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Principal Platforms Architect

Posting Country:  United Kingdom
Date Posted:  25-Nov-2022
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.


The Product Integration Platform function is owning the Product Integration Platform (PIP) within the Channels and Products organization.  The PIP is enabling, orchestrating and exposing Markets and Group capabilities to third parties and Vodafone services. The PIP consists of the API exposure layer, the Global Integration Gateway, lots of Micro services, Websub (PubSub) and AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounts), mostly based on the K8s based CaaS (Container as a Service) capabilitiy.
The Product Integration Platform function is accountable for architecture design, development, deployment and operations of state-of-the-art propositions in the API and integration space. 
By using the latest technologies and agile delivery practices, all these APIs and platforms are provided with high quality to ensure excellent brand and revenue impact on 150 third parties in more than 20 markets are generating more than 800m€ gross revenue p.a with 1000TPS in peak. 


As the Principal Platform Architect, your role is to define and lead the overall architecture strategy and roadmap for all aspects of the Product Integration Platform. The architecture will be developed to provide innovative solutions that meet the market and global business requirements, whilst ensuring compliance with the Global Architecture standards and design principles. Part of this role is also to contribute and enhance the Global Architecture standard where applicable and disruptive ways show prove to be successful.


The Principal Architect will lead the architecture domain in the Product Integration Platform function and provides guidelines, direction and senior expert support to several senior architects and technical experts that work in the different projects. As the lead technical representative for Product Integration Platform, it is vital to stay connected inside and outside the Vodafone Technology community, with industry experts to understand the latest technology trends and drive innovative solutions. Strong analytical, functional, technical and communication skills are imperative for this role. The role will also lead the governance and evolution of the platforms and API strategy.


The Principal Architect owns the governance in respect of API architecture when working with Distinguished Engineers, other Principal Architects and other technical expert stakeholders.


Key accountabilities and decision ownership: 

•    Define, align and maintain the technology strategy for the Product Integration Platform
•    Ability to interpret business challenges and technical issues and effectively communicate how a solution will align to their needs and requirements. Drives understanding of the big picture.
•    Works in close cooperation with Technical and Commercial Product Owners, Vodafone Enterprise, local markets and partners; leading to the Technology strategy, High-Level Design and contributing to shared propositions.
•    Enable solution opportunities by identifying the requirements directly from the Vodafone local markets/Partner markets or by proactively understanding their needs.  
•    Able to express complex concepts in plain language to reach broader audiences.
•    Delivery of products and services - lead the design and delivery of respective portfolio as aligned with Group Commercial, local markets and partners. 
•    Technical expert contribution to the technology selection process and make or buy decisions in synchronization with Technology standards.
•    Represent Vodafone in standardisation and other industry forums in regards to APIs

Job Responsibility

Core competencies, knowledge and experience: 

•    Must have a balanced mix of comprehensive technical and business skills.
•    Extensive experience in designing complex, distributed, secure and  scalable architecture solutions 
•    Excellent Knowledge of enterprise solutions and architectures (i.e. cloud, big data, security, containerization, storage, etc.)
•    Strong knowledge of architecture best practices and design patterns. These include :
I.    Micro-Services (or Self-Contained-Services)
II.    API definition (rest / soap / GraphQL) and API integration open programmes (including provisioning, login, charging and transaction). 
III.    Security 
IV.    Scalability
V.    Cloud Services (e.g. K8s, AWS)
•    Proven experience of conducting technical workshop, presenting technical solutions, preparing architecture guidelines and technical strategy documents.
•    Familiar with design and development tools, and capable of suggesting new tools/process.
•    Passionate about simple and clean SW architectures
•    Should have a very good analytical, consultative and problem-solving mind-set, and an influential personality capable of quickly building rapport and credibility with teams.
•    Excellent communication skills (in an international distributed team) 
•    Background in software development
•    Capacity to learn and work independently 
•    Experience with API gateways


Technical / professional qualifications: 

•    Related qualification and proven experience in mobile technology, digital products or IT 
•    Technical degree level (MSc)
•    Deep knowledge of authentication technologies/protocols (e.g. SSO, oAuth2.0, Token management, etc.)
•    Deep knowledge of web-based and service based architectures (REST/SOAP/event-driven)
•    Deep knowledge of web security standards
•    Knowledge of cross platform architecture, technology and platforms (e.g. Web / Android / iOS / etc.)
•    Experienced in design and development of highly scalable, robust, distributed systems
•    Experience of architecture and deploying service in public Clouds e.g. AWS
•    Profound experience in application architecture and hands-on development
•    Experience in agile development/SCRUM and continuous delivery processes.


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