Solutions Architect

Posted 23 January 2024
Job type Permanent - Full Time
Discipline IT
Job FunctionOperations
Contact NameJoe Keenan
Expiry date 01 May 2024

Job description

Why Greencore?

We’re a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and our purpose is to make every day taste better. 

We’re a vibrant, fast-paced leading food manufacturer. Employing around 13,600 colleagues across 16 manufacturing units and 17 distribution depots across the UK. We supply all the UK’s food retailers with everything from Sandwiches, soups and sushi to cooking sauces, pickles and ready meals, and in FY23, we generated revenues of £1.9bn. 

Our vast direct-to-store (DTS) distribution network, comprising of 17 depots nationwide, enables us to make over 10,400 daily deliveries of our own chilled and frozen produce and that of third parties. 


We work hard to ensure that Greencore is a great place to work and our people truly are at the core. We’re committed to ensuring all our colleagues have development plans and strive to provide inspiring leadership – in fact, in the past year we’ve seen an 11% increase in the number of colleagues who would recommend Greencore as a place to work. 


Why not come join us? 

What you'll be doing:

As a Solutions Architect at Greencore you will be providing architectural guidance, direction, design, and governance to both internal and external partners across a range of applications and technologies. You will be: 

  • Defining the future state for applications and infrastructure delivering business outcomes and capabilities 
  • Producing capability roadmaps and supporting documentation to define how we will get to future state 
  • Production and maintenance of capability maps for functional areas and key elements of the IT architecture 
  • Owning the production and quality of High-Level Design documents (HLD) that identify the solution and all aspects of the solution including support, disaster recovery and any licensing considerations 
  • Working with business stakeholders to design solutions that satisfy the requirements of the business, take into consideration the full lifecycle, including strategic direction, TCO and supportability 
  • Delivering designs that provide appropriate levels of security, resilience and recovery capabilities 
  • Identifying and monitoring new trends and directions in IT and industry that could bring benefit to Greencore and present these back to the team 
  • Working closely with delivery teams, successfully handing over designs, providing guidance and governance to ensure that designs and company standards are followed, any exceptions recorded and approved as required 
  • Involved in driving innovative thinking and assisting colleagues to prototype ideas that can bring real advantage to the business 
  • Defining and maintaining technical policies, procedures and standards and provides assurance on adherence 
  • Providing technical and financial estimate input into proposal documents 
  • Providing technical governance and/or assurance into the delivery and operations functions to ensure designs, policies and procedures are understood and followed 


What we’re looking for:

  • Ideally educated to Degree level or equivalent, significant experience across different types of IT project. Infrastructure, Public Cloud services, Applications (Inc. SaaS) 
  • Experience of working cross functionally, experience of agile project management 
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working as an architect at a similar level 
  • Experience of technology supporting business transformation on a significant scale, in particular ERP implementations or consolidations. ERP integration to the wider business application estate 
  • Experience of developing and maintaining enterprise-wide capability maps and specific technology roadmaps 
  • Experience developing complex solution architectures in modern compute paradigms i.e. cloud, microservices, integrations 
  • Sufficient technical skill to evaluate all aspects of a solution and guide technical teams in their detailed design and delivery processes 
  • The ability to make decisions that encompass the entire end-to-end lifecycle of a solution and its application within the organisation 

What you’ll get in return:

  • Competitive salary and job-related benefits 
  • Holidays 
  • Pension up to 8% matched 
  • Company share save scheme 
  • Greencore Qualifications 
  • Exclusive Greencore employee discount platform 
  • Access to a full Wellbeing Centre platform 

Throughout your time at Greencore, you will be supported with on the job training and development opportunities to further your career.