Head of Innovation and Architecture

£100,000 | West Sussex | Permanent
Posted 27 days ago

Head of IT Innovation and Architecture

FTSE100 Financial Services Client - Sussex Coast

C£90,000 plus extensive benefits including car allowance, bonus, pension, healthcare, dental, 30 days holiday etc

Working with a highly respected FTSE100 Financial Services client, we are seeking an exceptional Head of IT Innovation and Architecture to manage and deliver the essential services that support the smooth and professional running of the group and supports their day-to-day operations.

We will expect you to be confident in the following;

* Work closely with stakeholders, business representatives and subject matter experts to design technology systems and solutions that are aligned with the firm's business strategy. Define, maintain and communicate Group Finance's IT Strategy, technology roadmap and how solutions should be implemented.
* Take the lead in all matters with regard to the management of employees, making sure management discretion is used in a consistent manner, and that the area follows the Group's policies and procedures to maximise business performance
* Define and maintain the IT Strategy for Group Finance (with Head of IT) ensuring articulation of architectural design principles that guide technology decisions for various departments align.
* Develop and manage IT investment roadmap and implementation plan and ensure that the IT architecture is appropriate to business requirements and IT strategy; defining the transition steps and strategy from current to future technology architecture
* Develop business case justifications and cost benefit analysis for proposed areas of spending and initiatives; bringing in new thinking and market trends to drive business innovation.
* Establish and lead on optimal technical architecture standards, governance framework and align with project framework (across solution, technical, infrastructure, data, security disciplines) to guide decision making. Lead the technical architecture design authority.


* Degree in business, computer science, systems analysis or equivalent
* TOGAF or similar certification preferred
* ITIL certification preferred


* The regulatory environment, is preferred
* Strong knowledge of design and architectural patterns.
* Knowledge and experience of IT industry standards, IT governance
* Knowledge of business models, operating models, financial models, budgeting and risk management
* Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, SOA, API, open data, micro services, event driven IT and predictive analytics and business intelligence/analytics.
* Exposure and understanding of existing and emerging new technologies and processing environment.


* Relevant experience in solution or enterprise architecture in Financial Services industry
* To be able to appreciate strategy and think outside the box to take a broader picture view of situations.
* Vendor and technology neutral - more interested in business outcomes. Practical, common sense approach to delivering successful, collaborative outcomes
* Experience of software development methodologies and structured approaches to system development.
* Excellent understanding of IT architecture, infrastructure and service models with proven ability to interpret these into services that meet business needs.
* Ability to develop, and project a positive image of the IT function and company through interpersonal, written and verbal communications to a wide range of audiences.
* Strong experience in at least 3 disciplines such as business, information, solution or technical architecture, application development, middleware, information analysis, database management or operations in a multitier environment.
* Track record of delivery of multimillion £ solutions across an enterprise
* Proven ability to build successful working relationships, networks and team dynamics.

For more information about this role, please contact:

Rob Smith

01892 553 248

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