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PSDB Platform Architect

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  15-Sep-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.


Role title: PSDB Platform Architect
Location: Newbury 


Role purpose: 

To support our Digital vision, Business IT require a highly capable and experienced Telco PSDB Architect to support the strategy related to Product Modelling. This domain covers Product Meta-Model Definition, Product Catalogue and implementing products within systems as well as supporting wider business stakeholders in the product modelling activities. The key responsibility of this role will be optimising the architecture and roadmap for these functions in order to deliver the business and technology vision. 

The role will support defining and managing the definition of transitional and target state IT architectures and capability designs for a diverse range of transformation and tactical initiatives across  Vodafone Business Units in Group and participating Local Markets in relation to this domain. 

The role will play an integral part in relevant RFIs/RFPs and sourcing strategies and include a level of architecture consultancy and governance for the wider Group IT Architecture team. The role will also include direct involvement in the development of policies, standards and guidelines that direct the selection, development, implementation and use of Information Technology within the enterprise.


Core competencies: 

-    Demonstrable and recent track record of delivering an architecture service on projects that span multi-disciplinary areas across OSS, BSS and Enterprise domains in a large telecommunications IT environments
-    Knowledge and Experience creating product meta models, product modelling. Knowledge and experience of Product Catalogue benefits cases and software solutions.
-    Sound overall knowledge of application capabilities, integration, data design methodologies and industry best practices
-    Ability to understand a wide range of disciplines in enough detail to communicate effectively with experts in those areas to enable delivery of E2E solutions designs, including, as examples, network designs, customer relationship management, order management / service provisioning, service assurance processes, billing and general enterprise management functions.
-    Capability to articulate and define complex architectures in a simple way to stakeholders underpinned by a structured analytical approach and high quality architectural artefacts and deliverables.

-    Working knowledge and/or experience of delivering solutions architectures and designs for Enterprise Business Units in telco environments
-    Working knowledge of TOGAF (Enterprise Architecture framework), TM Forum Frameworx (industry specific Process, Application, and Information frameworks), and UML (modelling standard)
-    Experience with E2E modelling tools such as Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect or IBM Rationale System/Software Architect)
-    Experience with managing third parties required to participate in the definition of architectures, ensuring continuity of design with all internal aspects
-    Excellent communication (both written and spoken), negotiation and presentation skills
-    Persists when faced with resistance and convinces other colleagues of a point of view. Anticipates objections, builds on other people’s ideas, and improves service standards


Must have technical / professional qualifications: 

Educated to degree level and/or relevant technical experience with a proven track record of defining, 


Job Responsibility

* Works effectively with colleagues to develop technical stories which are aligned to defined architecture principles and patterns in line with the architecture vision and standards;

* Assists, advises and executes design, development, and deployment of digital architecture practices, standards, patterns and innovations;

* Uses best practice knowledge to ensure the holistic solution design of future capabilities and features, including external dependencies, cross-domain integrations (APIs), and technical enablers/stories, etc.;

* Maintains solid relations with the system integrator to ensure the solutions being delivered are aligned with Vodafone standards, best practice and business objectives, and the activity is signed off accordingly;

* Collaborates with the team to scout new technologies and vendors to enable innovation and identify technical enablers;

* Supports with providing strategic input and planning for large infrastructure initiatives/projects across the product�s lifecycle;

* Supports assisting with the creation of Requests For Proposal (RFPs) on technical requirements, evaluation of answers and supplier short-listing during RFP process;

* Uses communication skills on foundational architecture best practices and disruptive technologies and their implications;

* May provide informal guidance to junior staff.


MicroServices and APIs
Dev Ops
Architecture and Design
Software Engineering
Business Partnering
Critical Thinking

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