Dynamics of the Role
At TransUnion, a leader in the information services industry, we've made a habit of impacting our clients through creative solutions as we leverage our collaborative approach across this global firm. Our commitment to technology is second to none. We constantly encourage new ideas and new thinking from our employees, which in turn assures our continued growth. Our Johannesburg Development team is looking for a Solutions Architect.
The Team's Focus
Transunion works with businesses and consumers to gather, analyze, and deliver critical information needed to build strong economies around the world. We help >45,000 businesses manage risk, and 500 million consumers understand and manage credit.
To do this, we rely on a Solutions Architect that's critical to the business. As our Solutions Architect, you will be responsible for the end-to-end functional, efficient and implementable technology solutions for projects. You will define, maintain, communicate, and implement standards consistent with established architecture and strategy.
How you'll contribute:
• Partner with the South African Solution Architecture team to -
o Assist and guide the team of business analysts, developers and testers in setting best practice design and process methods and standards.
o Provide support for complex issues, problems or projects.
o Build your own technical and professional skills, you will proactively seek out on-the-job training from senior leadership and other resources in the company.
o Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with business partners as well as Business Analysts, Development and testing teams.
What we expect:
As a Solutions Architect, you'll need to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with occasionally conflicting priorities. Key responsibilities span 2 areas:
Solutions Strategy and Architecture
Ensure all project designs comply with Technology design, architectural policies and standards. Participate in sessions with architects to obtain inputs to determine how they view the standards and policies.
Participate in and contribute to the creation of technology landscapes (document that defines 'as is' technology environment), updates and maintenance thereof to ensure the documents remain current.
Identify systems that are at risk as part of the design process (age, support, stability & technology) and highlight in the landscape document.
Propose continuous improvement initiatives to enhance design work methods and service offerings e.g. conceptual design, high-level design, review forums, etc. Where gaps have been identified, come up with improvement proposals to be assessed.
Provide requirements to Enterprise Design Forum (EDA) that drive strategic direction for business, application, information, and technology architectures e.g. receive new business requirements which are not catered for in the current architect standards and liaise with architects to cater for this going forward.
Work with the domain architects to provide input into the new technology strategies within the understanding of the total environment as a whole.
Facilitate workshops to help determine and propose a solution. Attend workshops with business to ensure business requirements are understood; attend workshops with architects, other solution designers, vendors and services throughout the value chain to obtain input into a solution.
Ensure that all designs you create are resilient, effective and can be integrated into the technology landscape thereby ensuring sustainability and strategic intent of the organisation.
Facilitate JAD sessions with key stakeholders to understand customer requirements and to translate these into an appropriate solution per the service agreement.
Incorporate or adapt all Designs with an industry respected framework. TOGAF 9.1 is the framework of choice.
Present designs to the Enterprise Design Forum (EDA).
Ensure that the solution conforms to the original design by performing design alignment reviews during and post implementation. Follow through during the implementation process
Provide comprehensive design consulting advice to business for the purpose of guiding the development of business case formulation.
Provide comprehensive design documentation as per design department standards and guidelines.
What you'll bring:
As Solutions Consultant, you should have 3 -4 years of technical experience in an IT environment. In addition, you should have a completed BSc Computer Science or Bcom Informatics degree.
• At least five (5) years' experience within an IT environment
• At least five (5) years' experience with IT Applications, Integration, and Infrastructure across multiple technologies.
• Exposure to IT/Architecture principles, policies and practices with enterprise
• Exposure to ERP / Finance Solutions advantageous.
• Exposure to the TOGAF 9 architecture framework.
• Abinitio technology experience is a plus.
• Strong Visio, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint expertise.
• Good analytical skills.
• Demonstrated competency in the execution of new tools and methodologies.
• Ability to manage concurrent projects to plan.
• Must have experience doing presentations.
• Demonstrated ability to conceptualize new ideas and solutions, thinking outside and inside the current system framework.
• Grasp of performance and process optimization, across batch and high volume transactional online.
• Ability to instill quality in every aspect of the job function.
• Effectively manage Conflict resolution skills
• Ability to negotiate effectively
• Must be an excellent communicator (written and verbal) and work well within a matrix organization.
• Be security conscience on a personal and business level.
• Good at prioritizing tasks, differentiating between value delivery and singular interest with low value.
What We Offer
We aim high - and are reaching for new heights every day. This is a terrific time to join our team as we build on our commitment to integrity, service, reliability and innovation. These values stand behind the decisions we make every day, as well as our relationships at work and with the customers we serve. We believe in the power to achieve and are taking it in bold new directions.
Who We Are
As a global leader, TransUnion offers a wide range of specialist resources, agile, innovative technologies enablers and international perspectives and experience. We work hard to create advantages for millions of people in the African market and around the world, through gathering, analyzing and delivering information.
TransUnion's global headquarters are in Chicago, U.S.A. The company works with approximately 45,000 businesses in more than 30 countries, maintaining credit histories on about 500 million customers worldwide. Currently, our African footprint extends through Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
TransUnion maintains credit histories on more than 28 million customers in Africa, and more than four million credit-active businesses. With 700-plus employees through the region, we specialise in combining comprehensive data intelligence, advanced analytics and decisioning, enabling both customers and businesses to achieve their financial ambitions.
Credit Bureau Services
We provides solutions that help credit grantors, businesses, insurance carriers and individual consumers make informed credit-based and risk decisions.
We offer innovative risk management and marketing solutions to consumer-driven businesses namely banking, retail and telecommunications. TransUnion adds significant value throughout the consumer lifecycle from identifying potential customers, to customer management, including risk-scoring, fraud and identity, and collections.
The extensive resources of both TransUnion and Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) combine to offer information and insight on businesses locally and internationally. We offer a wide range of commercial credit risk solutions, including sales and marketing, and risk and supplier management.
We provide services to the short-term, life and health care markets. Collaborative data pooling and analysis makes it possible for the short-term insurance industry to achieve a single, integrated view of policy and claims history, which is complimented with vehicle data from Auto Information Solutions.
We are able to benefit all industry participants across the customer lifecycle, from acquisition to renewal, in managing claims and investigations whilst enabling clients to grow their market share and manage their risk exposure.
For consumers, TransUnion provides the tools, resources, education and products to help actively manage their credit health and achieve their financial goals.
Visit www.mytransunion.co.za or contact us via our Call Centre on 0861 482 482 for more information.
Analytic and Decision Services
TransUnion's products and solutions built by dedicated teams of analytic, statistic and business process experts represent international best practice standards, and are designed to improve performance and minimise risk. We offer generic solutions informed by continuous market analysis, as well as customised
solutions built to meet specific business needs. Delivery mechanisms include a highly flexible decisioning interface, as well as mobile channel solutions.
Through full integration with our Credit Bureau, we have unrivalled visibility of multiple data sets of relevant and current information on consumers, businesses and assets. This allows us to offer you market-leading products and solutions that empower you to make objective, informed decisions across every stage of your customers' credit cycle.
Auto Information Solutions
TransUnion Auto Information Solutions has set the standard in vehicle risk intelligence for the automotive industry in South Africa for over 50 years. We offer a suite of vehicle data solutions and mobile delivery channels across the entire value chain, which benefits the automotive, banking and insurance industries as well as the motoring public.
At TransUnion, we believe we all have rights and responsibilities. We value integrity, honesty, transparency and trust. We strive to deliver for our customers by making their goals our goals. We value innovation, and in offering tomorrow's solutions today. We respect our people as essential to success, and we celebrate the value of diversity. We believe in accountability, open and honest communication, and providing each and every one of us with the tools to innovate and inspire the people we work with.
We offer competitive benefits with a flexible contribution range to your provident fund, Discovery medical aid partnership, further education assistance and sponsorship for employee development and growth within TransUnion. We also offer flexible working hour options, encourage work-life balance, and encourage camaraderie through our monthly social hours. We offer a challenging and performance driven environment where you will have the opportunity to make your role your own.
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