An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly capable Director of Solution Design to join the IT Strategy & Architecture department at Carnival UK. The role is based at the impressive Carnival UK Headquarters in Southampton and is paying a competitive salary plus benefits (including car allowance, discretionary bonus, pension, huge discounts on our cruises and more). Carnival UK is the operating company for P&O Cruises & Cunard. We provide unforgettable holiday experiences and operate a winning culture to achieve standout success. We have big plans for the future and our industry is ripe for innovation. With 3 new ships on the horizon, our business is growing rapidly. As we embrace new technology we have the need to protect our organisation and customers from threats and risk. Be part of the journey and help shape and embed processes & procedures! The Role This newly created role reporting into the VP, will be leading and managing the Solutions team, which is responsible for triaging, designing and costing software applications and technology solutions at the scoping stage of a project, and for solution design during a project’s lifecycle. Duties include estimating, research, tool evaluation, documenting patterns and standards, technology evaluation and recommendation, production of financial estimates and designs prior to submission to the Technical Design Authority. The role is expected to work on multiple tasks and initiatives concurrently and be able to delegate effectively. Key Responsibilities: Play a key part in delivery of large, complex strategic programmes that cut across different business domains and brands. Responsible for the Solutions Design Team, which will be accountable to define solution architecture and present technical recommendations for specific business objectives and key requirements. Estimate and coordinate the consolidation costs, deliverables and scope for infrastructure and application activities. Line manage the Solution Design team; ensure the team constantly gains and maintains up-to-date business and industry knowledge. Engage with stakeholders across various business areas to define and document Architecture solutions and options. Work closely with third parties and vendors to define and present solution options and recommendations back to the business. Be highly innovative - drive and lead the solutions and provide thought leadership of the industry. Maintain current industry knowledge and expertise. Experience Required: Proven experience in designing and monitoring varied architectures and delivering architectural solutions to solve business requirements and concerns. Line management and people management experience, including with teams based in different locations. Strong experience designing and delivering large and small scale change programmes as a lead solution architect. Strong understanding of a broad range of technologies and pragmatic architectural approaches. Project planning and resource management experience. Understanding business objectives / requirements and translating into solutions. Co-ordinating multiple streams of work. Strong Stakeholder management experience. Risk management exposure, including incorporating risk mitigations into solution infrastructure and architecture deliverables and artefacts. Costs estimation experience, including development, test and integration costs. Experience in working to Agile methodologies. Experience providing consultancy to the business and IT team members. Education, Qualifications and Training: Highly desirable: Degree level qualified in Architecture, Numerical discipline or similar. Industry qualifications or equivalent professional training. People who will enjoy and excel in this role will naturally: Express themselves easily and explain things clearly. Be energised by working with others. Thrive on “going the extra mile” and delivering exceptional service. Excel at planning and prioritising tasks, managing their time and being highly organised. Be assertive in their work and communications with strong ability to influence. Enjoy working with high levels of autonomy and be self-sufficient. Love engaging with other parts of the business and seeing how their role contributes to the wider company’s goals. About us One of our core organisational values is that we are 'better together' and that’s why we’re working hard to build a flexible and inclusive culture; where difference is respected and valued and where our people can be themselves. Inclusivity is at the heart of our everything we do so we welcome applications from everyone. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage & civil partnership and pregnancy & maternity. Carnival UK is the operating company for P&O Cruises & Cunard. We provide unforgettable holiday experiences and operate a winning culture to achieve standout success. Our Cunard ships have been defining sophisticated ocean travel for over 175 years. Our ships have always been The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World. We continue our legacy of luxury ocean travel with our flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, with Queen Mary 2 providing the only regularly scheduled transatlantic service between Southampton and New York. In 2022 our fourth Queen will join our Cunard fleet. P&O Cruises has a proud and long tradition, with seven ships including our flagship Britannia which joined our fleet in March 2015. Our new ship, the largest in the UK market, will join the fleet in 2020, meaning we can offer more experiences tailored to British tastes - combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. It takes great passion and real dedication to maintain our position at the top. That’s why extraordinary, passionate people are at the heart of our journey delivering the highest standards to our valued customers. With support to help you reach your potential, attractive company benefits and incredible employee offers on discounted cruises we want your career with us to be successful and fun. Join us on our journey, apply now.