Job Description

  • Back
  • /
  • Job Description

Principal Solutions Architect

Gauteng Market Related
Sector: IT / Computers / Software
Posted: Friday, 29 July 2022

Signup/Login to apply

Job Details


We are looking for a Principal Solutions Architect to define the technology roadmap & principles to guide the vision of the business strategy, innovation and advancement of a mining vertical. Your role will include consulting with Project teams to implement business solutions, researching and evaluating new technologies, tools and methods while consolidating Architecture input to the Business Plan.  


  • Define the technology roadmap and rules (principles) that bring together the business strategy, IT industry best practices and technology developments / innovation.
  • Educate business management, technology staff and outsource partners on the roadmap, the rules / principles and rationale for these.
  • Consult to Project teams implementing business solutions.
  • Assess adherence to the roadmap and rules / principles.
  • In support of these key accountabilities –
  • Research and evaluate new technologies, tools and methods.
  • Motivate for (and run, where appropriate) projects to determine appropriate application of technologies.
  • Consolidate Architecture input to the Business Plan.
  • Ensure full alignment between business plan (strategy) and technology roadmap.
  • Position papers on new or enhanced technologies and the facilitation of decisions regarding technology adoption.
  • Reference architecture - including principles, standards and guidelines, as well as the 3-year technology roadmap and transition plan.
  • Validate project specific technology decisions are fully aligned with technology roadmap.
  • Functional and technical quality assessments of the technology set.


  • 8+ years of experience in an infrastructure and/or related to information technology such as engineering, computer science, or information systems.
  • 10+ Years’ working experience in an IT Architecture role
  • Proven track record in defining, steering and monitoring the implementation of a future state architecture and technology best practices.
  • Previous mining vertical knowledge and experience will be beneficial.
  • Working knowledge of latest digital technology trends, design thinking and interoperability/open architecture best practices and technologies.
  • Experience in managing relationships with outsource-partnerships will be advantageous.
  • Good Understanding of all Cloud technologies and the design of public cloud, hybrid cloud & private cloud infrastructure.
  • High Level Experience across all virtualization technologies with a focus on Vmware & Hyper-V
  • Good Understanding of High availability/DR, backup and archiving services within datacenters and on site
  • Good Understanding of MPLS networking and WAN optimization taking all end 2 end services required to run across a business network into consideration.
  • High level experience across Microsoft technologies to include Azure, Cloud, Communications, Messaging, Systems Management and/or Collaboration
  • High level experience across UTM technologies and the design of managed security services.


 Additional Skills/Attributes:

  • Big picture / systemic thinking
  • Innovative
  • Clarity and simplicity of communication
  • Articulate, rational, coherent and persuasive
  • Astute, disciplined and focused on meeting business objectives.
  • Must have excellent analytical, conceptualization & technical problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work closely with client, sales, senior managers, and project managers to design and assist with the implementation of the solutions and infrastructure related components.
  • Must be able to work independently and provide proactive leadership and facilitation in a complex environment with multiple teams—experience facilitating client solution and proposal development sessions highly desired.
  • Must have excellent written, oral communication and sales skills, including conducting presentations to teams and to customers. Must be able to break down complex technical topics into common language understandable by non-technical/business-oriented audiences.
  • Must have strong desire to drive and adapt to change quickly.