Senior Technical Architect (Data) Department for Work & Pensions

Reference 1626941
Location Blackpool, Newcastle or Sheffield
Salary Up to £62,475
Work hours 37
Employment type Permanent
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 Senior Technical Architects with the skills required to fill a specialist data 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 need to have a breadth of understanding across a range of technical domains and a depth of knowledge and 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 will lead, deliver and support technical design of products and take the lead in ensuring high quality of technical design.

You will identify, capture, share and iterate architecture patterns to ensure consistent and coherent architecture design. You’ll Implement architecture patterns, and create reference architectures which will act as real-world, working examples of successful architecture design.

You’ll have to space and scope in your role to create solution options and recommendations. During project discovery and inception phases you can help drive decision making on the best solution design, as well as making technology choices for products.

About you

As a Senior Solution Architect you have deep knowledge in your field which you’ll use to help grow the technical architecture community here in DWP.

And here you will be able to share that knowledge and experience – blending technical knowledge, architecture and development skills. You’ll support the wider Tech Arch and digital communities as well as building 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.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

You need to have knowledge and experience of AT LEAST ONE OF the following:

It’s also great if you have knowledge and experience of the following…

Where you’ll work

You’ll join us in one of our easy-to-reach digital hubs in Blackpool, Newcastle or Sheffield. Each is a modern, vibrant workplace designed for and by members of our community. We have different facilities on each site from indoor sports facilties in Newcastle to the gym in Blackpool. Get in touch to find out more about your preferred location.

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 of up to £62,475, 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.

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