Senior Solution Architect

Location: Remote - Leeds, United Kingdom

The Role

Crisp is a social media safety and crisis monitoring firm, and our technology is used by some of the world’s largest, best known brands, to provide fast detection of critical issues and crises. We help companies by spotting fake news and rumours being spread about brands on social media, which can damage sales and impact share price.

We also protect users of social media from harmful and unwanted user generated content, utilising hundreds of analysts and moderators operating 24/7 and in over 50 languages.

The Role

You’ll be a senior member of the Solutions Team which has accountability for the design, build/configure and performance of Crisp’s service to customers. We work with internal and external stakeholders from across the business, including but not limited to the sales team, client partners, consultants, capability delivery (i.e. development) and the solutions implementation & onboarding team to create the Crisp service for customers to tight deadlines with accuracy and efficiency.

In your role, you will play a leading role in all aspects of a Crisp Solution; from initial conception, through to upgrades and Solution retirement. A Crisp Solution includes everything needed to deliver the customer benefit, including Technology, Processes, Data, People etc. You’ll also define and act as an (internal) customer for new Capabilities as well as helping Crisp define and take new Propositions to market.

DRI

The role is expected to take a ‘Directly Responsible Individual’ role for (at least):

  • Core Architecture Blueprint(s)
  • Proposition Blueprint(s)
  • Multiple high profile, complex or difficult client Solutions (through life)
  • Specific projects to make important changes for Crisp

Requirements

  • Lead the interpretation of Customer requirements, Business requirements, constraints and policies into an appropriate Solution Designs for our biggest and most important Customer Solutions,
  • Work with both ‘standard’ and ‘bespoke’ blueprints depending on the context for new and existing customers as a part of new implementations and regular customer Health Checks,
  • Design, manage, optimise and deliver our Core Architectures,
  • Help to optimise Solutions,
  • Help to Optimise the way we design, deliver, operate and retire Solutions,
  • Deliver configured services for new and existing customers to agreed timescales,
  • Direct and oversee end to end testing and commissioning of each Solution,
  • Take responsibility for Solution operation through-life, monitoring changes to performance, cost or speed of the Solution, and leading resolutions,
  • Develop ideas and systems to automate the daily tasks and workflows used by the team,
  • Monitor and resolve issues with the support of the Client Partners,
  • Review and suggest improvements to solutions,
  • Designing department processes, systems and workflows,
  • Engage with customers to build relationships,
  • Follow and adhere to Quality Assurance processes, reviewing and developing improvements where possible,
  • Be a hub of expertise and wisdom,
  • Constantly seek excellence from within and outside the business.

The following description outlines the skills of the role

  • Mature technical leadership style,
  • Comfortable with high levels of responsibility,
  • Natural understanding of the balance between pragmatism and perfectionism,
  • Ability to think holistically; considering detailed technology subjects alongside process design, data design as well as delivery (i.e. project management) implications,
  • Able to establish high quality, professional and informal relationships to get a job done, but backed up with formal documentation and procedure,
  • High proficiency in documentation at speed and with clarity and accuracy,
  • Ability to work under pressure and to client deadlines,
  • Strong logical thinking and problem-solving skills,
  • Ability to multi-task across multiple concurrent projects,
  • Able to adapt technical skills in a rapidly changing environment,
  • Ability to prioritise a busy workload,
  • Ability to communicate complex information to colleagues of all levels of IT competency,
  • Self-motivated and self-reliant,
  • Excellent technical ability.



Essential and Desirable Experience

  • Experience of designing high quality (technology based) Solutions incorporating all aspects required to deliver the Solution (technology, data, people/skills, policies etc).
  • Technical Leadership and Management experience
  • Broad and deep experience in a wide range of modern and historical technical architectures technology patterns and Enterprise Architecture.
  • Ability to engage with clients and build relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Experience of documenting designs & procedures for external as well as internal use in both formal notations (UML, TOGAF etc) and layman’s presentations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

The following experience is desirable for this role:

  • A technical, substantial academic qualification (e.g. 2:1 in a technical / computer science degree (or equivalent) or equivalent technical experience / Relevant industry experience)
  • Experience in learning and using bespoke software
  • Ability to engage with clients and build relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Experience of automating processes
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of documenting designs & procedures for external as well as internal use in both formal notations and layman’s presentations

Benefits

Our rewards are as unique as our culture, and we want to attract the best people and retain them.

Not only will we ensure that your development is key, but you will be joining a fantastic team of like-minded people who work together as one team to achieve a shared vision.We offer an excellent salary and benefits package which includes:

  • Market competitive pay rates based your skills and experience
  • Discretionary bonus scheme / commission scheme with payment based on revenue generated as a result of generated sales leads
  • 33 days holiday including Bank Holidays (20 days in the US)
  • Critical Illness insurance
  • Life Insurance Cover
  • Healthcare Cash Plan / Healthcare, dental and vision plan
  • An attractive pension / 401k retirement plan scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee perks schemes offering discounts, rewards, giveaways and more
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Mental health wellbeing portal and access to an in-house clinical psychologist
  • Support and provision of supplies to facilitate home working
  • Flexible working opportunities

Statement:

'This work meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, any applicants who are offered work for this organisation will be subject to an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions. A criminal record will not automatically bar a person from successfully taking up this post.