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Solution Architect

Date: 22-Jun-2022

Location: Manchester Airport, GB

Company: MAG



  • We are proud to be a diverse employer, and we welcome candidates from all backgrounds
  • Flexible/ Hybrid working for a better work/ life balance
  • Competitive base + Pension, free parking and many other corporate benefits
  • Refurbished, modern office environment 
  • Work for a Manchester icon that is also a national and international business


Find out more about MAG here:


As a solution architect in our MAG IT team, you’ll be charged with helping us to transform our business through technology, digital and automation. Working across our airports and group functions, you will define technology solutions to meet requirements, taking into account systems, data, process and people.

Ensuring that designs are aligned to the overarching technology end state strategies (or challenging them if you see fit!), you’ll work hand in hand with business analysts, project managers, development teams (both internal and external) and the business stakeholders directly to ensure that solutions will meet desired business outcomes, and add value to MAG.

You’ll be helping to solve problems for our business including working out how to digitize our passenger journey, improve aircraft turnaround times, optimize colleague experiences and drive efficiencies across our group. You’ll have a hand in delivery end to end, from inception and shaping, right through to post go live support


Principal Accountabilities

  • Delivers design specifications to the level of detail required to begin engineering, whether that be high level, detailed or interface specifications
  • Recommends / designs structures and tools for processes, applications and technologies which meet business needs;
  • Takes business requirements and works collaboratively across engineering teams, business analysts and product leads to define solutions that meet business objectives, and are deliverable in the desired timeframes
  • Works comfortably with suppliers and third parties, ensuring collaboration but also being aware of the commercial implications that design decisions can have
  • Undertakes or supports market studies and option evaluations, product selections;
  • Supports business case development and benefit identification and benefit realization (including benchmarking and KPI development);
  • Supports testing efforts by helping to define test cases, assess results and approves evidence of integration tests where relevant to designs 
    Contributes to the wider Technology roadmap definition, updating and ideation
  • Presenting IT solutions to a range of stakeholders in the business and technical communities (ideally up to CxO level).


Essential Skills:

  • Detailed technical knowledge spanning enterprise technologies, systems and infrastructure, private and public cloud, development and DevOps toolsets
  • Experience building and executing an IT strategy, maintaining a technology roadmap and being able to adapt to business, market and technical change
  • Extensive experience of developing, mapping and maintaining a technical architecture including enterprise, applications, service, infrastructure and data using a recognised methodology e.g. TOGAF
  • Extensive experience communicating complex technical information and informing the priority of spend, based on technical input and related risk vs. conflicting business priority
  • Ability to understand and articulate the interactions between business functions, processes and IT components, how the individual parts interact with and impact the whole
  • Demonstrable experience of maintaining knowledge of innovative, cutting-edge and emerging technology trends and solutions, ensuring that the business is able to make effective use of new technologies
  • Experience of developing application, cloud and infrastructure transformation / migration strategies and plans
  • An ability to provide architecture expertise & guidance to the Heads-of-technology, advising on possible solution sets and opportunities to increase capability
  • An ability to provide architecture expertise & guidance to the business to ensure solutions are produced which adhere to a set of architecture guidelines


Our Business

MAG is the UK’s largest airport group. We own Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands and operate a concessions business in the USA. With a number of significant Growth Programs underway, MAG is undertaking a radical transformation of our technology landscape, to ensure that our websites, systems and data can best support the Organisation into the future.

One of the foundations of this transformation requires the implementation of a robust software testing capability within MAG. In doing this will enable confidence within our in-house built solutions or 3rd party integrations, which ultimately will enable CI/CD practises. This will increase velocity, time to market and revenue growth.

As a Lead Test Engineer, you will focus on driving our QA and Test Automation strategy, ensuring quality whilst enabling the business to deliver change at pace, change direction, and get product to market quickly.  Our agile delivery practices support this goal, so test automation within our quality processes is key


Equal Opportunities

MAG is a values led organisation and we are committed to providing equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will in turn positively impact on our customers and the communities in which we live and work. At MAG we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.


Reasonable Adjustments 

As an inclusive employer, MAG wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the job application process, interview process and whilst at work. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this to happen.