Senior Technical (Solution) Architect Department for Work & Pensions


Reference 38289
Number of vacancies 1
Location Manchester
Salary £47,971 — up to £61,000 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
• Family friendly policies
• Volunteering and charitable giving
• Discounts and savings on shopping, fun days out and more
• Interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket
• Sports and social activities
• Learning and development, including coaching, mentoring, qualifications and accreditation
• Career progression opportunities and lots more

Closing date 2 March 2020

Job description

DWP. Digital with Purpose.

We’re looking for a talented Senior Technical (Solution) 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.

You and your role
This is a critical role for the Fraud, Error & Debt (FED) function, and is specifically to provide architectural expertise, guidance and design the end to end solution to the Digital Debt Service Project (DDSP) project.

The FED function in DWP supports the surveillance, investigation and debt recovery operational teams in the Counter Fraud, Compliance and Debt directorate, whilst replacing heritage systems and integration as part of a large Digital Transformation programme.

You will, working with engineering teams, be responsible for supporting the design, development, delivery and maintenance of IT products, interfaces and services. This will typically be for a project or strand of a programme. You will collaborate with internal DWP stakeholders e.g. integration, security, technology services, shared platform to develop a suitable solution that meet business needs, aligns with DWP’s strategic roadmap and getting though governance approvals.

It will be key that you have deep knowledge in your field and help to grow the technical architecture community, helping to support the community and build high quality products and services.

You will blend technical knowledge, architecture and development skills.

What are we looking for?

For this role we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate that they have experience and knowledge of:

• Designing the solution and integration of IT systems that meets user needs and taking through design governance process.

• 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.

It is also desirable that you:

• Have experience of implementing solutions which include a debt management COTS package (FICO, Experian, Oracle or similar) and/or other “functional” platforms (e.g. SAP)

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Where will you work?
You’ll join our team at our digital hub in Manchester. Based in the city centre and easily accessible by tram, bus or rail, our facilities include a TechBar, café, cycle shelter, showers, Wudu washing facilities.

Have a closer look at the facilities via this link.

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

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.

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