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  • Posted: May 4, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • The Shoprite Group of Companies, comprising several iconic brands, is the largest retailer in Africa. It started out as a group of eight grocery stores in 1979, and has grown into a technologically-advanced, continent-wide business selling items from food, liquor and medicine, to concert tickets and furniture. Today the Group is at the forefront of retail...
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    Solution Architect - R&D and Innovation

    Purpose of the Job    

    • As a recognized authority the Solution Architect collaborates in R&D and innovation standards & controls and creates the base solution architectures for the innovation initiatives. The role will be responsible for the architecture of minimum viable product (MVP) initiatives for the innovation team as well as the handover of the architecture to delivery teams for subsequent refinement and implementation.
    • The solution architect will work closely with other solution architects, business analysts, designers and business users to architect and help shape solutions for Shoprite’s Innovation team. The position requires an innovative mindset and will require the solution architect to get involved with aspects of design and technical details. A strong development background will therefore be highly beneficial.
    • A thorough understanding of Retail and IT SDLC is essential.


    Job Objectives    
    1. Define and continuously improve the Innovation architecture framework and solution architecture modeling standards.

    • Define and create solution level Innovation architecture models that are aligned with business blueprints, non-functional requirements, delivery constraints, data, application and technology standards.
    • Provide expert Innovation guidance, ensure solution architectures and designs are in line with the Shoprite technology standards and conduct architecture and design reviews as part of the Architecture Review Board.
    • Contribute to solution architecture and design standards and SDLC governance requirements.

    2. Define and continuously improve the Innovation architecture framework and solution architecture modeling standards.

    • Define a structured Innovation architecture approach and methodology for capturing the key views of the enterprise.
    • Identify, define and communicate standards, guidelines, formats, meta-models, policies, best practices, and governance practices for Innovation architectures and designs.
    • Ensure that the Innovation approach integrates into the methodologies and processes of the rest of the Enterprise Architecture team.
    • Stay abreast of innovation and latest technologies within the retail industry and drive adoption as deemed appropriate.

    3. Define and create solution level Innovation architecture models that are aligned with business blueprints, non-functional requirements, delivery constraints, data, application and technology standards.

    • Analyze the inputs and outputs of innovation initiatives and create related architectures and designs for the baseline (“as is”) and target (“to be”) solution architectures.
    • Define appropriate innovation architecture governance processes and quality compliance criteria.
    • Perform quality assurance checks on innovation Architectures and Designs and enforce quality compliance criteria to set policies and standards.
    • Perform quality checks on existing innovation Architectures and Designs to identify potential business risks areas and make re-engineering recommendations.
    • Ensure innovation security conforms to Information Security Governance policies and standards.
    • 4. Provide expert Innovation guidance, ensure solution architectures and designs are in line with the Shoprite technology standards and conduct architecture and design reviews as part of the Architecture Review Board.
    • Define and develop the overall innovation landscape in partnership with the Domain Architect, Data Analytics team and other Solution Architects.
    • Review proposed solution architectures ensuring alignment with architecture principles, the architecture framework, cloud reference architectures, set technology standards and identify critical gaps, and recommend improvements.
    • Give guidance and advice to peers in respect to innovation solution designs ensuring the designs conform to industry best practices and standards

    5. Define a framework for Solution Architecture and develop the policies and procedures and templates to guide and govern the Solution Architecture processes.

    • Develop and maintain solution architecture principles and quality compliance criteria to guide technology decisions.
    • Develop and set solution modeling standards and guidelines.
    • Define a set of metrics to measure and report on the performance of the various solution architecture processes.
    • Qualifications    
    • Degree in Information Systems / B Sc. Comp. Science (or similar)

    Experience    

    • 10+ years Working experience within the IT industry.
    • 5+ years Experience in solution architectures, system analysis and design, data modeling and application development methodologies.
    • 3+ years Experience with software development across a variety of development languages.
    • 3+ years Experience in architecting and/or developing solutions in hyperscale environments.
    • 3+ years Experience in agile and/or lean delivery methodologies.
    • 2+ years Retail industry experience with an understanding of retail business processes and the information and data requirements of these processes.

    Knowledge and Skills    

    • Innovative, can-do mindset.
    • Strong analytical, problem-solving and logical skills with attention to detail.
    • Excellent team-working, interpersonal skills.
    • Delivery of compelling presentations to all levels of stakeholders and excellent communication and relationship building skills.
    • Excellent organization and facilitation skills.
    • Ability to communicate and work closely with all levels in the enterprise, including BA’s, architects, designers, developers, business stakeholders, project managers, external parties and vendors, etc.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Shoprite Group of Companies on shoprite.erecruit.co to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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