Solution Architect (based in Europe or UK)

Job description

At Inchcape, our vision is to have a connected world, in which our customers trade successfully and make better decisions in every port, everywhere. We use technology and our global network to help our partners connect to a smoother, smarter ocean.

Inchcape combines its worldwide infrastructure with local expertise through our global network of over 240 proprietary offices, across 60 countries and a team of more than 2,500 committed professionals. Our diverse global customer base includes owners and charterers in the oil, cruise, container and bulk commodity sectors as well as naval, government and intergovernmental organisations.

We have an ambitious growth model and a career here is certainly going to be a rewarding one that will allow you to bring your skills & experience. We embrace change and are open to new thinking and pushing for positive change in our industry.

We have an exciting opportunity for Solution Architect in our IT Architecture team, where in you will be responsible for designing, creating, deploying, and managing Inchcape’s solutions. You will define how the solutions will be proposed, recommended, implemented, and managed by different stakeholders within IT & Business department in a cost-effective manner delivering business requirements aligned with IT Architecture, Products and Project Principles and Frameworks.

This position will be based anywhere in Europe or the United Kingdom, with possibility for home office. 

You will:

  • Provide technical designs and solutions.
  • Collaboratively maintain & propose changes to the design / architectural / technology standards, principles, framework and governance around it.
  • Ensuring architectural standards, governance, principles are implemented effectively by auditing assigned IT programs, projects, products and small works.
  • Optimisation of IT deliverables for business value realization with reusability of solutions, architectural building blocks & components, designs and standardization.
  • Review new designs against architectural standards and business requirements.
  • Ensure Business Impact Assessment / Business Continuity & DR processes, standards and resilience is tested and meet the business requirements as agreed with business.
  • Assess new technology for adoption and implementation within Inchcape.
  • Lifecycle management from emerging technology from Innovation department through to end of life.

Key Accountabilities

  • Collaboratively working with IT teams, Technology & Development Partners teams to guide them and vet ALL IT solutions. Solutions developed through breadth and depth of various areas like application, data, infrastructure, software, technical architecture etc. using   technologies viz. AWS services, Integration platform (Dell Boomi), Microsoft technologies and/or any similar.
  • Provide cost effective solutions that is fit-for-purpose for ISS.
  • Maintain and enhance technology standards to facilitate producing fast & robust solutions.
  • Identify and assess new technology for potential adoption within ISS.
  • Help establish framework and governance for business partner / relationship management, outcomes include:
    • Assist in feasibility study & proof of concept for the given opportunities for IT to add value.
    • Proactive identification and management of architectural & design related issues.
    • Aligning architecture with the business & IT Strategy, Vision and Mission and product framework & methodology.
    • Minimize shadow IT.
  • Creation, management and governance of tech bricks, tech debt etc. around Hardware and Software used in both production and non-production environments.
  • Act as a technical go to person across ALL IT Work Streams.
  • Ensure Technological & architectural reusability.
Key skills

Key Deliverables:

  • Solutions Architecture for the assigned programs, projects & products workstreams.
  • Effective implementation and governance of technology standards across IT (tech bricks and other IT Architecture Artefacts based on required IT deliverables).
  • Effective implementation of DR process aligning all systems.
  • Implementation of Lifecycle Management of Solutions Design & Solutions Architecture that is fit for ISS.
  • Ongoing monitoring of matrix to ensure development meets defined designs & architectures.

Competency Requirements:

  • Customer Focus
  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Organizational Commitment
  • Health & Safety Compliance
  • Technical Solutions
  • Adaptability and Change
  • Risk Analysis
  • Influencing
  • Inter-cultural competence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Quality Focus
  • Team Work
  • Business Acumen
  • Shares the Vision
  • Connecting Business, Strategy & Geography
  • Decision Making


  • Demonstrable history of competently using Cloud technologies like AWS (mandatory), Azure (optional but value add).
  • Experience migrating On-premise to Cloud environments.
  • Run / part of large sized global IT Architecture Team. 
  • Experience of, and assisted in, the implementation and optimisation of DR processes and procedures.


  • Knowledge of port agency
  • Software asset management
  • Demonstrable history of competently using cloud technologies.
  • Experience of, and assisted in, the implementation of governance, controls and standards.
Education requirements

Education and Professional Qualifications


  • 10+ Years of experience in an IT Technical Lead position, Run / part of large sized global IT Architecture Team.
  • Practical experience (5+ years) of designing and engineering cloud native application with AWS (mandatory), Azure (optional but value add).
  • Understanding the difference between Business and IT, being able to speak with both worlds effectively
  • Practical experience with development technologies, preferably .Net and .Net Core
  • Strong understanding of SDLC, development team roles, engineering processes (Requirements Management, versions strategy, QA etc) and practical experience of tools supporting it (e.g. TeamCity, Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket etc.)
  • Good understanding of project management methodologies (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, Scaled Agile, SAFe, ITIL etc)
  • Experience in DevOps, Production Support
  • Rich experience with web-based application (preferably with high load, high availability, fault tolerance requirements in place)
  • Influencing and negotiation skills and ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Highly adaptable, strong prioritization and ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines.        


  • Any Shipping or Maritime Certification.
  • Knowledge of port agency.
  • Agile / Scrum.
  • Software asset management.
  • Front end development. technologies experience, preferably TypeScript and React.
  • Experience of, and assisted in, the implementation of governance, controls and standards.
  • Infrastructure as a Code. (Terraform preferable)
  • Product Management.

Additional Requirements

  • Passion for technology delivering business value.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Additional language.


Why Inchcape Shipping Services?

We believe in building a diverse and high performing workforce, that works together to provide our customers with the exceptional service they deserve. To reach the highest standards we depend on our people, their welfare, training and expertise. We realise the value of our staff and know that your unique experiences, skills and passions will help you to build a rich and rewarding career in our dynamic industry.

Our values are at the centre of everything we do and the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate and fully adopt these:

Global Perspective - we connect the world and see the bigger picture.

The Power of People - we rely on the strength of local agent knowledge and relationships.

Progress - we adopt new thinking and push for positive change in our industry.

In return, we will offer you:

A diverse range of benefits, depending on your geographical location. Globally as a minimum you will receive:

A retirement savings plan

  • Life assurance
  • Holiday starting at 26 days
  • Healthcare
  • Competitive salary
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Career development and progression opportunities
  • Values Award celebration events
  • Team building days

Plus, much more!

If you think that you have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to join our team, then we invite you to apply by simply clicking at the top of this advert!


Appointment to this role will be subject to satisfactory references and possession of a valid Right to Work documentation depending upon your geographical location.

Inchcape is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and equality, diversity and inclusion are at the centre of everything we do. We recognise that our customers, colleagues, contractors and other partners are central to our success and that we work in a diverse society. We acknowledge not only our legal, but also our moral responsibility to ensure all groups have equality of opportunity.

Employment type — Full-Time

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