Department for Transport
Birmingham, Hastings, Leeds, London
About the job
Lead Technical Architect (Digital)
Location: London, Hastings, Birmingham & Leeds
Salary: £49,835 to £60,649 National & £54,535 to £65,431 London Starting salary will be determined by performance at interview and assessed capability level.
Reporting to: Head of Architecture
Do you have the passion and skills to develop enterprise wide technology services developing a strategic vision for how architecture can deliver DfT’s Digital ambitions?
Are you excited by emerging technologies, cloud-only solutions and the potential for automation and AI; do you have a thirst for continual learning and personal development?
Can you see yourself in diverse team with multiple viewpoints, backgrounds and professional skills and enjoy developing solutions that work for everyone?
If so, we would love to hear from you!
We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.
The Department for Transport (DfT) works to support the transport network that helps UK citizens, businesses, good and services travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to the UK moving.
Our experienced and talented Digital Service teams currently:
• Provide the Digital, Data and Technology capabilities that equip everyone to work.
• Drive efficiency by optimising the Department’s business processes.
• Increase workforce productivity by delivering smarter, better services and a digital culture.
• Provide advice and expertise to policymakers on the impact of technology in the transport system.
As a Lead Technical Architect, you will work with the management team to determine the organisations keys needs, translating them into the technical solutions that are optimised for the future. The lead Architect will also be responsible for the development portfolio and maintain the DfTc’s digital and development estate. Making strategic decisions, ensuring development is aligned with design and delivery targets are met will be key to the continuous improvement of the digital and architecture maturity.
Include but not limited to:
• Be responsible for the development portfolio and maintain DfTc’s digital and development estate across several directorates.
• Support the production and implementation of the DfTc ‘s digital and technology strategy.
• Work with the organisation and Digital Service to provide advice, guidance, assurance on multiple projects that require broad architectural thinking to meet their delivery targets.
• Embed architecture governance through the Architecture Change Board ensuring architecture alignment technical designs, DfT’s architecture principles and standards and communicating their decisions.
• Influence technology decisions across DfT through demonstrating technology value, risk and opportunity at an enterprise level
• Develop digital roadmaps aligned to business need, business capability, and the DfTc digital and technology strategy. Support future state technology visions for directorates and develop transitional architecture plans to deliver them.
As a digital architect, you will be:
• Collaborating with the business relationship management team to determine the organisational needs, translating into technical requirements and designing digital solutions that are optimised for the future.
• Defining and applying digital and development principles, patterns, technologies and frameworks in conjunction with other technical leaders.
• Advising and assuring development teams during the project lifecycle ensuring the solution is developed in accordance with the technical design and meeting their delivery targets.
• Making strategic design decisions and provide architectural governance which support digital delivery for the organisation.
• Driving the continuous improvement of the digital and application architecture’s maturity, challenging existing ways of working and technology choices, incorporating knowledge and lessons learned from projects and initiatives, as well as best practice.
• Supporting the directorates through procurement by reviewing any commercial proposals, ensuring DfT architecture principles and standards are complied with, delivering value for money and the adoption of digital and application solutions is aligned with DfT’s strategy.
• Supporting the adoption of the Government digital initiatives, maximising reuse of capability to deliver coherent services.
You will come from a strong architecture background, with the drive to be an ambassador for architecture in Digital Services and across DfTc supporting the business in develop their digital ambitions. You can assess complex technical issues and inform and influence senior stakeholders in a non-technical manner. You will have a pro-active approach to problem solving and be creative in delivering solutions that both fix problems and move DfT towards a better managed, cost-effective digital future.
We are different people, one team
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We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.
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Things you need to know Security
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.
• The Digital Architecture role is part of the DDaT profession and attracts an enhanced pay scale which is mapped to capability levels. The successful candidates starting salary will be determined by performance at interview and assessed capability level. There are two components to DDaT pay – base pay and DDaT allowance.
• The successful candidate will be required to undergo yearly capability assessments which may result in pay increases or decreases. A drop in capability in any given assessment period results in 12 month pay protection to allow candidates to retain prior capability level.
How to Apply
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, and within your CV and Personal Statement please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following:
• Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical – Experience in translating technical concepts relating to software engineering, delivery management and service management so they are understood by all.
• Governance – Understand technical governance and able to evolve it as required. Proven ability to explain technical governance and assurance to non-technical colleagues and to both assure services and recommend improvements
• Making and guiding decisions – Proven ability to understand and resolve technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk. Ability to build consensus around solutions and to explain clearly how the decision has been reached
• Strategy – Experience in developing strategies, patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Able to support business areas in developing technology and digital strategies and roadmaps to meet business needs
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