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Willis Towers Watson

Lead System Architect - Life Product Family

Use your knowledge and experience to help architect and build the next generation of software whilst working with a highly skilled team across multiple, highly successful, global product families to make a real difference in the way we develop great software.


The Role

  • Work with a global Product Family Leadership Team in defining a realistic development roadmap
  • Produce and maintain an architecture overview indicating system boundary, key interfaces, key components and technology choices in line with WTW and ICT Architecture standards
  • Identify and oversee key internally developed components which are owned by the project team (s) but may be shared with other product families
  • Be responsible for technology choices and selection of all third-party components
  • Ensure the creation and maintenance of architectures which can support easy revision, evolution and extension
  • Compatibility with Common Components, Cloud and Unify strategies as applied to the allocated deliverables
  • Be responsible for scalability and performance.
  • Responsible for adherence to security and data privacy standards and best practice
  • Work with various Technology Architects to ensure services aspects of the above are adequately covered, and ensure design for easy deployment, operation and supportability
  • Bring your experiences and best practices in the Cloud within enterprise grade solutions
  • Act as a member of the strategic leadership team for a Product
  • Work with the Strategic Coordination Group, ensuring effective collaboration across Product Families
  • Assess technology options against technical and non-technical criteria, and define robust and scalable architectures supporting the evolution of existing products and the creation of new innovative solutions
  • Provide support to your Engineering Managers when they are project troubleshooting, leading with strategic application of technical skills
  • Facilitate a culture of cost-effective continuous improvement and lead initiatives to optimise efficiency and accelerate project execution
  • Encourage and engage in collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and software components with other Willis Towers Watson development centres and take part in numerous cross collaborative innovative projects both locally and globally

The Requirements

  • Experience as a system architect
  • Ability to work as part of a strategic leadership team, being a voice for technology activities and prioritisation in a mixed commercial, product and engineering leadership team, including experience contributing to a technology roadmap
  • Experience fostering and contributing to cross team collaboration across both technology and product disciplines, with focus on sharing of technology capability across teams, internal open source, and systems rationalisation and component sharing
  • Practical experience with the full software development lifecycle in a commercial/production environment
  • Understanding of tools and principles related to continuous integration and deployment, DevOps, version control, build and test infrastructure, pipelines, infrastructure as code, defect and backlog management 
  •  Proven practical appreciation and understanding of software engineering principles and design characteristics enabling the implementation of software, which is highly performant, scalable, easily maintainable, extensible and easy to test and debug
  • Solid appreciation of Infrastructure technologies and topologies, templating and deployment, Infosec requirements and best practices, SaaS-related operational requirements
  • Experience with a wide range of Agile and Extreme Programming methodologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adjust interaction and messaging to different levels across different disciplines
  • Relevant academic qualifications
  • Strong work ethic: proactive, tenacious, organised, collaborative, open minded, supportive, outcome oriented
  • Appreciation of current and emerging technologies along with their potential benefits and limitations



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