Microsoft Enterprise product suite – Windows Server, AD, ADFS, NPS, DHCP, DNS, Cluster services Network solutions –Switching, routing, wireless, load balancers, VPN, MPLS WAN, SD-WAN, QoS, ACI, Azure ExpressRoute

  • Security solutions – Email, Endpoint, Web, firewalls, IPS, IDS, WAF, PKI, VPN, MFA and other identity management services

  • Server infrastructure – Virtualisation, storage, managed backup, hyper-converged platforms

  • Experience in Unix and Linux – AIX and Red Hat Enterprise

  • Databases platforms – Oracle, DB2, MS SQL, MySQL, operating in clustered environments

  • SAP – SAP infrastructure architecture across multiple SAP components and versions operating across SAP RISE, Azure Cloud and on-premise. Associated experience of high availability patterns, resilience, backup and recovery

  • Client mobility – Mobile device and app management, InTune, AirWatch

  • Telephony and collaboration –VOIP platforms across an international setting. Microsoft Teams voice integration

What you’ll need to have

  • Experience of solution areas including infrastructure, transformation and migration, security, business analysis, applications, integration, service management and understands how all these interact to arrive to an end-to-end solution

  • Understand the business, commercial and technical requirements to write clear technical high-level designs is vital

  • Lead Workshops and reduce complex ideas to simple terms and express rationale for decision making to any audience

  • Experience with complex projects and programmes, requiring available, disaster recovery and business continuity compliant systems in a large international enterprise

It would be great if you also have

  • Knowledge of formal methodologies and frameworks – TOGAF, ITIL, AGILE

  • Working knowledge of data protection and compliance standards of PCI-DSS and GDPR

  • Experience of middleware technologies –Software AG

  • Containerisation, microservices and orchestration technologies – Kubernetes, Docker

  • Experience of identity federation and authentication – oAuth2, OpenID Connect or SAML

Our Benefits

  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • Discretionary annual bonus

  • Generous employee discounts

  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave pay and gift card for anyone expecting or adopting a child

  • Flexible benefits scheme including holiday buying, discounted gym membership, life assurance, activity passes and more.

  • Access to free, 24/7 counselling and support through TELUS Health, our Employee Assistance Programme.

We have a great range of benefits in addition to the above that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you; click here to view our full list of company benefits (all rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility).

What’s next?

If your application is successful, our 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.

We are always open to discussing possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you, including job share and reduced hours. If you require additional support as part of the application and interview process, we are happy to provide reasonable adjustments to enable you to be at your best.


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