Principal IT Architect

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

London, United Kingdom

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The Principal, IT Architect is accountable for the delivery of aspects of the Enterprise Reference Architecture and Architecture Practice that support IT for the Bank. These architectures provide strategic guidance to all technology initiatives. The Principal, IT Architect is further accountable for defining the overall architecture and design of IT solutions, working within a team of technical and functional specialists in the elaboration of solutions within the defined architecture.

The role interacts with primarily with all IT teams, but also engages with many of the business functions across the Bank.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

  • Delivers, maintains and communicates aspects of the Enterprise Reference Architecture (ERA), to ensure systems are fit for purpose and meet evolving business requirements.
  • Contributes to the Architectural Knowledge Base, to enable a consistent and efficient approach to the retention and re-use of architectural knowledge assets.
  • Explain and promote the ERA within IT to develop understanding of strategic architectural priorities and approaches.
  • Advises project teams and runs practice groups to ensure stakeholders are kept up to date
  • Champion and role model the Bank’s Behavioural Competencies and Corporate Behaviours, ensuring adherence within the team(s) so that the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct are exhibited at all times.
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to projects from an early stage, ensuring they follow an optimal direction from the outset
  • Ensure that solutions are technically sound and will function as expected in production. Any operational risks or considerations of the technology solution should be understood and agreed before implementation
  • Ensure that solutions are an appropriate balance between short-term delivery needs and medium-term strategic aspirations. All deviations from agreed roadmaps should be explicit and agreed through appropriate governance


  • The role is the subject matter expert for all technology solutions relating to Information Security for the Bank. It influences the IT Information Security team as they develop policies, and interprets those policies into technology solutions. It provides practical guidance, oversight and hands-on assistance to change projects. Candidates are expected to have full awareness of current and emerging threats to security and how these are mitigated, as well as compliance and regulatory awareness.
  • Experience working at a relevant software vendor\partner or financial institution would also be advantageous

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications:

Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Masters preferred or equivalent experience in the area of expertise
  • Qualification in Enterprise or Solution Architecture.
  • Specific specialism certification(s)

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Extensive experience in solution architecture across a range of platforms and business domains
  • Wide-ranging experience of IT projects throughout the implementation lifecycle
  • Experience in integration techniques and technologies
  • Ability to develop deep business knowledge and offer advice that spans IT and business domains.
  • Extensive knowledge of a wide range of contemporary IT platforms, techniques and methodologies
  • Experience drafting and presenting solutions to project stakeholders
  • Experience of working in a mid-sized corporate environment, successfully aligning solutions appropriately with wider roadmaps, architecture and other initiatives
  • Experience as a collaborative team member


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong formal and technical modelling skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information to a wide variety of audiences within IT and projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular service orientation, organisational awareness and people empathy.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to operate sensitively in a multicultural environment