Solutions Architect

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Up to £60,000 + excellent benefits

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United Kingdom, National, Home Based

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Business and Finance Services - Information Services

Job Title

Solutions Architect

Job Level

Lead Professional

Contract type


External job advert

The Solutions Architect helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by designing Technology Solutions to support the strategic and tactical aims across the organisation, enabling the delivery of the wider organisational and technology strategy.


We’re committed to enabling our staff to work where best suits the needs of the individual, their team and the organisation. We want our staff to flourish and work in environments which maximises their potential and best serves our stakeholders.


For this role you’ll be working 35 hours per week, worked 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  This is a homebased role with the option to attend your closest Guide Dogs office.


We offer a generous pension scheme, annual leave, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.


More details can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.


We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.



Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality.


We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.



Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Candidate profile

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;



  • Practitioner-level certification in Solution Architecture (chartered or other well-recognised)
  • Specialisation in Solution Architecture on Azure/AWS/Google Cloud and/or Hybrid Cloud Architectures
  • Experience of working with large-scale Cloud-based Integration designs involving Paas/SaaS/IaaS architectures
  • In-depth knowledge of Web Architecture Designs and Integration patterns
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, and a confident communicator and presenter
  • Highly organised and able to prioritise the Solution Architecture pipeline of work based on Project and BAU needs.



  • Computing-related qualifications with a focus on Architecture Patterns
  • Experienced in Web Architectures involving CMS Platforms such as Sitecore/ Umbraco/Contentful/Netlify and UI JS Frameworks such as React, Angular
  • Good understanding of Architecture and Design Principles of Mobile App Development

    For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

    If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

    How to apply
    If you have any accessibility issues, please contact our Recruitment Team on 0118 3540345 or

    Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above.

    As part of your application ensure you provide evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria as set out in the attached job description.

    The system has a one-hour time limit. We would advise you to prepare your answers separately and then copy and paste into the online form once finalised.
    If any mandatory fields are missed, a pop-up box will appear at the top of the page advising which sections require completion.

    Please note that you’ll have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.

    Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.

    Please contact our Recruitment Team on 0118 3540345 or if you require any support with your application.

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