Solutions Architect

Reporting to the Head – Enterprise Architecture, the role holder is intended to provide detailed technical analysis of business requirements to provide the end to end solution to a business need, Provide the projects solutions approach by building software and integration technical designs to ensure they are in line with the enterprise architectural plan in collaboration with Enterprise Architects, Application Architects, and Data Architects.

The role holder will also provide input to the strategic direction of technology investments to assist in the development of the enterprise architecture and maximize the return on technology investment. The Solution Architect will also provide technical support with existing and occurring enhancements with respect to effort estimation and impact assessment as well as identify system, infrastructure, and project interdependencies and balance competing demands to ensure project deliverables are achieved.

The role

The successful jobholder will be expected to:

Use appropriate tools, including logical models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of systems architectures in specific business or functional areas.
Produce detailed component specifications and translates these into detailed designs for implementation using selected products.
Provide advice on technical aspects of system development and integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and ensure that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly. Provide input to the strategic direction of technology investments to assist in the development of the enterprise architecture to maximize the return on technology investment, participate in governance/stewardship of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) artifacts and definitions, including enterprise services, data, business events/topics, contracts and associated publish/subscribe participants.
Specify and design large or complex systems, select appropriate design standards, methods, and tools, consistent with agreed enterprise and solution architectures and ensures they are applied effectively.
Review others’ systems designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources, and integration of multiple systems and technology
Evaluate and undertake impact analysis on major design options and assess and manage associated risks and ensure that the system design balances functional, service quality, and systems management requirements.
Contribute to selection policy for architecture components, weigh alternatives and identify the most effective solutions taking into account wider business context, explore a range of possibilities and creative alternatives to contribute to systems, process, and business improvements and finally implement systems and processes that underpin high-quality research and analysis.
Monitor the market to gain knowledge and understanding of currently emerging technologies, identify new and emerging hardware and software technologies and products, and potential value to the organization.
Document policies, procedures, and reference architectures on Intranet and communicate updates to appropriate staff. Provide best practice recommendations for project implementation and designing policies and procedures to support the recommendations.
Attend code reviews to ensure that platform-specific standards and best practices are followed.
Provide team support in project delivery; systems development, solution architecture
Design, architecture reviews, architecture assessment, component development, ICT tools evaluation, vendor review, employs modeling as a framework; mentorship guidance, manage team expectations, organize for one on one sessions and manage communication within the team with regard to timely project updates.
Ensures that the solution architectures align with the roadmaps established by enterprise architecture and that they adhere to the enterprise architecture principles.

Qualifications, Skills & Attributes

The successful jobholder will be required to possess the following qualifications: –

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, IT, Statistics, Actuarial Science and/or related
4 years’ professional experience in IT solution architecture, development of APIs on Enterprise service bus/SOA experience is desirable
Solid grasp of design patterns and principles, particularly Object-Oriented Design (OOD), Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Event-Driven Architecture (EDA).
Excellent software development skills – Java, Spring framework, JBoss, Websphere Application Server, C#, Oracle databases, SQL server, DevOps, SOA/ESB, Cloud based solutions, Android, REST, XML/RPC, CORBA, Business process management (BPM), Active MQ, Kannel
Experience on systems like Mobile money transfer, USSD/SMS, ERP, CRM, core banking system and other systems in a financial services ecosystem.
Familiarity with Unified Modeling Language (UML) and possesses knowledge of ancillary technologies in use at, such as Java, MS SQL server, Eclipse, Oracle, or an ability to quickly learn any of these if needed.
Possesses a strong customer service attitude, excellent communication skills, exhibits a passion for learning and continuous improvement. Takes responsibility for acquiring new skills and broadening knowledge
Exhibits a commitment to the utilization of defined standards and processes with entrepreneurial flair with strong business acumen.
High level of mathematical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills, logical, analytical and investigative mind, together with creative abilities, A wild duck – out of the box thinker.
Ability to handle complex information with accuracy and attention to detail.



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If you are confident that you fit the role and person profile and you are keen to add value to your career then please forward your application letter enclosing detailed Curriculum Vitae  indicating the job reference number SA/IID/2021.

Job expires on 2021-12-07

We are an equal opportunity employer.

About Co-operative Bank of Kenya

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited is incorporated in Kenya under the Company Act and is also licensed to do the business of banking under the Banking Act. The Bank was initially registered under the Co-operative Societies Act at the point of founding in 1965. This status was retained up to and until June 27th 2008 when the Bank's Special General Meeting resolved to incorporate under the Companies Act with a view to complying with the requirements for listing on the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE)