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Domain Architect

Permanent / Fixed Term

Permanent


Closing Date:

17/05/2019


Support Centre Location

London Office


More about the role

At New Look, everything we do is for the love of fashion. Without following that core belief, we wouldn’t be where we are now. But, what else does it take to be one of the biggest brands on the UK’s high street? We think that it comes down to our employees – and our mission to be the go-to destination for men’s, women’s and teen’s clothing and accessories.


Our motto? We keep it simple. We are brave. We care. We act with pace. We take responsibility. That’s the New Look way. If that sounds like you, we’d like to have you on our team! We’re always searching for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to take New Look to exciting places.

What does our IT team do?


We keep all our business technology and systems running and do everything we can to safeguard us from cyber threats. We partner all areas of the business to help plan, build, and implement new technology for now and the future, whether that be 3D fashion design technology, driving insight from big data with AI or transforming our omnichannel customer experience. Once implemented we make sure everything is running as it should and fix anything needed to keep our business going.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
You will be responsible for:

Strategy, Governance & Planning
• Supporting our Enterprise Architects in developing and communicating an IT strategy and technology plan for the next 5 years, with buy-in from the business and coordinated with other architects
• Responsible for the architecture of your technology domain, shaping and leading projects in the area and ensuring its long term architectural health
• Providing direction and guidance to the Solution Architects
• Acting as an escalation route for solution architects to help resolve architecture design issues
• Keeping the programme managers appraised of any changes to risks, issues or solution

Architecture
• Acting as Lead Solution Architect on major programmes of work
• Liaising with programme managers and lead business analysts to ensure solution options are recommended in line with the best fit against requirements
• Creating solution options and solution architectures that align with the EA standards and the IT roadmap
• Creating the Initial Project Evaluation document at the scoping stage of projects, in conjunction with the Enterprise Architects
• Overseeing the project’s Prepare phase to build the high level ‘Solution Architecture and Design’.
• Contributing towards policies, standards and guidelines that direct the selection, development, implementation and use of technology across the company
• Supporting Solution Architects by providing advice on solution options and designs
• Taking an active role in vendor selection

Insight & Risk
• Keeping abreast with developments in the IT industry and retail market space to ensure that the solution architectures are kept in line with industry standard and only deviate for commercial benefit
• Supporting the Enterprise Architects in identification and assessment of new and emerging technologies and promoting awareness among and beyond the team
• Working with external suppliers to ensure that the appropriate technology direction is set with respect to applications
• Ensure that the project by project solution design is aligned with the strategic technology direction

About You:
• Minimum 5 years Solution Architect experience (or equivalent)
• Ideally TOGAF certified, or equivalent.
• Ideally educated to degree level in a technical subject
• Significant experience of designing solutions in one or more domains relevant to fashion retail such as analytics, PLM, WMS, e-Commerce, ERP, HR and Finance systems.
• Proven ability to deliver flexible, reliable, supportable, cost effective (packaged and bespoke) IT solutions
• Demonstrable experience in IT industry standards, services, design, architecture principles design, architecture views and viewpoint design, building block design, solutions modelling and systems behaviour
• Good experience of IT Architecture (and underlying frameworks such as TOGAF and SOA) including the development (and ensuring adherence to) architecture principles and standards
• Knowledge of relevant technologies including document management, CRM/case management, BPM, web applications, portals, messaging and integration (Middleware), data management, etc.
• Proficiency in methods and techniques for structured reviews, including reviews of non-functional requirements, technical documents, test plans, business cases and other key deliverables

Why New Look?

There’s a lot to be excited about… we offer bonus schemes, season ticket loans, a huge staff discount of 40% and amazing deals across a number of different businesses.

If you’re still not convinced, add these to the list:

• Every Friday we finish at 4pm – hello weekend!
• You’ll receive monthly privilege vouchers for family and friends to enjoy 25% off – spread the love!
• Grab yourself a bargain at our quarterly sample sales – when the discount isn’t enough!
• Receive 24/7 access to the Retail Trust, a confidential and independent service for people in retail – because your mental health is important to us!
• Agile working environment - we have open break out spaces and state of the art coffee and tea stations throughout our offices – we know the importance of a diverse environment!
Still want to be a New Looker? We guessed you would! Apply now to find out more.


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