Solutions Architect


Edinburgh, Midlothian

xDesign partners with the UK s most ambitious brands to accelerate their digital product and engineering delivery, with offices in the centres of Edinburgh and Leeds and employees based all over the UK. We pride ourselves on working closely and collaboratively with our clients to craft intuitive user experiences and valuable products across a wide range of industries, technologies, and clients.

Our reputation as a partner determined to deliver high-quality, robust and thoughtful products has enabled us to scale to over 250 people in the last couple of years. We have doubled the business over the last six months and we are preparing for further accelerated growth in 2022 by delivering high quality software products for some of the UK s most established brands.

One of the things that makes xDesign unique is our amazing people and the great culture that we have built. That winning combination earned xDesign a place on the UK s Best Workplaces 2022 by Great Place to Work UK. Alongside this we earned a place on the UK s Best Workplaces for Wellbeing 2022 and the UK s Best Workplaces in Tech 2021. Our team

We care about hiring great people who want to make meaningful contributions. It s important to us that we support and help each other, pushing colleagues to work hard and improve. We value everyone s unique input and skills: developers, testers, product owners, project managers and designers all collaborate as equals on every project. That collaboration and teamwork is what helps us deliver innovative, exciting products for our clients.

To ensure everyone gets the help and encouragement they need, we ve developed a structured progression framework to support development plans and career growth for each person within Engineering. You’ll get close support from your line manager with your day-to-day work, and you ll have the support and resources you need to evaluate your career growth and professional development. Our tech

We develop web and mobile applications with scalable backend services in a variety of different languages and frameworks, with AWS as our primary cloud platform. Our CI/CD infrastructure varies with what makes sense – we have to balance customer requirements with making sure we have the right languages, frameworks and tools for the job and you will be an integral part of influencing these choices of technology. Responsibilities

As a Solutions Architect you will be:

  • Working with product and clients to capture and document requirements into a form which can then be implemented by developers
  • Playing a key role in new business and Discovery pieces
  • Using cloud knowledge to suggest changes to infrastructure and architecture as well as design systems for new projects whilst taking into account: Scalability, Reliability, Security, and Monitorability
  • Providing advice and support with improvements to a project for CI/CD, development and software & system architecture, deployment, testing and hosting
  • Being able to get hands-on evaluating and spiking technology
  • Mentoring, providing challenge and feedback for engineers across the whole team
  • Working with multiple projects to help with continuous improvement and support cross pollination of ideas from different platform


  • A background in software engineering in technologies such as Java, .NET or JavaScript
  • Proven track record of architecting and delivering performant enterprise-scale solutions
  • Good knowledge of Cloud Architecture in AWS or Azure
  • Experience in technically leading the Discovery process
  • Thinks in terms of products and systems, not just software
  • Experienced in mentoring developers in architecture and engineering best practices and the outcomes of your work
  • A good understanding of managing non-functional requirements and technical debt
  • Able to communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Personal development and progression plans including 6 learning and development days and personal training budget
  • Turbo charge your personal and professional skills with O Reilly Learning
  • 32 days holiday a year (inc bank holidays, which you re free to take whenever you want)
  • Enhanced maternity
  • Paternity and adoption leave policies
  • Private medical insurance (and wellbeing incentives, deals and discounts) with Vitality
  • Access to a financial wellbeing platform (via Bippit)
  • A Macbook Pro and other top tech to help you
  • Regular social events (in person and remotely)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • A competitive salary which we ll discuss with you at the start of the hiring process
  • YuLife employee benefits and lots more!
  • Recruiter Call ( 30 mins)
  • Culture + Practices ( 1 hour)
  • Final Interview ( 1 hour)
  • Offer!

Java, .NET, JavaScript, AWS, AzureJava, .NET, JavaScript, AWS, Azure, CI/CD, Testing

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