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Job Description

hedgehog lab is a global technology consultancy and we are on a growth trajectory. We are looking for a Solutions Architect who can help us deliver great products & digital solutions to our customers across the globe.

While we have always been about premium digital experiences, to deliver the ambitious product roadmaps of our current customers (who consist of some of the biggest FTSE 100 & Fortune 500 companies) we need to take our skills & the team to the next level to deliver a world-class service. We would love for you to come on that journey and help us do some award-winning work.

Why hedgehog lab?

  • Ranked by Clutch for mobile app development
  • We work with clients of all sizes, from startups to FTSE 100 companies across a range of sectors. If you want to build your portfolio, this is the place to do it. Check out some of our past client work here!
  • A transparent and open company culture based on trust, where politics is shunned and everyone works as a team.
  • Our People are our greatest asset, and we are so proud to have been certified as a Great Place to Work, as rated by 91% of our business.
  • We’re a fully Flexified Employer, certified by Flexa. We know a one size fits all approach doesn’t work for everyone, we work with our employees to establish a model that benefits both parties.
  • Check out our Glassdoor reviews!

The Opportunity

Working across our technology, delivery and commercial teams, as a solution architect you will understand client requirements, engage with the client’s technical team, plan, estimate and help present technical solutions. You will bring your experience to bear in designing modern, supportable solutions for our customers. Your role doesn’t end there, once going into build you will provide support for the build team from an architectural stand-point as they navigate the build and delivery.

  • Responsible for sharing knowledge with commercial staff, and engaging potential clients in making sound decisions, and providing technical leadership and guidance throughout the entire process of projects.
  • You will enable us to have confidence that we have architected and built our software correctly, and to industry best practices. Though you will be accountable for driving forward our technology standards and vision, this will be done collaboratively with the wider technology group.
  • You are proficient and have relevant technology experience, able to write and understand at least one language and have a strong understanding of building solutions native to the cloud.

Requirements

  • Previous experience of development in at least one modern development language.
  • A strong understanding of both frontend and backend technologies
  • Deep knowledge of the services and capabilities GCP is essential
  • Experience of how components are designed and interact to form an efficient, cohesive, and functional, system
  • Strong focus on quality, with a proven track record of consistently delivering high-quality work with a meticulous attention to detail.
  • Experience of automation and testing would be preferable
  • Previous experience of working in an advisory / consultancy role
  • Previous experience of working to provide pre-sales estimations for new projects and or clients.
  • Be able to provide the commercial team with technical advice, especially in relation to projects and clients
  • Earn the trust and confidence of clients to become their technical advisor
  • Earn the trust and confidence of our technical teams in designing systems that fit our strategy.

About You

  • Passionate with a desire to deliver world-class products
  • Detail oriented and customer focused, with the ability to think big. This opportunity involves working on technical solutions with global clients
  • An ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • An excellent communicator (verbally and written), capable of inspiring colleagues and clients, especially at the CXO level
  • Open to feedback from your team to benefit client relationships
  • Always eager to learn and to share knowledge
  • Comfortable with pressure and deadlines and can work in a fast paced environment

Interview Process

  • Introductory call with our Talent Acquisition Advisor, via Google Meets (30 minutes)
  • Stage 1: Meet the team call with our Solutions Architect, or CTO via Google Meets (30 minutes)
  • Stage 2: Presentation + Interview with our Solutions Architect and our CTO, Ed, via Google Meets (1 hour 30 minutes)

What We Offer

🏖️ 36 days paid holidays (20 paid days in Bulgaria), including bank holidays.

🏡 Flexible working environment. We’re a remote-first company, as well as offering office environments for those who prefer a hybrid approach.

👶 Enhanced maternity policy. Our maternity policy offers enhanced maternity pay above the statutory amount (UK only).

🧠 A transparent and open company culture where politics are shunned and everyone works as a team.

📖 Annual learning & development budget plus 4 days L&D leave, which renews every year.

💙 Annual wellbeing budget plus 2 paid wellbeing days to use as you feel fit.

💌 Free therapy sessions with Spill. Mental health is paramount to us. Our partner, Spill, is a Slack-integrated therapy app available to all our staff at no extra cost.

💰 Bippit financial wellbeing service to give everyone a professionally-qualified financial expert to alleviate money stresses (UK only).

🏥 Bupa health plan. This cash plan covers UK employees claiming an amount of cash back for things like optical, dental and therapies.

🥳 Monthly payday socials and annual Summer and Christmas parties. We also like to celebrate important cultural milestones.

🚴‍♀️ Cycle-to-Work scheme (UK only).

💻 Company-supplied Apple Mac.

👪 Family-friendly, backed by enhanced parental and adoption policies.

🌍 Inclusive environment. We never discriminate based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, genetics, disability or age. From menopausal support to neurodivergent adjustments, we’ll continue to foster an inclusive culture at the lab where everyone can let their authentic selves shine.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At hedgehog lab, our team is our greatest asset.

We believe that having diversity within our team is integral to doing our best work and creating the most innovative products for our customers. We will continue to foster an inclusive culture at the lab where everyone can be their authentic selves and thrive.

We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to our roles and we don’t discriminate based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, genetics, disability or age.

If you require any adjustments to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview then please contact Holly Orange, Talent Acquisition Adviser, at holly.orange@hedgehoglab.com

We are a family friendly employer with a culture based on trust, autonomy and flexibility.

We are always learning and our policies and processes are ever evolving to make sure that they’re in line with this statement.

Company benefits

28 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Health insurance – BUPA Health Plan
Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced sick pay
Wellbeing allowance – Annual personal Wellbeing budget plus 2 days off
L&D budget – Annual Learning & Development budget plus 4 days
Shared parental leave
Volunteer days – 1 day off per year for the purpose of volunteering
Cycle to work scheme
Access to free therapy sessions.
Access to financial wellbeing advice.
Monthly payday socials and annual Summer and Christmas parties.
Annual £250 Learning & Development budget inclusive of 4 L&D days.
Annual £100 personal Wellbeing budget inclusive of 2 wellbeing days.
Location
95%
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Hours
89%
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Benefits
67%
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
80%
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
87%
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Autonomy
89%
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Diversity
80%
Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Inclusion
85%
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Culture
79%
Employees enjoy the working environment
Mission
75%
Employees feel quite excited about the company mission
Salary
57%
Employees feel that their salary is fair and in line with the market average

Working at hedgehog lab

Company employees

108

Gender diversity (male:female)

75:25

Office locations

Newcastle UK, York UK, Sofia BG

Funding levels

£2 million+

Hiring Countries

Bulgaria
United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Media & Agencies

Media & Agencies

Industry awards 2023
Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2023
Consultancy & Agency

Consultancy & Agency

Industry awards 2022

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