Senior Solution Architect

Location:Greater Manchester, Reading
Job Type:Full Time

Cross-Domain Solution Architecture (CDSA)

*Travel is an integral part of this role and may be 50% or more.

The positions could be based in any EMEA locations

Microsoft envisions a world where passionate innovators come to collaborate. A place where they can envision taking their careers to places they simply couldn’t imagine anywhere else. This is a world of more possibility, more innovation, more openness, and sky’s-the-limit thinking – a cloud-enabled world where we can help transform and allow our customers to disrupt themselves before someone else would.

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At a time when many businesses are looking for ways to innovate and transform both themselves and the markets they serve, Microsoft EMEA Enterprise Services Cross Domain Solution Architecture (CDSA) team is looking for experienced Solution Architect that can help build end to end solutions for our customers to help with their digital transformations.

  • You build your trusted advisor relationship with your customers on the whole lifecycle of their digital transformation programs, from initial business needs’ understanding to final delivery of the solution. The EMEA CDSA team at Microsoft is part of the CTO office in Microsoft Services. Cross Domain Solution Architects are responsible for architecting the most innovative and complex solutions using existing and emerging technologies to enable a customer digital transformation strategy.
  • As a Cross Domain Solution Architect you will require both broad and deep technology knowledge as well as business process knowledge.
  • You have the ability to architect cloud solutions by mapping customer business problems to end-to-end technology solutions.
  • You should be able to demonstrate the ability to engage in senior level business and technology decision makers’ discussions related to agility, business value, and end to end information technology.
  • You are a key enabler for other architects, consultants and partners in our business. You need to be able to demonstrate a passion for the customer through professionalism and striving for excellence in all aspects of the customer engagement and experience.
  • You need to be able to apply advanced analysis skills and experience in principals of architecture to define appropriate customer solutions. To be credible you should have current and deep experience with implementation of large software systems.
  • Also, you should understand competitive technology and how to properly assess feasibility of migrating customer solutions from, and/or integrating with customer solutions hosted on, non-Microsoft platforms.
  • Advanced domain knowledge in one or more vertical industry is also an asset.

You need to be a leader in demonstrating architecture, planning, deploying solutions including the following:

  • Demonstrated excellence with consulting skills and presenting complex topics to both business executive and technical personnel
  • Demonstrable capabilities in articulating the customer business value that can be achieved through technology
  • Proven experience selling consulting engagements which includes estimating, scoping, and writing effective statements of work that clearly set expectations and manage risk.
  • Consistent record of building deep relationships with senior executives and helping to build innovative cloud solutions in large or highly strategic accounts
  • Consistent track record of driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through with extraordinary verbal and written communication
  • Demonstrated excellence when facilitating customer design and awareness sessions that are focused on complex application solution architectures.
  • An ability to articulate architectural differences between solution methods and the challenges and approaches to integrating solutions built on different platforms including a working knowledge of different architectural frameworks that may be used by our customers.
  • Architectural understanding of and implementation experience across one or more of Microsoft Azure, Office365 and Dynamics or other industry leading PaaS, SaaS and IaaS platforms.
  • Ability to move between high level architectural review/design and the “hands on” level of actually doing all phases of a delivery project.
  • Resourceful, confident under pressure, and demonstrated skill in both crisis management and expectation management.


  • You may come from an enterprise customer, partner, system integrators, and may have played the following types of roles in these organizations: Senior Architect, Chief Architect, Principal Architect or CTO. Above all, you have been working on transforming your own or your customers’ business through technology.
  • We expect you to have a BS/BA degree and/or 10+ years of relevant work experience. MBA or a relevant business degree is an added advantage for combining technical and business skills in this role.

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