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Solution Architect - IT Infrastructure (IT2A)

Support Office»Technology


Job Reference: 2 2 1 7 8 7 B R

Nottingham Support Office


37.5 Hours

Level 5

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 clearly 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 on existing platforms and services. Working to make 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 who produce low-level designs and complete builds
  • 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
  • Present at governance bodies, for the approval of high-level designs, along with quality assurance in divisional and broader group IT governance
  • 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

Ideal Candidate

  • Broad knowledge and 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
  • Ability to rapidly understand the business, commercial and technical requirements to write clear and concise technical high-level designs is vital
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills are essential. Must be able to lead workshops and reduce complex ideas to simple terms and express rationale for decision making to both a
  • technical and non-technical audience
  • Experience with complex projects and programmes, requiring highly available, disaster recovery and business continuity compliant systems in a large international enterprise

Technical Skills
This is not a hands-on engineering role, but a technical understanding and functional experience in any three of these areas is desirable:

  • Azure Cloud technologies
  • Microsoft Enterprise product suite including VDI solution and mobile device management
  • Network solutions
  • Server infrastructure including Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Databases platforms
  • SAP infrastructure
  • Security solutions

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.

Where a role is advertised as full-time, we are open to discussing part-time and job share options during the application process. If you require additional support as part of the application and interview process, we are happy to provide reasonable adjustments to help you to be at your best.


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