Infrastructure Architect

Your overall responsibility is to lead the team that is responsible for defining, planning, architecting and co-ordinating. Report to IT Manager you will have 12 sub ordinates this is a 12-24 month contract.

Strategic Input

  • Develop goals, strategies, and plans needed to achieve the Group and  SA Infrastructure Architecture vision
  • Build the capabilities to enable optimal IS infrastructure efficiency.
  • Align the IS Infrastructure against the strategic intent of the company with agreed business outcomes within the portfolio, relevant TOGAF best practice, key approved decisions and enterprise wide programs.
  • Recommend strategic infrastructure improvements to deliver medium to long-term benefit to increase delivery output.
  • Influence the technology roadmap defined by Group Technology and assist with the enablement of Architecture within IS to define standards
  • Develop and ensure implementation of a vendor sourcing strategy to manage technical delivery of requirements into the production environments as well as support and maintenance for the production environments.
  • Influence the security roadmap defined by IS Security to business within IS by defining processes and standards.
  • Responsible for the strategic direction and maintenance of architectural principles.

Financial Management:

  • Forecast, plan, develop and review infrastructure budgets in line with SA financial requirements.
  • Ensure the long-term plans are put in place to drive OPEX down year-on-year.
  • Drive the optimisation of costs associated with implementation and operation of infrastructure.
  • Report on progress for operational cost efficiency initiatives.
  • Support the creation of the business case for initiatives and projects in functional areas.
  • Ensure that all senior team members are engaging in Vendor Relations and find ways to Leverage the vendor as much as possible in order to manage costs and that vendors provide.
  • Ensure that all senior team members are involved in Contract ownership and that they update a central location with information on what

Experience:

  • At least 5 years in a multi-disciplinary IT environment, including, but not limited to, solution and application architecture, application design and development, SOA design, development and operations, database management, operations.
  • 2 years’ experience in a position of leadership within an IT environment
  • Experience in a telecommunications environment highly preferred
  • Project management and business optimisation experience would be advantageous
  • Management of external vendor/supplier relationships and service level agreements

Training

Technical Certification (Operating Systems, Virtualisation, Hardware Platforms, Application Platforms)

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