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Pearson AWS Solution Architect in Rotherham, United Kingdom

AWS Solution Architect

Assessment & Qualifications Department

Hybrid Work – Offices are based in London / Oxford / Manchester / Rotherham

Salary: £50,000 - £70,000 (plus target bonus of 8%)


The position is for a Solution Architect, who is responsible the design of architectural solutions and plans for various transformation projects. Currently we are in the middle of a programme to transform a legacy estate to AWS, and so designs are primarily focused on this skill set, although there will be other projects coming along with a broader outlook, so being adaptable and open to learning new skills is essential.

About UK Assessment & Qualifications:

We are responsible for the delivery of nearly 4 million examination results per annum, including A-Level, GCSE, BTEC and T-levels for students in UK and International centres. Our in-house systems process every learner from registration to marking and certification, in a highly regulated business. We currently operate a hybrid estate of predominantly bespoke systems, with an ongoing strategic transformation programme to migrate from on-prem to cloud based, cost effective, scalable and resilient services.


  • AWS Aurora

  • API Gateway

  • Batch

  • CloudWatch

  • DMS

  • DynamoDB

  • ECS Fargate

  • EventBridge

  • Lambda

  • Load Balancing

  • NAT Gateways

  • S3


  • Storage Gateway

  • VPC networking\routing and subnet including endpoints

  • MySQL

  • PostgreSQL

Other Skills

  • AWS Certification in Architecting

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery - Good conceptual design knowledge

  • Change Data Capture experience - Good conceptual knowledge

  • CI/CD – Good conceptual knowledge of pipelines

  • Excellent Communication & Planning

  • Microservice event driven serverless architecture design experience

  • Teams and other Microsoft office apps

Key Job responsibilities include:

  • The new architecture being built is based on a Microservice methodology, and relies on pub/sub designs, so you should have a good level of experience in this domain, along with understanding of using serverless technologies such as API Gateway, ECS and Lambda, alongside DynamoDB and AWS Aurora database technologies

  • You will need to learn and understand the current legacy architecture, and what this means in terms of the business processes and how these are mapped onto the new designs; this would therefore suit someone who has previous experience with complex ecosystems, especially in the education sector.

  • The role involves working with developers, project managers, product owners and SMEs to establish the requirements and come up with the optimal design pattern for each project, as well as working with other architects, both data and solution, and analysts, to ensure that designs are in line with current standards and patterns.

  • There will also be attendance to various senior stakeholder meetings to present and explain why designs have been chosen, so excellent communication & planning skills are essential, with the ability to put things into non-technical terms for the wider audience.

  • This would suit a senior solution architect, with a background in complex designs around transformation from legacy to cloud preferably, and who is looking to work on fast moving projects. A proven track record in delivering projects is required.

Your benefits and rewards:

  • 25 Days annual leave (increasing by 1 day with every year of continuous service up to 30 days); annual leave trading, +/- 5 days

  • Annual Bonus

  • Private Pension plan scheme where we pay in double what you contribute, up to 16% depending on your age

  • Life, private medical and dental care insurance options, plus free eye tests

  • Stock/share purchase options

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible working policies

  • An employee wellbeing assistance programme

  • Cycle to work program, volunteering days, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts

Hours will be standard Mon-Fri 8am till 4.30pm, although there will occasionally be a requirement for working later due to delivery timelines.

Work will generally be remote, although there will be a need to attend a Pearson office periodically.

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Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 10717