Senior Manager - Solutions Architect


Dublin, IE

Company:  Irish Life Financial Services Limited
  • Full Time Permanent position
  • Hybrid role based in our City Centre offices


What we offer

We have embraced a hybrid working model for most of our positions, which means that you can enjoy a balanced approach of working from home for part of the week and working from the office for the remainder of the week.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including competitive salaries and bonuses, robust Learning and Development support, excellent Defined Contribution pension and comprehensive Wellbeing initiatives and support to name but a few. 

Further details on our benefits package can be accessed here Benefits (

Role Overview

This senior role will own the application architecture solution development and Business Analysis for Irish Life Digital & Technology ensuring that we are optimising the technology delivery for our business and customers. They will provide technical direction on all projects across our existing applications, new technologies and Irish Life Group applications working with the business, wider change teams, third party developers and the in-house development teams to optimise project delivery and business outcomes. This role will lead a team of Architects and Business Analysts with responsibility for delivering all Irish Life digital products, for both Irish Life Customers and Partners.

What you will help us to achieve

•    Develop a robust capability, framework, and toolkit for solutions architecture in Irish Life Digital & Technology which meets best in class requirements.
•    Ensure an ongoing design authority is in place for Irish Life Digital & Technology where all solutions are reviewed for core architecture, scalability, performance, and security principles are being met.
•    Represent Irish Life Digital & Technology as the solutions architect on a range of initiatives across the Irish Life Group.
•    On an ongoing basis develop architecture inputs for each project ensuring best use of technology for meeting the existing business need and potential future needs while assessing and documenting the business impact that each choice provides.
•    Work with the business leads and product owners to ensure the necessary information is available to make an informed and robust solution proposal that meets existing and future needs of the business and our customers.
•    Analyse existing technologies and prepare a strategic roadmap of continuous improvements.
•    Account for possible project challenges on constraints arising from each architecture design including risks, time, quality, and scope.
•    Oversight and implementation of a range of technology standards.
•    Work closely with the wider team to ensure robust infrastructure solutions are in place to meet the technology application needs of the organisation.
•    Reporting on vitality and technology health on an ongoing basis.
•    Manage a team of business analysts in delivering technology change in Irish Life.
•    Continual research of current and emerging technologies.

What you will need to be successful in the role


•    Proficiency in both on-premises and cloud native technologies and solutions such as Azure
•    Experience with methods and standards of solutions architecture.
•    Experience with recent IT topics such as Automation, Machine Learning, Chatbots, RPA. Digital transformation, Azure, .NET, SQL



•    Proven track record in leading development teams


Education / Qualification

•    3rd level degree in Information Technology or other with significant IT exposure & Relevant industry / professional qualification



•    10+ years related experience in a financial service domain.
•    Previous solutions architect experience with knowledge of standard frameworks.
•    People management experience.

Key Competencies

Innovation and Change
Planning and Organising
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Operational Excellence and Process Improvement

About us

Irish Life is one of Ireland’s largest financial institutions with a presence across a range of financial services markets.  We are one of Ireland’s leading financial services groups with over 1.5 million customers. For over 80 years, we’ve been helping people to look after their life insurance, pension and investment needs, and more recently their health insurance.

It is a subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco and a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

We are proud of our culture of developing and supporting the growth and professional development of our people. The focus has resulted in a team of top talent with high standards, positioning us at the forefront of our industry.


The company reserves the right to draw up a shortlist as part of the selection process.  Where Agency assistance is required the Irish Life Recruitment Team will engage directly with suppliers. Unsolicited CVs / profiles supplied to Irish Life by Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted for this role.


Irish Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunities employer. We have created an environment of inclusion and growth to help people achieve their potential, to ensure they can bring their whole selves to work and to feel valued.  We celebrate diversity of thought and perspective and want all of our employees to feel valued, respected and supported.  


We have built a culture that promotes equality and inclusion for all of our current and future employees and strive to ensure that our behaviours, processes and practices are aligned to this culture.


If you require any accommodations during the recruitment process please contact and we will be delighted to ensure you are fully supported to be your best.   

ILFS supports Equal Opportunity and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.