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Principal Architect - Financial Services

at Kin + Carta Europe

Location: London

Department: Software Engineering

About Kin + Carta

Want to help build a world that works better for everyone? Kin + Carta is a global digital transformation consultancy that makes a difference to our banking clients and the millions of people who use their products every day.

Join 2000 curious and diverse minds in connecting people, data and technology to produce amazing experiences for critical government services, and for some of the world’s most influential companies. Become a maker, builder or creator as we explore the possibilities of sustainable digital technology, helping clients to rapidly innovate, modernise their systems, enable their teams, and optimise for continued growth.

We focus on tech but we’re a proudly inclusive business with trust and human connection at its heart. People, the planet, and profit matter equally to us which is why we’re a certified B Corporation

The Financial Services Technical Principal Consultant role in a nutshell:

We have a provenance in delivering great products and services within the financial services industry and are investing to grow our verticalized capabilities.  

The role is based in London, and will form a key part of the FSI vertical leadership team in the UK, reporting to the Director of Financial Services in the UK and also our CTO where you will be accountable for achieving growth targets and building consulting/delivery excellence within the practice.

What we need from the ideal candidate:

  • Strong influential capabilities at senior and executive decision-maker levels demonstrated by previous track record of executing large transformational programmes 
  • Expert technical leadership in modernisation activities within core banking, payments or other significant domains within FSI such as Open Banking.  Deep knowledge of systems, regulation, process and how to translate these into pragmatic solutions within native or private Cloud environments such as AWS or Azure.
  • You have a strong architectural background and provide strong leadership to hybrid teams within K+C and the client
  • You will be a multiplier, leading and manage pre-sales and post-sale consulting engagements with senior client stakeholders, cultivating a long-term partnership as a trusted advisor
  • You have a passion for modern software architecture, design and development and will use your prior experience to consult and advocate for modernisation and Agile approaches
  • You will collaborate with the vertical and wider leadership teams to develop and implement strategic plans, business processes, advising on investments we should make in technology solutions that align with client and wider industry objectives.
  • You stay up-to-date with financial industry regulations, best practices, and emerging technologies in the financial services sector, and proactively share knowledge and insights within the Communities of Practice
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to consultants, fostering their professional growth and development.
  • Contribute to business development efforts, including identifying new opportunities, participating in proposal development, and delivering compelling offers to prospective clients.
  • Work with our partnership network and your own black book / wider network to help bring the best opportunities with the most exciting problems to our FSI vertical.
  • Willing to travel and influence face to face; we believe the best relationships are made in person.  We do have hybrid working, but we want to be clear this is not a remote-only position.

The type of person we would love to meet:

  • You are a veteran with many years of experience who is passionate about modernisation initiatives within the financial services domain
  • You love nothing more than building communities of like minded technical professionals 
  • You’re an industry advocate for modern engineering practices in financial services settings, such as DevSecOps, Cloud native, Data Pipelines with appropriate security controls
  • You’ve got many years of experience designing, building and delivering enterprise scale applications to successful outcomes, working with a combination of client, UK and near-shore resources
  • You have strong knowledge of financial sector industry regulations, GDPR and are experienced architecting compliant solutions, keeping up to date and ensuring teams are also aligned with the relevant legislation and understand the implications
  • An excellent communicator and influencer within senior management teams at banks and other institutions 
  • Able to tackle challenging technical and non-technical problems independently and autonomously

Our benefits

Curious minds are nurtured at Kin + Carta through a wide range of benefits including:

Continuous learning Dedicated team learning budget
Hybrid working policy Hybrid remote working policy
Leadership icon Global leadership programmes
Flexible working icon Flexible working hours
present icon Enhanced Christmas leave
dog icon Dog friendly offices
Discounted private healthcare Subsidised private healthcare
Affordable gym membership Discounted gym membership

Apply for this role

Whoever you are, wherever you’re from and whoever you love, you’ll find an open door at Kin + Carta. It’s yours to walk through if you’re passionate about building a better world for everyone, and you’re keen to be part of a diverse and inclusive culture that plays to people’s strengths and thrives on togetherness.