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Lead Architect (ERP & Supply Chain)

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We’re Shop Direct, the multi-award winning company behind exciting brands such as, Very Exclusive and We’re the UK’s second largest pure-play online retailer, with annual sales of £1.9 billion, 1.3 million website visits a day, and with over 69% of online sales completed on mobile devices. We sell over 1,800 famous brands and deliver 49 million products to 4 million customers each year.

About the role

We’re looking for a Lead Architect to join our architecture team, where you’ll manage your own destiny and shape the future of our ERP & Supply Chain technology domain.

You’ll be leading a team of architects to deliver the blueprints designs, transitional architecture roadmaps, and plans for our future technology whilst providing coaching and mentorship to the team.

Working directly with a number of cross-functional product teams your ideas, solutions and innovations will help us to continue to make our customer, Miss Very, the best experience it can be.

You’ll help lead the creation and ongoing development of the Solution Architecture function based on best practices, industry frameworks and standards.

Our vision is to be a World Class Architecture team that adapts and responds to change in a fast-paced environment, fuelled by research that enables us to benefit from new and emerging technologies for our customers and colleagues.

If you’re looking to join a team where you’ll be empowered to shape the future of your domain and make a real business impact then we’d love to hear from you.


You’ll be experienced in the design and architecture of ERP & Supply Chain solutions, ideally in Retail, Financial Services or Consulting environment.

With a technical understanding of ERP & e2e Supply Chain capabilities such as WMS, MS, Core Merchandising, CMR, PLM, CMS, Inbound, Forecasting, Planning, ERP, HR & Payroll, you’ll have likely worked with major vendors such as Oracle, SAP, Knapp, Manhattan, IBM, JDA and SAS.

You'll have experience in at least two IT disciplines (such as Solutions Architecture, Technical Architecture, Middleware/Integration Architecture, Software Engineering, Data/Analytics, Security, Infrastructure, IT Operations), in a multi-vendor, multi-technology, cloud enabled environment, preferably within Retail, Logistics or Financial Services.

A natural leader, you know how to inspire, coach and guide people. You’re comfortable explaining complex technical topics to both technical and non-technical audiences, you’ll provide thought leadership to the wider business.


  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible Benefits allowance: £6,500 (can be taken as salary uplift)
  • Matched pension at 6%
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • on-site gym (free)
  • on-site parking (free / subject to postcode)
  • Brand discount up to 25%
  • Bonus up to 20%
  • 1x Life assurance / private medical

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