Solutions Architect - Microsoft 365 & Azure

Technical Marlow, Buckinghamshire Manchester, United Kingdom Bristol, United Kingdom Leeds, United Kingdom Whiteley, United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom


Reports To:

Design Manager - Architecture


Competitive salary plus excellent benefits

Softcat is one of the UK’s leading technology solutions businesses. Thanks to the success and growth of our services, we offer an increasingly broad range of tech careers. There could be a bright future for you if you’re interested in software, networking, analytics or cyber security.

Success. The Softcat way.

Softcat is a £1billion+ technology solutions business and trusted partner to names like Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. Offering a growing portfolio of services including software licensing, cyber security and IT infrastructure, we give our technical teams the tools and support to make exciting things happen. This is where to achieve more for your career.

Your role

As a Solutions Architect, your role will entail understanding and analysing customers business challenges and then proposing and designing an appropriate technical solution to solve their problem. You’ll be involved in all stages of the pre-sales cycle: providing technical guidance, running workshops and seminars, engaging with our larger customers and on sizeable projects, helping with technology strategy, mapping technology solutions to business requirements, high and low level design and acting as the technical design authority. You’ll also help to produce design and implementation guidelines, documentation and reference material. Roughly half your time will be on customer sites in meetings, workshops and other engagements.

The roles requires substantial skills and knowledge around the Microsoft 365 and Azure suites of products and services.

You’ll maintain your existing technical knowledge whilst broadening your awareness and understanding of adjacent technologies as well as the latest relevant technological developments. A focus will be on disseminating that knowledge within the wider Softcat technology team, as well as mentor less experienced members of the Softcat Solutions Design Teams.

Working with other technical design specialists, professional services consultants and architects to develop cross-discipline customer solutions, you’ll provide advice, guidance and peer review to our managed services and professional services teams.

Your remit will require you to maintain your skills by using them in a professional services/consultancy capacity where required.

You will build relationships with the technical community of our relevant vendor partners and feed into our wider technology strategy, particularly with regards to the development of services and new vendors we should be investigating.

What we need from you

  • A proven background in presales, professional services and solutions design from previous Subject Matter Expert roles
  • An existing broad understanding of technologies across networks, security, datacentre and cloud
  • Experience of conducting customer meetings, whiteboarding and documenting solutions
  • Ability to underwrite and ratify technical designs at high and low level
  • Excellent communications skills, particularly with customers
  • Industry recognised expert or architectural certifications and experience to MCSE level in Microsoft 365 and Azure
  • Experience of leading customer-facing technical workshops, and contributing to proposals and tender responses

Important note

This role can't be aligned to our London office.


We offer a good salary and benefits package including a pension scheme, life assurance, healthcare cash plan and access to Perklife, our dedicated portal for all things perks and benefits at Softcat. It’s designed to give you the flexibility and choice to suit your lifestyle and needs - there really is something for everyone. So whether it’s activity passes or technology discount vouchers you’re after, or you would prefer to buy extra holiday for yourself, or add your partner or family to some of the benefits… it’s entirely up to you. We’ll even give you an extra day’s holiday on top of your usual entitlement on your birthday.

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Softcat is an inclusive company where you can enjoy the career you want, without changing the person you are. We’re welcoming to all and passionate about promoting greater diversity in the tech sector.