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Solutions Architect
What is redefining the Banking business locally and globally is the customer centered approach in solution architecture and development, letting the customer decide what they want to achieve as they do business as well as the services and products they desire to have.
Are you highly innovative, always redefining the way of doing things? Are you agile and very passionate about technology and what it can deliver to meet customer needs?
Do you have a customer centric attitude in your experience as a Solutions Architect? Does it excite you to keep making improvements, innovating and delivering new products and services driven by the customer need?
Do you possess a deep understanding of ICT architectural concepts and the fundamentals of good software design and the ability to deliver innovative solutions and make sound qualitative judgments on appropriateness and the effectiveness of solution approaches? Join us at Co-operative Bank and be part of the Digital Transformation journey where opportunities are limitless.
Reporting to the Lead Solution Architect, the role holder is intended to provide detailed technical analysis of business requirements to provide the end to end solution to a business need, Provide the projects solutions approach by building software and integration technical designs to ensure they are in line with the enterprise architectural plan in collaboration with Enterprise Architects, Application Architects and Data Architects.
The role holder will also provide input to the strategic direction of technology investments to assist in the development of the enterprise architecture and maximize the return on technology investment. The Solution Architect will also provide technical support with existing and occurring enhancements with respect to effort estimation and impact assessment as well as identify system, infrastructure and project interdependencies and balance competing demands to ensure project deliverables are achieved.

Responsibilities

·         Use appropriate tools, including logical models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of systems architectures in specific business or functional areas.
·         Produce detailed component specifications and translates these into detailed designs for implementation using selected products.
·         Provide advice on technical aspects of system development and integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and ensure that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly.
·         Provide input to the strategic direction of technology investments to assist in the development of the enterprise architecture to maximize the return on technology investment, participate in governance/stewardship of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) artifacts and definitions, including enterprise services, data, business events/topics, contracts and associated publish/subscribe participants.
·         Specify and design large or complex systems, select appropriate design standards, methods and tools, consistent with agreed enterprise and solution architectures and ensures they are applied effectively.
·         Review others’ systems designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources, and integration of multiple systems and technology
·         Evaluate and undertake impact analysis on major design options and assess and manage associated risks and ensure that the system design balances functional, service quality and systems management requirements.
·         Contribute to selection policy for architecture components, weigh alternatives and identify the most effective solutions taking into account wider business context, explore a range of possibilities and creative alternatives to contribute to systems, process and business improvements and finally implement systems and processes that underpin high quality research and analysis.
·         Monitor the market to gain knowledge and understanding of currently emerging technologies, identify new and emerging hardware and software technologies and products and potential value to the organization.
·         Document policies, procedures and reference architectures on Intranet and communicate updates to appropriate staff. Provide best practice recommendations for project implementation and designing policies and procedures to support the recommendations.
·         Attend code reviews to ensure that platform-specific standards and best practices are followed.
·         Provide team support in project delivery; systems development, solution architecture Design, architecture reviews, architecture assessment, component development, ICT tools evaluation, vendor review, employs modeling as a framework; mentorship guidance, manage team expectations, organize for one on one sessions and manage communication within the team with regard to timely project updates.
·         Ensures that the solution architectures align with the roadmaps established by enterprise architecture, and that they adhere to the enterprise architecture principles.

Qualifications

·         Bachelors degree in Computer Science, IT, Statistics, Actuarial Science and/or related fields
4 years’ professional experience in IT solution architecture, opment of APIs on Enterprise service bus/SOA experience is desirable.
·         Solid grasp of design patterns and principles, particularly Object-Oriented Design (OOD), Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Event-Driven Architecture (EDA).
·         Excellent software development skills – Java, Spring framework, JBoss, Websphere Application Server, C#, Oracle databases, SQL server, DevOps, SOA/ESB, Cloud based solutions, Android, REST, XML/RPC, CORBA, Business process management (BPM), Active MQ, Kannel.
·         Experience on systems like Mobile money transfer, USSD/SMS, ERP, CRM, core banking system and other systems in a financial services ecosystem.
·         Familiarity with Unified Modeling Language (UML) and possesses knowledge of ancillary technologies in use at, such as Java, MS SQL server, Eclipse, Oracle, or an ability to quickly learn any of these if needed.
·         Possesses a strong customer service attitude, excellent communication skills, exhibits a passion for learning and continuous improvement. Takes responsibility for acquiring new skills and broadening knowledge.
·         Exhibits a commitment to the utilization of defined standards and processes with entrepreneurial flair with strong business acumen.
·         High level of mathematical aptitude and strong problem-solving skills, logical, analytical and investigative mind, together with creative abilities, A wild duck – out of the box thinker.
·         Ability to handle complex information with accuracy and attention to detail.

Middleware/ESB Integrations Developer
Leveraging on Digital Platforms…Delivering a Crisp Experience for our Customers
We are redefining how our customers interact with our systems, making our platforms available to them when they need them, at all times. We are also making it possible for them to access custom made solutions on our channels, seamless and hustle free, right from the comfort of their homes and offices. We have and we are making it seamless and easy for them to do business with us by ensuring that their journeys and their experiences are painless and memorable.
To achieve this, we need an agile, creative, well experienced, self-motivated Middleware Integrations Developer to deliver customer centric solutions. To excel in this position, you need to be knowledgeable on Integrations to other supporting systems (database, OS and networks) and skilled in configuration and deployment of TIBCO components. You must possess experience in implementing and supporting TIBCO products, Web-services, load balancing and Middleware implementation in development, test and production environment with a broad and deep understanding of web services automation, implementation and support of SOA best practices in agile banking environments.
You are brilliant, self-driven and have great follow-through, an exceptional IT professional with solid programming skills and knowledge of database concepts and you possess strong analytical and process improvement skills with proven proficiency in dealing with corporate information systems in the banking sector.
Reporting to Head – Software Development and Integrations, the role holder will be responsible for the detailed analysis, design, development, configuration, implementation, support and maintenance of the respective integrations and systems within the bank especially on TIBCO Middleware integrations. Additionally, the person will have knowledge of Monitoring ESB server performance, systems capacity, and plan and execute load balancing and fail over. Moreover, this role will require one to work in an agile environment to fulfill the needs of the team.
If this sounds like you, then consider this position at Co-operative Bank. It will give you an opportunity to leverage on our systems and digital platforms to deliver distinctive customer experiences. It can only get more exciting for you here at “The Kingdom Bank”, you get to stretch yourself to new horizons, with opportunities at every step of your career!

Responsibilities

·         Analyze requests obtained from business to determine operational problems, define integration requirements, advice best way for integration and document the same.
·         Develop new and manage existing ESB integrations depending on the need and requirements.
·         Develop polices and processes around ESB systems, defining and executing lifecycle management compliance checkpoints and reviews, assistance with technology management of Service Oriented Infrastructure and ESB systems support for development, production and management of Middleware implementation.
·         Develop and maintain SOA reference architecture and assist in the management of the Universal Description,
·         Discovery and Integration (UDDI) services catalog, SOAP and REST, Web-services, and Web Services
·         Description Language (WSDL) to streamline the process of managing the Middleware system uptime while ensuring optimum performance and efficient web services delivery through the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) as part of the bank’s operating model.
·         Support the UDDI services catalog in the development and management of ESB toolkits, reference architectures, and in the integration and deployment of Web Services provided by other vendors into the ESB.
·         Provide hands on Performance Management of the SOA ESB products from TIBCO (TIBCO Enterprise Message Service (EMS), TIBCO Business Works, Rendezvous (RV), TIBCO Hawk and TIBCO Spotfire) including WebLogic Server, IBM WebSphere MQ and Oracle Tuxedo in development, test and production environments.
·         Mentor and guide other developers on the implementation of web services to optimize resource utilization and also carry out technical user training as required to enable users interpret the reports.
·         Provide test interfaces for users before go-live at the same time work with other vendors to configure and support middlware systems internally.
·         Develop and maintain documentation/manuals on system configuration or setup.

Qualifications

The successful jobholder will be required to possess the following qualifications: –
·         Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software and Electronics Engineering, IT or related field from a recognized university.
·         At least 2 years’ experience in implementing and supporting TIBCO products, Web-services, load balancing and ESB implementation in development, test and production environment.
·         Knowledgeable in the Integration to other supporting systems (database, OS and networks) and skilled in configuration and deployment of TIBCO components.
·         A broad and deep understanding of web services automation implementation and support of SOA best practices in agile banking environments.
·         Experience in performance monitoring, load balancing, performance tuning/optimization, load testing, management of middleware systems and must be able to independently carry out these functions including capacity planning in TIBCO ESB products environments.
·         Excellent understanding of programming languages and other programming tools particularly J2EE, XML.
·         Strong analytical, presentation and troubleshooting skills with the ability to work through own initiative and as part of a team.
·         Good knowledge and skills in configuration and deployment of TIBCO components.
How to Apply
If you are confident that you fit the role and person profile and you are keen to add value to your career then please forward your application letter enclosing detailed Curriculum Vitae to jobs@co-opbank.co.ke indicating the job reference number ID/SSD/2017 by 30th June, 2017. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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