Technical Architect

About the role

This is a senior Technical Role within LV= General Insurance Group, with a high level of accountability and responsibility, working in a very dynamic environment.

The primary purposes of this Role are to define Enterprise Technology Strategies for the Company, whilst taking account of the Technology direction of the wider Allianz Group; put in place repeatable Architecture Patterns, and produce Infrastructure Solution Designs. Security and Service are key aspects of these Designs.

The Role entails working closely with and influencing a wide variety of Business and Technical Stakeholders, understanding overall Business and IT Strategy, organisational fit, compliance and on-going business change requirements.

In addition to the above, the Role is responsible for the Architectural Assurance of Deliveries and for the QA of Peer Deliverables. This includes production of high level Operational Acceptance Test Plans.

A key element of the Role is the research of market leading Technologies and Technology Services, along with the generation of Business cases to present to Architectural Design Authorities in order to justify purchase / implementation.

The Role is not ‘hands-on’, nor is it a Technical Lead Role, but it may entail working with SME’s to provide Advice & Guidance during implementation.

The Role includes Technology Governance across multiple Technology areas to ensure that the right decisions are being made, and are for the benefit of the Company.

The Role sits in a small team of Technical Architects, reporting to the Lead Technical Architect, which is part of a wider Architecture Team, reporting to the Head of Software Engineering, and then through to the CIO and CEO.

Talk to us about flexible working . . .

When it comes to flexible working, we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs. At LV= General Insurance many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, from part-time, flexi-time, job shares, an element of working from home or compressed hours. 

We want the best people working at our organisation and we recognise that those people aren’t always available full-time.

So if you need any adjustments, let us know during your interview. If it’s right for our customers, our business and for you, then we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.

About you

  • You will have a very broad experience of Enterprise Technologies, having previously worked in a wide variety of SME roles.

  • You will have excellent interpersonal skills, having the ability to interact at all Business levels. This includes everyone from the CEO to Technical SME’s. Your skills will include the ability to work individually, and as part of a focussed team.

  • You will have the ability to translate Business Requirements into Technology, Service and Security Deliverables. As part of this, you will be able to identify risks and propose mitigations.

  • You will have a practical knowledge of Security and Risk.

  • You will be able to demonstrate experience at producing proposals and justifying the value of Technology Strategies to Senior Business audiences.

  • You will have experience in Supporting and Designing Mission Critical Infrastructure Solutions across a wide variety of Technologies.

  • You will have experience of self-starting tasks, and self-prioritising your workload on a day to day basis.

Specific Requirements

  • Support, Implementation and Solution Design exposure to core Technologies (Windows, Linux, Web, Middleware, Database, Security Gateways, LAN/WAN Networking) is essential.

  • Support, Implementation and Solution Design exposure to large Public Cloud implementations (Azure or AWS) is essential.

  • Experience of designing (including requirements traceability) secure, high performing, highly available Technology Solutions is essential.

  • IT Security and Risk experience as part of an Architecture role is essential.

  • Experience of working in highly regulated environment (eg Financial Services) is an advantage.

  • Degree or HND in Information Technology are desirable but not essential - Equivalent experience considered.

  • Relevant Technical and Business Qualifications (eg. TOGAF, ITIL) are desirable, but not essential.

  • Technical Mentoring Skills are desirable.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, including the ability to assess the audience and pitch / influence appropriately.

  • Knowledge and experience of Waterfall and Agile delivery methodologies is essential.

  • Knowledge of Continuous Integration and Deployment processes / methods / tools is desirable.

  • Experience of Contractual Due Diligence is desirable.

Why Work for Us?

Exciting things are happening at LV= General Insurance (GI). Having recently joined forces with Allianz, we’re proud to now be one of the largest personal insurers in the UK. Working with a new energy, we’re shifting gear and transforming our company, industry and beyond. And we’re just getting started.

Driven by pride and passion, we will always do the right thing to inspire trust in our people and our customers. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to become Britain’s best loved insurer, by helping people look after what they love. 

Reward and Benefits

This role is a Band C in the LV= Structure. We want you to love what you do that’s why we’ve put together a benefits package that recognises and rewards a job well done.

We’ll give you:

  • 30 days' holiday, with the option to buy up to 2 additional days

  • A competitive pension for which LV= will pay twice the amount you pay, up to 14% 

  • An annual bonus scheme based on company and personal performance

  • Single cover private medical insurance which you can upgrade to family cover

  • A flexible benefits package (e.g. discounted retail vouchers, great value dental insurance)

  • A generous 25% discount off our general insurance products including home, pet and travel as well as up to 50% discount on your car insurance

LV= are an equal opportunities employer who value a diverse and inclusive working environment. We do not discriminate and we recognise and embrace that people work in different ways.

We value alternative viewpoints, celebrate individuality and foster a culture where everyone feels respected for their individual contribution and is able to bring their true self to work.

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