Solution Architect

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Solution Architect

An opportunity has arisen for a Solution Architect to be based in the UK, within the Shared Services, Enterprise IT Services (EITS) Strategy and Architecture team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for defining robust and cost effective solution architectures and designs to meet the business objectives and requirements of the customer, with responsibility for delivery of fit for purpose solutions in line with EITS standards and policies.

The projects will sit across various Business Areas, such as Finance, Procurement, HR etc. and the successful candidate will work on multiple projects at any one time, depending on the breadth / scope.

This role reports directly to the EITS Engineering Authority and will sit in the project architecture team.

As a Solution Architect your main responsibilities will involve:

Defining the Solution Architecture and Design for the project to meet business requirements, within the project constraints of cost and timescale, and the agreed architectural and technical framework

Capturing the as-is application, data and technology architectures for the assigned projects

Defining the to-be application, data and technology architectures for the assigned projects

Ensuring, and where 3rd party elements are provided, assuring, that the overall functional and technical design of the solution is acceptable and fit for purpose

Providing Technical Authority leadership of the IM&T solution and associated development team, ensuring that the solution architecture and design is as required and is communicated effectively

Liaising with the product suppliers, COTS component vendors and sub-contract development teams

Ensuring consistency and integrity of the solution implementation through overseeing the solution development process, and production of development work products

Providing design management and governance through the operation of change and configuration management activities

Working effectively with the Project Managers to support the development of the project plan, through assisting with the compilation, reviewing estimates and schedules, and identifying risks and approach to reviews

Engaging with customers and stakeholders to develop solution requirements and solution design

As a Solution Architect your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

Information Systems / Engineering diploma / degree – or equivalent, would be advantageous.


Proven experience in delivering IM&T solutions together with associated architecture deliverables.


Proven knowledge and experience of working within architecture frameworks e.g. TOGAF.


Understanding of the service lifecycle is advantageous e.g. ITIL.


Hands-on experience with business and system requirements gathering / analysis.


Proven experience in design, development, test and release of Information Systems.


Strong understanding of information processing principles and practices.


Technical knowledge of a range of IM&T business systems from ERPs through procurement to supplier management.


Excellent analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities.


Very good written and oral communication skills.


Architecture and technical support documentation skills.


Understanding of IM&T / software development lifecycle (including methodologies e.g. Agile) and associated reviews, policies, standards and governance processes.


Previous experience of technical leadership e.g. acting as a Technical Authority.


Location: Preston or Farnborough

Salary: Competitive - commensurate with skills and experience

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.


BAE Systems


BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.


Shared Services


If you’d like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you.

From keeping soldiers, sailors and pilots safe to helping countries prosper, from developing the next generation of supersonic aircraft to investing in the next generation of super-smart talent – at BAE Systems, we work together to give our customers an essential edge in protecting the things that really matter. Lives, livelihoods, ways of life.


As part of the Shared Services team, you’ll be at the heart of this endeavour – working closely with our air, maritime, land and cyber and intelligence businesses to support our customers around the world.


Join us and you’ll be encouraged and rewarded to excel in this important work. Apply your talent where it counts.


We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.


We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.


Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.


Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.