Principal, IT Architect

Posting Date: 30 May 2024

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 34631
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Information Technology  
Contract Type Fixed Term 
Contract Length 3 years 
Posting End Date  





Purpose of Job


The Principal, IT Architect is accountable for the delivery of aspects of the Enterprise Reference Architecture and Architecture Practice that support IT for the Bank. These architectures provide strategic guidance to all technology initiatives. The Principal, IT Architect is further accountable for defining the overall architecture and design of IT solutions, working within a team of technical and functional specialists in the elaboration of solutions within the defined architecture.


The role interacts with  all IT teams, and also engages with many of the business functions across the Bank 


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


  • Delivers, maintains and communicates aspects of the Enterprise Reference Architecture (ERA), to ensure systems are fit for purpose and meet evolving business requirements.
  • Contributes to the Architectural Knowledge Base, to enable a consistent and efficient approach to the retention and re-use of architectural knowledge assets.
  • Explain and promote the ERA within IT to develop understanding of strategic architectural priorities and approaches.
  • Advises project teams and runs practice groups to ensure stakeholders are kept up to date.
  • Champion and role model the Bank’s Behavioural Competencies and Corporate Behaviours, ensuring adherence within the team(s) so that the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct are exhibited at all times.
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to projects from an early stage, ensuring they follow an optimal direction from the outset
  • Ensure that solutions are technically sound and will function as expected in production. Any operational risks or considerations of the technology solution should be understood and agreed before implementation
  • Ensure that solutions are an appropriate balance between short-term delivery needs and medium-term strategic aspirations. All deviations from agreed roadmaps should be explicit and agreed through appropriate governance


SAP Solution Architecture:


The role is the subject matter expert for all SAP applications within the EBRD’s ecosystem.  It provides practical guidance, oversight and hands-on assistance to change projects.  

Experience candidates are expected to have:  


  • at least 4 business transformation projects which have been enabled through SAP applications.   
  • solution design governance.  
  • designing the integration of SAP applications into an organisation’s wider technology ecosystem. 
  • interacting with business stakeholders from finance, treasury, procurement and human resources. 


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


Education and Qualifications

Qualification in Enterprise or Solution Architecture.

Specific specialism certification(s)


Knowledge and Experience

Extensive experience in solution architecture across a range of platforms and business domains

Wide-ranging experience of IT projects throughout the implementation lifecycle

Experience in integration techniques and technologies

Ability to develop deep business knowledge and offer advice that spans IT and business domains.

Extensive knowledge of a wide range of contemporary IT platforms, techniques and methodologies

Experience drafting and presenting solutions to project stakeholders

Experience of working in a mid-sized corporate environment, successfully aligning solutions appropriately with wider roadmaps, architecture and other initiatives

Experience as a collaborative team member



Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Strong formal and technical modelling skills

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information to a wide variety of audiences within IT and projects.

Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular service orientation, organisational awareness and people empathy.

Fluency in written and spoken English.

Ability to operate sensitively in a multicultural environment


Please be advised internal applicants are only eligible to apply once the probation period in your current role has been passed.


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