Solutions Architect

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Date: 02-Aug-2022

Location: Tygervalley, Western Cape, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who we are?

Sanlam Investments Group is one of South Africa’s largest investment management companies. We have a performance history spanning over 100 years, and offer a range of investment and financial planning solutions to protect and grow the long-term wealth of our clients.

We take particular pride in:

•             Sanlam’s longevity and innovation

•             People, teamwork and values

•             A culture of diversity and commitment to growing our own timber

•             Our robust, tested and proven pragmatic investment process and philosophy

Our local and offshore investment products cover the full investment spectrum: active and passive; single and multi-manager – both locally and internationally. Our active funds range are managed according to our pragmatic value investing style.

What will you do?

We are looking for an innovative Solutions/Integration Architect to develop and implement systems architecture that will meet business needs. The Solution Architect’s responsibilities include gathering requirements and functional specifications, assessing the current software systems in place in order to identify areas in need of improvement, and overseeing development teams. You should also be able to regularly update the company on any developments in systems architecture projects.
The Architect should be able to integrate any updated specifications and requirements into the systems architecture. An outstanding Solution Architect should be able to explain complex problems to management in layman’s terms.
Solution-Integration Architect Responsibilities:
•    Building and integrating information systems to meet the company’s needs.
•    Assessing the systems architecture currently in place and working with technical staff to recommend solutions to improve it.
•    Resolving technical problems as they arise.
•    Providing supervision and guidance to development teams.
•    Continually researching current and emerging technologies and proposing changes where needed.
•    Informing various stakeholders about any problems with the current technical solutions being implemented.
•    Assessing the business impact that certain technical choices have.
•    Providing updates to stakeholders on product development processes, costs, and budgets.
•    Assists Solution Architects, and Project Managers in matching technology services to specific business service and application development projects to ensure consistent use throughout the enterprise. Identifies and leverages opportunities across IT departments to ensure a consistent and efficient infrastructure framework.

What will make you successful in this role?

•    5 – 8 years relevant experience
•    Relevant tertiary degree
•    Proven experience in engineering and software architecture design.
•    In-depth understanding of coding languages (.Net Core, Java, JavaScript).
•    Containerized platforms (OpenShift, Kubernetes)
•    Experience in Integration Platforms (RabbitMQ, Kafka)
•    DevOps Tooling and Process
•    AWS/Azure knowledge advantageous
•    Sound knowledge of various operating systems and databases (SQL)
•    Understanding of Security patterns and network routing
•    Strong organizational and leadership skills.
•    Self-Starter

Qualification and Experience

Degree or Diploma with 8 to 10 years related experience.

Knowledge and Skills

Business Requirements
New Technology Research
Project Management
IT Architecture Standards and Procedures
Profile source data and determine all source data and metadata characteristics

Personal Attributes

Interpersonal savvy - Contributing through others
Decision quality - Contributing through others
Optimises work processes - Contributing through others
Plans and aligns - Contributing through others

Build a successful career with us

We’re all about building strong, lasting relationships with our employees. We know that you have hopes for your future – your career, your personal development and of achieving great things. We pride ourselves in helping  our employees to realise their worth. Through its four business clusters – Sanlam Life and Savings, Sanlam Investment Group, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Santam, as well as MiWay and the Group Office – the group provides many opportunities for growth and development.

Core Competencies

Being resilient - Contributing through others
Collaborates - Contributing through others
Cultivates innovation - Contributing through others
Customer focus - Contributing through others
Drives results - Contributing through others

Turnaround time

The shortlisting process will only start once the application due date has been reached. The time taken to complete this process will depend on how far you progress and the availability of managers. 

Our commitment to transformation

The Sanlam Group is committed to achieving transformation and embraces diversity. This commitment is what drives us to achieve a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace as we believe that these are key components to ensure a thriving and sustainable business in South Africa.  The Group's Employment Equity plan and targets will be considered as part of the selection process.