Solutions Architect

Posted on 29-Jul-2022
Application Close Date: 31-Aug-2022
Job Details
Position Type:
Permanent Full-time
Job Reference:
Note clipSolutions Architect JD - March 2022.pdf (PDF, 289KB)
Job Specification

Solutions Architect – Permanent

We are looking for a Solutions Architect to join our innovative Information Services Team. You will play a key role in enabling the successful delivery of NZQA's business solutions through an ICT lens.

Whakatairangatia ngā kete o te mātauranga ki te ao mārama! E te tai whakarunga, e te tai whakararo – nau piki mai, nau kake mai ki te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa.

May the baskets of knowledge (education) be brought into the world of light. We welcome one and all to join us at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

About the role 

It is a great time to be joining the NZQA team as we continue to work to deliver to the Educational priorities that this government has charged us with.  Through NZQA's revised Business Strategy and associated IS Action plans, we will ensure we have a solid connection between our business priorities and the work we do.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Developing high quality solution architectures, ensuring that they meet business requirements, and are well aligned with NZQA strategy, architecture and standards.
  • Contributing to the development and quality assurance of information architecture and data models, as well as target state architectures, standards and roadmaps.
  • Ensuring solutions reflect good security practice and work to raise security awareness.
  • Providing technical leadership and supporting successful project delivery.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of clients and partners.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of NZQA's target state architecture.

Skills and experience

You will have in depth experience developing solution architectures in an enterprise environment.  Ideally, you will have recent experience with software architecture for enterprise Java web applications, a good understanding of micro-services and API gateway architectures, standards-based identity and access management, and will have contributed to enterprise architecture activities.   

Your designs will be holistic by nature, and incorporate your knowledge of cloud frameworks and architecture, including Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) constructs. 

You will provide well-informed advice for ongoing ICT cloud adoption. You will regularly evaluate cloud services, software and hardware that are part of the ICT ecosystem.

Experience with architecting solutions that run on or integrate with public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure is highly desirable.

You will have good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and you will be comfortable in presenting, negotiating, and facilitating technical solutions coupled with good client relationship management skills. Experience in vendor/partner management is essential.

If you have the experience and expertise outlined above, then this could be the role for you.

About us

NZQA is a te reo Māori learning organisation and is committed to equity and lifelong learning. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds that will enrich our understanding of the education system. We prioritise the importance of understanding tikanga in building a culturally responsive workplace.  NZQA is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment to Māori and Pacific staff and has active Māori and Pacific staff networks which contribute to NZQA's strategic action plans - Te Kōkiritanga and Takiala Pasifika.

What we can offer:

  • A supportive team / whanau environment
  • A role with lots of variety
  • Development and career progression opportunities
  • To find out more click here NZQA Staff Benefits

Apply Now!

For more information about this role and NZQA please refer to the job description, NZQA's Customer Charter and Organisational Values. If you are applying/viewing through Seek, please click ‘apply now' to access these links.

If you would like to discuss further, please call Paul Fernyhoughon on 021 477 998.

Applications close at 5.00 pm on 31 August 2022. Apply early as applications may be reviewed at any stage.