Lead Solutions Architect

Job Type:
Leeds, United Kingdom

We are looking for a Lead Solutions Architect to join our busy and dynamic team based in our Leeds service office.

Why we need you: -

We’re looking for you to join and become the technical subject matter expert for particular products and services and, via solution designs, be the design authority for new and existing services. You’ll communicate the business goals, constraints and risks to the delivery team members, so that they can build and operate the systems and services that support and deliver the tribe’s business goals and address the constraints and risks that are present.

Together with other technology leaders, you’ll deliver and communicate an architectural vision and roadmap for the tribe that is understood and supported by the whole business and that provides clear, achievable principles and direction for the technology team to follow.

We’ll look for you to communicate the key facts, risks and assumptions to enable the heads of function in a tribe to understand and make decisions for the products and services you represent.

 As well as carrying out the role of a Solutions Architect you will be involved in:

  • Line management of other Solutions Architects
  • Working to continuously improve the architecture teams’ ways of working and processes.
  • Driving the creation of Tech Radars in each of the areas and their guidelines for use
  • Drive the creation and maintenance of city plans
  • Mentoring Solutions Architects on how to be more effective
  • Defining the process for architectural communication/sign-off and peer review
  • Working with Heads/Directors within GSTP to define:
    • How the architecture processes fit within the delivery and product processes
    • How the architecture processes fit within the service/operational processes
  • Help architecture skills matrixes for both developing existing SA’s and helping define the architecture career path for existing technology staff
  • Evangelizing/L&D/Architecture concepts to wider GSTP teams
  • Helping define / Evangelizing Architecture principles within GSTP and their alignment with the wider architecture community
  • Identifying / sharing best practices
  • Promoting more structured capture/communication of Architecture Decision Records
  • Promoting the creation and running Chapter / Guild working groups for wider company architectural alignment / best practices

 Who are we looking for: -

You’ll be an individual who can provide technical leadership to the tribe’s technical teams. You’ll be constantly keeping up-to-date with emerging technologies and architectural approaches and promote alignment between technology and business strategy. You are someone who wants to collaborate with other architects within your and other areas of the business to help define our architectural principles, vision, lifecycle and underlying framework. You’ll have an awareness of current architectural trends and developments within the market, particularly patterns and technologies being used within GSTP and the wider Stars Group. You can provide governance and technical leadership to ensure the products and services you are involved with are aligned with the design goals as well as working with business stakeholders to help identify business goals and align IT strategy. You will play a key part in develop the tribe’s technology road map and to gain commitment for architecture initiatives so having an exposure to collaboration with other teams promoting inter-operability of data across products/teams is beneficial.

You will have experience in an Agile development culture, be comfortable with high volume, highly available, transactional web applications. Similarly, Modelling, measuring and forecasting capacity as well as Message based architectures.

In terms of technical skills, while experience with all (or even any) of the items listed below is not essential, it is clearly beneficial and ideally we'd look for you to be able to demonstrate experience in a number of the list below :

  • Designing for scalability
  • Relational and non-relational datastores
  • Service based approaches (e.g. REST, SOA, Microservices)
  • Network and web application security
  • General understanding of datacentre technologies (SAN, blades, virtualisation etc)
  • Automated Testing (especially BDD toolkits), Continuous Integration and Deployment
  • JS, Java, Kotlin, React
  • Kafka
  • Kubernetes, Docker
  • NoSQL, document DB Dynamo/Mongo
  • Linux
  • AWS - SQS/SNS/Dynamo, Serverless
  • Content networking (e.g. F5 BigIP, SteelApp, Varnish, Nginx)

As the ideal candidate : -

You'll have worked in the Betting and Gaming industry, but that's just an added benefit, but not essential for this role.

What’s in it for you?

The salary for this job is based on experience, so whilst we are not able to go into detail at this stage, we can say that we offer great salary packages and a discretionary annual performance bonus. We can also provide advice and dedicated assistance to those moving to Leeds.

We offer health and dental insurance for you, your partner and your children (if you all live at the same address). You can make the most of our personal interest allowance in order to learn something new or pursue a hobby. If you have a baby whilst you work for us, we will give you 1000 GBP as congratulations.

In addition to that, we provide the opportunity for a discounted gym membership.

Our in-house training and development team deliver fantastic support in terms of developing your skills and helping you progress your career.

What happens next?

We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. If you meet the criteria, then we’ll invite you to a phone interview and if that goes well we’ll meet you for a face-to-face interview

The Group

The Stars Group is the ultimate owner of industry leading gaming brands such as PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, and the PokerStars Live brands, and through its ownership of Sky Betting & Gaming, a mobile-led leading online gaming operator, licenses the Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo and Sky Poker online gaming brands. Collectively, these and other brands of The Stars Group have millions of registered customers globally, forming one of the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming companies.  This role is in the Group’s Leeds service office in the GSTP department.