Payments Solution Architect - CoE

Role: Payments Solutions Architect - CoE
Salary: £120,000, plus 20% bonus
Location: Remote / London
The Opportunity
Out client is an international award-winning payment and specialist technology provider serving global financial institutions. From IT strategy, architecture and design to software development, they enable clients to rapidly capitalise on the latest technology. The critical value our client offers its clients, is the combination of deep subject matter expertise in instant payments, a proven track record in delivering bank critical systems, and a FinTech approach to the use of technology.
The Role
Payments Architects are part of the Payments Centre of Excellence and work predominately onsite with clients and help them achieve their business aims by providing domain, architectural, and delivery expertise. The Payment Architect role builds from a Solution Architect’s base skills with a particular expertise and experience in the Payments field, either within a financial institution, a scheme or a dedicated fintech.
Payments Architects will contribute payments expertise into the development of the client’s Enterprise Architecture or Business/IT strategy, and will often be expected to take ownership for (and sometimes deliver) the architecture that underpins their client’s solutions.

Consulting or Advisory engagements, working directly with clients to support the development of payments strategies, roadmaps, business cases and transformation programmes
Translating business requirements into technical solution designs, which may include contextual, conceptual, logical and physical views of the architecture. Payments Architects should be able to lead or contribute significantly to the overall technical architecture 
Developing target state solution architectures to meet requirements, both functional and non-functional, using packaged Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components and bespoke solutions development as appropriate, in projects from £1m upwards in size
Conducting solution architecture reviews of existing systems or in-flight projects, and communicating the findings of the review back to stakeholders 
Working within (or implementing/running) a client’s Design Authority, providing guidance to projects and programmes and helping them deliver Payment solutions that conform to company and industry standards and best practices 
Representing the company professionally in customer engagements, using excellent inter-personal skills to develop and realise further opportunities for the company
Communicating to stakeholders representing business, change and technology at up to “C” level using excellent written and verbal skills
Liaising with and managing relationships with software and service suppliers, regulators and industry bodies for the client or company
Maintaining industry knowledge in Payments and interpreting impacts to both the company and its clients in the form of new collateral or service offerings
Acting in the capacity of coach or mentor to junior staff, enabling them to develop their payments knowledge and solution architecture skills

Experience of leading the delivery of specific Capital Markets or Banking Payment solutions, in areas such as Faster / Instant Payments, SEPA, SWIFT, BACS and mobile payments. It is expected that architects will have deep technical knowledge in at least one of these core areas and are able to articulate the functional and technical differences between e.g. SWIFT, ACH, GIRO, Bacs, CHIPS and CHAPS 
A detailed knowledge of the Payments Value Chain, able to articulate the functional and technical differences between: Initiation, Order Management, Execution and Clearing & Settlement
Experience in developing & offering new payment instruments (e.g. Ripple, Alipay)
Have experience of working in a consultative position either for a consultancy or acting in an advisory role within an organisation
The ability to communicate efficiently upwards (to business), downwards (to IT teams) and laterally (to peers, vendors, and client side staff) with particular emphasis on presenting Target and Interim architectures to a range of stakeholders in the business and technical communities (up to and including CxO level) 
Familiarity with technology concepts, roles, and terminology, and the ability to work closely with application architects and modelers
The ability to serve as a credible and active participant in architecture groups, steering committees, and forums
How to apply
Email your CV to
Salary: £120,000, plus 20% bonus
Location: London