Senior Technical Architect

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  • Senior Technical Architect



    Job Type:



    £75 - 85K


    07 February 2020

    Location: London

    Salary Guidline: £75-85K

    SC Cleared / Eligible

    Our client is a leading technology solutions provider, enabling large-scale business-change programmes, through their service offerings. Our client works across a wide range of businesses, in both public and private sectors.

    The role:

    • lead the design and development of complex application services, selecting necessary architectures, standards, platforms and technologies to meet project requirements and user needs
    • align architectural and development principles within the broader stakeholder community (Product Management, Test, DevOps, Security, Service Management, Programme Management)
    • support development, test and deployment teams, driving quality and velocity outcomes
    • support technical governance and assurance processes, working with the Programme TDA team
    • provide technical leadership and consultancy to both internal and external development teams, ensuring solutions are fit for purpose, whilst meeting time and budget constraints
    • support service management teams in incident management, triage and defect resolution activities
    • build and maintain technology roadmaps, looking ahead for future opportunities or blockers and ensuring decisions by development teams align with the strategy
    • encourage communication and collaborative behaviours across multiple teams to identify strategic and tactical requirements and dependencies
    • enable a positive technical culture, applying agile methods to development and completing quality assurance practices
    • advise on the estimated effort and technical implications of current user stories, as well as those in the backlog
    • Maintain relationships with external suppliers
    • help enable the reuse of patterns, tools, and components across the whole government service landscape

    Skills and experience:

    • strong software development, application architecture and integration experience, with good knowledge of open source technologies, testing frameworks and deployment strategies
    • in-depth knowledge of Java technologies, frameworks and tools
    • experience in the design and development of user focused services aligned to the GDS Service Manual
    • advanced understanding of integration technologies, standards and protocols (SOAP, HTTP, REST, EAI, SOA, ESB)
    • Understanding of designing architectures to meet complex, at-scale services with challenging non-functional requirements
    • experience of implementing Public Cloud (AWS) services
    • Knowledge of Fuse ESB or any other integration engine
    • knowledge of logging, audit and monitoring standards, frameworks and tools (Zabbix, Cloudwatch, Guard Duty)
    • Knowledge of Linux operating systems and services (Redhat, Ubuntu)
    • understanding of agile environments, CI/CD techniques and DevOps cultures
    • experience designing and implementing secure systems to meet Government Security Classification and NCSC standards including knowledge of authentication and authorisation methods and security protocols
    • knowledge of data modelling concepts, standards and tools (XML)
    • Ideally knowledge of biometric modalities and standards
    • experience in leading technical teams and delivering user-focused services
    • experience in using collaborative tooling including Jira and Confluence
    • understanding of how to prioritise work in a fast, customer-centric environment
    • understanding of how to influence senior management and communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences
    • experience mentoring technical staff and managing stakeholders
    • an eagerness to influence how digital services are delivered to public sector clients

    This is a fast-paced company with lots going on, presenting a challenging agenda for the future.