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Solutions Architect


We are looking for a Solutions Architect to join our Cyber Security Team based in Bristol. You will be working in a dynamic environment with a team that is motivated to deliver innovative solutions to customers within defence, government and commercial sectors.

You will be designing cyber security solutions and secure infrastructure platforms for a variety of complex system needs including defence systems, multi-national enterprises and critical national infrastructure. You will be working with a broad range of technologies across the stack including advanced security analytics, security information and event monitoring, digital forensics, and middleware software systems that enable agile development and integration of systems for on premise and cloud-based solutions.

You will be part of an Architecture Team with the remit to help evolve and mature the capability of the solutions and products that we take to market, finding solutions to complex problems and keeping abreast of current and emerging technologies to influence change where it is needed.

You will be operating within a team that offers the following core values:

People Excellence-The opportunity to accelerate your career through intellectual challenge, responsibility and specialist training that aligns with industry best practice
Integrity -A high performing and supportive team environment that values close collaboration and trust with clients to deliver mutually beneficial results
Respect -operates at all levels of Leonardo and engagement with client organisations to expedite value creation and secure strategic partnerships
Customer Intimacy-The chance to engage with some of the most admired organisations across a range of highly professionalised industries and locations
Innovation -A platform to work within a meritocracy that values autonomy, disruptive technologies and encourages entrepreneurial spirit throughout the business

Whilst you will have our Bristol office as a base location, you must be fully flexible in terms of assignment location, as client projects can at times require you to work away from home during the week (Mon-Fri). If you are proactive, enthusiastic and comfortable with working in a complex, fast moving environment, then please apply for this role.

Key responsibility areas

As a Solutions Architect you will be working on bids & proposals, & delivery programmes where you will oversee the development team through the detailed design, implementation & integration phases to ensure the design integrity off the solution is maintained throughout. You will be responsible for ensuring the integrity of requirements capture, definition, decomposition & allocation to an architectural design that reflects all stakeholder needs, & selection of the technology solution that best meets that need.

Key responsibilities will include:

Stakeholder engagement including customers, programme managers, business leaders, developers and implementers, safety, security & other subject matter experts

Develop concepts, review, elicit & derive requirements

Define architectural designs & technology solutions in support of bids or project delivery

Ensure the design integrity of solutions throughout development through the provision of supervision & guidance to development teams

Informing stakeholders about any problems with the technical solutions being implemented, assisting with the resolution of technical problems as they arise & proposing change where necessary

Researching current & emerging technologies to influence the strategic direction of our product & solutions development

Collaborating within the Architecture Team to enhance & build the technical capability of the business

Why join Leonardo?

We believe that our team work best when they are able to achieve balance between work & other aspects of life & so that you can enjoy the great city of Bristol! We are committed to designing policies & developing a working environment that promote the benefits & well-being of all our employees.

We want to support you & encourage you to fulfil your potential through:

Supportive relocation package: to make your move to Bristol even more attractive
Learning & Development: We help assess your development needs in line with the role you wish to perform, & allow you to further develop your knowledge
Flex-leave schemes: We offer our employees the time & flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life
Award-winning pension scheme: Our multi-award-winning pension scheme includes generous employer contribution
Employee discount schemes: We offer you & your family an attractive range of discounts from retail & cinema to hotel bookings & vehicles benefits
Reserve Forces: We provide positive support to the & allow employees who are Reservists to take additional time off
Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare voucher scheme: We encourage working parents to save money on childcare by offering them several advantageous facilities & vouchers

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Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

As a Solutions Architect you will possess strong analytical skills with an ability to understand the problem and solution trade spaces.

Skills and experience in several of the following areas is advantageous:

Cyber capability definition and assessment
Knowledge of architecture frameworks (e.g. TOGAF, NAF, SABSA)
Knowledge of Model-Based Systems Engineering, utilising UML & SysML tools
Knowledge of security standards, processes and application of security enforcing measures
Broad knowledge of Cyber tools such as NIPS, FPC, vulnerability assessment, computer forensics, SIEM, etc.
Broad knowledge of Microsoft Platform technologies
Broad knowledge of Virtualisation Platforms, storage technologies and enterprise server platforms
Enterprise Networking & Services (TCP/IP Networks, devices & services (e.g. DHCP/DNS)
Security of Operational Technology systems

You will possess the following personal characteristics

Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to be innovative and conceptualise
Highly analytical and capable of working at different levels of abstraction
Ability to deal with ambiguity
Good team worker with ability to influence and motivate
Business and cultural awareness

Intrinsic factors:

Security clearances to SC minimum
The ability to travel within the UK and abroad

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