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Jacobs Solutions Architect in Manchester, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

We are in search of a dynamic and versatile Solution Architect with specialized expertise in the water, transportation or major programme sectors. The ideal candidate will have the unique skill to seamlessly integrate business architecture with technical solutions, playing a critical role in crafting innovative solutions for our clients. This position is essential for spearheading client engagements during the initial phases of problem identification and solution formulation, demanding a professional who can swiftly gain the trust of clients and stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead client engagements in the initial stages, focusing on comprehending and defining challenges and formulating solutions within the water or transportation sectors.

  • Work in close collaboration with business architects and technical architects, acting as a conduit between in-depth domain knowledge and technical solution design.

  • Build and maintain robust relationships with clients, quickly establishing trust and a deep understanding of their unique challenges and requirements.

  • Propel the conception and design of data and software solutions, utilizing a broad knowledge of business architecture and technical technologies.

  • Direct and shape the solution development process, ensuring it aligns with client needs and strategic goals, while entrusting the team to execute through agile methodologies.

  • Remain up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the water or transportation sectors, as well as advancements in data and software solution technologies.

  • Contribute to the growth of an emerging management consultancy practice focused on enterprise data architecture and digital transformation.

Hybrid working model, with a minimum of 50% time spent in Jacobs offices or client locations.

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • Demonstrated experience as a Solution Architect, with deep domain expertise in the water or transportation sectors.

  • Practical and pragmatic approach, adept at bridging the gap between business architecture and technical solution design.

  • Strong client engagement skills, proven ability to rapidly build trust and understanding with clients and business stakeholders.

  • Capability to work autonomously and unsupervised, including integration within client teams.

  • A genuine passion for data and software solutions, with a talent for conceptualizing and designing innovative solutions.

  • Knowledgeable in a variety of business architecture and technical technologies and workflows, without needing to be an expert in either.

  • A collaborative team player, keen on identifying opportunities for cross-selling consulting and solution development services.

Our Culture

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

Jacobs partners with VERCIDA to help us attract and retain diverse talent. For greater online accessibility please visit www.vercida.com to view and access our roles. As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role

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