Job description

Solution Architecture

Big Bank Funding. FinTech Thinking.                                       

Our technology teams in the UK work closely with HSBC’s global businesses to help design and build digital services that allow our millions of customers around the world, to bank quickly, simply and securely. We also run and manage our IT infrastructure, data centres and core banking systems that power the world’s leading international bank.

Our multi-disciplined teams include: DevOps engineers, IT architects, front and back end developers, infrastructure specialists, cyber experts, as well as project and programme managers.

We work in small, agile DevOps teams with colleagues around the world.

Following extensive investment across our Technology and Digital domains, we are currently seeking an experienced Solution Architecture to join HSBC Technology.


Brief overview of the business areas


Vision of Payments Orchestration Layer (POL) is to introduce lean and reusable payment orchestration engine that will route payments from initiation through security to a successful execution. It will remove bespoke and duplicate code and insert effective touch points with specialized applications needed for the payment journey (customer channel / industry gateway, sanctions screening, fraud and money laundering prevention, generation of payments instructions, submission to payment processors, bookkeeping). It will be an enabler to deliver new product features at high speed, low cost and with the desired quality.

The program is looking for configuring the built Microservices as part of the Business Outcomes we plan to deliver. This is with the vision to make our elevated architecture capable of satisfying growing need of partners and market scheme demands for Faster Deliveries.

What you will be doing;

  • Accountable for ensuring the products & services are supported by the right architectures and solutions meet the customer needs
  • Accountable for ensuring the design of the product solutions are cost effective and maintained through the agile development lifecycle, managing the flow of the backlog of design activities
  • Provides analysis and solutions to technical and business issues.
  • Understand and apply technology and Corporate vision setting direction on implementation.
  • Maintain awareness of business and technology strategies and implements technical alternatives and strategies to gain competitive advantage.
  • Manage vendor relationships, and maintains the complex technical infrastructure of assigned area to meet business requirements.
  • Assist in the development of the strategic technical architecture.
  • Provides technical solutions to business problems, technical leadership and direction to management.
  • Remain current on technical and professional advances and business strategies regarding area of responsibility.
  • Serve as expert in area of responsibility, identifies process improvements and problem prevention, and advises department and management of relevant information as appropriate.
  • Resolve architectural or development blockers raised
  • Partner with DevOps team to enable automated infrastructure delivery, DevSecOps value streams are executed and CI /CD pipelines to deploy services.
  • Controls critical cross-functional projects, related project risk and resulting impact on business and strategic plans.
  • Initiate analysis for complex problems and issues, determine technical alternatives, analyze vendor solutions and negotiate contracts, and develop appropriate standards for technology application.
  • Provide technical leadership and consultation to project team members as directed by the project manager.
  • Initiate and conduct feasibility studies of new and modified operational procedures.
  • For large systems, prepare cost/benefit analyses, functional and detail specifications.
  • Provide direct guidance in planning, designing, programming, documentation and implementation of the systems.
  • Perform reviews of new and existing systems to ensure operational integrity and accomplishment of stated objectives.
  • Design, code, test, debug and document programs as required.
  • Collaborate with enterprise architecture and senior management to define cloud strategy and perform PoC on new technologies.
  • Provide architecture guidance to developers based on best practices and in alignment with global standards

What you will bring to the role; 

To be successful in this role you should have proven experience within the Technology sector with knowledge of the following skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ applied experience as an API architect
  • Strong understanding of microservices event driven architectural patterns,.
  • Strong experience in API designing and creating microservices architectural artefacts such as gap analysis, low level designs,data models etc.
  • More than 10 years of engineering background in back-end Java application development, application security and authentication development, springboot, cache and middleware
  • Solid knowledge on infrastructure like Linux OS, networking, storage, load-balancer, etc.
  • Expertise in JVM tuning and diagnostic for application troubleshooting and performance-optimization
  • Expertise in distributed system design like microservices, Springboot.
  • Expertise in docker, k8s, service mesh(Istio)
  • Expertise in Kafka – Producer, Consumers, KStreams, KTable, Stretch Kafka Cluster, Kafka Cruise Control
  • Expertise in implementing grpc for communication between microservices
  • Expertise in monitoring and observability technologies like Appdynamics, Splunk, Jaeger, Kiali, Open Telemetry.
  • Expertise in cloud and DevOps, familiar to network (VPC) and firewall on cloud, iAM, cloud costing
  • Expert-level SQL coding abilities is preferred.
  • Knowledge in payments business will be an added advantage.


This role will primarily be based in London or another UK base location, some travel may be required.

Come Power a Business that Defines How to Power the World

As a business operating in markets all around the world, we believe diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why HSBC is committed to being an inclusive employer and encourages applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of ethnicity, religion, age, physical or mental disability/long term health condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by local law in the jurisdictions in which we operate. Within the work place you will have access to various employee resource groups which aim to promote and achieve a healthy work / life balance and support our diversity ambitions.  HSBC has in place processes in order to avoid nepotism, which means to avoid creating circumstances in which the appearance or possibility of conflicts of interest may exist within the hiring process.


We want everyone to be able to fulfil their potential which is why we provide a range of flexible working arrangements and family friendly policies.


As an HSBC employee in the UK, you will have access to tailored professional development opportunities and a competitive pay and benefits package. This includes private healthcare for all UK-based employees, enhanced maternity and adoption pay and support when you return to work, and a contributory pension scheme with a generous employer contribution.


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