Here at McCann we don’t just build websites… we build digital brands via digital disruption and transformation. From award winning campaign activity to prototyping, web builds and mobile app development we work with some of the world’s leading brands. These include; Sunseeker, JCB, Bentley, Vaillant, National Express, Crown Paints and many more. We are currently seeking a Solution Architect to come in and be part of a passionate and driven team to help shape the way we craft projects.
As our Solution Architect you will plan and assist in delivery of medium to large-scale technology engagements, including micro service platforms, PaSS / SaSS environments and Azure based projects. You will have a key role in driving our technical solutions forward and delivery quality across all of our major accounts, working alongside strategic, creative and development teams from scoping through to execution. We are looking for an experienced and driven individual with a desire to push the boundaries of digital technologies. The chosen candidate will be someone that can build, motivate and influence the digital team in pursuit of world-class, award-winning experiences.
We are looking for a leader with a natural ability to understand and predict from afar how all the pieces will fit together and identify potential issues and risks early on to develop mitigation strategies and contingency plans.
The successful candidate will have advanced communication and negotiation skills, as well as an innate ability to simplify complex technology concepts and to plan, prioritise and seamlessly integrate all moving parts to deploy successful solutions.
What we’d like to see:
Experience developing and leading large-scale technology engagement in an agency environment.
Advanced knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C#, PHP, SQL, etc.) and the ability to propose alternative solutions and cost-benefit analysis based on these technologies.
Advanced skills in modern server technologies including AWS & Azure cloud platforms.
Advanced experience of Git and methodologies (git flow in particular) including CLI usage
Experience of industry standard CMS such as Umbraco & Sitecore
Knowledge of unit testing & automated testing frameworks
Knowledge of CI / CD workflows
An excellent understanding of best practices across technologies (client/server-side, QA, deployment, project management etc.).
Experience working within an agile environment
Excellent time management, problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
What we give to you:
Competitive Salary (benchmarked against independent IPA study)
Annual agency bonus (subject to agency performance) – average one week’s salary
New business appointment bonus – £100 per appointment
New business revenue incentive – 5% of first year revenue
Contributory pension scheme where we put in 6% of your salary as a matched contribution
Income protection (this gives you 75% of your salary for five years if you should suffer a long term illness)
Death in service benefit of 4x salary
Employee Assistance Programme – offers free counselling and therapy
Enhanced sick pay after 1 year’s service
New employee referral bonus - £500 net
Minimum 25 days holiday, up to 28 after 5 years. Buy a further 5 days
Comprehensive Learning & Development Programme
New car discounts – Vauxhall, Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo
Flexible early finish on Fridays
Long service awards – up to £1,500
Subsidised bistro (Birmingham)
Free breakfast including cereal, toast, hot drinks and fruit
Free Eye Tests
Birthday Wine (or Chocolate)
Summer & Winter Parties
Soapbox – Employee Voice & Suggestion Scheme
International network offers career mobility