Technical Architect

Job Type:
Sofia, Bulgaria

The role: Technical Architect

We are looking for a Technical Architect to join our busy and dynamic team based in our Bulgaria service office.

The Stars Group brands have more than 111 million registered customers, forming one of the largest online gaming businesses in the world. From our base in Leeds, UK we are building the next generation sports betting platform which will bring innovation and performance fit for strong growth in our many global markets.

Much of the platform is truly greenfield, with the best modern technologies and practices being at our disposal. Architects at all levels have a part to play in our tech decisions and choices. You will be self-motivated and willing to contribute to design at all levels, listening and learning from the talented people around you.

Together we’ll deliver the technology that will launch leading edge products into new markets whilst scaling up quickly and cost effectively. Be part of an industry-leading team renowned for delivering customer centric products; our success will help drive Sports revenue growth throughout the Group.

Why we need you: -

We created the world’s largest publicly-listed gaming company by merging Sky Betting & Gaming with The Stars Group in 2018 and now we’re on a mission to create the ultimate online betting experience for millions of customers around the world.

Come and join a new team to build exciting new products featuring rock-solid stability, high velocity code-shipping and ground-breaking innovation. We’re lean, we’re agile, and DevOps is at the centre of everything we do! And you’re in good company: you’ll be standing on the shoulders of the giants who created the most popular apps and products of their kind.

You’ll work on the most critical, strategic projects at the heart of the world’s largest public online gaming business, with funding and opportunities to match our huge ambition.       It’s your chance to work on greenfield developments where you’ll build and run new products that will ultimately be used by millions around the world, building on your career so far and learning new tech skills to solve problems that only exist at this scale. You’ll be part of the award-winning Sky Betting & Gaming and Stars Group tech family, working with the best product and technology professionals, learning new skills and developing yourself in new ways.

Who are we looking for: -

To be a technical subject matter expert for GSTP products and services and, via solution designs and impact assessments, be the design authority for new and existing services. You will 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 GSTP’s business goals and address the constraints and risks that are present.

Together with the other GSTP architects, you will develop and communicate an architectural vision and roadmap that is understood and supported by the whole business and that provides clear, achievable principles and direction for the technology team to follow.

You will communicate the key facts, risks and assumptions to enable the heads of function to understand and make decisions for GSTP’s products and services.

Our mission is to create the best place our people have ever worked at, leading the way in terms of technology and innovation; We want you to be a part of this mission, helping from within.

No previous experience in sports betting? No problem – we have many experts to learn from, and the technical excellence you’ll bring is what we value. Salary and benefits packages reflect the high standard in our tech teams, with excellent training and development opportunities for all engineers.

You will be keen to share your skills and experience with members of GSTP to help them in their development. You will be self-motivated and willing to contribute at all levels, listening and learning from the talented people around you. We believe we have a strong culture and we want you to be a part of it.

You`ll be the technical authority for your area within GSTP. You`ll become an advocate and drive best practices and technical improvements in the squad. You`ll encourage squad “champions” for different areas of expertise like performance testing and others. You`ll coach other squad members from a technical perspective, increasing their expertise. You`ll become a champion for technical ownership and operational readiness within the squad and tribe. You`ll cooperate with the Head of Architecture and Lead Architect to recruit the best architects for your team. You`ll engage with product teams on forward planning and drive team focus on delivery goals and value. You`ll lead by example on transparent communication, ensuring that business expectations are always set realistically. You`ll champion, maintain and uphold the our architecture process and practices, and drive improvements to working practices. You`ll lead on inceptions and elaboration of work. You`ll create technical designs, roadmap plans, defining and documenting architecture for your services.

As the ideal candidate, you will be expected to: -

Outline forward strategy and inform decisions with senior stakeholders, and get occasionally hands-on working with individual engineers to help resolve technical problems. Our architects work closely with colleagues in all positions, so a good level of interpersonal skill is important to us. You have a good appreciation of what can and can’t be automated and have experience of working in an agile environment (Scrum / Kanban). You will be happy to work independently or collaboratively on multiple tasks.

What’s in it for you?

The salary for this job is based on experience so whilst we are not able to provide such details at this stage, we can confirm that we offer an excellent salary and benefits package. You will have 22 days paid annual leave. 

Our benefits include a discretionary annual performance bonus, premium health and dental insurance for you, your partner and your children (providing you all live at the same address), and a generous company contribution into a private pension scheme each month. 

As an advocate of work/life balance, we offer an annual personal interest allowance where we encourage personal learning outside of working hours; e.g. driving lessons, cookery classes and circus training (to name a few that our people have used this towards). 

We also have an Employee Assistance Programme where you receive complimentary and confidential support from professionals who offer independent advice 24/7. Our in-house training and development team deliver fantastic support in terms of developing your skills and helping you progress your career. We offer many more great perks such as an annual travel loan, subsidised massage sessions, free drinks, snacks, hot beverages and fresh fruit every day.

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 Bulgaria service office in the Sports Development department.