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Solutions Architect (Networks) (2133)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Your Role

Please note, this role is on an 18 month FTC

Our vision is to support business agility through enabling our colleagues to work and collaborate how, when and where they need to in order to provide value to our clients. In addition our physical workspaces will be connected and enabled by leading digital tools. We are looking for an experienced Solutions Architect with significant knowledge and experience of network design and implementation, including network security, within a regulated environment (FCA, FSA) that supports hybrid deployments across on-premise and Azure hosted data centres as well as a mix of office locations plus significant (>3000 colleagues) remote working.

You will be responsible for working closely with 3rd parties to design and implement our future network, exploiting software-defined technologies, and making sure the network supports flexible working locations and cloud-based services, as well as digital-first colleague and client experiences. You will be responsible for the development and maintenance of all network related architectural artefacts, including standards, reference architectures and patterns, and roadmaps. Evidence of strong collaboration, cross team working and commercial approach to decision making is required.  Experience working with Cisco assets is desirable.

What We're Looking For
  • Comprehensive and wide-ranging experience of creating and implementing solution designs in an IT context (breadth preferred)
  • Experience of working alongside external technology partners to influence solutions and execute our strategy.
  • Microsoft (or equivalent) Certifications, TOGAF 9, ITIL, Scrum, Prince2 qualifications are advantageous
  • Experience in selecting and delivering cloud-based solutions.
  • Experience of integration between applications, both COTS and bespoke
  • Advanced IT skills – in-depth knowledge of one or more of: IT infrastructure, database management, development frameworks, cloud computing, micro-services architecture, data integration, telephony & mobile device management, Business Intelligence/Data Science
  • Able to give direction to IT technical staff (provides supervision even when not in a direct reporting relationship)
  • Able to apply relevant technical governance effectively to ensure alignment with standards, policies and strategy (works within scrutiny for own work and provides scrutiny for the work of others)
  • Able to apply curiosity, logic, and experience to find solutions to complex problems and engage other people in evaluating an implementing solutions (Complex problem-solving ability at all levels)
What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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  • Business Area:
    Group Services
  • Team:
    Solution Architecture
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term Contract
  • :
    Home Based, Manchester, Sheffield
  • Salary:
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