Close Brothers Group

  • Doncaster
Skills and Experience:

Essential – General Technical

Experience of working in business transformation or change programmes in a commercial environment and a solid appreciation of architecture, both its purpose, outcomes and approaches.
Confident in working with both business and technical stakeholders, including those at more senior levels
Enterprise systems integration (web services and standards, messaging, integration patterns and integration platforms).
Database platforms, data modelling and data migration and transformation.
Application architecture and design skills, including package or COTS implementations.
Multi-channel design and delivery, including web and mobile applications.
Solution design skills that take into account non-functional requirements, such as resilience, performance, scaling, monitoring and audit capabilities.
Whilst not an enterprise role (e.g. the focus will be on developing solutions architectures within an enterprise), the successful candidate will be expected to have

An excellent understanding of software, data and technology architecture
A good appreciation of business architecture

Essential – Technology Specific

Part of the role is to engage with confidence with the design process and therefore this will require knowledge of our applications architecture:

SOA and Microservices
Java 8
Spring Framework & Spring Boot
REST / SOAP API web services
ESB e.g. IBM IIB and SOA/API gateway technology e.g. DataPower
Continuous Integration and Deployment (Jenkins, Puppet, Ansible, Kubernetes)
Containerisation (Docker)
Cloud deployment and integration

Essential – Delivery, Business and Soft Skills

Knowledge and experience of Agile delivery methodology and an understanding of the benefits of incremental delivery.
End to end project delivery and implementation experience in a commercial environment.
Excellent presentation and written communication skills.
Ability to guide and manage stakeholders, including third party product and service providers, with a collaborative approach to working with business and technical delivery teams.
Ability to prioritise, with a self-reliant approach to problem solving and decision making.
Ability to engage in the highly adaptive, agile and innovative as well as tightly controlled assurance and governance process.


Experience of programme and portfolio planning including the transition from strategic intent to shaped idea.
Knowledge of enterprise architecture frameworks and their application.
Large IT change programme experience including digital transformation (e.g. digital consumer delivery and digital business operations), CRM, workflow and Master Data Management.
Financial sector experience.

Education and Qualifications:


No specific requirements. The successful candidate will demonstrate a successful track record and the right cultural fit.

Desirable (depending on career history):

Good Bachelor’s Degree in relevant subject or recognised academic discipline.
TOGAF 9.1 Certified, Open Group ITAC (or similar accreditation).
Java Certification or MCSD (or equivalent).
SOA Certified Professional (or equivalent).
BCS Solution Development and Architecture (or equivalent).
Recognised award in Business Architecture, Business Analysis or Software Development.
APM (or equivalent)