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Principal AI Solutions Architect - Business Software



Software Engineering, IT, Data Science
Manchester, UK
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Company Description

IFS is a billion-dollar revenue company with 6000+ employees on all continents. Our leading AI technology is the backbone of our award-winning enterprise software solutions, enabling our customers to be their best when it really matters–at the Moment of Service™. Our commitment to internal AI adoption has allowed us to stay at the forefront of technological advancements, ensuring our colleagues can unlock their creativity and productivity, and our solutions are always cutting-edge.

At IFS, we’re flexible, we’re innovative, and we’re focused not only on how we can engage with our customers but on how we can make a real change and have a worldwide impact. We help solve some of society’s greatest challenges, fostering a better future through our agility, collaboration, and trust.

We celebrate diversity and understand our responsibility to reflect the diverse world we work in. We are committed to promoting an inclusive workforce that fully represents the many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our customers, our partners, and our communities. As a truly international company serving people from around the globe, we realize that our success is tantamount to the respect we have for those different points of view.

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to be part of a global, diverse environment; you will be joining a winning team with a commitment to sustainability; and a company where we get things done so that you can make a positive impact on the world.

We’re looking for innovative and original thinkers to work in an environment where you can #MakeYourMoment so that we can help others make theirs. With the power of our AI-driven solutions, we empower our team to change the status quo and make a real difference.

If you want to change the status quo, we’ll help you make your moment. Join Team Purple. Join IFS.

Job Description

We are seeking a Principal AI Solutions Architect to lead the charge in our cutting-edge AI initiatives. This pivotal role demands a hands-on approach and the ability to drive innovation with autonomy and exceptional technical acumen. The ideal candidate will be a visionary in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning landscape, adept at identifying and capitalizing on emerging trends to shape our strategic direction.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a thought leader in AI, forecasting technological evolutions and integrating them into our strategic vision.
  • Excel in the development of AI Proofs of Concept and Minimum Viable Products, guiding them from inception to full-scale production.
  • Identify and exploit high-impact AI applications within our offerings, crafting scalable technological frameworks.
  • Maintain an unwavering commitment to professional growth, mastering the latest in Generative AI, Natural Language Processing, and Deep Learning.
  • Mentor and coach junior engineers to enhance their technical skills, fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional growth.
  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including ML Engineers, Data Scientists, and Product Managers, to architect, refine, and deploy sophisticated AI solutions.
  • Act as an ambassador of innovation, delivering keynote speeches, hosting webinars, and authoring insightful publications that influence the industry and drive transformation.


  • A robust foundation in computer science, emphasizing AI and Data infrastructure design.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience as an engineer, designing and executing large-scale solutions in cloud environments, ensuring seamless integration with legacy systems.
  • Strong AI and ML principles, with a track record of model development, deployment, and mastery of MLOps practices.
  • Experienced in crafting enterprise-scale cloud-native AI/ML solutions
  • Proficiency in data pipeline orchestration across hybrid environments, leveraging the latest in Azure and allied technologies.
  • Expertise in data processing with tools like Spark or Dask, and fluency in Python, Scala, C#, or Java.
  • Expertise in DevOps and CI/CD automation, ensuring seamless deployment with tools like Azure DevOps and GitHub.
  • Expertise in utilizing Azure AI Search or Elasticsearch for advanced content analysis and indexing & developing RAG services.
  • Experience in managing data workflows and Kubernetes clusters on AKS, utilizing tools such as Airflow, Kubeflow, Argo, and Dagster.
  • Familiarity using scripting languages and tools such as Bash, PowerShell, Azure CLI, Terraform, and Helm Charts.

Additional Information

Location: This is a global role so we are open to AI talent from outside the UK. We have other legal organisations in the Scandinavian countries, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Poland. We look forward to receiving your application.

IFS prides itself on its culture and values: trustworthy, agile and collaborative. IFS has been in the industry for more than 30 years and with 6 consecutive years of rapid growth, its imperative that IFS doesn’t just maintain but continues to invest in its positive culture. This is achieved through smart recruitment, training programs, company policies, expectations of managers and employees and a focus on diversity, sustainability and a balanced work/life integration.

We offer you an attractive salary with above-average additional benefits:

  • Hybrid working to allow proper life balance
  • 25 vacation days, as well as additional paid vacation days for your own birthday and voluntary work (CSR)
  • Further training opportunities and intensive support during your onboarding phase
  • Opportunity to make a real impact on organizational success
  • Collaborative and supportive work environment
  • Career development and growth opportunities
  • PMI
  • Pension scheme
  • Every day breakfast and lunch in our Staines office
  • You work with a great product with good recognition in the market and amongst customers and analysts
  • You will be part of a fun group where everyone is helpful
  • For more information, visit: IFS.com or follow us on LinkedIn