“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them. “ - Steve Jobs
At Argos, we have faith and tools in abundance. We have a clear strategic vision, backed by significant IT investment. We need more good and smart people to do wonderful and amazing things.
What you will be doing
Leading the development of IT Roadmaps (normally for a domain)
Developing enterprise-wide models (e.g. data architecture, 4R’s etc) that are useful during Business and IT Strategy development
Providing leadership during development of the annual IT agenda
Providing leadership during solution options analysis and product selection
Leading the design of (large / complex) solutions and ensuring design integrity during solution development
Leading the technical aspects of negotiations with 3rd parties
Ensuring that appropriate product maintenance, upgrade and end-of-life events are identified and incorporated into relevant plans
Working proactively to reduce underlying problems in solutions.
MS Windows 7 / Windows 10 / Windows Server inc. 2012 / Active Directory / Max OS/X
Office 2016 / Office 365 (cloud)
Unix (Linux, AIX, SCO), AS/400, Mainframe (zO/S)
10bs/100Mbs/1GbE/10GBE/40GbE Lan; Wifi to 802.11AC
Checkpoint and Fortigate Firewalling; Cisco IOS stateful firewalling (in Stores)
IP Telephony, Skype for Business
MPLS Wan, Wan Acceleration, Internet connectivity, Bluecoat proxy
8 and 16Gbs SAN, IBM Storage arrays (Enterprise and mid range)
Netapp NAS, NetApp Storage Grid
VMware to v6x, SvSAN VSAN, Citrix
F5 BIG IP
Experience of identifying and communicating business opportunities enabled by emerging technologies
Practical experience of IT solution development and service delivery
Experience of leading, motivating and developing a team.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to deal with all levels of management within the organisation are required.
Capable of working effectively with senior business and IT management
Strong leadership skills with experience of shaping, motivating and driving change within a FTSE retail IT environment
Capable of building a domain specific IT Roadmap, identifying appropriate migration strategies and interdependencies between initiatives
has practical experience of IT Roadmap development
has practical experience of Enterprise Architecture model development and implementation in Retail / Infrastructure
has been lead architect / designer throughout the life-cycle of several £multi-million projects