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Deputy Director: Head of Architecture and Standards

Posted: 6 Jul 2019 Closes: 28 Jul 2019
Nationwide, UK Circa £85,000
Flexible defra/20190706200848

The Deputy Director (DD) of Architecture and Standards directs the Architecture functions within the department, including Enterprise Architecture, Applications Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture and line managing the Chief Architects of the major delivery programmes. This ensures that a high degree of consistency and synergy is maintained across the technical governance and assurance landscape. 

The role holder is a visible architectural leader for the department, working with colleagues across government to develop and share common principles, standards and common approaches. This will include building strong relationships with the Government Digital Service (GDS), as well as the wider Cabinet Office, the UK intelligence community including the National Cyber Security Centre, the Treasury, and peers in other departments for the purpose of common approaches and realising synergy. 

The DD of Architecture and Standards has line management budget authority for c£2m. This translates to management accountability for over 80 permanent and contract staff including Grade 6 direct reports, and management of suppliers engaged to deliver technical products. They will make judgements about architectural approaches, solutions and standards that will influence the spend of £1.5bn over the SR19 period and will have lasting influence over the department’s reputation. 

The responsibilities of the role are to develop and maintain organisational commitment to technical consistency and growing capability, including taking ownership of: 

• Architectural principles, standards and best practices. 

• Current and future states for business, application and infrastructure estates. 

• Cyber-security design. 

• Architectural road maps for each service area. 

• Architectural decisions, plans, goals and strategies. 


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Please see candidate pack for further information. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


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