Lead Technical Architect (Application) Department for Work & Pensions


Reference 1626941
Location Blackpool
Salary Up to £80,000
Work hours 37
Employment type Perm
Job benefits

A brilliant Civil Service pension with employer contributions circa 20%, generous annual leave, flexible working, great work life balance and lots more.

Closing date 15 May 2019

Job description

Do you want to be part of something really big? If you’re creative and curious to learn, want to be empowered to make decisions and challenge the norm, and want to bring BIG ideas to a MASSIVE digital challenge then you’ll love it here. And we’d love to hear from you.

DWP are looking for Lead Technical Architects with the skills to fill an Application specialist role to work with us on in a once-in-a-generation digital transformation. Our people work on projects that are revitalising and refreshing products and services that are used by millions of people every day to make them easier to use, and more efficient to deliver.

We know that better digital services in government will mean better public services. Using fresh ideas and leading edge technologies – and putting the user at the centre of everything we do – we create innovative digital solutions that make a difference to the lives of our 22 million users.

About the role

In DWP Solution Architects are responsible for supporting a team, blending leadership, architecture and development skills. Solution Architects are responsible for bringing a breadth of understanding across a range of technical domains and a depth of knowledge and/or experience in at least one, but ideally many. Strong developmental and architectural skills are as vital as leadership or communication skills.

As a Solution Architect here you will, working with engineering teams, be responsible for supporting the design, development, delivery and maintenance of IT products and services. This will usually be for a project or a specific strand of a programme.

You’ll own product architecture, develop product roadmaps and represent product designs to stakeholders. You’ll make sure technical quality remains optimal.

And, contributing to our Enterprise Architecture, you’ll identify, capture, share, implement and iterate architecture patterns to ensure consistent and coherent architecture design.

About you

As a Lead Solution Architect you are an expert in your field and a role model across the technical architecture community, helping to lead the community and build high quality products and services. You’ll relish the challenge of working for the UK’s largest government department, one with responsibility for over £170 billion worth of payments, and for products and services used by millions of people including some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

You have an understanding across a range of technical domains and depth of experience in a number of domains or specialisms. And here you will be able to share that knowledge and experience – blending technical leadership, architecture and development skills.

You’ll have opportunities to lead and manage your team, and to provide wider architecture coaching and mentoring for other solution architects too. You’ll use your technical expertise and understanding of user needs to generate ideas, methods, tools and best practice. And your insight and expertise will drive decisions for our organisation.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

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Where you’ll work

You’ll join us in our easy-to-reach digital hub in Blackpool. You’ll enjoy working on a beautiful site, which we share with rabbits, birds, carp and a family of otters. We have great facilities including coffee shops, a restaurant and a gym.

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.

Our Offer

In return for your skills we offer competitive salary up to £80,000, a brilliant civil service pension, and a generous leave package.

We also have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes:

Building Our Future

We believe the work we do really matters, so we’re serious about investing in your ability.

You’ll have access to a huge suite of training and learning opportunities to complement the new skills and experience you’ll acquire on the job. You’ll share ideas with colleagues from across the tech community, and grow your skills via our coaching and mentoring programmes.

CLICK APPLY for more information and to start your application. If you want to talk about this opportunity before you apply contact me via dean.simon@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

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