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Job Title Applications Solution Architect
Department IT
Role Business Services
Job Location Bristol

The role:

Simmons & Simmons are embarking on building the next generation law firm, digitalising our legal working practices, and making significant investments in technology to transform the services we deliver to our clients, as well as transforming our business support processes and replatforming our back office systems. We are looking to hire an experienced Applications Solution Architect into the IT team to help us deliver this ambitious and exciting change programme.

What will you do:

• Oversee the design of the major aspects of the firm's application architecture, including integration architecture
• Define architectural standards both for internally developed and externally provided applications, balancing all relevant business needs such as user experience, performance, ease of implementation, business flexibility & agility, support & maintenance, security & cost
• Champion the creation and use of modern application architectures, including the use of no-code/ low code to enable technically proficient users to easily build their own solutions to business problems which adhere to the firm's architectural standards
• Assess third party solutions to determine their fit within the application landscape and alignment with architectural standards
• Provide technical leadership to the application teams, oversee the design of internally developed solutions as necessary
• Collaborate with requisite stakeholders (business partners, business analysts, users etc) to ensure the architecture is aligned with business requirements

What we are looking for:

• Educated to degree level preferably with a bachelors degree in computing science
• Minimum 5 years experience in programming and/or applications architecture
• Experience with both client and server-side programming languages (JS, TypeScript, Vue.js, C#.NET), database technologies (SQL and GraphQL) and infrastructure technologies (Azure cloud, Function Apps, Logic Apps, App Services, Service Bus)
• Experience with implementing ERP and finance solutions
• Experience with Legal Services technology and vendors, such as Litera, Thomson Reuters, iManage and similar technologies
• Excellent understanding of Microsoft applications and how to quickly and securely implement them

Here at Simmons & Simmons:

We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of. An inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative approach and being truly international are just a few more things that make us, us.

• Competitive Offer Package including bonus's dependant on role/level, private medical insurance & pension contribution to name a few.
• Dress 'for your day' Code.
• Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the office with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
• A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai; Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore.
• All offices have their own artwork collections - with a Damien Hurst and a Tracey Emin in the London office. We have a long standing history in supporting the art community especially up and coming artists.
• The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate the Simmons offering.
• We were ranked as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and Top 30 Employer for Working Families in 2020.
• We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas & Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
• We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including LGBT+, Emerge (Race & Ethnicity) and The Number One Club (Women's network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.

If you are interested in finding out more about this position then please contact the Recruitment Team with any questions. To apply for the role please click on the link at the bottom of the page/visit the career pages on our website, where there is also a detailed job description.

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