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Solution Architect

(Finance & Supply Chain) 

Solution Architect

(Finance & Supply Chain) 

City: Johannesburg, Selby


Our client, a well-known corporate company, situated in Selby, Johannesburg are recruiting a Solution Architect (Finance & Supply Chain) to join their Architecture and Solution Design Department on a permanent basis.


Role Purpose and Objectives:

The main role of the Solution Architect is to ensure that all business initiatives that require IT involvement are approached from a strategic perspective and aligned to the overall IT strategy. The Solution Architect acts as the design authority for all IT changes and projects, contributes to the strategic IT Architecture and Roadmaps, define solutions architecture to support delivery of business initiatives.

The objectives of the role include:

  • Define end-to-end application solution architectures (focus on Finance and Supply Chain domains)


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring the alignment of enterprise IT architecture with agreed business outcomes and IT strategy, based on relevant IT Architecture Enterprise principles and frameworks
  • Understand, manage and reduce complexity within IT landscape
  • Establishing policies and procedures to develop reusable patterns for technical and operations solutions
  • Provide an independent, unbiased view of the implications of business and technology scenarios within and across the enterprise
  • Identify and evaluate risks and participate in mitigation and control activities
  • Compile inventory of applications and compile system landscapes
  • Perform annual asset health assessments
  • Develop systems architecture that accurately translates business requirements to technology and ensures the design will meet business requirements throughout the lifecycle of a change
  • Liaise with IT Project Managers and IT Delivery Coordinators to implement a solution that will meet business requirements within time and cost constraints
  • Provide guidance and coaching to developers and specialists on changes throughout the design process
  • Establish traceability between requirements and application solution architecture design
  • Cultivate and disseminate knowledge of application-usage best practices


Essential skills and experience required for this role:

  • A significant can do attitude
  • Results focus and driven
  • Ability to operate in a changing environment
  • Platform independent mindset


Technical know-how:

  • Experience in application solution design across a range of products and domains
  • Previous experience in architecting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
  • Experience with the major vendors in the space: SAP, Oracle, Sage, Syspro, JDA, Microsoft
  • Can demonstrate strong knowledge in integration methods and patterns
  • Experience in owning and presenting solutions in Technical Review Board (TRB)
  • Can demonstrate strong business process knowledge around implementation best practices
  • A strong element of creativity to shape innovative solutions combined with architectural design experience in order to develop a workable solution
  • A demonstrable track record of combining the above to deliver designs resulting in successful solution delivery
  • Has a wide range of experience: Infrastructure, networks, programming, applications, security & integration
  • Experienced in designing ERP solutions for large distributed organisations
  • Experienced in addressing information quality issues in originating business processes rather than in downstream integration code
  • Has utilised in their career several difference project methodologies and understands when different approaches are appropriate
  • Understand and have worked with Agile methodologies
  • Can cite company or industry specific examples of successes, failures and lessons learned


Client Management:

  • Possess excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • Excellent facilitation skills and the ability to work effectively with peer and leadership teams
  • Need strong negotiation skills
  • Display a strong customer focus background with commercial awareness and strategic thinking capability
  • Cultivate relationships with business and technology stakeholders


Professional Qualification Requirements:

  • ERP certifications
  • TOGAF advantageous


Technical Qualification Requirements:

  • Undergraduate technical degree (e.g., BTech, BSc) or equivalent experience in Technology



  • Previous solution architecture (min 5 years)
  • Significant projects exposure for large scale integrated solutions
  • Display a strong understanding and 3 years' experience as a Solution Architect

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