Architect – Collaboration

The Business

Block is an IT innovation business, offering expert consultancy, business transformation and managed services that empower clients to aspire and succeed. Combining deep vertical market expertise with proven technical capability, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver impactful, measurable and sustainable business outcomes ensuring investment priorities are effectively aligned to strategic objectives. Our solutions and services help clients across enterprise, commercial and public sectors to increase productivity, accelerate growth and deliver outstanding user experiences through technology.

The Opportunity

The Collaboration Architect is the technical lead within their respective technology practice, providing exceptional technical leadership throughout the practice and across technologies. The Architect takes a proactive role in leading and supporting the Practice Lead in ensuring adherence to the Block Delivery Model (BDM) maximising quality and efficiency. In parallel, Architects also support Block’s Project Management team to define and seamless deliver against our methodology to ensure a successful implementation and seamless delivery experience. Architects work closely with the Presales team and wider Sales team to help integrate new technologies into the Block Delivery Methodology and ensure the practice has methods and documentation outputs to sell, deliver and support these technologies.

Core Responsibilities
  • Leads complex technical engagements delivering consistently end-to-end from planning through to design, with an overall view on the delivery experience
  • Creates high-quality design documentation on large, complex technical engagements
  • Creates implementation and testing documentation in accordance with Block’s delivery model and documentation standards.
  • Identifies, plans and executes against client training and handover activities in support of successful adoption and great client experiences.
  • Supports presales providing input to solution designs, bill of materials, project scoping ensuring the highest levels of quality and efficiency.
  • Acts as a senior figure of technical escalation and point of guidance for respective practice Consultants and Engineers.
  • Oversees and supports client technology assessment tasks.
  • Works closely with Project Managers supporting the planning and ongoing management of tasks including risk identification, tracking of actions, issues management and identifying dependencies.
  • Takes every opportunity to improve processes and methods to ensure that Block is best positioned to deliver high value services to clients.
Skills & Attributes
  • Exceptional planner who delivers on commitments in a timely manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build excellent internal and external relationships.
  • Works with maximum efficiency whilst delivery a high-quality experience for clients.
  • Proactively supports the development of colleagues through coaching and knowledge-sharing.
  • Excellent and highly skilled verbal and written communicator, able to influence.
  • Takes every opportunity to develop and learn from all engagements.
  • Efficient in approach, developing optimised and simple working methods and processes with a keen eye for detail.
  • Continually improving, passionate about quality and delivering value.
  • Takes a proactive approach to the development of the technology practice alongside the Practice Lead.
Qualifications & Experience
  • CCIE accredited
  • Experience of working in healthcare and/or retail desirable.
  • Solid understanding of and experience working with highly complex technical delivery solutions.
  • Experience of articulating complex technical challenges to arrive at the right decision.

The Details

Location: London / Crewe

Type: Permanent, Full Time

Hours of Work: 37.5 per week Mon-Fri

Salary: Negotiable DOE, plus extensive benefits package (Private Medical, Health Cash Plan, Retail discounts and more) and discretionary annual bonus scheme

Application form

Apply direct to with a cover letter and your cv, or using the form below.

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Block is an equal opportunities employer, committed to providing equal opportunities regardless of race or ethnic origin, gender identity, family situation, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age.  This person specification is designed to help members of Interviewing Panels judge the qualities of interviewees in a systematic and consistent way and in accordance with Block’s equal opportunities policy.