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Solutions Architect

Apply now Job no: 073271
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Remote - work from anywhere within the UK
Categories: Digital Innovation

Business Unit: Change & Delivery
Salary range: £43,600 - £60,000 per annum DOE

Your life more Virgin starts here

Join Virgin Money as we transform our team into one that is ready to meet the challenges of the future, setting us up to support our ambition to disrupt the status quo and turn traditional banking on its head. We’re on the lookout for like-minded individuals and innovators to help drive our strategy forward. We’re also transforming how we work, offering our colleagues more choice, control and flexibility to live and work how they choose with A Life More Virgin.

Here’s what it means for YOU:

  • 38.5 days annual leave for all colleagues (including bank holidays and pro rata if part-time)​
  • Up to five extra paid well-being days per year​
  • A 35-hour working week
  • 20 weeks paid, gender neutral family leave (52 weeks in total) for expectant parents and those looking to adopt
  • Market leading Pension & Private Medical Insurance
  • Flexible benefits including Cycle to Work, Wellness & Health Assessments and Critical Illness
  • Ability to work anywhere in the UK​ (where the role allows)

Here’s what you’ll be doing…

  • Working closely with Business and Technology colleagues to ensure that design options are effectively evaluated and that robust recommendations are made
  • Ongoing governance of project delivery against agreed designs and assessment of the impact of change requests on the high-level design
  • Running design forums and workshops with developer, operational and business colleagues.  Third party vendors will often be involved as well
  • Distribution of designs for approval and presentation of said designs at formal clinics
  • Peer review of designs produced by colleagues
  • Involvement in the technical communities of interest to support and enhance Virgin Money software development policies and standards
  • Provision of Solution Design estimates for input to Business Cases
  • Involvement in internal improvement initiatives to develop the overall capability of the Solutions Design competency
  • Working alongside Lead Solution Architects and with other designers within the Solutions Design competency to support the bank's business projects

We’d love you to have…

  • Experience of a range of technologies including, for example, Messaging & Middleware, Microservices, Cloud and Data Streaming
  • Experience and expertise in solution architecture
  • Experience of working in waterfall and agile environments during the Software Development Life Cycle
  • Understanding and experience of design governance
  • Ability to work with both Business and Technology stakeholders to build personal credibility in shaping of solutions to business problems
  • Ability to manage and resolve design risks and issues
  • The ability to influence and challenge at a senior level to get the best outcome

The following would be brilliant (but not essential)…

  • Support planning - help drive the scope and delivery shape and schedule as well design
  • Experience working effectively with other Change and Technology professionals
  • Experience in the following areas of business: Financial Fraud and AML; Debit & Credit Cards; ATM & POS; Payments (FPS, SWIFT, CHAPS, BACS); Core banking processing; Treasury Systems

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 careers team at

Now the legal bit…
Living A Life More Virgin allows our colleagues to be based anywhere in the UK (if the role allows it) but we will need to you to confirm you have the Right to Work in the UK.

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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