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Senior Solution Architect

Ministry of Social Development
Job Category:
IT & computing
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Senior Solution Architect



The Ministry of Social Development has one of the largest Information Technology Groups in the country, providing services to more than one million New Zealanders a week via its service delivery lines.


The Ministry operates a multi-platform integrated environment, delivering solutions to staff members, clients and the general public. The systems are constantly evolving to meet new legislative need, continually evolving needs of the users and the changing technical landscape including the shift to mobile delivery.


The Ministry has invested in Cúram (an IBM product) that provides software solutions for social service environments, also currently used in New York State and the UK. We're developing Cúram to ensure our social workers and front-line staff have the freedom to leave their desks and spend more time doing what matters most- putting New Zealanders at the heart of what we do.


Your responsibilities will include:


  • Translating business requirements into architectural approaches and solutions by designing overarching system and solution architecture, system integration and realisation strategy
  • Planning and management of project deliverables using SAFe principles
  • Leading implementation of evaluation, design and realisation planning
  • Developing, implementing and managing architecture standards and guidelines
  • Providing sound and confident technical and architectural leadership to multi-functional software development teams
  • Experience in multiple hardware and software environments and be comfortable with complex system designs


To hit the ground running you will need:


  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to guide, negotiate and build consensus across multi-disciplinary agile team environments
  • It is desirable if you have experience of working with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Experience in Enterprise modelling tools (such as Sparx Enterprise Architect, ArchiMate, Open Group Standards) to support solution architecture and a good grasp of Enterprise Architecture concepts, structure and methodologies
  • Solid understanding of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and practices in this area, in particular SOA, API & BPM
  • Demonstrated experience in COTS products, especially in customer relationship management and case management
  • Demonstrated experience with Application Security
  • Demonstrated experience in custom applications development in a JEE environment
  • Understanding of various operating systems, including midrange, Linux and mobile platforms
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business and system architecture principles, frameworks, processes and governance
  • Vendor relationship management experience


Our fast-paced and supportive environment offers you scope to work on high profile, complex projects, a competitive salary, flexible working arrangements, opportunities for training and development, plus a great bunch of people to work with. This is a challenging role that will deliver great rewards to the right person. It is an exciting time to work at the Ministry as we move forward at an ever increasing pace towards a full DevOps implementation.


Applications Close: Friday 24th November

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