Chief Architect - Banking and Financial Markets

Category: Architecture
City: London, England - London, United Kingdom
Position ID: J0320-0395
Employment Type: Full Time

Position Description

Now, more than ever we are ensuring the continuity of critical services that matter and we are still recruiting during these challenging times.

Are you a driver of change with the talent to inspire clients and colleagues? As a leader within our Banking and Financial Markets team you’ll help shape the UK’s digital revolution, and take responsibility for some of the world’s most ambitious transformation projects. A compelling communicator and a natural motivator, you get the very best from enthusiastic teams of experts whose professional growth you nurture. Your vision, sector expertise and professional acumen delivers innovation with a customer focus that is absolute.

A profound and radical change to the traditional banking model is underway. The introduction of the Open Banking and the open API economy is shaking the industry up. Creativity, coupled with data and innovation, now have the right conditions to flourish. While some banks are thriving, others still grapple with how to interact and succeed in today’s digital world.

At CGI, we are at the forefront of developing and implementing technologies and business processes that will shape tomorrow’s banking marketplace and after a rapid period of growth are searching for an experienced and ambitious Director of Pre-Sales Solution Architecture for Banking and Financial Markets.

Reporting to the Head of Banking & Financial Markets this is a pivotal strategic role, responsible for shaping CGI’s future vision and go-to-market strategy for Banking and Financial markets.

Your future duties and responsibilities

• You will be operating at C-Suite level in front of senior stakeholders both internally and externally. Working in partnership with Engagement and Sales Teams you will translate business vision and requirements into solution architectures, setting out compelling propositions and converting opportunities into sales.
• You will develop and take ownership of the technical aspects of CGI’s future vision and go-to-market strategy for Banking and Financial markets.
• You will design and build the ecosystem of services and solutions, seeking out and developing third party partnerships whose offerings complement those of CGI.
• Translation of business requirements into solution architectures and the writing of winning technical proposals and RFP responses
• As Chief Architect you will be responsible for the design and technical leadership of proof of concept exercises and the presentation of CGI proposals and offerings to new and existing CGI clients.

This is a true growth role; you will be part of a diverse, dynamic and supportive leadership team accompanied with the leadership training packages to enable a long term career at CGI.

Required qualifications to be successful in this role

The ideal candidate will have spent the majority of their career working for institutions and/or vendors in the Banking & Financial Markets sector. They will follow industry trends and be driven by the opportunities provided by fin-techs and Open Banking to revolutionise and re-imagine banking. This drive will help you lead the building out an ecosystem of services and solutions, seeking out and developing third party partnerships whose offerings complement those of CGI.

You will have worked on the design and development of modern IT infrastructures, with a focus on cloud deployments, resilient architectures and strong security designs. You will ideally have worked with more than one cloud provider and be able to compare and contrast their respective offerings. You will have had lead technology roles in the digital transformation of organisations at which you have worked, including design and implementation of loosely coupled architectures, interfacing with best of breed 3rd party solutions as well as core systems. Ideally you will have had significant exposure to open source technology stacks including those used in Open Banking in the UK.


You are a team player with a proactive, can-do attitude. You will probably have come from a technical background, most likely in software development and have experience of developing architectural solutions on a variety of initiatives from small POCs to large enterprise deliveries. Having risen up the ranks you will have gained valuable experience of the sales process and think nothing of rolling your sleeves up and leading the development of technical proposals, RFP responses and proofs of value.

Please note; in some instances we will expect to see the recruitment process lengthened, with interviewing and hiring taking place at a later date. Please be assured that if you apply for this role, your interest will be registered and we will be in touch soon to discuss your application further.

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Skills

  • Banking
  • Leadership
  • Communication (Oral/Written)
  • Stakeholder & Ext Rel Mgmt
  • Solutions Architecture
  • Strategic & Business Planning

What you can expect from us

Build your career with us.

It is an extraordinary time to be in business. As digital transformation continues to accelerate, CGI is at the center of this change—supporting our clients’ digital journeys and offering our professionals exciting career opportunities.

At CGI, our success comes from the talent and commitment of our professionals. As one team, we share the challenges and rewards that come from growing our company, which reinforces our culture of ownership. All of our professionals benefit from the value we collectively create.

Be part of building one of the largest independent technology and business services firms in the world.

Learn more about CGI at www.cgi.com.

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CGI is an equal opportunity employer.