Head of Architecture

Job Description

Vivo Energy is and expanding and growing business. It’s reliance on technology is commensurate with this growth. Purpose: The Head of Architect will simultaneously establish the function as well as take overall accountability for owning and driving the technology road map for all systems. A hands-on position, this person will design the integration application and infrastructure landscape, leading solution and product identification and selection,
The Architect will collaborate with in house project and operations teams, work with the business interface teams to ensure strategic technology decision making and ensuring an integrated landscape with a focus on ensuring seamless interoperability and ease of access to data to drive business decision making
The Architect will report directly to the CIO and will oversee both SAP, NON-SAP applications and infrastructure. It is expected that this role will have 2-3 direct reports.
Principal Accountabilities:
1. Establish baseline of all IT systems and elements
2. Define a reference Architecture for all systems moving forward
3. Determine relationships between systems
4. Recommend rationalisation actions
5. Determine best technology approach for:
  • SAP S4HANA and modules as well as connected applications
  • Databases
  • Messaging bus
  • Storage
  • Application interaction and interdependency
  • Application design
  • Development languages
  • Mobile Applications
  • Data Centre and Infrastructure
Data management and delivery Key Challenges:
  • Virtual Organisation
  • Lack of current blueprint
  • Small IT team busy with other initiatives
  • Inflight projects with limited time

Personal Specification

  • Tertiary or industry qualifications in Computer Sciences or related field, e.g. Applications development, Infrastructure
  • Proven experience, minimum 12 years’ working experience
  • Strong business Acumen
  • Strong All-Rounder with working knowledge of S4HANA and SAP cloud technologies, Infrastructure, Operating Systems, Messaging buses, System Security, Network design, IOT Application Development, Data Analytics and associated support tools and methodologies
  • Strong on-premise system hosting experience, cloud and emerging technologies
  • Proven experience developing strategic system architecture plans
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and virtually
  • Track record of delivering clear precise designs that are impactful on the overall operations of IT systems and the delivery of related projects
  • Contemporary understanding of Architecture best practices
  • Ability to translate complex technical concepts into plain English for non-technical senior leadership

SaaS Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Payment Systems and or Loyalty programmes
  • Retail business & systems
  • Downstream Oil and Gas experience



Energy & Utilities




Job Level

Mid-Senior Level