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Technical Architect (Subject Matter Expert) Posted Mar 13
HCL GB Ltd , Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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The Below Job is for a client in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The technical architect will be assigned to work with one or more development project teams, either on a long-term basis or for the duration of specific projects.

In this role they will be expected to:

Agree what technology should be used in the proposed solution.

Working with the programme architect, the applications architect and third parties as appropriate, they will be responsible for ensuring that a document describing the technical architecture for the programme/project is produced.

Ensure that all technology selected for the programme conforms to the client's technical long term strategy, or that an appropriate level of agreement has been obtained where it does not.

Take responsibility for the detailed design of the technology layer of the agreed solution.

Technical architects are not expected to do the whole architecture design personally, but are expected to pull in appropriate skills and to develop an overall understanding of the technical architecture for the programme/major project

Ensure that proposed infrastructure designs are viable and lead the initial implementation process to prove their viability.

To advise on capacity planning of the existing IT infrastructure, taking regular feedback from support team for existing issues and advice on technical architecture to overcome issues.

Become a central point of understanding of the complete end-to-end technical architecture for the business area concerned

When devising technical solutions ensure that other staffs in the IT department is consulted appropriately.

Should also be able to help "troubleshoot" when issues arise in the Datacenter, hence HANDS-ON experience is essential

The technical architect will also be expected to champion the technical architecture within the team, and to contribute to the development of the client's technical architecture:

Extend the technical architecture into new areas as required to support development projects

Lead the process of agreeing and/or documenting technology recommendations in areas not yet formally covered by the technical architecture

Work on research and development/implementation projects to establish new technical offerings in advance of development project needs.

Lead Architecture and design of IT Infrastructure solutions based on requirements from the business making use of existing IT capabilities and services in the company.

Work on creating standard Reference Architecture for each Technology domains which includes Compute, Storage, Backup, Network, Security, EUC and Tools.

This reusable component will be used by Architecture team.

Handle both Strategic initiatives and In-flight projects related to each Technology Domain.

Develop Technology Strategy and Roadmap for IT Infrastructure.

Setup a team for Strategic initiatives and In-flight projects.

Understand the business and application requirement and translate it into an Infrastructure solution.

Provide value add in optimizing Technology for Business in order to reduce Cost of IT.

Alignment of Business processes with Technology wherever needed for deriving better Business results (profits).

Create whitepapers on emerging technologies that can be showcased to customers.

The candidate needs to own Architecture and Design in a large architecture project.

The candidate should be technically competent to Architecture and Design a solution with minimal help

The candidate should be able to work with project management team to develop project plan and project manage the entire project.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Core competencies, knowledge and experience:

Education Qualification - Should be a minimum B.Tech/BS/MCA in Computer Sc.

Total Experience -10 to 14 Yrs.; Relevant Experience - 6 to 8 years

Should have core experience of working on IT Strategy & IT Consulting engagements

Should be well versed in developing IT relates Business Cases/Financial Cases.

Should be experienced in operational services, compliance, capacity analysis and vendor management

TOGAF or Zachman certfications desired

Extensive hands-on technical skills to cover installation, configuration, administration and advanced troubleshooting

Experience of working within a Service environment and technical teams of IT experts

Experience of working on ITIL ticketing systems (SNOW, Remedy), understand ITIL framework

Experience in representation in Change Advisory Board (CAB) meetings

Experience of being able to highlight issues and solutions

Experience of managing outsourced or offshore supplier support groups

Strong verbal/written communication skills

Technical/professional qualifications:

A broad understanding of enterprise-class technologies.

Detailed understanding of UNIX (Solaris, AIX), Databases (Oracle, SQL) and SAN (Mainly Hitachi Storage Boxes and preferably Cisco SAN Switches).

Experience in handling a Data Centre Move/Migration from one Data Centre to another

Ability to interface with Applications Team to understand the application landscape and their interface to different systems in the IT landscape

Should have thorough Hands-On/Consulting/Planning experience (5 to 6 years) in the following Technology Areas:

Server Technologies

Storage Technologies

Virtualization Technologies

Operating Systems (Linux, Solaris, AIX & Windows. Good to have Mainframe)

Holistic view of IT Infrastructure

Must carry good knowledge on Middleware Technologies (WebSphere Product suits, WebLogic product suits, IIS, Tomcat & Apache and other open sources App, Web and Document management tool/technologies etc..)

Good to have exposure in Informatica, Drupal for Content Manager, SharePoint, C#, Business Objects and Autosys

Domain Skills that are required are classified into the following categories:


- Extensive and substantial practical and applied knowledge on the subject.


- Detailed knowledge of the subject area and capable of providing professional advice and guidance.

- Ability to integrate capability into Architecture design.


- Understands the issues, background and implications sufficiently to be able to understand how to proceed further and advice client accordingly.

The candidate should have expert knowledge in one or two Domains and knowledge and Awareness in other areas as mentioned below:




Design of Server Virtualization Solution

Cloud Computing

Design of Storage/Backup Solutions


Networking, WAN optimization



Data Center Concepts, Industry trends, Best practices


Data Migration, Consolidation, Optimization

Application Skills:

Knowledge of some of the following applications from an Infrastructure viewpoint is required

SharePoint, Exchange, Database, Middleware, Web service

Business Skills

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to translate IT technical language into everyday terms which users can understand, specifically non-technical senior management

Ability to interact with customers so as to ensure that the service is flexible, efficient and responsive

To work through issues analytically to a successful conclusion

Demonstrable results in a business customer facing role, with a track record of delivering services to defined service levels.

Experience in the management of multi-discipline teams in distributed locations.

Experience of working in an Operational environment alongside other technical and operational teams, ensuring that all parties collaborate effectively to deliver services.

Use of ITIL service management framework to deliver best practice capabilities for TNT.

Proven ability to deliver improvements that deliver greater value to the customer and business through more efficient delivery.


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