Solution Architect


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Dependant on experience

Closing Date

10/05/2019 22:45

About the Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our IT team at Matalan as we are looking to recruit two Solutions Architects. As a Solution Architect you will manage and coordinate the development and delivery of technical solutions, applications or services across Application Development using agreed standards and methodologies. 

  • Support the BA in understanding current processes  and solutions  to allow them to effectively Liaise with the business to create a  Project Brief
  • Provides estimates as input into the  Single Page Summary to support financial review
  • Liaise with the  Business  Analyst to understand business requirements in order to document the functional  spec.  Conduct a gap analysis with the BA to identify those requirements that cannot be met.
  • Facilitate and or attend design workshops  with technical design teams and SMEs were required to support the creation of a technical specification
  • Responsible for reviewing  the  Technical  specification  and  ensuring that  there is clear traceability across requirements and raising and resolving any gaps  before progressing to build
  • Provide Ongoing Project Support - Acts as a key contact and provides ongoing support where required through the development phase and the complete lifecycle of the project  and providing complete impact assessments for raised changes.
  • Provide consultative support across the  complete project portfolio
  • Appreciation of  Business objectives and Strategy
  • Keep up-to-date of the market place , process & technology offerings in line with the  associated business area and supporting solutions
  • Research and utilise existing contacts and  continue to grow network to support innovation and best practice
  • Investigate capability of existing solutions and their technology roadmap
  • Strong appreciation of SDLC  and existing and emerging project  methodologies  and approaches , waterfall and Agile
  • Liaise within the team to identify and manage Cross functional dependencies/impacts
  • Support project delivery to provide option and estimates to meet the business requirements
  • Strong relationship with Business  Analyst and Technical Architect to ensure  solution is fit for purposed and meets architectural compliance
  • Liaise with Business Analyst and the Technical  Architect to ensure an effective handover of the Business Requirements and functional specification for estimation and delivery
  • Support BA by attending requirements workshops as  and when required

About You

  • Strong understanding of the retail environment and industry trends
  • Experience of effectively managing change in a fast moving environment
  • Broad experience in IT preferably within the retail industry
  • Good understanding of the full lifecycle of retail industry delivery projects
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experienced in architecture frameworks e.g. TOGAF, & POET.
  • Has appropriate level of knowledge of people management and leadership skills.
  • Collaborative; ability to develop strong relationships within company departments to show great teamwork.
  • Confident, sociable and able to interact directly and autonomously with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Personal Effectiveness and strives to develop self

About Matalan

Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is a family retail business that is proud to serve its customer excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, working here is exciting, collaborative, challenging, and above all fun!  As part of the Matalan family you can expect some great benefits and the opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer.  This is Retail Made Real.  



Your place in our world

Head of Business Engagement
Solution Architect