Lead Technical Architect- Defence Digital

London - The Whitechapel Building, London E1 8QS, National
Full time (37 hours per week), Job share, Flexible working, Condensed hours
Grade 6 / Band A+
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21 October 2021

Who we are

What you'll do

Defence Digital (DD) provides digital and technology services to our Armed Forces, ensuring they can operate securely via radio, satellite, and the internet. Operating at scale, with an annual budget in excess of £2Bn and a diverse team of 2,500 colleagues, we're aiming to make our Armed Forces some of the most technologically advanced in the world. To do that we're growing our capabilities in disciplines like data science, automation and cyber security. If you can see yourself contributing to the world of Defence digital and technology, the next chapter of your career may be with us.

The role of Lead Technical Architect sits within a team that supports the Defence Digital Chief Technology Officer. It provides deep (and proven) technical expertise. The Lead Technology Architects are the cornerstone of this deep technical knowledge and will evangelise and guide future technology standards and policy for the MOD.

A Lead Technical Architect works with multiple projects or teams on problems that require broad architectural thinking. At this level, you will:

  • be responsible for leading the technical design of systems and services, and you will justify and communicate design decisions
  • assure other services and system quality, making sure the technical work fits into the broader strategy for government
  • explore the benefits of cross-government alignment
  • provide mentoring within teams and provide leadership to other architects

Who you'll be

Essential Skills needed for this role are

  • proven track record as a Technical Architect
  • bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical 
  • experience in communicating with stakeholders at all levels
  • evolving and defining governance and taking responsibility for collaborating and supporting services in wider governance 
  • working knowledge of how to assure services delivered by technical architects across sets of services 
  • making and guiding decisions 
  • you can define and challenge strategies, patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements 
  • you can provide proactive advice and guidance for their definition across the organisation.

Additionally, you can design systems characterised by high levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity 

You will also understand the whole context. You can understand trends and practices within the broader organisation and how these will impact on your work. You can look for deeper underlying problems and opportunities and anticipate problems before they occur. 

What we value

Respect, collaboration and trust are at the core of our culture. We trust each other to do our best work. We believe in our mission and work for the whole population. We can only do that by being an inclusive and diverse organisation. 

How you’ll be assessed 

In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. 

When reviewing your application we will be using the experience element of the framework to assess your career history and achievements. We’re looking for examples of things you have previously achieved or your knowledge in a particular field which are relevant to the role.

If you’re shortlisted for an interview we’ll use different elements of the success profiles framework. We’ll be considering your ability, strengths, experience, technical/specialist skill and behaviours for this role. The following behaviours are the most relevant:

  • Changing & Improving
  • Communicating & influencing
  • seeing the big picture

How to apply

You’ll need to send us a CV and cover letter. Your application will not be considered if you do not provide a cover letter. Your CV should show us your work history and previous experience. It should be well structured, succinct and written in clear language. Your cover letter should give examples of how your skills and experience match those needed for this role.

How you'll be assessed

In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. For each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role. We may assess your ability, strength, experience, technical/specialist skills and behaviours.

For this role the following behaviours are the most relevant:

changing and improving
communicating and influencing
seeing the big picture

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Equal Opportunities 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page.

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service employees (including Senior Civil Servants and Crown Arms Length Bodies) who are at risk of redundancy and who meet the minimum selection criteria in the job specification are guaranteed to progress to the next stage of the recruitment process. Selection will be on merit and at-risk candidates will be able to self-identify during the application stage,

For all guaranteed interview schemes, there may be exceptions made on reasons of time/resource for high-volume recruitment where the vacancy manager may decide to select the candidates who best meet the minimum criteria rather than all of those that meet the minimum criteria.

This opportunity is closed to applications.