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Solution Architect for Ciklum


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Ciklum is looking for a Solution Architect to join our team.

Working within the Ciklum IT department, the Solution Architect is responsible for validating, understanding and translating business needs into feasible, appropriate and strategically-aligned business IT solutions.


  • Validation and clarification of business needs, requirements (incl. functional and non-function) and constraints
  • Translation of business requirements into viable business technology solutions that align with Ciklum’s business strategy, IT strategy and target Enterprise Architecture
  • Researching, identifying and documenting potential solutions (options) to solve business problems and meet business needs. This includes identifying, assessing and selecting technologies, architectural styles and patterns needed to deliver solutions
  • Defining and designing at a high-level business technology solutions and architecturally planning their realisation (road maps). This should be undertaken holistically (incl. Business, Data, Applications, Technology, Integration, Security & Operational Architecture) and collaboratively with wider business and IT teams
  • Scoping and governing feasibility assessments of technologies, products and solutions
  • Assessing and documenting effort, risk, costs and complexity for solutions and their realisation
  • Assessing and balancing functional, quality, management and operational requirements
  • Effectively communicating architectural topics (designs, plans, choices, etc) to stakeholders using the most appropriate means, adjusting the level of detail and focus as necessary
  • Developing strong relationships with business stakeholders across the organisation to ensure solutions are understood and meet business needs and requirements
  • Developing strong relationships with change delivery and operational teams to ensure solutions are understood and are implemented as intended or re-designed as necessary
  • Providing a “trusted advisor” relationship to business stakeholders regarding their aspirations, benefits and technical feasibility, providing healthy challenge, guidance and support
  • Communicating the options, designs, plans, risks and general position of a business technology project on behalf of the IT department in a highly-informed and trusted fashion
  • Working closely with Information Security to ensure solutions are compliant with Ciklum security and privacy requirements
  • Guiding, supporting and governing the lower level design, planning and implementation of solutions by projects and business and IT colleagues
  • Operating within and ensuring others also adhere to IT governance, including project and architectural processes
  • Analysing, when directed, Ciklum’s current Enterprise Architecture and IT landscape, or subsets thereof, to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement, driving efficiency, agility and reuse
  • Keeping abreast of architecture and technology trends, approaches and frameworks
  • Championing the benefits of IT strategy and architecture across Ciklum


  • At least 5 years experience in a professional IT role or equivalent role
  • At least 1 year experience in a Solutions Architecture role or equivalent role defining, designing, planning, leading and governing significant business technology change
  • Knowledge and experience of multiple architecture domains – Business, Data, Technology, Security, Integration & Operational, with depth in Application architecture and ideally also depth in Data and/or Integration architecture
  • Ability to assess, define, design, plan and deliver solutions comprised of globally distributed cloud services (SaaS et al), application packages and/or bespoke solutions
  • Ability to develop, and see through to implementation and operation, business outcome-focused Solutions Architectures for complex projects, to meet functional and non-functional requirements, ideally using a best practice framework using enterprise tools
  • Ability to analyse complex situations, environments or systems and form an informed, evidence-based assessment and recommendation
  • Ability to communicate the options, designs, plans, risks and general position of a business technology project on behalf of the IT department in a highly-informed and trusted fashion
  • Knowledge and experience of a variety of architectural styles such as Service Oriented, Microservices, Event-Driven, Client-Server, REST, etc
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
  • Knowledge and practical experience of architectural modelling (Archimate, UML, etc) and the creation of architecture models, views and deliverables necessary for solution delivery
  • Knowledge of key professional services and consulting concepts as well as the organizational, business and technical challenges that they face
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts and issues clearly and succinctly to stakeholders at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to negotiate with stakeholders, resolve disagreements and issues, and positively influence outcomes
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Advanced spoken and written English
  • Ability to efficiently create clear, concise written documents, presentations, diagrams, architectural artefacts and deliverables in English


  • Relevant degree-level education (BSc); postgraduate qualification desirable (MSc, MBA)
  • TOGAF, BCS EA & SA Practitioner, Zachman, IASA, IAF or equivalent qualifications or certifications is highly desirable

Personal skills

  • Effective and comfortable in fluid situations and able to deal with ambiguity
  • Positive attitude, can-do mindset, high energy and a self-starter
  • A sense of urgency and the ability to work in a fast-paced multi-tasking manner
  • Ability to work in an unstructured and high-pressure environment, and bring order to this within their sphere
  • Understands and balances long-term (“big picture”) and short-term perspectives
  • A high degree of accountability and a track record of delivering on commitments

What's in it for you

  • Career growth opportunities
  • Realization of your innovative ideas in building new Ciklum Solutions and Services
  • Friendly collaborative teams and enjoyable working environment
  • Professional skills development and training programs
  • Variety of knowledge sharing, training and self-development opportunities
  • State of the art, cool, centrally located offices with a warm atmosphere which creates really good working conditions

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