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Solution Design Lead

Date Posted: May 10, 2018

Location: Galway, G, IE, H91 R6WF

Company: MetLife

Solution Design Lead


Job Location: Galway, Ireland


Role Value Proposition

The Global Technology & Operations group (GTO) is a diverse team of technical professionals with the freedom to create innovative solutions to address core business challenges within MetLife. GTO’s strategy is to deliver a differentiated customer experience and increase MetLife’s operating leverage. Our new Campus in Galway will be responsible for creating and delivering these solutions working with stakeholders across Europe and the Middle East (EMEA) on a daily basis using Waterfall, Agile and DevOps frameworks and tools.


DEPARTMENT: EMEA - Technology & Operations, Global Technology Campus Galway (GTCG)


THE ROLE: This is a senior role responsible for managing a team of solution designers whose function will be to ensure that all applications within the remit of GTCG are on a roadmap to the MetLife Global Reference Architecture. The role holder will manage and plan the work of solution design resources and their respective activities providing guidance and direction where needed. They will have regular interaction with the EMEA Chief Architect working with them to ensure that the GTCG teams remain aligned to any new, existing or evolving architectural standards.


Key Relationships:

Reports to: Director, IT Applications

Direct Reports: 0-5 Solution Designers & Data Analysts

Other Key Stakeholders: GTC Business Systems Analysts , GTCG Software Engineering, Enterprise Architecture and Plan Organisation Teams (BAs/ PMs)


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the migration of all existing application solutions to the MetLife Global Reference Architecture and ensure that all new solutions fit in to those standards
  • Manages solution design workload priorities and direct solution designers to ensure integrity of assigned domain or solution architecture
  • Lead in designing, specifying and selecting information system solutions, considering functionality, data, security, integration, infrastructure and performance
  • Ensures alignment of domain, solution, or enterprise program component with business strategies, capabilities or project requirements



Business Knowledge/Technical Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (Level 8) or related discipline and/or equivalent work experience, with advanced degree preferred
  • 8 + years broad IT experience with minimum 5 years of related architecture experience
  • 3+ years in a supervisory, management or other leadership role including experience leading a matrixed team
  • Advanced knowledge of multiple architecture disciplines, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Experience and/or trained in one or more formal architecture frameworks such as FEAF, TOGAF, or Zachman
  • Experienced in complex project planning and execution an advantage
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple large, complex projects an advantage


Leadership Competencies:

  • Drives Results - Sets aggressive goals and is accountable for continuously driving improved performance, leading change and ensuring high standards.
  • Motivates People - Gains people commitment to achieve business objectives through clear communication of the company’s vision and flexing leadership styles to inspire high performance.
  • Creates Partnerships - Authentically builds trusted relationships and collaborates across global, diverse and multi-functional teams to successfully drive business objectives.
  • Focuses on Customers - Promotes customer centricity and ensures focus on creating great customer experiences to achieve competitive advantage.


Other Key Competences:

  • Risk management
  • Decision making
  • Collaboration
  • Priority setting
  • Conflict management
  • Creativity





Business Category

Global Technology & Operations


Number of Openings



MetLife is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to attracting, retaining and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.  It is the policy of MetLife to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on any basis protected by law.

MetLife is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to attracting, retaining and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.  It is the policy of MetLife to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on any basis protected by law.

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