Financial Worker

Technical Architect, Finance

To coordinate the Payments industry input into message standards, and to communicate key strategic and technical business issues deriving from payment messaging standards on behalf of the Company, its members and interest groups. Direct involvement in the design and development of financial services messaging.


Main Activities and Responsibilities


1.         Technical development activity related to messaging standards and architecture

  • Direct involvement in the design and development of financial services messaging, modelling and mapping for central payments infrastructure, ensuring these comply with relevant regulations and international guidelines
  • Responsible for the implementation and support of a central technical design authority ensuring that there is a clear and consistent design methodology / approach
  • Translate high level business requirements into technology architectures
  • Ensuring end to end completeness of technical design
  • Develop / Maintain relevant, (sometimes) tailored and implementable Policies, Baselines, Standards, Guidelines and Procedures
  • Developing and communicating knowledge and skills in emerging technologies and trends that may influence future messaging standards
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of payments systems design and operation in multi-national multi-platform environments


2.         Represent the industry at national and international fora

  • Facilitating the interface between ISO and other standards bodies on matters dealing with financial services messaging
  • Research and understand industry issues
  • Communicate effectively
  • Influence and lobby
  • Participation in meetings to liaise with members of the Company, and other national and international stakeholders such as commercial suppliers, or end users.  This could include one-to-one discussions as well as workshops



  1. 3.         Promoting Message Standardisation as a Collaborative Industry Activity
  • Fostering convergence between the various stakeholders involved in the end-to-end payments process.


  1. 4.                Undertake research and development
  • Plan and undertake research
  • Manage research documentation
  • Communicate issues and findings


Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be requested. All activities will be overseen by the Head of Industry Standards.


Job Specific Competencies:


  • ·        Understanding of data architectural concepts and objectives
  • ·        Ability to understand and appreciate the technical features that differentiate one payment system architecture from another
  • ·        Knowledge of UK payment systems and messaging formats (e.g. Bacs, CHAPS, FPS, SWIFT, ISO 20022)
  • ·        Technical competence in data analysis and modelling e.g. UML/XML
  • ·        Past working experience in a relevant role e.g. data/payments architect, infrastructure engineering
  • ·        Ability to translate business requirements into technical requirements and vice versa
  • ·        Sufficient experience in an analyst role, or similar, where they have been exposed to business analysis within a multi stakeholder environment
  • ·        Articulate communicator with good interpersonal skills



  • ·        Experience of how standards, specifically related to messaging are developed and applied
  • ·        Knowledge and understanding of prevailing industry messaging standard frameworks and regulatory considerations e.g. ISO 20022, SEPA etc.
  • ·        Knowledge of messaging construction software e.g. XML Spy.



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Added By: Ainsley Morgan On: 15/04/2015


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