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Enterprise Architect - (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)


Enterprise Architect - (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

Location: Fareham/Swindon/hybrid working from home


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The opportunity: 


An excellent opportunity has arisen to join the Zurich UK IT Architecture team as an Enterprise Architect.


As an experienced architect, and working closely with the Lead Enterprise Architect(s), you will drive the engagement of architecture on significant change programs and in support of projects through ideation, high-level design and delivery. You will work collaboratively with architects spanning the different architecture domains and using your experience will occasionally guide and mentor less experienced staff where appropriate (including project or line management responsibilities as required).


Often acting as the face of architecture on key assignments and activities, you will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and ensure architecture thinking is considered at the very start of design level conversations. Working with multi-disciplined teams and cross-site locations, you will foster a spirit of collaboration but also lead from the front and be empowered to challenge traditional thinking and promote new ways of doing things where appropriate whilst ensuring that key decisions are documented and options fully considered.


You will develop architecture roadmaps within specific domain areas balancing longer-term strategy with more immediate tactical needs always ensuring a pragmatic and practical approach is applied.

You will possess a strong business acumen which is supported by a deeply rooted background in technology and have the skills and ability to cut through the noise and get right to the heart of how technology can resolve business challenges.


You will have a strong inquisitive nature, be tenacious in navigating the right outcome in your engagements and consider the wider scenarios and how these may influence or impact the direction of travel you set.


You will remain current and up-to-date with technology trends and methods through evidenced continued professional development and have a real passion for how architecture and associated technology can truly be an enabler for the business. You will leverage your industry-wide connections and experience to bring accelerated insights into your thinking and overarching design constructs.


You will contribute to the management and maintenance of the applications repository and ensure core strategic needs around application reconciliation and decommissioning can be accurately reported whilst being ruthless with offering up new opportunities of rationalization/consolidation or to otherwise reduce the ongoing cost of IT to the organization.

If you are interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment, for a company that recognizes and rewards your creativity, passion, initiative and contributions, just simply click "Apply online"


This role is available part-time, job-share or full time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time.  Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Work collaboratively with other architects, project teams and members of the business to deliver solutions that meet business needs
  • Work with, inform and influence all key stakeholders; IT, business and senior executives
  • Prepare business design documents, presentations and other materials using established formats and standard software & templates
  • Working with the wider architecture team to help shape future strategy
  • Help with the conceptualization phase of Operational Transformation and Change programs (architects the change).
  • Help identify business improvement opportunities that can be better aligned and/or centrally operated.
  • Participate in mastering business standardization across the segment/function whenever possible, leveraging available and necessary enablers (Activity Framework, Process Framework, Logistics, high-level configuration/organization design).
  • Ensure proper documentation of the as-is and to-be architecture for the different Enterprise Architecture domains (i.e. business, application, data and technology).
  • Monitor market trends to identify innovation opportunities and propose best of breed solutions that bring value to the business
  • Promote the defined principles, models, standards, guidelines and plans to both business and IT stakeholders and provide information, advice, guidance, and consulting to the local and global IT community.
  • Lead or contribute to regular or ad-hoc architectural reviews
  • Contribute to the definition of the Enterprise Architecture framework, and associated corporate solution design and delivery methods, thus improving “proactive alignment”.
  • Interact with internal as well as external stakeholders including business and IT executives, strategy, program and project managers / PMO, BU, segment and function architects, security & compliance, portfolio management as well as vendors.


Your skills and experience:

  • Excellent stakeholder management experience, ability to understand stakeholder issues and provide solutions to become a trusted advisor to the respective business area
  • Excellent communication skills to be able to talk to technical teams, business teams, other architects and senior stakeholders. With an ability to understand the application of technologies and provide an explanation of a solution and subsequent business impacts against the overall strategy
  • Experience in working across diverse architecture teams in the successful delivery of strategy and solution outcomes
  • Experience in defining the strategic architecture direction for an organisation or a significant business domain/unit
  • TOGAF qualified or equivalent industry recognised architectural qualification


The reward:


As well as a competitive salary we also offer an excellent lifestyle benefits package which includes –


  • 12% pension
  • 25 days holiday plus an additional 3 volunteering days
  • Annual company bonuses
  • Contribution to medical cover
  • Discounted technology offers
  • Virtual GP appointments
  • Discounted gym membership,
  • Free flu jab
  • Discounted gadget insurance 



At Zurich, we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring.  Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours.  Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.


Who we are:


With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees. If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees - people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We, therefore, look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best.


You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address the career development needs and plans of our employees to ensure their success in the future.


Further information:


At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers and we want our employee base to reflect that.

Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.

With the above in mind we accept applications from everyone regardless of your background, beliefs or culture however we especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and people who are LGBT+ as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

We are committed to continuous improvement and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.


So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us.


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