Senior Solutions Architect

Location: Sofia
Department: Engineering
Employment Type: Full-time

Your Team

Tide’s mission is to help our members save time (and money) in the running of their businesses, so they can get back to doing what they love. As one team, we act on data to discover, create and deliver what’s best for our members.

You, as a Senior Solutions Architect and member of this team, will be working on projects using a blend of creative thinking, applying real-world engineering principles, communicating solutions, coaching and collaboration.

Supporting multiple scrum teams and PO’s as a Senior Solution Architect you will be an evangelist for designs, patterns & practices through coaching, mentoring and training. Working collaboratively with teams on discovering user needs and assessing technical feasibility. We’re after a champion of quality and who can simplify complex integrations.

We’re looking for a future thinker who can recommend new platforms, approaches, tools and technologies. You’ll also be able to spot when to partner with other providers and when to innovate in-house.

Finally, as we are scaling, you’ll help build and shape the Architecture function, helping to establish and actively participate in the Architecture Community of Practice, sometimes taking the lead. You’ll contribute to long-term architecture strategy and drive key design decisions, working with DevOps and Engineering heads to find better ways of building and supporting our product.

About the Tech

Technology and our people is what makes Tide possible. We work in autonomous, cross-functional teams where backend, iOS, Android, web, QA, architects, DevOps, agile coaches, data experts and product owners solve difficult problems together to get the job done. We self-organise and discuss technical challenges and set our own guidelines in the different Community of Practices.

The Tide technology radar looks a little something like this. Day-to-day we’ve already adopted Java 11+, Spring, microservices, REST, gRPC, Swift, Kotlin, Python, Angular, Docker Swarm, Terraform, Aurora and AWS. As part of our continuous improvement we’re currently trialling Fargate, lambdas, serverless, micro frontends & web components. Looking further ahead we’re also assessing our future use of Kafka, Kubernetes, AsyncAPI and stream processing. Lastly we’ve put on hold our use of AngularJS, Java 8 and Amazon ECS because they’re either end-of-life or no longer fit our needs.

About You

We’re an international scale up, we’re busy! If fast paced environments, cross team exposure, inquisitive freedom and the ability to have a real impact on a rapidly growing scale up appeals to you, then you already have the mind of a Tidean. If you have that along with the following experience, we’d love to hear from you.

The non-negotiables:

  • At least 3 years experience as a Solutions Architect or as a technical leader involved in setting architectural strategy
  • Keen to work as an architect in an agile process
  • Confident and clear communicator with technical and non-technical partners, justifying your ideas and open to changing your mindset during collaboration
  • Pragmatic when it comes to reusing, buying or building software and finding incremental ways to move in the right direction

The highly desirables:

  • Originally from a hands-on development background before moving to solution architecture
  • Worked on large-scale applications supporting millions of customers on mobile and web
  • API-led, event-driven and microservice architectures
  • Cloud platform(s) and containers
  • Nice to have: stream processing, machine learning and big data technologies

About Tide

We’re the leading SME digital-only challenger bank in the UK. Our core values are members first, data driven and one team. With quick on-boarding, low fees, innovative features and an agreed five years roadmap ahead of us, we thrive on making data driven decisions to help SMEs save both time and money.

We have established offices in both London and Sofia and a history of very successful funding rounds. We’re offering the right person the opportunity to join our dynamic team to help drive our rapid growth. Our employees are very important to us and hence we offer competitive salaries and additional benefits.

About the Perks

Here at Tide, not only do we love what we do, but we love the people who do it. That’s why we look after our Tideans with:

  • 25 days paid leave
  • 5 days per month home office
  • Sponsored training, seminars and team events
  • Food vouchers
  • Additional health insurance
  • Multisport card
  • Snacks, light food, drinks in the office

Here’s what we think about diversity and inclusion…

Tide is here for everyone. This is why we build diverse teams of all possible personal backgrounds. Everyone is given a voice; if you like the sound of that, we’d encourage you to come and find your voice here, too.