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Solutions Architect

Digital Data & Technology

Bristol, Exeter, or Plymouth

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Are you a talented Lead Developer or Solutions Architect seeking a new opportunity where your expertise will be valued and making a real difference from day one?

We are looking for a Solutions Architect to join our talented team.  This isn’t just a job; it’s an invitation to shape the Foot Anstey technological landscape of tomorrow.  As the architect responsible for envisioning, governing, and delivering cutting-edge solutions, you’ll play a pivotal role in driving our firm’s digital evolution. If you’re ready to unleash your innovation and lead from the forefront of legal tech, we would love to hear from you!

As a Solutions Architect at Foot Anstey, you will be responsible for architecting and designing solutions that meet functional and non-functional requirements in support of a given initiative and the firm’s strategic direction. You’ll drive architectural vision and direction, architect solutions, govern all change, provide advice and guidance, monitor emerging technologies, evaluate, and recommend technology, and much more – all whilst improving on your own skills and experience.

This position requires an excellent knowledge of business, data and application architecture, design, and technology – including integration best practice and how to maintain agility within the overall IT estate.  Excellent relationship skills are needed to work with internal and external strategic partners.

What you will do:

  • Architect, govern and deliver solutions to meet business needs.
  • Build and integrate information systems to meet the company’s needs.
  • Assess the systems architecture currently in place and work with technical staff to recommend solutions to improve it.
  • Resolve technical problems as they arise.
  • Provide support and guidance to development teams on architectural elements.
  • Research current and emerging technologies, and propose changes where needed.
  • Inform stakeholders about any problems with technical solutions being implemented.
  • Assess the business impact that certain technical choices have.
  • Find solutions to business challenges by evaluating emerging technologies and the evolution of current technologies.
  • Contribute to strategic plans for technology, which satisfy the current and ongoing needs of the firm’s business strategy, and the current and future capabilities of technology.
  • Define future vision roadmap for optimal applications of technology to meet business needs.
  • Evolve, direct, and govern the development of frameworks, standards, policies, principles, and procedures that guide technology decisions and maximise reuse of technology.
  • Chair solution forums, ensuring adherence to architectural standards, and consistency across organisational and design boundaries.
  • Develop the component, integration and technical architecture for project and platform initiatives, and collaborates with project teams to realise them.
  • Identify necessary non-functional requirements.
  • Produce high level design deliverables that enable development teams to produce products that are flexible, scalable, and secure.
  • Recommend options for the resolution and prevention of technical debt and to facilitate rapid development and implementation.
  • Communicate effectively and proactively with a diverse group of stakeholders, maintaining high levels of visibility across the business and to oversee and develop all operational communications to end users.

What we are looking for:

  • Proven experience working as a Lead Developer and Architect.
  • Proven ability to architect, govern and deliver solutions to meet business needs.
  • Experience with working with agile delivery teams to product development and evolution.
  • In-depth understanding of coding languages.
  • Excellent communication skills to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Analytical mindset that explores all considerations when creating solutions.
  • Confident and effective persuasion and negotiation skills.
  • Experience supporting technological change across a business.
  • Understanding of user journeys to create and deliver better, more joined up solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills (to internal/external stakeholders).
  • Strong problem solving and prioritisation skills.
  • Someone who values and embodies an effective collaboration working style.
  • Excellent people, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Desired technical skills:

  • MS Dynamics 365
  • Peppermint CX365
  • Azure DevOps
  • Active Directory
  • Azure Active Directory
  • Proficiency in working with legal-specific applications such as iManage, 3E, and Intapp, including configuration, customisation, and integration with other systems.

If you are looking for a forward-thinking firm with the ambition to succeed, this is the perfect opportunity for you!  

Pre-employment screening

Successful applicants will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment screening process which includes a financial integrity check and a DBS check. If you wish to discuss any issues or questions in connection with this, please do speak in confidence with a member of the Talent Acquisition Team.

Eligibility to work in the UK

Eligibility to work in the UK will be verified in the final stages of the selection process. All candidates must be able to prove their right to work in the UK, which may include meeting the Home Office criteria for Visa sponsorship. Candidates who require sponsorship should evaluate the Home Office eligibility criteria for a Skilled Worker visa before applying and keep up to date with any legal developments.

Our offer to you

In return for your efforts, you can expect considerable scope for personal as well as professional development. We encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level. We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour, 28 days annual leave, a day off for your birthday, and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. You can also buy holiday and manage your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters. Take a look here to find out more about Our benefits | Foot Anstey.

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK’s fastest growing law firms, Foot Anstey believes in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients’ goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions.  By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of these we think our culture and environment sets us apart.

Over our history we’ve grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Developers and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients’ needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from seven locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton, and London.

Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time in 2021.  We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities and goes way beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership. We aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.  As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role, you may be encouraged to answer our diversity and social mobility monitoring questions, so please be reassured that any answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

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