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Solutions Architect

Job Function:
IT
Location:
Manchester
Job Type:
Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Solution Architect to join our Boohoo team in Manchester.  Are you passionate about technology?  Do you thrive working in a fast paced, vibrant environment? If so, then we would love to hear from you!

Background – who we are

We are a leading online fashion retail group. Our brands, boohoo, boohooMAN, PrettyLittleThing MissPap, Nasty Gal, Warehouse, Karen Millen & Oasis design, source, market and sell clothing, shoes, accessories and beauty products targeted at 16-30 year old consumers.

The speed and agility of the group ensures it is first to market with the latest on-trend styles and fashion. Products are designed, sourced, largely in the UK, and subsequently distributed globally from a central UK warehouse.

The group sells products to customers in almost every country in the world, with a strong presence in the UK, US, Europe and Australia.

Founded in Manchester in 2006, boohoo group is an inclusive and innovative brand targeting young, value-orientated customers. For over 10 years, boohoo group has been pushing boundaries to bring its customers up-to-date and inspirational fashion, 24/7. boohoo group has grown rapidly in the UK and internationally, and now has over five million customers.

The Role

You’ll report into the Chief Architect as a key member of the Architecture team. You will own the technology stack, design and deliver the technology strategy and roadmap for our new products. By creating architectural patterns, standards and framework you will enable collaboration across engineering teams and ensuring these are observed across all of technology and change.


In your day to day role you will

  • Take responsibility for the design of End to End solutions which meet the present and future requirements
  • Work closely with other Architects, Product Owners, Technical Leads and Business Analysts to produce Architectural Designs to be presented to delivery teams.
  • Work to define standards and patterns within the Boohoo Technology Reference Architecture.
  • Sit on the Architecture Review Board ensuring compliance of designs to business functional and non-functional requirements and adherence to our IT vision and strategy, Architecture guidelines, Regulatory requirements, and industry best practice
  • Stay abreast of technology and industry trends and capabilities


Skills & Experience

As a Solution Architect in a pure play online retailer you will have a passion for technological innovation and be up to date with cutting edge technologies with the ability to work across highly complex environment.

We are a small team with a wide remit and as such you’ll be working on solutions from the App, Web to backend finance and order taking systems.


  • Experience of leading large complex cross domain or cross product designs
  • Expert designer, as a Solution Architect you must have expert technical skills and experience that will enable delivery
  • Detailed practical knowledge of an Enterprise IT infrastructure and Software Development and maintenance methods, tools, and techniques
  • Broad understanding of all aspects of information systems and deep understanding of areas of specialisation
  • Public cloud technologies, cloud hosting, container, and networking design patterns, tools and best practice (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform).
  • Microservice and API-led architecture and integration design tools, techniques and best practice.
  • Event-based architecture design, patterns (including pub-sub and data streaming), modelling techniques, tools and standards.
  • Retail experience is of benefit but not essential


Behavioural:

  • Ability to work in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills both written and verbal – able to effectively engage a non-technical audience on key technical issues.
  • Superior analytical & problem-solving skills.
  • Driven to succeed and deliver results.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills to communicate with technical & non-technical stakeholders, developers and managers.