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Senior IT Architect – London (hybrid)


About us

Nexfibre is a next generation fibre broadband company, formed in December 2022 as a joint venture between InfraVia Capital Partners, Liberty Global and Telefónica. We are on a mission to deliver high-speed broadband to up to 7 million homes across the UK over the next 4 years.

We are backed by a £4.5 billion investment by our investors and banks. Working closely with our commercial partner Virgin Media O2, we will create the only national scale fibre to the home network to compete with BT Openreach. We are supporting the Government’s ambition to tackle digital exclusion, deliver nationwide ultrafast broadband rollout by 2030 and level up disconnected communities by investing in the areas we’re building in and acting as a net-contributor. Nexfibre is a small, growing and dynamic organization.

We look to attract high performing, energetic and entrepreneurial team members with a growth mindset.

Job purpose

Responsible for the definition and maintenance of the Nextfibre IT architecture, ensuring out systems are to the highest quality, delivering robust and reliable services to our customers.  The role is key for ensuring that the Technology functions across the different delivery communities (internal, partners and customers) work together seamlessly to achieve key business outcomes.  The role requires both a strategic and hands-on approach, with the need to develop long term technical plans whilst proactively engaging with the delivery of in-flight projects and programmes.

Key accountabilities

  • You will own the definition and maintenance of the Nextfibre IT architecture:
    • Definition and documentation of the current and to-be IT architecture;
    • Definition and maintenance of architectural standards, principles and best practices.
  • You will have responsibility for multiple domains, including, but not limited to BSS, OSS, Corporate IT systems and services.
  • Working closely with our partners and third parties, you will provide technical leadership to project deliveries ensuring the needs of the business and customer outcomes are understood and met.
  • You will provide technical governance across delivery parties throughout the delivery lifecycle:
    • ensuring that solutions are long term, fit for purpose, delivering business benefit in terms of capability and return on investment.
    • ensuring technical capabilities are delivered to quality, identifying solution options and mitigation plans where delivery challenges exist or functionality may not be available.
  • Build plans to address any technical architectural debt and ensure applications and infrastructure is in line with latest industry or partner standards / platform versions and our target architecture.
  • You will be customer focused, ensuring they are at the heart of our thinking and doing when our systems and services are built and operated.
  • You will be the go to person for providing technical due diligence as we grow our business through acquisition and adoption / integration of new technologies.
  • Working with others, you will engage with new customers providing technical leadership, guidance and assurance to successfully onboard and integrate them with our wholesale IT systems.
  • You will bring insight into the organisation on current industry and technology trends and innovation, helping to shape future technology roadmaps.
  • Where required, you will be responsible for the production of system and / or end to end designs to facilitate the successful delivery of IT projects.
  • You will be key in supporting our project delivery team with shaping new projects, project planning, risk and issue management together with budgeting processes.
  • Where required you will scope work packages, author and impact asses change requests to deliver the desired outcome.
  • Where required, you will support the definition of and / or evaluation of Business Cases for new technology proposals and business wide projects.
  • You will work with others to support new product, partner and service selection through the production of key artefacts, for example, but not limited to, Request for Information (RPI), Request for Proposals (RFP).
  • When required, you will work with others to shape and deliver Nexfibre business change, ensuring our operating model is fit for purpose and our people and partners and supported through the change journey.

Knowledge & experience

  • Extensive and deep knowledge of telecoms architecture within a fibre / broadband organisation, having held an Enterprise Architect, Senior Architect or Senior Solution Designer role.
  • Extensive domain knowledge covering Digital, BSS, OSS, Data, Infrastructure (on-prem and cloud), Security, Corporate IT systems and services, in the telecoms industry.
  • Industry and role qualifications, for example, but not limited to ITIL, Telecoms Security Framework, TOGAF, etc.
  • Customer focused mindset, with an ability to think systematically across technology domains that deliver ensure services and experiences.
  • Experience working in an environment where you have managed technical architecture and solutions via a contractual relationship and know how to influence/ negotiate technical outcomes with 3rd parties including conflict resolution due to changing priorities.
  • Strong commercial and technical partner management experience, including managing interlocking dependencies across multiple contracts, understanding of the use of complex commercial frameworks to assure the deliverables of 3rd party commitments and contracted outcomes from our partners.
  • Considerable experience of working with senior leaders, with proven ability to successfully influence and negotiate.
  • Demonstrable experience of defining IT telecom architecture, providing technical decision making and problem solving leadership for a complex large systems architecture.
  • Excellent communication and technical skills, with an ability to simply complex IT systems into simple, clear business language.
  • Ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders across different organisations to act as the liaison between the business, other technical communities and the 3rd party delivery teams to ensure the delivery of the business requirements.
  • Experience of delivering large complex multi-vendor, multi-system projects and programmes of work, with evidence of managing from concept through to production.
  • Ability to partner with technical delivery teams and business groups to identify solutions and quick resolutions to problems, enabling business outcomes to be achieved.
  • Strong relationship building, collaboration and influencing skills.
  • Flexible and tenacious approach to work.

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