Solution Architect

IHS Global

About IHS Markit
IHS Markit harnesses deep sources of information, analytics and expertise to forge solutions for the industries and markets that drive global economies. Our company partners with clients in business, finance and government to provide the unrivaled insights and perspectives that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. We call this The New Intelligence. IHS Markit serves more than 50,000 key customers in more than 140 countries, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500. We help decision makers apply higher-level thinking to daily tasks and strategic issues across a host of industries and disciplines including energy, finance, automotive, engineering, technology, maritime and trade, aerospace and defense, chemical, and economics and country risk.

Headquartered in London, IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.
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IHS Markit Global IT provide services across a broad range of technical disciplines and leverages investment in world class technologies in support of IHS Markit’s products and clients. Solutions Engineering is responsible for defining, planning and delivering infrastructure solutions.

Through our experience we support all IHS Markit’s products on a global basis offering a breadth of right sized IT solutions in terms of availability, speed, capacity, security, efficiency, scalability and manageability.

Position summary

We are responsible for reviewing, approving and delivering the new requirements as they come in from the different product groups and development teams. Our goal is to design and build infrastructure solutions that are robust and Fit for purpose, using the standard global models.

The position of an Infrastructure Solutions Architect focuses upon providing technical guidance and advice, including leadership on our technical approach and product selection. This is an Individual Contributor role, and does not involve any line management. However, you will manage initiatives allocated to you and work with internal engineering teams and third party suppliers if appropriate and draw out the requirements and develop an appropriate architecture. In most cases, you will hand over to a Delivery Manager you will move to a supporting role during the delivery aspect of the project lifecycle; for smaller initiatives, you may be required to oversee the implementation. It is also expected that Solution Architects will drive reviews of global standards and foster a culture where standards are defined and agreed globally where necessary.

Typically, you will have 15+ years of technology experience and 5+ years of experience in Infrastructure Architecture, although there is some flexibility depending on the candidate’s career history.

Duties & accountabilities

For projects allocated to the post-holder:
Review requirements from products and lead discussions with stakeholders and Infrastructure team heads in order to get a solution defined, scoped and costs agreed.
Architect, design, document and agree standard global infrastructure solutions
Help and guide IT infrastructure teams to review Infrastructure offerings, and work with vendors where new solutions would benefit IHS Markit.
Assist Infrastructure project managers with scope, approach and sign off.
Create and maintain documentation as it relates to existing infrastructure offerings

Business competencies

Education and experience
An understanding of capacity management and planning
Proven experience in Infrastructure Architecture
University graduate
Awareness or accreditation in Agile.

Technical skills
First-rate architectural knowledge of Linux or Windows, Databases (MS-SQL or Oracle DB with RAC), Web, Messaging, storage, networking and virtualisation
AWS certified Associate or Professional Architect with preferably 2+ years of designing with AWS
Awareness of microservices technologies such as Openshift, Docker and Kubernetes
Experienced in designing infrastructure solutions for n-tier architecture applications
Strong understanding of HA/DR technologies
Good understanding of security technologies and processes
Software and Infrastructure life cycle management
Broad knowledge of technical processes
On-going awareness of infrastructure developments in the IT industry
Knowledge of the business drivers and constraints with the Financial Services sector.
Preferably TOGAF certified but not essential

Personal competencies

Personal impact
Strong analytical and solutions design and architecture skills
Strong influencing skills
Good presentation skills
Good problem solver
Strong budgeting and financial control skills
Able to work independently with minimal supervision
Takes responsibility for their own actions and the actions of their team
Displays energy, drive and stamina.
Able to progress multiple tasks at the same time
Open minded, flexible and willing to adapt to changing situations.
Client side experience / worked for a systems integrator/outsourcer beneficial in working with internal clients
Innovative, enthusiastic and keen to gain greater responsibility in their next role
Excellent communication / stakeholder management skills

Communication
Must be an excellent communicator both written and verbally. Will be dealing with a variety of different people at all levels (both internal and external).
Will need to work within a global environment and communicate clearly with teams in different geographic regions.

Teamwork
Must be able to work in a team environment where influencing and motivational skills are paramount

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