The INFRASTRUCTURE ARCHITECT is a member of the Client Solutions Team. The team is responsible for creating end-to-end solutions to deliver IT
infrastructure components in response to requirements put forward by the various Barclays’ businesses.
The Client Solutions team is responsible for understanding all of the technical components that underpin business services and devising ways in which
infrastructure technology can enhance existing services or create entirely new capabilities and opportunities for Barclays.
What will the role involve?
- Understanding the part played by the infrastructure in delivering capability to a business service.
- Investigating and understanding the capacity of each component in the end-to-end service.
- Analysing proposed changes to an existing service against the current capability.
- Advising component teams and projects on how an existing service can be extended or improved to support new functionality, expected growth in number of users and/or transactions, or in reaching an expected target state.
- Documenting changes to infrastructure using approved design processes and templates.
- Advising on the technical aspect of infrastructure across a wide variety of technical disciplines, including Linux, UNIX and Windows-based hosting infrastructure, network connectivity, application hosting, Middleware data transfer, Oracle, SQL Server and DB2 database repositories.
- Understanding the make up and use of system building blocks (SBBs), the technology components used in the creation of infrastructure designs. This will involve: o Understanding how business requirements influence the choice of technology. o Understanding how cost and time can influence the choice of technology. o Liaison with subject matter experts in specialist engineering teams to understand their technology capability, how it is delivered, supported and managed.
- Application of the design patterns, (the library of best practise standards for how infrastructure components should be deployed in Barclays), to
What will you need?
Any applicant for a design analysis role within the infrastructure design would already have a keen interest in technology.
The role involves the analysis of a variety of technical and business-related information and the development of a solution, or solutions, based around our
technical capabilities, so good analytical and problem solving skills are essential.
Ideally a candidate for a position in the infrastructure design team would:
- Have an understanding of infrastructure technology across multiple technical areas. For example, key Microsoft Windows functions, computer networking, client/server technologies based on Windows, Linux or UNIX, techniques for secure data transfer, hosting of applications and retention of data in databases.
- Expert level knowledge in more than one technical area such as OS-based platforms, databases, middleware, networks, data warehousing, would be an advantage.
- Having a relevant industry recognised certification (e.g. Microsoft MCSE or MCTS, Cisco CCNA, IBM CSE in Linux/AIX, Oracle OCP, RHCE/RHCSA) would be an advantage.
- Be able to write, construct and deliver a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint to peers / colleagues.
- Have good written skills to turn specialist technical concepts into clear and concise language for a general audience to understand.
- Understand the importance of stakeholder identification and management, and ideally how to categorise stakeholders and how to best communicate with them.
- Be able to operate effectively in a highly-motivated team.
- Possess fluent English skills.
What will you get in return?
As a member of the infrastructure design team, you would:
- Have regular contact with key stakeholders in all technology areas within the business.
- Exposure to every infrastructure-related technology area within Barclays, learning how each technology operates at a high-level and interoperates with all other systems and services.
- Experience in how to manage key stakeholder’s expectations using effective and appropriate forms of communication.
- Gain a deeper understanding of each technology area’s capabilities, how they deliver that capability to the business and how that capability aligns with business strategy and services delivered to Barclays’ customers.
- Understand how commonalities in services can lead to reusable efficiencies in delivering and supporting infrastructure technologies.
- Exposure to programmes and projects delivering infrastructure components to new and existing services within the business.
- Experience in designing infrastructure, based upon client requirements, delivered to challenging timescales.
- Understanding basic techniques in influencing others to achieve desired outcomes.