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Lead Technical Architect (Solution/Software)

Posted: 25 Mar 2021 Closes: 16 Apr 2021
Location, UK £52,667
Permanent & Full-time hm-land-registry/20210325191014

It is a very exciting time to join us as we continue on a major digital transformation programme. Our existing software systems form part of the critical national infrastructure, safeguarding land and property ownership valued at £7 trillion, enabling over £1 trillion worth of personal and commercial lending to be secured against property across England and Wales.

Given the scale of change we are seeking a Lead Technical Architect (Solution/Software) who can understand the magnitude of the challenge, taking a top down view to identify the things we need to change but still getting close to the tech and delivery aspects of architecture.

Our approach to architecture is agile and collaborative: doing just enough to shape projects at the appropriate part of their lifecycle, whilst maintaining our mandated responsibility to preserve the integrity of our Land Register, keeping property rights protected and guaranteed. We balance a hands-on approach to projects with strategic thinking, to develop sustainable, deliverable solutions that are value for money.

The Architecture practice within HM Land Registry is organised by domains: ‘Business & Data’, ‘Solution & Software’ and ‘Infrastructure & Security’. Lead Technical Architects work alongside the ‘Head of’ their domain to lead the practice area and drive forward HMLR’s technical architecture, continuously balancing the need to support delivery whilst embedding our technical strategy.

As a Lead Technical Architect (Solution/Software) you will be:

• Developing solutions for multiple projects and working with them to deliver these
• Evaluating the impact of change and the proposed solutions on our current technical estate
• Developing strategies and roadmaps for change
• Supporting the Technical Design Authority in guiding projects
• Ensuring alignment of solutions to our intentional architecture, tech strategy and business strategy
• Mentoring and guiding less experienced architects
• Ensuring solution compliance with security, legal and other legislative requirements
• Building relationships with potential vendors and other government departments including the Government Digital Service
• Commercial influence over supplier selection and relationships
• Keeping up to date with tech through conferences and forums and looking forward to the solutions of the future
• Direct management of in-house technical people



To be successful in this role, you will require a depth of experience in ‘Solution and Software’ Architecture and a strong understanding of the other domains: Business Architecture; Data Architecture and Infrastructure Architecture.

In addition you will have experience of:

• Developing solutions to complex problems
• Ability to interpret business strategy and develop into technical solutions
• Experience of designing for large projects (£1m +) and seeing those designs through delivery
• Leading and influencing diverse groups to get to agreement on a technical solution which is then built
• Ability to assess the impact of technical change on people, process, technology and information
• Understanding of the commercial impacts of technology implementation and adoption
• Developing technical strategies and roadmaps
• Top down thinking and structured, logical decomposition of problems using appropriate modelling techniques and languages
• Commercial skills in developing contracts and managing suppliers
• Collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups
• Keeping up to date with technology trends and influencing future projects based on this knowledge
• Leading, managing and mentoring technical people
• Selling technical ideas and concepts in a simple way to diverse stakeholder groups and influencing at all levels including senior leaders
• Being comfortable with change and ability to multi-task and prioritise projects, being able to respond quickly to changing circumstances

For more information about the job, please see the attached candidate guidance.

Due to Covid-19, the role will initially be home based so an induction and training will be carried out remotely, with full support from the team. Once it is safe to so, you will be based at one of our 14 office locations.

The Digital, Data and Technology Directorate is the in-house IT division for HMLR. We are currently recruiting several roles to ensure the directorate’s teams contain the right blend of skills, experience and knowledge to take our major transformation programme forward. These teams are at the heart of the move to a digital, data-driven organisation with the ambition to provide our customers with cutting-edge digital services.

Our Business Strategy for 2017-2022 sets out our aims of:
• brilliant at the basics;
• a comprehensive Land Register;
• world-leading through Digital Street – our ground-breaking research and development project exploring how land registration might work in 2030;
• opening our data;
• expert people; and
• financially strong.

For more information about what its like to work here please see the following links:
Building our digital capability through Communities of Practice
Working for HM Land Registry/


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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Depth of experience in ‘Solution and Software’ architecture.
  • Strong understanding of the other domains: Business Architecture Data Architecture Infrastructure Architecture


HM Land Registry offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

HM Land Registry is a great place to work, where difference is celebrated. We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

See a list of full benefits:

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

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

To apply please upload an anonymised CV to include your qualifications, career history, skills and experience. We ask that you do not include any personal details. Within your CV, please provide details of how you meet the essential criteria listed on the Job Description.

Please also complete the technical skills section (in no more than 250 words each) for each of the following:

• Depth of experience in ‘Solution and Software’ architecture.

• Strong understanding of the other domains:
o Business Architecture
o Data Architecture
o Infrastructure Architecture

In the event of a high volume of applications we may sift on the leading technical criteria:

• Depth of experience in ‘Solution and Software’ architecture.

The sift will take place week shortly after the closing date. The final selection stage will consist of a blended interview and pre-prepared presentation which will be conducted as a video interview week commencing Monday 26 April 2021.

Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application.

Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

If you would like further information about the use of your personal data, please click on the link below:

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Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


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