AF23595 - Senior Solution Architect | Enterprise IT

Department: Enterprise IT
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 31-May-2016

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Al-Futtaim employs in excess of 44,000 people, operates through more than 200 companies and represents more than 225 international brands across industries as diverse as retail and wholesale trading, distribution, real estate development, leisure and hospitality, insurance and financial services. The group has significantly expanded its business operations in recent years through a strategic acquisition plan and has entered a number of new territories, increasing its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass Africa, South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Entrepreneurship and rigorous customer focus has enabled Al-Futtaim to grow its business by responding to the changing needs of the customers and societies in which it operates. Al-Futtaim is committed to offering customers an unrivalled choice of the world’s best brands with exceptional standards of customer service and after sales support.

Structured into four operational divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, Al-Futtaim maintains a decentralised approach, giving individual businesses flexibility and versatility to maintain a competitive stance. This benefits employees, providing a clearly defined work culture where individuals are empowered with authority and responsibility for their work.

The success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of world leading brands, dominate their sector.


Al-Futtaim Group Divisions include Al-Futtaim Travel, GMASCO, and shared services for IT, Finance and HR. Audit, Legal, Treasury and Investment Management are also managed at a Group level.

Enterprise IT

Al-Futtaim Enterprise IT provides support to the Al-Futtaim Group across all geographies. It manages the IT application and infrastructure across various lines of business including Automotive, Retail, Real Estate and Financial Services. The core components of EIT are Business Application Management, Infrastructure &Operations, Enterprise Architecture, Service Management, Information Security, IT Procurement and IT Governance.

About the Position:

Enterprise IT (EIT) is the team responsible for planning, building and running technology for Al-Futtaim group. 

The Sr. Solution Architect (reporting directly to General Manager) will collaborate with Enterprise Architect in selection of technologies and solutions for business and will be the liaison between demand / project teams and Enterprise Architecture.  The role is responsible for designing future proof fit to business solution and help in defining future ready IT landscape.

Provide optimum Business Solution in collaboration with Enterprise Architect for Retail industry & ensure strong governance on the solution delivery as per Enterprise architecture guidelines & principle.

Your main duties and responsibilities will include partnering with BSMs & Business analysts in requirement gathering and reviews, translating business, information and technical requirements into an architectural blueprint that outlines solutions to achieve business objectives, working with enterprise architecture, application and infrastructure teams to produce optimal, high level, conceptual designs, developing enterprise level solutions that integrate across applications, systems and platforms, ensure TCO is lower, ensure solution delivery is as per EA guidelines and be an active member of EAVT, discuss product roadmaps and solution architecture. 


About You:

To be successful in your application for this role you must have a degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field, an understanding and knowledge of either HR or Finance or Real estate systems and processes, project management methodologies, technical solution design frameworks, solution Design Frameworks and methodology, and COBIT is added adventage

At least 8-10 years’ experience in multiple IT domains and 4 to 5 years’ experience in architecture and project management areas is required along with advanced to expert level knowledge and understanding of architecture, application design, systems engineering and integration, prior experience in the corporate services and/or Commercial Real Estate and Engineering industry will be an added advantage, 3-5 years of experience in providing IT solutions using Tier 1 technologies (SAP, Salesforce etc.), 3-4 years of Business domain experiences for Corporate services (HR, Finance etc)

Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.