Enterprise Solution Architect
Direct Line Group is one of the UK's largest insurance companies and home to some of the best-known brands including Direct Line, Churchill and Green Flag.
We’re evolving, to be a more digitally-focused data-driven insurance company of the future – and your unique talent, skills and ideas can drive our success.
Like us, you thrive on collaboration, exploration and innovation. And like you, we take tech seriously. That’s why we’re embracing the move to a more digital, flexible world. With constant investment in the newest tools, programmes and equipment for our teams, it all adds up to creating the best possible user experience for customers. And a great career for you. Join us. Own the evolution.
What you'll be doing:
Reporting into Strategy and Architecture, we need people who can really look at a business strategy and operating model(s), talk to colleagues at all levels in plain language yet converse at depth with technology, architecture, change and ops experts.
Execution capability matters. You should understand engineering development and leadership in newer technologies that emerge over the next 3-5 years taking us to 2025. This supports making innovation happen and the ability to improve adoption of great architectural thinking and help others turn it into reality – this is not an ivory tower role.
What we're looking for
Purpose led, customer-focused technology that enables growth, adjacencies and innovation; whilst always simplifying the costs of DLG and consumers.
Excellent deep & wide technology expertise in more than one architectural domain
Understanding of technology from a capability perspective with a view to rationalise and simplify
Embrace the new realms of machine learning (AI, Quantum, Metaverse) and shifts in how this will affect DLG, our Data and how that flows through our consumer and business divisions.
Relevant architecture domain skills end-to-end with focus on applications & integration; can challenge existing architecture models
Create a narrative that takes all in the enterprise through the purpose and reason to believe in the strategy – ensuring that it is delivered as imagined even when iterated
Experience delivering on innovation, with an owners/startup mindset to growth and growing customers
Experience, excitement and interest in complex architectures which include, but may not be limited to, web applications built using java & angular, iSeries, Mainframe, COTS products and a 'cloud first' approach driving a multi cloud strategic runway (AWS & Azure)
Experience with the interactions between people, processes and technology
Fluent in financials and commercial topics and able to create linkages between business and technology and have a sound commercial approach to identifying solutions
Take a holistic view of the organisation and its technology need
We are open to candidates from any industry but would expect and interest in the insurance business and its future direction.
Ways of Working
Our mixed model way of working offers a 'best of both worlds' approach combining the best parts of home and office-working, offering flexibility for everyone. How much you'll be in the office depends on your role, and we'll consider the flexible working options that work best for you.
Read our flexible working approach here.
This role will be based from our London office and will be on a hybrid basis, approximately twice a week in the office.
We recognise we wouldn't be where we are today without our colleagues, that's why we offer excellent benefits designed to suit your lifestyle:
9% employer contributed pension
50% off home, motor and pet insurance plus free travel insurance and Green Flag breakdown cover
Additional optional Health and Dental insurance
Direct Line Group is an equal opportunity employer, and we think diversity of background and thinking is a big strength in our people. We're delighted to feature as one of the UK's Top 50 Inclusive Employers and are committed to making our business an inclusive place to work, where everyone can be themselves and succeed in their careers.
We know you're more than a CV, and the things that make you, you, are what bring potential to our business. We recognise and embrace people that work in different ways so if you need any adjustments to our recruitment process, please speak to the recruitment team who will be happy to support you.