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Senior Cloud Solution Architect at Centrica Services Ltd (UK)

Senior Cloud Solution Architect

Centrica Services Ltd (UK) Staines, Surrey Full Time
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This is a key role within our Solution Design and Engineering team to ensure the Centrica Enterprise Target Architecture is maintained and managed to align with the business strategy.  The role holder will support the development of solution architecture for all relevant technologies and assure that functional, platform, infrastructure and integration components deliver a complete end to end solution.

Working as a technology consultant the role will guide the Centrica business units on how the capabilities of systems and technologies can be used to solve business problems and develop solution models and architectures for assigned projects aligned to business outcomes.

The role holder will be an expert in one or more industry, functional or technological domains, for example; SMART Metering, Workforce Management, or Cloud provisioning and key tasks will include:

  • Create high level solution models and solution architectures for assigned projects aligned to business outcomes across the Centrica Group

  • Document appropriate technical standards and ensure they are communicated and followed

  • Assure that solutions will technically deliver and meet the needs of both the Centrica business units and the IS strategy

  • Contribute to the development of the Enterprise Target Architecture aligned to the business strategy

  • Be the design authority on projects ensuring adherence to design standards and the Enterprise Target Architecture

  • Develop the relevant subject matter expertise or identify and utilise individuals with relevant expertise to assist them

  • Cost and performance optimisation of solutions

  • Investment planning for Change, KTLO and modernisation

  • Support Centrica in vendor selection through RFP, or similar, processes.

Additional accountabilities:


  • Responsible for prioritising and managing own workload, and others as required as part of a global distributed organisation

  • Contributes to the Target Architecture and definition and maintenance of standards

  • Supports the development of the project planning including ensuring the phases are appropriate.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Supports the budget development process for a solution to maximise the business case leveraging investment across the Group to deliver maximum return on investment.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Deliver solution and technical architectures in line with business requirements, organisation and industry standards across all Centrica business units

  • Ensure compliance of all high-level solution models and solution architectures to the Target Architecture, Enterprise roadmaps, architecture principles and standards

  • Assess the impact of business change requests on the existing architecture and support the prioritisation of these changes

  • Provide direction and guidance on projects ensuring adherence to Architecture and Design standards and the Enterprise Target Architecture

  • Work with the project stakeholders to understand the business outcomes and strategy so that recommended solution options provide the best fit against requirements and budget

  • Support the Business Analyst to determine high-level functional and non functional requirements, maximising the use of standard or out-of-the-box features and capability

  • Create solution options and solution architectures, ensuring any deviations to the standards are handled through the Strategy and Architecture Governance process

  • Be accountable for the viability of proposed solutions and provide direction, advice and guidance on the appropriate approach to the solution throughout the project

  • Perform the design authority role on projects ensuring that the detailed designs and solutions delivered align to the solution architecture, managing and resolving any design issues as they arise

  • Maintain awareness of the technology in use within the Group in order to ensure solutions leverage the capability of the estate

  • Identify the commercial impacts of decisions involving architecture at a Group level and engage the appropriate people in coming to a sound commercial outcome.


  • Work with external suppliers to ensure that the appropriate technology direction is set with respect to systems, data and technical infrastructure

  • Work and effectively communicates with a wide range of stakeholders across the Group in developing a solution that meets the needs of the business

Leadership and People Management

  • Develop, coach, motivate and inspire fellow team members.

The Person:

  • Accredited in application of structured architecture frameworks (e.g TOGAF)

  • Experience and knowledge of Cloud Solution Architectures

  • Extensive experience in a Solution Architecture, Infrastructure, Cloud Architect or Technical Architect role

  • Experience of working in large multi channel environment

  • Experience of implementing solutions across multiple integration disciplines

  • Experience of full lifecycle implementations

  • Experience in working in Energy Supply and Services industries

  • Awareness of integration techniques and tools

  • Awareness of data design principles and modelling techniques

  • Commercial acumen and appreciation of business finance fundamentals

  • Experience of delivering projects across multiple domains

  • Awareness of industry trends

  • Awareness and experience of structured programming languages.

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the ‘Apply’ button.

This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.


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Job ID: R0002394