Integration Solution Architect

Date: 04-Apr-2019

Location: London, GB, EC1A 1AA

Company: Royal Mail Group

Job reference number 102095

Integration Solution Architect

Full time


Royal Mail Farringdon


Not many companies can say they’ve been around for 500 years and were founded by Henry VIII, but we can. Royal Mail is the UK’s designated Universal Postal Service Provider, supporting customers, businesses and communities around the country. We are the only postal company to provide a one-price-goes-anywhere, six days a week service to more than 29 million addresses across the UK.


It is an exciting time to join Royal Mail. We’re a FTSE 250 company, we generated revenue of £10.2 billion in 2017-18. On top of this, we have recently undertaken an extensive review and transformation of the Technology function, one of the largest IT transformation programmes across the UK. With this transformation now complete, there is significant potential for growth and success.


Digital is now at the heart of our business and drives our vision of enabling smarter working - from Front Line colleagues through to Head Office. At the same time we strive to deliver innovative products and services through a world class customer experience.


Solution Architecture at Royal Mail

With a workforce of 150,000 and the complex logistical requirements necessary to deliver 10’s of millions of letters every day and a billion parcels a year, Royal Mail IT has to be world class and so do the Solution Architects that deliver it.

It’s an exciting time to be a Solution Architect at Royal Mail. With over a hundred projects underway at any one time there is a huge opportunity to contribute to the business’s desire to transform and grow.

Over the past 5 years the Solution Architecture team has grown significantly and having demonstrated the value it delivers is set to grow further.

The well respected architecture team now constitutes a number of highly skilled architects. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have varying and complimentary skillsets to support the myriad of technologies deployed at Royal Mail.

Whilst the architecture team is built of a number of individuals it operates as a single function offering a supportive environment, first class training courses and opportunities to learn different skills and techniques across the Royal Mail project portfolio.


Job Role

This role is working on the Business Integration Gateway (BIG) Platform - Royal Mail’s Enterprise Service Bus platform - supporting API’s and Integration across the Group.

•As an Integration Solution Architect you will be responsible for ensuring that Solution Architectures are fit for purpose, deliver against the business needs and are designed appropriately for the longer term strategic needs of the business.

•You will do this by working with key stakeholders in our supplier communities and alongside other RMG internal functions.

•You will ensure that all architecture deliverables are of the appropriate standard and all projects are effectively governed via a formal gating process.

•You will be working with the latest technologies in a DevOps environment, using a number of the market leading DevOps toolchain tools.

•You will be designing very high volume, near real-time transaction processing applications in a challenging environment


Personal Attributes

•A ‘can do’ pragmatic attitude that is delivery focused and able to withstand project pressures due to tight timescales and complex IT ecosystems.

•A team player that can offer support to their team members and have the confidence to ask for help from others within the team when necessary.

•Experience of having worked in complex outsourced multi-supplier environments and the understanding of how to architect and assure solutions in these situations

•The ability to work as part of a multi-disciplined project team, able to communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders appropriately.

•A self-starter able to lead others from a technical perspective and a willingness to take ownership of technical problems and subsequently resolve them by consulting and approving solutions with the relevant stakeholders.


Key Experience and Skills

Essential technical skills - recent hands-on experience producing integration solution architectures using:

·IBM Integration Bus version 10 (formerly known as WebSphere Message Broker)

oAbility to read and understand message flows written primarily in ESQL - (IBM Integration Bus language)

·IBM MQ version 9.0 (formerly WebSphere MQ)

·Either /or:

oPreferably IBM DataPower Gateway (formerly known with codes XG45, XI52 or XB62).

oOr IBM API Connect (formerly known as IBM API Management)

·Experience of the following is essential:

oDesigning for High Volume Transaction Processing

oImplementing highly resilient, secure, multi-tier architectures

oAdvising on volume/performance tests, reviewing results and performing capacity planning

·Strong integration skills with a solid understanding of different integration techniques & protocols – SOA, EAI, ETL, web-services, API’s.

Highly desirable:

·Knowledge of languages – Java, or .NET – especially in the context of IBM MQ.

·Experience with Agile development methods – Scrum, Kanban, DevOps.


·Experience of a variety of common architectures:

1.Cloud Architectures (Private, Hybrid)

2.Micro-services, Containers

3.Data Warehousing and Big Data

4.Business Process Management Tools


Location: London


About Royal Mail Group

Royal Mail Group is changing fast and you could be at the heart of that change. Our growing team of technology specialists is helping to build a new future for the business. The ambitions are considerable.

We’re investing in technology to help our 159,000 people work more smartly. At the same time, we’re developing innovative new products and services that will help secure our future.

So if you’re a talented technology professional who thrives on challenge, we invite you to apply to us.


What you will be doing in this specific role:

•You will be responsible for the integration design on the middleware platform, this forms the messaging backbone of integration across the entire Royal Mail Group (RMG) estate

•You will work across various platforms and systems, helping projects make the correct integration choices

•You will work on various integration technologies, including; IBM Integration Bus, WebSphere MQ

•You will work across a complex IT environment to design new solutions

•You will work with the business to turn those ideas into solutions

•You will work in a multi-supplier environment, pulling together the various aspects from the suppliers into a working solution, delivering real value for the business

•You will be responsible for the high level designs and reviewing the micro designs produced by the development teams

•You will be responsible for carrying out supplier design reviews and code reviews

Why this specific role is so exciting:

•You will be working on designing new high volume API’s and Interfaces for RMG, creating new REST services and Microservices

•You will be working in a highly experienced solution architecture team, in a supportive environment

•You will be working alongside the development team to deliver high quality solutions

•You will be working on the latest DevOps toolchain tooling, optimising the delivery approach for new projects

•You will be working on very high volume, near real time systems, providing complex technical challenges that need to be design, built and delivered

•You will be able to work closely with the business, translating their requirements into solutions

•The breadth and depth of RMG’s systems and technology stack, coupled with the high volume processing provides a very challenging & varied environment to work in

•You are joining a huge company at an extremely exciting time, transforming the company and the IT systems


Summary of what BIG is:

•Royal Mail’s Business Integration Gateway (BIG) provides an Enterprise-level API & Integration capability.  It provides a pragmatic mix of API’s, Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), and Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) integration styles.  BIG supports integration between internal systems, with external systems and with customers consuming RMG services.  BIG also provides the Enterprise Message-oriented Middleware backbone for RMG systems.

•BIG supports integration oriented towards data integration (data exchanges, real-time events, file transfers) and functional integration (services and API's).  BIG support multiple transport protocols; HTTPS (REST and SOAP web-services), SFTP and FTPS file transfers, AS2, and IBM MQ messaging.  BIG supports multiple data formats; XML, JSON, SOAP, CSV and other bespoke data structures.  Big also supports multiple message exchange patterns – Representational State Transfer (REST), Request/response, Fire-forget and publish/subscribe.


We are an inclusive employer with equality, diversity and fairness at the heart of our values.  We welcome applications from individuals from all different backgrounds and are committed to promoting fair participation and equality of opportunity for all of our job applicants.



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Closing Date: 01/05/2019. Please note, this advert may close early if the appropriate number of applications has been reached.

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