Product Architect


Job Details


UK Chippenham Head Office - 12189

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time



Closing Date

31/01/2021 12:00

Role overview

The Product Architect is responsible for IT solutioning (for a product domain), defining commercially aware and technically astute solutions that both align to and inform architectural direction while balancing the typical constraints evident on project delivery. They will be comfortable leading and defining effective business solutions within complex project environments, demonstrating the maturity to build strong working relationships across Business, IT and 3rd party Stakeholders.

Product architects also provide the necessary leadership, analysis and design tasks related to the development of an enterprise's product architecture. Creating deliverables that help develop a direction for managing the organization's portfolio of "to be" and "as is" products for a domain — including systems (meaning not just applications, but also processes and information), shared infrastructure services, shared application services and components to better match targeted business outcome objectives. Product architects leverage and use technology solutions to enable the organization's future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive the organization's targeted outcomes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state), and determine corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements to drive the organization's targeted business outcomes
  • Design and lead the implementation of a product domain architecture based on enterprise business strategy, business capabilities and business requirements.
  • Provide consulting support to business and IT leaders
  • Support project delivery to ensure projects are aligned with the overall enterprise architecture
  • Monitor the current-state solution portfolio to identify deficiencies through aging of the technologies used by the application, or misalignment with business requirements
  • Understand, advocate and augment the principles of information technology strategies
  • Analyze the business-IT environment (run, grow and transform the business) to detect critical deficiencies, and recommend solutions for improvement (systems of record, differentiation and innovation)
  • Analyze the technology industry, competitors and market trends, and determine their potential impact on the enterprise
  • Define the principles, guidelines, standards and solution patterns to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision
  • Design and direct the governance activities associated with ensuring solutions architecture assurance and compliance
  • Develop a roadmap for the evolution of the domain product portfolio from future to current state
  • Facilitate the evaluation and selection of software product standards and services, as well as the design of standard and custom software configurations
  • Identify the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the products architecture
  • Document all domain architecture design and analysis work
  • Drive the definition of the solution design and costing, mapping business and technical requirements to define a service that meets both business and operational expectations
  • Actively participate in the full project lifecycle from early shaping of high-level estimates and delivery plans through to active governance of the solution as it is developed and built in later phases
  • Work closely with the program management office (PMO) and implementation team to ensure the execution of plans corresponds with what is being promised
  • Provide architectural governance of in-project solution change requests
  • Capture and manage risks, issues and assumptions identified through the solutioning lifecycle, articulating the financial and other impacts associated with these concerns
  • Provide portfolio subject matter expertise - supporting both IT and other Wincanton functions in deriving maximum value from the existing portfolio and in ensuring the suitability an efficacy of proposed changes
  • Ensure compliance with Wincanton strategy, policies and architecture principals and legislative requirements

Experience and Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in Application/Solution Architecture and delivery, with a strong background in the practical use, design and deployment of large-scale applications
  • Experience in logistics and of supply chain technologies beneficial
  • Experience of working in a pipeline driven architectural function
  • Strong interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills to effectively manager designs/solution architects working across multiple projects and teams
  • Risk analysis and management, estimation, planning and decision analysis skills
  • Knowledge of structured methodologies e.g. COBIT, TOGAF, ITIL
  • Understanding of business process re-engineering principles and processes
  • Basic knowledge of financial models and Service Costings / Catalogue within ITIL Service Design
  • Past accountability for major project solution design from inception through to implementation
  • Understanding of the political climate of the enterprise, and how to navigate the waters
  • Commercial acumen, to recognize the importance of the value proposition in solution design
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
  • Remains unbiased toward any specific vendor or technology choice; is more interested in results than personal preference
  • Commercial awareness incorporating financial planning and budgeting
  • A proven ability to translate business objectives into technical requirements for internal or external delivery
  • A demonstrable understanding of the tools and techniques used to integrate disparate applications and services
  • Ability to travel inside the UK
  • Ability to communicate, influence and persuade peers
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations
  • Ability to propose and estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives
  • Proven ability to work well with othersExcellent written and verbal communication skills

About Us:

Wincanton is a leading third party logistics (3PL) and supply chain solutions provider in the UK and Ireland. As the largest British logistics company we work in industry sectors as diverse as milk, defence, energy, retail, consumer goods and construction, supporting every stage of development and adding value through our supply chain expertise and innovative approach to logistics challenges. With over 17,000 colleagues across more than 200 sites and a 3,400 strong fleet of vehicles, we put our customers at the heart of everything we do and our mission is “to make our customers business’s better, every day.”

Our people are at the core of our business and what makes Wincanton great. That’s why we provide significant opportunities for career progress, as well as training enrichment and multi-skilling, in a dynamic working environment.

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