Lead Architect

Bolt Talent Solutions

A Senior Role with great growth opportunity. The lead Architect role open to expats with experience in online payment solutions in FMCG in Africa.

The Lead Architect is responsible for the leadership of a team that specialize in online payment solutions ranging from mobile-apps, digital currency, online, driving architectural coherence across multiple delivery workstreams, and for setting and implementing architectural strategies. This includes responsibility for ensuring delivery of secure products and solutions, effectively and efficiently, which are aligned against both companies business goals and needs. The Lead Architect will have significant interaction across both business and technical stakeholders, internally and externally, and requires acumen in both soft and technical skill sets.

Technical Responsibilities 
  • Guided by best practices and standards, explore the technology landscape to evaluate solutions to meet or exceed business functional and non-functional needs
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to understand long & short term business needs, facilitating cross stakeholder conversations to arrive at consensus as required
  • Aligned with business needs, to drive the implementation and use of enterprise architecture, shared platforms, common components and technologies, including creation of proofs of concept where required 
  • Ensure security is embedded as an integral part of all product platforms and solutions, whilst proactively encouraging increased security awareness 
  • Ensure appropriately documented solutions to support business needs and an agile and autonomous delivery environment 
  • Create, maintain and socialise solution roadmaps to stakeholders, ensuring an alignment with delivery plans and other key business strategies, in order to maintain agility, autonomy and delivery timeframes
  • Collaborate with delivery teams to ensure that architectural solutions align with, and can effectively be translated into, robust implementations 
  • Monitor the delivery of architecture to ensure appropriate alignment to architectural strategy, and adjust as required to deliver best overall business value 
  • Ensure strong architectural best-practice knowledge through continuing personal development 
Leadership Responsibilities 
  • Create, implement and continuously improve  internal architectural and technology standards and practices 
  • Define vision, missions, values and strategies for the team 
  • Lay the foundations of, and drive towards, a high performing team 
  • Define effective policies & procedures which strike an ideal balance between essential compliance, maximised team autonomy and quick-to-market software delivery 
  • Be a proactive and effective member of the Software Delivery Leadership team
  • Be adaptable to, and welcoming the opportunities of, change: including changes to external best practices, standards and approaches, internal business strategies, priorities and processes, and delivery plans
Experience, Skills, Qualifications, Culture 
  • Relevant Degree 
  • 10 years+ experience 
  • Experience working in Africa desirable, Based in Africa with a option of remote working desirable 
  • Experience of identifying and implementing new frameworks and technologies to solve problems or create new opportunities 
  • Experience with development and framework technologies such as JavaScript, Angular, React Native, Node.js, SQL, .net, Azure, C#
  • Experience of designing software 
  • Experience of acting as a technical lead 
  • Hands-on DevOps experience, 
  • Experience of leading and building a team
  • Trustworthy, Reliable 
  • Independent