Solutions Architect

Manchester M50

Full Time, Permanent

A Solutions Architect provides technical leadership and technical accountability for the overall success of a client’s solution engagement including requirements definition, architecture, design, solutions development, testing, and deployment of the solution. This role requires in-depth understanding of the client’s business, its operating model and business challenges together with the technology available for creating a fully integrated successful solution.

About you

  • In-depth knowledge and skills around a range of technologies

  • Ability to tailor a solution to meet client expectations and requirements

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels

  • Excellent customer facing and presentation skills at all levels

  • Ability to mentor and train the wider Presales Architect team when required on your product and solution areas of specialisation

  • Produce high quality documentation within agreed timescales

  • Ability to demonstrate products and services  

  • Maintain a high level of quality, Integrity and excellence throughout the client’s engagement


The following are required as a minimum;

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional- Datacentre Virtualisation- Design (VCAP-DCV)

  • Designing Cisco Data Center infrastructure (DCID)

  • Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Design (NSO-170)

  • Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-534)

LIMA Benefits

  • Pension Scheme

  • Childcare vouchers

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Birthdays off as a paid holiday

  • Weekly fresh fruit delivery

  • Quarterly social events

  • Company events

  • Charity Committee

  • Death in Service

  • Every Friday Dress Down

  • LIMA Academy Training

  • Manchester Arena Ticket Access

  • Wellbeing days

  • Free eye test

About the role

  • Maintain up to date in-depth knowledge and skills of technologies and products in the area of specialisation

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of competitive products and technologies to develop a solution that is competitive highlighting differentiators of LIMA’s solutions compared to competition

  • Work closely and proactively with the sales team on assigned client engagements acting as the technical authority throughout the engagement

  • Evangelise and position LIMA’s Cloud offering to clients and integrate LIMA’s Cloud services within client solutions where applicable

  • Evangelise and position LIMA’s Support service offerings to clients and integrate LIMA’s Support services within client solutions where applicable

  • Present solutions and their suitability and benefits to director level prospects as well as systems managers and administrators

  • Produce high quality documentation within agreed timescales including Solution high level designs (HLD), and Bill of Materials (BOM)

  • Technical Approval of sales orders ensuring that products and services ordered for a solution are in line with the produced Bill of Material (BOM)

  • Handover of Solution High Level Designs and brief to the Solutions and Project delivery teams

  • Full accountability of the technical solution design, overseeing the technical delivery of Client solutions to a successful completion

  • Provide technical assistance of escalated complex support cases and solution delivery problems ensuring successful and timely resolution

  • Provide mentoring and training when required to the wider Presales Architect team within your product and solution areas of specialisation

  • Participate in the development and update of solution architecture and design best practices

  • Participate in the development of new product and solution ideas of part of LIMA’s Innovation strategy

In depth knowledge of:

  • Virtualisation technologies

  • Hyper converged solutions

  • VMware Vsan, NSX and Cisco HyperFlex

  • Storage technologies, storage principles, Storage Area Networks, Storage networking, and Storage design best practice

  • NetApp product portfolio including associated software and services

  • Enterprise server hardware based Cisco UCS

  • Enterprise class FlexPod design and deployment

  • Disaster recovery, and business continuity. Design and deployment with knowledge of key backup and disaster recovery products from vendors such as NetApp, VMware, Microsoft, Symantec and Veeam

  • Virtual desktop and Application delivery products and technologies from Citrix and VMware

  • Networking architecture, LAN/WAN topologies, and network security

  • Datacentre and edge switching products from Cisco

  • Network VLAN design and operation

  • Microsoft Server operating systems (2008-2016)

  • Microsoft Azure and Office 365 design, deployment and migration

  • Microsoft Active Directory Infrastructure design, deployment, and migration

  • Microsoft Exchange (2003-2016) design, deployment and migration

  • Microsoft Infrastructure services including DHCP, DNS, Certificate Services, DFS, File and print services

To apply please email your CV and Covering Letter to referencing the job title in the subject line.