Solutions Architect

12041 United Kingdom, Leeds IT Permanent

We are looking for a Solutions Architect to join our International Sports Platform team

This role follows a hybrid approach to working, allowing you to combine working from home with working in our modern offices. These discussions are between you and your manager to find the best pattern for you both! We will kit you out to work from home but know that working as a team is what makes us great and spending quality time together is essential for keeping us mission-aligned.

We’re on an exciting journey; as part of the Flutter group we form a key piece of the world’s largest Betting and Gaming company with brands such as PokerStars, Paddy Power, Betfair and SkyBet. We’re expanding our team as we use our technical and sports betting expertise to deliver a best of breed Sportsbook.

As part of Flutter’s International division – within the Sports vertical – you’ll contribute to the success of the PokerStars, SkyBet and Betfair brands.

Are you our next star player?

  • You’ll work on the most critical, strategic projects at the heart of the world’s largest public online gaming business, with funding and opportunities to match our huge ambition
  • It’s your chance to build and run new platforms and systems that will ultimately be used by millions around the world, building on your career and learning new tech skills to solve problems that only exist at this scale
  • You’ll be part of the award-winning Flutter group tech family, working with the best product and technology professionals, learning new skills and developing yourself in new ways

Why we need you?

As Solutions Architect you will report to the Lead Architect for the newly formed International Sports Platform team. You will be a technical subject matter expert for particular products and services and, via solution designs, be the design authority for new and existing services.

You will communicate the business goals, constraints and risks to the delivery team members, so that they can build and operate the systems and services that support and deliver the tribe’s business goals and address the constraints and risks that are present.

Together with other technology leaders, you will deliver and communicate an architectural vision and roadmap for the tribe that is understood and supported by the whole business and that provides clear, achievable principles and direction for the technology team to follow.

You will be part of a team of architects, leading on technical designs and direction. You will peer with Product, Platform, Engineering and Infrastructure teams to deliver sustainable, high-performance products, services and solutions to provide the best possible experience for our customers. 

Our mission is to create the best place our people have ever worked at, leading the way in terms of technology and innovation; We want you to be a part of this mission, helping from within.

No previous experience in sports betting? No problem – we have many experts to learn from, and the technical excellence you’ll bring is what we value. Salary and benefits packages reflect the high standard in our tech teams, with excellent training and development opportunities for all engineers.

You will support, and learn from, the people around you, always looking to do things better. We have a strong culture, and we want you to be a part of it.

Who we’re looking for?

Architectural Leadership 

  • Provide technical leadership to the tribe’s technical teams. 
  • Keep up-to-date with emerging technologies and architectural approaches and promote alignment between technology and business strategy.
  • Maintain a good understanding and awareness of competitors’ products and services. 
  • Form effective business relationships.  
  • Collaborate with other architects within your and other areas of the business of the business to help define our architectural principles, vision, lifecycle and underlying framework.  

Solution Architecture 

  • Have an awareness of current architectural trends and developments within the market, particularly patterns and technologies being used within International Sports and the wider Flutter  
  • Provide governance and technical leadership to ensure the products and services you are involved with are aligned with the design goals.  
  • Develop the tribe’s technology road map and to gain commitment for architecture initiatives. 
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the tribe’s technologies and architecture and a good understanding of the wider organization’s technologies and architectures. 
  • Deliver solution designs and impact assessments to support the delivery of business goals and help squads to bring these products to life. 
  • Identify architectural risks and propose alternatives and solutions

Data Architecture 

  • Collaborate with other teams within the group to promote the interoperability of data collected across products and technology teams 

Desirable Experience

While experience with all (or even any) of the items listed in this document is not essential it is clearly beneficial and more senior candidates would typically be able to demonstrate experience in more of the items listed below.  

Key Non-Technical Methodologies  and Experience 

  • Agile development culture 
  • Working with stakeholders 
  • You will be a passionate and data driven individual with a focus on the customer experience. 
  • The ability to prioritise high volumes of responsibilities without delays in deliverables. 
  • Knowledge of software development lifecycles, multiple development styles and methodologies with a strong aptitude in defining both business and technical requirements. 
  • Excellent communication, relationship management and attention to detail skills You’ll have the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines with a can-do attitude. 
  • Betting and Gaming industry  

Technology Agnostic Characteristics 

  • High volume, highly available, transactional web applications 
  • Modelling, measuring and forecasting capacity 
  • Event driven and reactive systems 
  • Message based architectures 
  • Designing for scalability 
  • Relational and non-relational datastores 
  • Service based approaches (e.g. REST, SOA, Microservices) 
  • Network and web application security 
  • General understanding of datacentre technologies (SAN, blades, virtualisation etc) 
  • Automated Testing (especially BDD toolkits), Continuous Integration and Deployment  

How we work?

We believe in providing the best career for everyone; your progression begins on the day we first meet. 

Career progression, staff engagement and satisfaction are paramount to us. We want an environment where architects can do their best work and be the best that they can be.  

  • Our architects work closely with colleagues in all positions, so communication and interpersonal skills are important for this role 
  • Our architects are T-Shaped, we expect deep expertise in one or two areas but an essential knowledge across our architecture - our most senior architects are able to jump in where there may be a gap to help keep work flowing 
  • We rely on iterative, incremental development and fast feedback – we expect a good understanding of the mechanics of this including a solid understanding of automation and its role in modern software delivery 
  • Our architects have experience of working in a modern agile environment (e.g. Scrum / Kanban) 
  • You will be comfortable working independently or collaboratively with good time and prioritisation skills 

What’s in it for you?

Our experience-based salaries are competitive. Plus, there’s a discretionary annual performance bonus, and we provide advice and dedicated assistance to those moving to Leeds.

Your package will include:

  • Discretionary annual performance bonus
  • Starting from 25 days paid annual leave increasing with service
  • Health and dental insurance for you, and 50% coverage for your partner and your children (if you all live at the same address)
  • Personal life insurance and income protection
  • The option to join our company pension scheme
  • External learning support of up to £2,000 or equivalent in local currency, dedicated 4 learning “Power Hours” every month during office time, full access to the Udemy and Mindtools platforms, in-house leadership program and many other training opportunities for developing your skills and progressing your career
  • Looking to extend your family? You will receive a cash gift of £1,000 for your new addition whilst working for us
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Social events; including our sensational summer and Christmas parties
  • Online Discount Scheme, including discounted shopping and cinema vouchers.

About the Group

PokerStars is part of Flutter Entertainment Plc, a global sports betting, gaming and entertainment provider headquartered in Dublin and part of the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange. Flutter brings together exceptional brands, products and businesses and a diverse global presence in a safe, responsible and ultimately sustainable way.
We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We do not discriminate on any protected characteristic as defined by applicable law.
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