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Digital Solutions Architect

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Are you an experienced Digital Solution Architect with a background in Retail, maybe looking for a new and exciting opportunity, if so, we would love to speak to you? Come and join our newly formed Technology team as we embark on a very exciting roadmap which introduces multiple new, foundational capabilities into Wickes to achieve the company's core objectives.

Wickes are a digitally led, service enabled organisation with a vision to have a project in every home. We are more than the nation’s favourite DIY store, we are a growing multichannel organisation, with a strong culture of authenticity and innovation. 

This is a great time to join a growing business, to be part of a new technology team. The Solutions Architects will work closely with our product owners and product/project managers to ensure a robust architectural runway that can support future business requirements throughout the product life cycle. 

Key Responsibilities
  • The Digital Solution Architect is accountable for the development, maintenance and execution of the systems architecture roadmaps, in support of the business objectives.
  • You’ll design and implement robust digital solutions using Hybris and MACH technologies.
  • You’ll lead the architectural decisions and roadmap for integrating new digital technologies.
  • Proven ability to react to issues with legacy systems and suggest innovative approaches to day to day challenges within the existing bounds of those platforms.
  • Work with the Enterprise/Domain Architects and Lead Solution Architects to communicate the systems architecture plan and the benefits that it will provide to the business units.
  • Input into the architecture design process, ensuring it is effective and efficient.

What we are looking for

We are looking for someone with experience of providing consultancy to the business, designing and monitoring complex architectures and delivering architectural solutions to solve business requirements and concerns.  We need someone who has got strong hands-on implementation skills in contemporary technologies  and methodologies (Cloud, Integrations / APIs), comfortable working at the detailed level in complex technical environments

Alongside this you will also bring:
  • Experience of designing solutions in a Cloud Environment (AWS Preferable).
  • Experience with designing APIs and microservices
  • Previous Experience working with Hybris/SAP commerce
  • Experience designing and implementing bespoke as well as commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) applications.
  • Knowledge of different modelling languages (such as UML and ArchiMate)
  • Excellent understanding of application development methodologies and infrastructure and network architecture
  • Excellent analytical, planning, organisational and technical and skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
What’s in it for you!
We are committed to supporting our colleagues’ needs however we can. We believe that being together drives collaboration, builds strong relationships and enables everyone to experience and contribute to our winning culture. We also realise that all our colleagues are individuals and that flexibility can be important for colleagues to be effective, productive and achieve a good work life balance.  With flexible hybrid working, you will work 2-3 days a week in our Support Centre in Watford. 

You will be working closely with the Wickes IT services team and will have the opportunity to advise and shape the technology landscape of Wickes.

We’ll also equip you with a benefits package that includes:
  • A competitive salary, 15% annual bonus and a £5k car allowance
  • Save-as-you-earn scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Colleague discount

Our widely recognised wellbeing strategy is something we’re proud of at Wickes. As part of this, we offer a range of health and wellbeing benefits and support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, financial education & loans, and access to parental, menopause and fertility support. We are also encouraging our teams to work flexibly, with a blend of remote / office working.

About Us: 
Wickes is a multi-channel retailer operating in the home improvement market.  With 40 years in industry, Wickes now generates revenue in excess of £1.3Bn across 232 stores delivered by 8,000+ colleagues.
Please contact us here if you require any adjustments within the application process.  If you require any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage you will have an opportunity to inform us when we invite you to interview. Please note, this link is only for reasonable adjustments required - general enquiries, or direct CV applications cannot be accepted via this form.


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