Director Technology

Employment Type:Permanent
Job Location:Helsinki Finland
Job Function:

Summary of Job :


To be based in  Helsinki,  the candidate will be spearheading technology and architecture function for the strategic core banking platform business venture of Cognizant in the Nordics region.


This role of Chief Enterprise Architect will have CTO level responsibility for the banking platform unit and will require a good balance of IT strategy, enterprise architecture, solution envisioning, architecture design, governance, stakeholder management, multi-party collaboration, program delivery participation and leadership in contemporary technologies.


In this capacity, the candidate will work closely with various CIO and CTO organizations of the clients to ensure definition and realization of target state architecture of the strategic solutions and steer strategy and roadmap for the platform in order to ensure best-in-class software product quality of the delivered market solution. The architect will be heading the design authority for the platform and participate in the steering committee of the business unit.


Being a senior member of BFS TAO team in Europe, he will work closely with TAO Leadership to drive practice level initiatives in enterprise architecture, strategy, next generation IT systems development technologies and solutions.




Job Requirement:

Key Accountability:  


1.  Own and  drive  strategy, enterprise architecture, technology strategy, solution architecture and thought leadership initiatives within the scope of the role. Participate in steering and design authority setups to direct delivery and growth of platform offering


2.  Develop and deliver solutions for clients in target markets. Steer and own client interaction and workshops on roadmap definitions and strategic evolution of the platform that Cognizant has to offer in new markets


3.  Contribute to the next Generation IT Systems and Technology Strategy for BFS TAO in the region


4.  Practice level MBOs (Evangelization, Business development support, people excellence in region, capability development and enablement). Deliver Thought leadership (participation in industry forums / symposiums, publish papers and create/contribute to assets)


5. Job Requirements :


  • Strong BFS relevant architecture & technology leadership experience in the region
  • Excellent leadership, decision making, analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to interact with multi-faceted stakeholder groups such as LOBs heads, CxOs and Chief Architects of clients and partners
  • Capability and experience in working in organizational dynamics of a large IT services firms
  • Broad exposure / experience across service-oriented systems design, contemporary web channel solutions, large scale distributed systems design and implementation
  • Experience in capability development, landscape analysis, portfolio review, technology and architecture decision making, business case development, evaluation and architecture roadmap development
  • Experience in Data and Integration architecture in both bespoke and COTS products driven models using contemporary methods and technologies (APIs, Streaming, Bid Data, Messaging etc.)
  • Core Banking modernization through modern technology and COTS products

Experience and knowledge of one of the following domain areas

1) Retail banking

2) Corporate banking

3) Asset and Wealth Management



Excellent technical knowledge in the below areas:

  • EA design, integration & data architecture
  • Platform oriented solution development. Good to have product line engineering experience
  • Approaches and technologies involved in contemporary SOA (Microservices, APImgmt., Cloud native development and related solution and technology constructs)
  • Enterprise Java (with familiarity of .NET platform)
  • Core banking and channel solutions and products   NFRs, SLAs, architecture evaluation tools and methods
  • Good familiarity with Temenos T24 product technology, architecture and integration (including data)
  • DevOps concepts and toolchains, GCP or AWS Cloud knowledge
  • SOA Infrastructure and Platform NFRs
  • Financial Industry messaging standards (SWIFT, ISO20022, FIX etc.)
  • Some familiarity with data landscape of ODS, DW or archiving platforms will be plus.
  • Practitioner level knowledge on

      IT strategy, EA definition and evaluation

      Architecture governance, complexity reduction and technology selection

      Program and portfolio management



  • A seasoned Architect with 18+ years of experience in architecture and solution design with at least 4-5 years in Architecture & Technology leadership position with in different scopes (enterprise, LOB, Large program etc.).
  • Must have hands-on experience of governing, definition, developing or implementing an enterprise architecture (not necessarily whole enterprise but at least a segment)
  • Must have global exposure in terms of customers, solutions, industry and work. Preference for local Finnish context (language, work culture and FS market)

Qualifications :

  • Relevant Degrees
  • Relevant Certifications (if any) – TOGAF, Open Group Certified IT Architect