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Lead Solutions Architect

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Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: England - North East, Scotland - Glasgow City Centre, UK
Categories: IT - Digital Solutions

Job Title: Lead Solutions Architect
Business Unit: CIO, Digital Solutions
Salary: Starting from  £50,500 - £70,000 per annum DOE
Location: UK, Flexible
Contract type: Permanent

In our quest to make all things Digital Awesome, we never stop looking at how every bit of Digital banking works. We sweat the small stuff, because we know it makes a big difference for our customers and our colleagues. But at the heart of this are our people – who we couldn’t do without. Our bold and brilliant colleagues who bring their A game and their Agile game, every single day. The question is – are you ready to bring yours?  

Let’s tell you a little bit more!

So, what’s our Digital Solutions Vision? Simply put, we will become a fully digitised bank, by developing a best-in-class digital delivery capability for our colleagues and our customers.  But how will we deliver it? By becoming a truly Agile Organisation, our Digital Solutions Agile journey started in October 2020, since then, we have set up new Tribes, new squads, new ways of workings, loads of training sessions and much much more, it’s an exciting time to join the team, what are you waiting for? The Digital Solutions team is part of the wider CIO function, and we are responsible for IT solutions that underpin our multi-channel distribution systems which includes our websites, mobile applications and client-server applications. We have an exciting opportunity for a Solutions Designer to join our Solutions design team who will be a key contributor to the architecture used within the bank on the digital platform and will help shape our journey to become a fully digitised bank, while improving our Agile capability.

As a Lead Solution Designer, we’re not just looking for a technologist but for someone who also enjoys engaging and collaborating with stakeholders.  We believe in collaboration, with Agile at the heart of everything we do. We aren’t perfect (who is?) so we iterate and improve as we go. We are looking for people who can not only help us continue to disrupt the banking sector but also how we become better at what we do!

Day to day you’ll...

  • Work closely with business and Technology colleagues to ensure that design options are effectively evaluated, and robust recommendations made.
  • Socialisation of designs for approval.
  • Peer reviewing of designs produced by others.
  • Strong contribution to the domain guild community of interest – inputting where appropriate and effectively championing the adherence to CYGB policies and standards through influence of others within design, software engineering and other roles.
  • Coordination of activities of others within the Solutions and Infrastructure Design teams to support the bank’s business projects.
  • On occasion taking responsibility for direction of detailed design resources in significant projects or programmes.
  • Ongoing support, direction and governance of project delivery against agreed designs and assessment of the impact of change requests on the high-level design.
  • In addition, the job holder will also make a significant leadership contribution to internal improvement initiatives to develop the overall capability of the Solutions Design team.

To be successful you’ll bring…

  • Significant experience and expertise in Solutions Architecture / Design in financial services organisations across a range of technologies.
  • Able to lead design of technical solutions to complex business problems.
  • Very good influencing and interpersonal skills and credibility with stakeholders.
  • Interest, drive and proactivity to lead improvements to the design service of the team.
  • Practical experience in Agile development, e.g., Scrum, Kanban, SAFe

We would like you to have…

  • Previous financial services or banking experience.
  • Experience of working with third party delivery partners.
  • A broad range of design experience - the role holder will be an experienced IT professional, typically with a degree and business/ IT post-graduate professional education, with experience of influencing at a senior level.
  • Exposure / Interest of Microservice and event driven architectures
  • Exposure / Interest of Web app and Mobile App development.
  • Exposure / Interest of working with Java applications.
  • Exposure / Interest of working with a Platform As A Service (PAAS)
  • Exposure / Interest with working with cloud services.
  • Exposure / Interest with API’s.
  • Prepared to self-learn a new technology in short timescales, to assess the worth of technology platforms.
  • Broad understanding of information security, and risks of a modern platform.
  • Interest in emerging trends / technology and can guide stakeholders on how they may be used.
  • Atlassian Stack

This is a wish list so don’t worry if you don’t have all of these as we’d still love to hear from you! Overall, your attitude and approach are as important as the experience and skills that you will bring.

Apply now!

RED HOT Rewards

  • A generous holiday package and the option to buy more!
  • Private Medical Insurance - with the option to extend to family members.
  • Pension!  A market leading pension – we’ll top up your contributions too.
  • Flexible benefits – customise your rewards to work for you!

Inclusion at Virgin Money

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do here at Virgin Money. It’s good for you, it’s good for us and it’s amazing for our customers. We know that great minds don’t think alike, so we rely on your diverse thoughts, feelings, beliefs and backgrounds to be the best we can possibly be. Got any questions about this or need some support with your application? We’d love to hear from you so get in touch with our friendly team at or

Point to note…

At the minute, depending on which team you are joining, lots of us are working from home. This is something that may change over time, and if so, we will come together in one of our hub locations, giving you the chance to meet your new colleagues in person. We will of course, make sure you have the IT equipment to access our systems and to interact digitally with your new team and colleagues, but we thought it best to let you know this in advance, so you can make sure you are set up to work safely and productively. If you have any questions on this let us know!

Now the legal bit…

If we offer you a job and you accept, there are some checks we need to complete before you can start with us. This will include a credit and criminal record check, as well as providing 3 years' worth of satisfactory references.

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