Solution Architect (Infrastructure)

Leeds, United Kingdom
18 Jun 2022
07 Sep 2022

At Burberry, we believe creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is to unlock the power of imagination to push boundaries and open new possibilities for our people, our customers and our communities. This is the core belief that has guided Burberry since it was founded in 1856 and is central to how we operate as a company today.

We aim to provide an environment for creative minds from different backgrounds to thrive, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to everything we do. As a purposeful, values-driven brand, we are committed to being a force for good in the world as well, creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for customers, driving industry change and championing our communities.


We are further developing our ability to deliver cloud infrastructure services, globally and require an IT architect to help guide and deliver solutions across a wide-ranging portfolio, to a successful outcome.

The Solutions Architect will be responsible for the creation of detailed IT solution designs, aligned primarily to the IT Infrastructure and Collaboration Services (ICS) Tower and Portfolio. Collaborating with project teams and other key stakeholders they are expected to fulfil a critical business facing role: one that interprets and translates requirements into solutions that are adaptive, impactful, business aligned, and adhere to our requires for quality, standards and governance. The candidate will be expected to be passionate about technology, with an excellent understanding of infrastructure, networking and security domains.

The role will report to our Enterprise Architect for Infrastructure and will offer an opportunity to build a career at Burberry.

This role can be based from either of our Leeds or London offices.


  • Develop an evolving and balanced solution architecture for projects, addressing business function needs and achieving alignment with known business function priorities and roadmaps, enterprise architecture principles, standards and governance process agreeing design changes and pragmatic trade-offs.
  • Manage logical to physical design, collaborating with both internal and external delivery partners.
  • Where required, establish and direct innovation-led proof of concepts and make recommendations on technology adoption and benefits.
  • Ensure that delivery projects plan for all relevant architectural governance, design reviews and gating.
  • Be the owner for any architectural and project risks and/or issues throughout the lifecycle of any delivery projects, with relevant business function(s) and IT project team(s).
  • Develop the solution and technical acceptance criteria to ensure the integrity of any proposed solutions across our IT estate and enable communication to relevant stakeholders.
  • Work with the Security and Information Risk functions to align solutions with the needs of our security standards and principles.
  • Support delivery projects in accounting for solution infrastructure from an operational and supportability perspective and that all non-functional requirements (including SLAs for business continuity, availability and scalability, security) are addressed in the solution.
  • Ensure that the solution architecture balances functional, service quality and operational management requirements but remains bound by relevant commercial, business function and technical constraints.
  • Share and collaborate on technology solutions with other stakeholders, especially implementation partners to ensure skills are developed in-house and knowledge is retained.
  • Communicate portfolio of content and reusable solutions to suppliers and partners, ensuring the most appropriate deployment of their technology and products as possible.
  • Support wider IT relationship with technology vendors.
  • Attend relevant design authorities and act as the subject matter expert for infrastructure related domains.


  • Demonstrable experience in solution architecture (primarily Infrastructure/Cloud), having developed a career in Infrastructure related roles.
  • Ability to collaborate with other architects, project teams and stakeholders in the creation of architectural artefacts, such as roadmaps, standards, and reference models.
  • Good communication and storytelling to convey information succinctly and concisely.
  • Experience of engaging with a wide range of IT and non-IT stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to work autonomously and self-manage workstreams and priorities.
  • Previous experience with enterprise-scale infrastructure and cloud platforms.
  • Strong understanding of project management principles, terminology, key success factors, and methodologies.
  • Ability to diagnose and remedy poor project management practices.
  • Experience estimating effort for various deliverables.

  • Experience/understanding of Hybrid Cloud infrastructure architecture
  • Experience of working in an ITIL framework to deliver enterprise services.
  • Ideally experience of/certified in Architecture frameworks (ie TOGAF)
  • demonstrate technical experience of the following infrastructure technologies:
    • Server Operating Systems: Linux, Windows
    • Cloud services: Azure, AWS
    • Storage: Object, SAN, Amazon S3, Azure Storage
    • Backup: Data Protector, Backup libraries
    • Windows platforms: Active directory, Azure Active Directory, File Shares, Intune
    • Database: SQL Server, MySQL, Amazon RDS, Azure SQL PaaS
    • Virtualisation Platforms: Citrix, VMWare, HPE SimpliVity
    • Data Centre / Hardware management, monitoring
    • Fundamental understanding of networks, L3 routing, load balancing etc


Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.


Posting Notes: United Kingdom || Not Applicable || Leeds || IT || ICS OPERATIONS & EMPLOYEE || n/a ||

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