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3 Nov 2020

Full-Time SDA Senior Solutions Architect

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£53,500 – £63,000

per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Solutions Architect within the Information Management & Information Technology (IM&IT) function.
You will lead the technical design of specific solutions to meet DE&S business requirements ensuring they meet agreed architectural principles and standards.

This is an exciting and diverse function that employs professionals from information management, information technology, information assurance and cyber security.
The role offers the opportunity to work within a diverse and multi-disciplined team within the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA).

This post requires pre-existing strong leadership and management skills in order to develop and maintain relationships and reputation with an operationally focused and specialist, stakeholder community. As such, this position is one of significant influence and requires an individual with the appetite for significant intellectual challenge and who is prepared to deliver leading edge technical solutions at pace.


You will be responsible for;

• Complete System ownership with principal accountability for ensuring the integrity and availability of network.
• Lead a team of Architects and Designers on large scale projects to ensure high quality work is delivered that meets the needs of the business and required standards.
• Develop and exploit innovative products, value for money services and technical IT solutions to meet DE&S business needs and allows integration into the IT Estate.
• Provide expert advice and guidance in the delivery of the IT Strategy and ensuring alignment with Business Strategies.
• Maintain technical knowledge to ensure IT solutions exploit the full advantages of new and innovative technologies.
• Define and create multiple options of systems solutions to inform the decision of the most effective way of meeting business needs, whilst assessing associated risks.
• Develop and present business cases and models for approval, to gain project funding and prioritisation.
• Ensure compliance between business strategies, enterprise transformation activities and technical directions, to ensure business needs are met and benefits are realised.
• Ensure Architectural activity is in accordance with legal, regulatory and other relevant legislation.
• Conduct periodic reviews of DE&S implemented solutions and recommend changes and improvements.
• Work closely with the Business Analyst teams to capture the technical requirements to support solutions design and business change.
• Contribute to the leadership of the Architectural Community.
• Recruit, motivate and develop the Systems Architects and Designers to build capability within the Function.
• Fulfil Primary Delivery Manager responsibilities for your direct reports.

To be successful in these posts you must have recent demonstrable IT architectural design experience at significant scale within a professional work environment.

This role is Reserved for Sole UK Nationals Only & will be expected to gain DV clearance while in post.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Experience in leading the design and implementation of IT Solutions, Architecture and Design
• Being responsible for securing and maintaining the integrity of information systems operating at SECRET level.
• Demonstrable level of implementing ITIL service management principles.
• Experience of writing system requirements, Solution recommendations, High-Level designs and Low-level designs.
• High level of communication skills

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• British Computer Society (BCS) ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise & Solution Architectures
• Experience of running engineering applications and processes on High Performance Computer (HPC) clusters.
• Cyber Security Certification
• CISCO Network Manager Certifications
• ITIL 4 Practitioner Certification

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Strategy, Architecture and Solution Design
• Change and Transformation

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Leadership
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Our mission is to both enable and drive SDA towards its vision to become a world-class digital business. The IM&IT function employs professionals from information assurance and cyber security to management information and statisticians. We act as the ‘digital partner’ to SDA, helping the whole organisation to embed new business processes, tools and technology.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ attached or click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Architect, Bristol, DE&S, MOD, senior, and solutions. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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