Solutions Architect
The Foschini Group
Cape Town North
5d ago

Position Description :

We are looking to add great new talent to our E-commerce ! If you have sound technical leadership and / or architecture experience and a proven record for creating and delivering high quality solutions, then join our commitment to developing and maintaining world-class IT solutions.

With a robust strategy focusing on people, process and technology, we believe that our culture and the quality of our people are our greatest strengths.

As such, we need to employ top talent to support our key business functions.

With 28 retail brands that trade in fashion, jewellery, accessories, sporting and outdoor apparel, cellular, home ware and furniture, TFG is one of the leading retail groups in Africa.

Besides South Africa, TFG also has a presence in Ghana, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Kenya through various TFG retail brands.

TFG’s mission is to be the leading fashion lifestyle retailer in Africa whilst growing its international footprint by providing innovative products, creative customer experiences and by leveraging its portfolio of diverse brands to differentiate its offering.

TFG’s IT division provides innovative, strategic and cost-effective ICT solutions and professional services to TFG and its subsidiaries.

Working for TFG means; working with highly talented professional individuals, who are passionate about collaboration, creativity and working towards successful customer service

Key performance areas :

The primary function of this role is to ensure TFG’s systems and commerce platforms are capable of supporting TFG’s business strategy and multiple sales channels (apps, websites, kiosks, etc).

The role will be required to focus on architecting strong commerce & consumer facing solutions that are highly scalable, performant and geared for rapid growth.

The role will ensure TFG’s Commerce platform is capable of being exposed securely to appointed 3rd parties & other systems (i.

e. our Services environment).

  • Provide architectural and technical leadership across solutions produced / consumed in / by the division
  • Provide hands on architecture, design and technical assistance to development teams and 3rd parties
  • Ensure the architecture and design of solutions maximise reuse of components and services.
  • Assist in architecture / design reviews to ensure consistency across solutions + functional domains.
  • Assist analysts to translate requirements into highly flexible, scalable + interoperable solutions
  • Assist Development Architecture with formulation and maintenance of principles and standards
  • Assist Development Architecture to develop and drive reusable patterns, components and services
  • Perform research and development for new and innovative approaches and technologies.
  • Produce relevant documentation required to support the architecture and design of the solutions.
  • Key Requirements and Competencies

  • A relevant tertiary qualification
  • A minimum of 5 years’ development experience
  • A minimum of 3 years’ solution architecture experience
  • Solid experience in software development frameworks and methodologies (Agile, DevOps, Scrum, etc)
  • Experience in customer facing digital products (e.g. retail Apps)
  • E-Commerce platform experience
  • Performance Engineering background and / or knowledge of toolsets
  • Strong technical skills; able to influence colleagues and senior leadership
  • Passion for the customer and exceptional user experiences
  • Team player with track record of building strong, cross functional working relationships focused on team performance, rather than on individual success
  • Excellent communication skills; decisive, succinct, and collaborative
  • Desirable (what would be preferred)

  • Technical Leadership and / or Development experience in mobile customer products (Apps, Web, PWAs)
  • International eCommerce exposure in similar retail environments
  • Understanding of the omni-channel retail industry as a result of work experience in similar settings
  • Preference will be given, but not limited to, candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act.

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