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Solutions Architect (People Project) - 12 Month FTC

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
18 Oct 2021

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Vacancy Type
IT, Systems / Infrastructure management
Role Classification
Other Professional
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About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations

Business Area - IT

Role: Solution Architect 12 month FTC

Location: Based at Ashurst's London office

Reporting to: Head of Enterprise Architecture

Hours of work - Monday to Friday, 09.30 to 17.30. You will be required to work such hours as are necessary to carry out your duties.

Department/Role Overview:

The purpose of this role is to work as part of the Architecture Team to design, document and facilitate the implementation of the Ashurst LLP application, technology and enterprise architectures through the various IT teams and technology partners. These IT Architectures must support the overall Ashurst LLP business strategy. This role reports to the Head of Enterprise Architecture

Main responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development and continuous improvement of:
  • application and data architectures that are aligned to the business strategies and direction
  • technology architectures that enable the application and data architecture
  • development architectures that enable Ashurst's IT to develop business solutions in the most efficient and effective manner adhering to the Ashurst IT Solution Design Principles.
  • Ensure that these architectures are recognised as the road map for all business services and technical solutions.
  • Stay abreast of developments in appropriate new technologies/services and participate in the investigation / assessment of the suitability of these to Ashurst's environment and business needs.
  • Production of technical solution designs for assigned projects, and gaining acceptance and approval from internal stakeholders. Be an active participant in teams formed to progress projects and business initiatives
  • Ensure that Architecture is, and is recognised as, a valuable asset to Ashurst LLP
  • IT Governance:
  • ensure that documented standards and working practices are followed
  • highlight any non-conformance with documented standards and working practices with the Head of Enterprise Architecture
  • Promote an environment that encourages collaboration, team working and innovation both within the Architecture Team and across IT and other Ashurst LLP teams
  • Act as an ambassador for Architecture and IT
  • Understand the Customer's technical and/or integration requirements and in response to these develop and own the technical solution architecture.
  • Provide input to the commercial proposal the Statement of Work.
  • Analyse new project requests and requirements and own the creation of the integration design.
  • Analyse the current architecture to identify weaknesses, develop opportunities for improvements, and recommend new sustainable best practice approaches.
  • Partner with cross functional teams to align architectural requirements with IT strategy, collaborate on development of policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Lead technical workshops with the customer and IT to ensure that all technical requirements are understood and seek sign off-of the requirements/Statement of Work.
  • Support the Project Manager and the Programme Director across the full project lifecycle from design/configuration to implementation and testing through to the transition to support of the technical solution.
  • Liaise with business stakeholders to ensure that all solutions comply with the technical governance framework, with Infosec and risk principles.
  • Some travel to the Ashurst Glasgow/London office to attend customer meetings, workshops and internal team will be required.

Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requires and internal policies.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Any experience with Oracle Fusion or HR systems
  • Any experience in LMS systems
  • Any experience in any Work Allocation tools
  • Any knowledge of integration technologies
  • Experience with Environments(Prod,UAT,Dev,Test)
  • Experience around implementing SAAS based systems
  • Experience with any automation technologies
  • Demonstrate good experience in the IT industry with expertise in many areas of infrastructure and applications, preferably in a technical or enterprise architecture capacity
  • Experience with enterprise application architecture
  • Have demonstrable experience in design, strategy and architecture related activities
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of IT industry trends, suppliers and products, preferably in the legal sector
  • Experience with sizing, performance and high availability
  • Experience with data backup, business continuity and disaster recovery strategies and technologies
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Technologies:
    • Windows 10, O365, MS Azure
  • TOGAF certification

People/Team Management

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including active listening
  • Ability to identify and analyse alternative approaches to dealing with issues and problems.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the firm's values
  • Ability to influence and persuade others outside his/her direct control
  • Exhibit confidence in dealing with various levels of the organisation both within Ashurst IT and the business units, including executive management levels.
  • Ability to identify and analyse alternative approaches to dealing with issues and problems.

Excellent Client Service

  • Demonstrate confidence in dealing with all levels of the firm, including executive management levels.
  • Demonstrate ownership and responsibility for deliverables/services.
  • Excellent customer service and consulting skills
  • Demonstrable skills in influencing and negotiation methods and techniques


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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+44 20 7638 1111
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