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Systems Architect

Business Unit:  Discovery Life
Function:  Digital Design & Architecture
Date:  11-May-2022

Systems Architect - Life Systems


About Discovery Life


Discovery Life is an ever growing fast-paced and dynamic environment that provides innovative risk assurance to individual clients.  This environment thrives on customer engagement and customer experience as well as mutually beneficial relationships with our brokers and other stakeholders.  It is important for our employees to provide a world class service to our internal and external clients, thereby ensuring long and sustainable relationships.


Key Purpose

Define the systems architecture, standards, and methodologies in accordance with industry best practices. Ensure the good functioning of the System Architecting Process. Serve as the high-level designer of the systems to be implemented. Establish the basic structure of the system, defining the essential core design features and elements that provide the framework for all that follows. Provide the architects view of the users' vision for what the system needs to be and do, and the paths along which it must be able to evolve, and strive to maintain the integrity of that vision as it evolves during detailed design and implementation.

Areas of responsibility may include but not limited to


  • Adhere to enterprise architecture standards, procedures, policies.
  • Match system requirements with IT strategy and objectives.
  • Balance system properties with internal design properties.
  • Balance stakeholder needs with system context, during the entire system life cycle.
  • Manage consistency across the various organizational and design boundaries.
  • Maintain repository of systems architecture artefacts
  • Monitor high-level system performance
  • Data Security Management
  • Develop systems architectures containing logical models of the components and interfaces involved.
  • Produce detailed component specifications from systems architectures, taking into consideration the intended uses of the architectures as a whole.
  • Translate component specifications into detailed designs for implementation using selected products.
  • Produce documentation for systems architectures, making sensible use of both text and graphics (UML).
  • Maintain a good knowledge of current practice and awareness of current developments within own area(s) of expertise.
  • Demonstrates awareness of areas outside own specialism, as appropriate.
    Lead architecture developments for small systems.
  • Establish policy for the selection of systems architecture components.
    Co-ordinate design activity between the systems architecture, application development and service delivery functions to ensure consistency.
  • Contribute to the organization’s enterprise architecture technology and vision, and ensure alignment with the group strategic architecture direction
  • Document and communicate information about emerging technologies to relevant functional management.
  • Establish policy for the selection of systems architecture components.
  • Help to develop systems architecture strategy in an organization.
  • Help to improve systems architecture design techniques and to promote the discipline.
  • Provide architecture guidance to assigned projects.
  • Provide the architectural view of the users' vision for the system.
  • Take full responsibility for ensuring that systems architectures balance functional, service quality and systems management requirements as indicated by the business requirement.


Personal Attributes and Skills


  • Excellent understanding of Object Orientated principals and Java language fundamentals
  • Knowledge of commonly used design patterns
  • EJB
  • HTML
  • JSF
  • JAXB
  • UML
  • SQL 

Behavioural Skills:

  • Action orientated go-getter, hungry to learn and add real value
  • Structured and analytical problem solver: Obsessive about finding solutions to problems: action oriented problem solver.
  • Able to plan, organise and prioritize own work
  • Able to multitask
  • Able to work independently

Team player: reliable, works actively with others towards common goal, communicates constructively, shares information, knowledge and experience, treats others in a respectful and supportive manner


Education and Experience


  • B. Sc (Informatics or Mathematics) beneficial


  • At least 1 to 2 year’s experience in an architectural role with at least 6 - 7 years exposure to software development in Java and J2EE


       3 – 5 year’s experience in a technical lead / governance role.


  • SDLC. Project Management. Systems Architecture
  • Technologies [Java, JavaEE, SQL, UML, JMS, MOM, Web-Services, JSON, RESTful, SOAP, EJB, Camel]
  • Technical Architecture, Process & Data Mapping, Entity Diagram mapping Advanced Problem solving. Analytical and systemic thinking.

The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.

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