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Lead Solution 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.

Lead Solution Architect

Location:     (Blended home working)
Salary:  Competitive + Vodafone Benefits
Hours:    Full time (37.5 hours per week – Mon to Fri)





Vodafone UK’s blended working approach means you’ll come to your contracted hub location office as and when needed to get things done for your role and for tasks that require it, otherwise you will be able to work from home. Our ‘Office in a Box’ home-working kit will be available for all who need it during your onboarding journey.



We innovate, invent and continuously improve, Vodafone UK Digital works within the heart of our business. Empowering Vodafone’s mission of being a digital-first company is in everything we do.



Within this role you will be able to:


  • Shape technology to meet business needs.
  • Have accountability for e2e designs across the IT ecosystem.
  • Influence to define and set IT strategy and roadmap.
  • Work with a brilliant team to support your growth.



What will you be doing?  


  • You will be delivering and assuring technical architecture artefacts for projects.
  • You will be steering and talking with stakeholders across the organisation to define technology change.
  • You will take responsibility for acting as the functional and technical expert for applications or a portfolio of related applications.
  • You will be working across key projects & programmes to design and deliver technology solutions with a clear view on strategic and tactical technology choices.
  • You will regularly provide technology governance to ensure that solutions are aligned to the IT and business strategies.
  • You will assist in delivering technical solutions that provide business advantage to Vodafone through effective right time, right cost, and right solution design.
  • You will play an energetic part in design reviews ensuring compliance to the target architecture.
  • You will regularly present to the IT management team technology choices and recommendations.



Who are we looking for?


  • You will have a track record in running complex architecture projects in multiple subject areas.  Have driven the IT architecture to ensure best outcomes.
  • You will proactively identify capability gaps across the end-to-end architecture and promote initiatives to fix them.
  • You will constantly make judgements when looking at change and see the impacts to the related architectural domain considering long terms factors.  Highlight dependencies and resolves conflicts in different areas.
  • You will regularly shape and influence senior stakeholders to agree aspects of the IT strategy, priority, and future investment.
  • You clearly understand the business strategy and co-ordinate this with the development of the IT strategy.
  • You will possess a development mindset by managing and supporting other Solutions Architects to deliver the design and maximising value for a portfolio.
  • You will be effectively communicating aspects of the IT strategy, architecture, and business choices in business terms and develop roadmaps in specific areas.





What’s in it for you? 



An excellent remuneration and bonus package with 28 days holiday entitlement, in addition to bank holidays and paid leave for charity projects. We offer an extensive benefits package that can be tailored to suit you and your family, including employee discounts, retail vouchers, pension plan and share schemes. We’re also proud to provide a Reconnect programme with flexibility to support individuals returning to work after a career break and our market-leading parental leave policies. We’re committed to supporting you throughout every step of your career at Vodafone. 


Together we can 



Vodafone UK are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and all offers of employment for this role are subject to background checks, including criminal (DBS) and financial checks to meet the regulators standards.



If you require any reasonable adjustments or have an accessibility request as part of your recruitment journey, for example, extended time or breaks in between online assessments, a sign language interpreter, or assistive technology, please refer to the Accessibility section of our Careers website ( under Career Support, for guidance.



Posting end date: 09/12/22

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.