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Senior Solutions Architect

Job Information
LocationRecruitment Agency / Vacancy in South Africa. Cape Town
SalaryR42k – R32k
Job TypePermanent
Experience5-10 Years

Job Description

Position: Solutions Architect

Location: Cape Town

Reference: DA201209-SA

Remuneration: R42k – R32k

Type: Permanent

Position Purpose

The Solutions Architect is a leadership role that will be accountable for architecting and designing comprehensive solutions that meet Metropolitan’s business requirements. He/she will partner with key roles (e.g. enterprise architects, project managers, business analysts, testers, developers.) to create well-defined solutions that are aligned to Metropolitan’s IT Strategy and leverage common solutions and services, to meet key project goals.

The scope of this job includes current and future retail solutions and systems.

The Incumbent will be responsible for:

Strategic Alignment

Align with Retail Business Strategy and Enterprise Strategy;

Align with Retail and MMI values and goals;

Align with the MMI objectives to ensure merger benefits;

Alignment with all areas of Retail IT to ensure that there is good integration between the current and future environments, and that current systems remain stable;

Align with Current IT trends and technologies;


Designing technical solutions that support Retails value chain and align to the overall enterprise architecture of Retail;

Designing technical solutions that support Retails value chain and align to the overall enterprise architecture of MMI where applicable;

Ensure the governance of the design, implementation and functioning of the various solutions across the value chain is enforced;

Take accountability for the overall design, implementation and functioning of solutions within Retail;

Ensure Retail priorities are met according to business requirement and expectation;

Ensure that standards, disciplines and processes are followed;

Analysis of business requirements must present viable options / solutions, and implementation must address the key issues as well as take the strategic intent and end to end solution into account;

Ensure effective delivery of solution design within the various teams;

Operate across the technical levels within the enterprise architecture as well across the value chain;

Contribute to the analysis and development workload in the team through actions such as facilitating and engaging in collaborative analysis sessions, ensuring integration throughout all affected systems, and taking a technical design role;

Work with peers to conduct Solution Architecture Reviews for a broad set of projects;

Review and provide input into functional & non-functional requirements;

Provide requirements to Enterprise Architects that drive strategic direction for business, application, information, and technology architectures;

Partner with Enterprise Architects for specific sub-domains (e.g. Network, Storage) in support of solution definition and development;


Understand the financial cost implementations of designed solutions both current and future;

Proactively look for ways to save costs.

The applicant should meet these requirements:

3 year de8-10+ years of IT solution delivery, preferably playing a diverse set of roles (e.g. programmer, architect) Previous systems development experience, in an analyst developer role;

8-10+ years of IT solution delivery, preferably playing a diverse set of roles (e.g. programmer, architect) Previous systems development experience, in an analyst developer role;

Implemented large object orientated solutions with a given track record in new Java on IBM SOA based platforms;

Experience in implementing SOA / SOC projects;

Experience in UML;

Experience SOAML will be beneficial;

Experience in developing J2EE 3.1;

Experience in developing JAX-WS 2.0;

Experience in developing SCA;

Experience in implementing solutions on the following Technology Platforms;

WebSphere Application Server ;

WebSphere Decision Server;

WebSphere Process Manager;

WebSphere Service Registry and Repository;

WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus;

WebSphere Datapower;

Experience in the Insurance Industry beneficial;

Good general knowledge of underlying IT Architectures and Technologies;

Good general knowledge of underlying IT infrastructures;

Good knowledge of the Insurance Industry;

Experience in Agile development environment;

Understanding and knowledge of Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC);

Detailed systems development and integration knowledge in relevant technology infrastructure;

Understanding of the Agile development environment;

Knowledge of life insurance industry, and specifically of Metropolitan business and systems: knowledge of the Sales and Enrolment current systems a distinct advantage,

Indicate the systems you have architected, designed and helped deploy.

Interested candidates can forward their comprehensive written applications to the following e-mail: or fax to: 086 600 7977. You can also contact Debré/Sam/Cheyenne on 011 807 8064

Correspondence will only be conducted with short listed candidates. Should you not hear from us within 3 days, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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