AWS Principal Solution Architect

  • Job Reference: R0055641
  • Date Posted: 22 April 2024
  • Employer: Centrica
  • Location: Windsor, Berkshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: car allowance, Pension, Bonus, benefits
  • Sector: Information Technology (IT)
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Centrica are going through an exciting period of change. We're evolving to become a truly purpose-led organization, helping millions of customers to live more sustainably, simply, and affordably. We truly believe that we have a huge role to play in helping the nation to cut carbon emissions and prepare for a net zero future, and it's a role we are immensely proud of.

An opportunity to play your part

We are seeking an experienced and highly skilled AWS Principal Solution Architect to join our dynamic and innovative team delivering technical solutions on the new British Gas Energy platform.

As a senior member of our architecture team, you will play a crucial role in shaping and delivering end-to-end solutions that align with our business objectives and technological strategy. Reporting directly to the Technical Design Lead, you will line manage a group of Solution Architects, take ownership of team initiatives, provide mentorship to the team, and ensure that our technical solutions align with industry best practices.

The successful candidate will bring expertise and help us find the right solutions at the right time, whilst offering technical guidance on strategic AWS designs and proposals.

Location: You can work in Windsor/home; we have people working all over the UK but also a range of office locations.

We have tailored our well-being & benefits package around our employees as follows:

  • Competitive salary and bonus potential

  • Car allowance

  • Employee Energy Allowance at 15% of the government price cap

  • Pension scheme

  • Company Funded Healthcare Plan

  • 25 days holiday allowance, plus public holidays, and the option to buy up to 5 additional days

  • Excellent range of flexible benefits, including technology vouchers, electric car lease scheme & travel insurance

This role will require you to:

  • Lead by example, fostering a culture of excellence, innovation, and collaboration within the solution architecture team

  • Drive continuous improvement in solution architecture processes and methodologies

  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure alignment with business goals whilst adhering to agile principles

  • Line manage a team of solution architects, providing mentorship and support, fostering their professional growth and ensuring their alignment with agile practices. Look to reduce dependencies on third parties

  • Conduct regular knowledge-sharing sessions and training to enhance the skills and capabilities of the team

  • Collaborate effectively with business stakeholders, tribe leads, and other team members to understand requirements and constraints

  • Communicate complex technical concepts in a clear and understandable manner to both technical and non-technical audiences to drive consensus on architectural decisions

  • Build and maintain relationships with our Centrica Enterprise Architecture team to ensure that solutions align with Centrica wide roadmaps and principles

  • Ensure risks are raised and escalated accordingly

Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience as a Solution Architect, agile practices and collaboration with cross-functional teams, preferably with at least 2 years in a senior or principal role

  • Strong background in designing and implementing complex, scalable, and reliable systems

  • Experience in providing solutions for building serverless applications, managing backend infrastructure, and handling various aspects of application development, orchestration, and communication in AWS

  • Significant experience in AWS Serverless and Backend Services such as AWS Connect, Lambda technology, Simple Queue Service, DynamoDB, Step Functions etc

  • Experience in Salesforce, Mulesoft, Vlocity/Salesforce Industries (SFI) is not essential but preferable.

  • Proficient in architectural patterns, microservices, and API design

  • A good understanding of different security design patterns, principles and controls

  • Energy supply, billing and metering industry experience is highly recommended

Certifications (Optional)

  • Relevant certifications in cloud platforms or solution architecture are a plus.

Key Competencies/Core Capabilities required to perform the role

  • Worked in an agile environment

  • Multi-task - be comfortable with working on multiple pieces of work across multiple solution architects.

  • Be a respected Manager - this is a management role so managing a team of permanent and third party resources is critical

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

We are proud to be recognised as a disability-confident employer. Our customers come from a variety of different backgrounds, and so do we. We hire great people from all walks of life, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. We will continue championing inclusivity while investing in our local communities to create a better, more sustainable world for everyone. We are incredibly proud to have been recognised by The Times for being one of the Top 50 Employers for Women.

Our people are the beating heart of our business. We are incredibly proud of our commitment to being FlexFirst. From childcare to furry friends, we listened to our people and understood that they work best when they are comfortable and have a flexible working model that suits their individual needs.