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Safaricom Principal IT Solutions Architect Job in Kenya

We are pleased to announce the following vacancy in the IT Innovation Department within the Information Technology Division. In keeping with our current business needs, we are looking for a person who meets the criteria indicated below:

Principal IT Solutions Architect

Reporting to the Manager, Analysis & Architecture the holder of the position will create technical solutions for business problems, act as technical subject matter expert on IT systems, and provide technical proposals for implementation to cover existing functionality gaps or to generate new innovative commercial products and business services.

The holder of the position will also manage the architecture function of IT, including establishing an Enterprise IT Architecture that will enable maximum automation as well as innovation in business processes and in customer service.

Key Responsibilities
  • Translate documented business requirements into technical solution design for implementation;
  • Provide solution architecture input into all new system tenders and oversee the development solutions as per the agreed architecture.
  • Plan, prepare and administer the budget for the Architecture section.
  • Guide the section and direct the development of related policies, procedures and SLA’s;
  • Maintain up to date Enterprise Architecture and IT services catalogue documentation;
  • Proactively communicate to business stakeholders on the available IT capabilities;
  • Develop, supervise and evaluate staff performance;
Minimum requirements
  • Degree in Science/computer science/Engineering/Business related;
  • A minimum of 5 years of software development experience in a busy IT development environment, 2 years of which must include experience in systems analysis and design;
  • Experience in multiple programming languages and Web services;
  • Advanced skills in logical and physical data modeling, relational databases;
  • Experience with both UNIX and Windows platforms;
  • Knowledge of networking-TCP/IP, DNS, load balancing, security-encryption (SSL), certificates, firewalls, VPN, and IPSec;
  • Experience in integrating products into legacy systems;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, good communication, problem solving and decision making skills is a must;
  • Should be proactive, confident and energetic with an ability to meet stringent deadlines;
  • Should have domain knowledge in Business intelligence, Enterprise Resource Planning systems, mobile money transfer/e-commerce, revenue assurance, financial, and retail processes, Customer service systems and processes, integration technologies between IT and telecom systems, clear understanding of IT infrastructure planning and capacity dimensioning, data management systems and IT security planning;
  • Must be an all-rounder in Business processes but also strong in technical skills and experience.
If you feel that you are up to the challenge and posses the necessary qualification and experience please send your resume and application letter indicating your experience and why you are the most suitable candidate for the role clearly quoting the job title to the address below.

The deadline for application is 17th November 2010.

The Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition
Safaricom Ltd

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