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Solution Designer

Solution Designer

  • Location(s): UK Wide
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Ref: R00TR01007
  • Closing Date: 07 December 2021
  • We're happy to consider flexible and part-time working approaches for this role

Our payments application portfolio is undergoing a transformation programme that spans the next few years. We’re looking at what the biggest tech companies in the world are doing to help solve the huge complexities of our critical systems and embarking on a new chapter in our architectural thinking.

Our focus is looking transforming our Payments architecture to utilise technologies such as IaaS, SaaS and PaaS, Kafka, automation and Microservices whilst integrating with business partners and suppliers via B2B and MFT.  This will enable us to take advantage of cloud based elastically scaling systems capable of handlings hundreds of thousands of events per second. The purpose? Outstanding customer experience. You will be involved at all stages from design and build to the support of both non-production & production environments. This is an exciting time to join if you’re keen to make an impact.

We are creating a learning culture at NBS and ongoing development is important and the opportunity to increase skills in technologies is encouraged. As a part of this role you will have the opportunity to join our many communities to share ideas and collaborate with other professional engineers.

Your success isn’t based on how long you spend at your desk. You’ll have contracted hours, but we’re always happy to support flexible working wherever we can. That might mean working from home or different Nationwide offices or agreeing a working pattern to help you balance work and life. We will always strive to find a way that works for everyone.

If we receive a high volume of relevant applications, we may close the advert earlier than the advertised date, so please apply as soon as you can.

What you’ll be doing

You will be working in an agile environment, assessing new requirements to replace Nationwide’s existing systems and applications utilising the cloud and the new architectural direction. You will identify and document technical requirements to support these new systems, working closely with Subject Matter Experts to identify potential issues and help shape solutions with our agile teams. Your documentation will be clear, concise, timely and traceable and support the flow of activity within the team.


Over time you will develop a knowledge of Nationwide’s estate, agile development methods, Cloud technologies and work with the Engineering CoE to develop our capability.


  • Responsible for the creation and delivery of technical artifacts to deliver team objectives that are aligned to engineering architectural strategy
  • Have strong stakeholder management & engagement skills, effective at all levels
  • Early lifecycle involvement working with Architects and Business Analysts helping to shape solutions from the outset of a project
  • Production of High-Level Designs and/or Detailed Designs, covering functional and non-functional elements
  • Technical leadership and oversight of detailed analysis, design, subsequent development and test.
  • Design consultancy to all disciplines at all stages of the software lifecycle
  • Leading and participating in workshops, design walkthroughs and critical design reviews
  • Production and reviewing of design and build estimates
  • Mentoring and coaching junior members of staff
  • Setting standards, authoring design patterns, providing design governance and contributing to process improvement

About you

  • Essential experience:
    • Experience in non-functional design is essential with particular emphasis on resilience, security and performance on complex systems
    • Background in designing complex microarchitecture-based systems
    • Experience of using UML diagramming or similar techniques
    • Experience of working in Agile/DevOps teams using Scrum methodology or similar
  • Desirable experience:
    • Experience in financial systems is highly desirable though not essential
    • Background in development is desirable
    • Background in Linux system development is desirable although Nationwide has a very diverse technology landscape
    • Background in cloud-based solutions, API development, systems integration

The extras you’ll get

If you put a lot in, it’s only fair you should get a lot out. So, if you help us do the right thing for our members, we’ll help further your career with us.


  • Access to training to help you progress your skills and career
  • Pension scheme where if you pay in 7% we’ll top it up to 23%
  • Life assurance worth 8x your salary
  • 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
  • Option to ‘buy’ 10 days more holiday
  • Discount vouchers for various retail outlets
  • Annual performance related bonus scheme

Why work at Nationwide

We’re different from other financial service providers. We’re a building society, owned by our members. And for over 130 years, we’ve supported those members to make the most of their money and achieve what they want from life.

That’s reflected in the way we work here at Nationwide. We come together to make sure we’re doing things in the best way possible, both for each other and for our members. If you join us, you’ll be part of that. You’ll be able to help us build something really quite special. And you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference.

On top of that, we always want you to be yourself. To use your skills and experience to make our Society stronger. To feel valued for who you are, not just what you do. Because here at Nationwide, we understand that we can do more together than we ever could alone.

What to do next

If this role is for you, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button.  You’ll need to attach your up-to-date CV and answer a few quick questions for us.

We respond to everyone, so we will be in contact shortly after the closing date to let you know the outcome of your application. 


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