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Principle Solution Architect

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Recruiter: Jaguar Land Rover
Listed on: 16th June
Location: Coventry
Salary Notes: Competitive
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Dreaming for tomorrow is about more than ideas and ambitions. We're already building the next generation of vehicles, using repurposed and brand-new technology and techniques. We're doing more than dream, we're creating the future of mobility and automotive for years to come.


We are looking for someone to help us realise our business vision of a cloud-native "Remote Connected Vehicle Diagnostics system and products" that will provide our customers, suppliers and partners with seamless connected services delivered through an industry-leading global platform.

We are looking for someone who will work closely with stakeholders to define and evolve a system architecture that meets both functional and operational needs and, importantly, provides direction and support to our agile delivery teams. You will be a valued member of our Remote Connected Vehicle Diagnostics team, contributing to the strategic direction of the technology and solutions delivered.

As the principal architect, you will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the senior solution architects to enable them to work effectively as a team in the timely delivery of consistently high-quality architecture artefacts that will enable the software engineering teams. You will also ensure that architecture risk is properly managed and that key design decisions are effectively governed. You will provide oversight of the system architecture as a whole to ensure end-to-end architectural integrity in the realisation of use cases and the ability to realise reliability, scalability and maintainability requirements.

As a solution architect, you will be responsible for defining and communicating the structure and dynamics of a solution sufficient to meet the requirements of the various key stakeholders. You will be responsible for identifying and highlighting architectural risk and providing recommendations for mitigation. You will be responsible for enabling the agile delivery teams to work effectively through a clear understanding of the separation of concerns and system dependencies. Working in close collaboration with the engineering teams through the tech leads, you will evolve the architecture as detail is laid down and through architectural prototyping as necessary.

This role sits within the Vehicle Engineering centre in Gaydon.

The role is responsible for:

  • Continually collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure needs will be met in the architecture
  • Providing direction through the definition of target and transition architectures to satisfy the perspectives of different stakeholders
  • Identifying technical and architectural risk and defining the solution options for mitigation
  • Identifying the need for key design decisions (KDDs) and managing their path through architecture governance
  • Validating KDDs through the execution of architectural prototypes in collaboration with software engineering
  • Evolving the system architecture based on new demand and architectural prototyping
  • Continually exploring and sharing technology opportunities that will improve the physical architecture and help drive further value for the business

Continually defining and evolving reference architectures and design patterns that drive standardisation, architectural reuse and architecture development productivity



  • At least 5 years of experience in the role of solution architect accountable for delivering, describing and governing end-to-end systems architecture
  • At least 2 years of experience in a leadership position, providing direction to a team of architects

Architecture Development Methods

  • Solid experience of the solution architecture discipline, ideally as part of a recognised agile SDLC
  • Experience of developing architecture using a recognised framework, e.g. TOGAF


  • Ideally from a software engineering background

Desirable Technical Skills and Knowledge

  • Data intensive applications
  • Cloud-native architectures
  • Message-driven architectures
  • Real-time data and stream processing
  • Micro services architectures
  • IOT architectures
  • Relational, non-relational databases (NoSQL), time-series databases, data lakes and analytics
  • Industry standard architecture development methods and modelling languages
  • Automotive embedded software development experience
  • Automotive Diagnostics experience


  • Experience of architecting within agile delivery methods, e.g. scaled agile or scrum


  • Any industry with a strong software engineering discipline

Ideally vehicle telematics or any industry employing IOT


Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you'll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan, private medical cover and performance related bonus scheme. As a manager, you'll also be able to select one of our luxury premium vehicles to lease at a fraction of the cost. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.

Please be aware that we may close this vacancy for applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of interest. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.

POSTING END DATE: 30/06/2021