Lead Technical Architect Department for Work & Pensions


Reference 42684
Number of vacancies 1
Location Newcastle
Salary £59,258 — £71,154 per annum
Work hours 37 per week (flexible working)
Employment type Permanent
Job benefits

We have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes:
• Flexible working and family friendly policies
• Volunteering and charitable giving
• Discounts and savings on shopping, holidays, insurance, healthcare, events, fun days and more
• Interest-free loans to buy a bike, season ticket, so it’s even easier for you to get to work
• Sports and social activities
• Learning and development, including coaching, mentoring, progression opportunities
• Guaranteed 5-days formal learning per year.
• And lots more

Closing date 30 March 2020

Job description

DWP. Digital with Purpose.

We’re looking for a Lead Technical Architect to join our growing community of experts. DWP is leading a once in a generation programme of welfare reform and you’ll help drive forward a key part of one of the biggest and highest-profile digital transformation programmes in the world.

DWP currently has an enormously ambitious and challenging agenda, often working in partnership with the private and voluntary sector. We provide services and support to over 20 million people, are responsible for over 730 million benefit payment transactions each year.

At the heart of this massive agenda is the digital transformation of the services that DWP provides, which will radically improve how government interacts with people. We’ll make our services easier and swifter to access; the time taken to develop new services will be decreased and the cost of delivery will be reduced significantly.

Duties. Work. Projects.

You and your role:
As a Lead Technical Architect at DWP Digital you will bring a breadth of understanding across a range of technical domains and depth of experience in a number of domains or specialisms.

You will help lead the growth and development of our Architecture Practice and community within the DWP, representing us at events, and across wider government. You’ll share your expert insight into best practice and reference architectures to drive capability across government.

Owning the product architecture, you will develop product roadmaps and represent product designs at DDA. You’ll ensure design approval by providing clear communication of architecture design and decision making.

We work at serious scale, and your leadership will be key to delivering technical design of a large scale product (or sometimes part of a shared platform) that meets the needs of our users and our business objectives.

You’ll have a lead role in leading discussions with senior stakeholders, collaborating to create solution options and recommendations during project discovery and inception phases.

The Architecture expert in the room, you’ll advise other Solution Architects, and drive sound decisions around technology choices for products, in line with the enterprise architecture blueprint.

Technically, you should have a deep understanding of concepts and how these fit into the wider technical landscape, and you understand the limitations of digital technology.

You can design technical solutions that deal with problems that span different business areas. Here you’ll work across multiple services (or sometimes a single service that is large and complicated), and will draw links between problems in order to reach common solutions.

What skills and experience are we looking for?

You will be able to demonstrate:
• Architecture design and modelling techniques, tools and standards.
• Microservice and API-led architecture and integration design tools, techniques and best practice.
• Application and integration architecture, frameworks, technologies, tools and best practice.
• Public cloud technologies e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, cloud hosting and networking design patterns, tools and best practice.
• Agile / DevOps delivery methodologies and best practice. Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery
(CD) delivery methodologies, tools and best practice.

Where will you work?
You’ll join our team at our digital hub in Newcastle.

Only a short Metro ride from the city centre, the hub has a modern, informal and collaborative working environment. Our facilities include two restaurants, catering pods and vending machines, sports facilities, cycle shelter, showers and Wudu washing facilities.

Have a closer look at the facilities via this link.

Also, check out this link as Newcastle is the home to the GDS Academy, user experience lab and UX command centre.

*Please note that this role will involve travel to other DWP digital hubs on a regular basis*

We provide the latest tech and tooling and foster a collaborative culture to help our agile, multidisciplinary teams think big and try new things. You will work alongside people who care passionately about public service, making a difference and delivering for our customers.

We’re the UK’s biggest government department with over 80,000 diverse and brilliant people on our team. We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality.

CLICK APPLY for further information and to start an application on Civil Service Jobs.

If you have any questions of you want to discuss the role before you apply get in touch via danny.winch@dwp.gov.uk

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