Solution Architect

HDFC Life (HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd.)
  • Mumbai
  • Confidential
  • 9-13 years
  • 16 Jun 2015

  • Software Architecting

  • Insurance, IT/ Technology - Software/ Services
Job Description

Education :


Graduate with Experience in Architecture

Candidate Profile:

* 6+ years of Solution Architecture experience in one or more of the following areas: SOA, EDW, Web Content Management and Data Center optimization is desirable

* Prior experience in LifeAsia, GroupAsia, SAP is desirable

* Should have been in the role of Solution Architect / Technical Architect / Presales Solution Consultant for at least 4 years

* Should have at least 3 years of experience in Solution Architecture for platforms such as Java Enterprise Edition, .NET and SOA

Overall purpose of the Job :

Drive Architecture engagements across the organization to strategize, execute and govern information technology solutions geared at consistent and continual delivery of business value

Key Tasks or Activities:

Architecture Blueprinting:

* Enhance and maintain Architecture Methodology tailored to the business demands
* Manage Reference Architectures, Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices
* Manage creation, review and maintenance of Architecture and Design Blueprints at all levels -- Enterprise, Portfolio, Solution, and Infrastructure
* Engage with Vendors to ensure alignment of methodology and deliverables, including both architecture and design artifacts

Architecture Governance:

* Enhance and maintain Architectural policies, Frameworks and Design constructs
* Maintain Maturity Model and lead initiatives to progressively improve the maturity level
* Drive Solution Reviews across the identified focus areas
* Engage with Code-Red teams to define levers for instituting proactive/preventive intervention means

Innovation and Capability Development:

* Execute periodic assessments to discover needs that are poorly/incompletely met; Define and roll-out initiatives to efficiently and effectively meet such needs
* Engage with Industry bodies, Partners, Subject Matter Experts and relevant external resources to define Opportunities
* Establish and present Business Case to transform Opportunity into a manageable Program
* Facilitate building of organizational capability required to realize Value from the chosen set of Opportunities

Knowledge and Asset Management:

* Drive Knowledge Sharing sessions to incrementally and progressively improve the functional maturity viz-a-viz Technology Advancements, Disruptive Trends, Means to Untapped Opportunity Areas
* Identify Reusable Assets across the portfolios and drive their implementation/utilization


* TOGAF 9 certification will be a plus
* Prior experience in participating and accomplishing architectural awards for the organization such as iCMG Enterprise & IT Architecture Excellence Award and InfoWorld Enterprise Architecture Award

Personal Attributes:

* Leads by Influence
* Good Team player and able to handle the challenges
* Demonstrate track record of reliability, punctuality and accountability
* Good interpersonal and communication skills with ability to build productive relationships across the business
* Ability to wade through ambiguities and build structure to attain functional objectives
* Flexibility and adaptability to continually evolving environment

Competencies Required:

* Experience with prominent Architecture frameworks such as Zachman, TOGAF, FEAF

* Solution Architecture Experience in Java EE, and Packaged Applications

* Experience with frameworks such as BVI, AIE and TEI to help calibrate Business Value from IT Assets

* Ability to drive detailed Build Vs Buy Evaluation

* Ability to create Business Case

* Ability to drive collaboration between Business, PMO, Operations/Maintenance and Partner teams

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