Lead Technical Architect
We are looking to recruit 3 senior people to work with our 3 principal architects, tasked with leading the practice and driving forward the HM Land Registry Technical Architecture.
HM Land Registry has embarked upon an exciting transformational journey to become truly digital. Our vision is to be the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and have an open approach to data. To get there we have invested in a £90m change programme, transforming the way we work and tackling our complex technical estate. We code a lot of our own software as well as buying and renting third party solutions and we currently have 22 agile teams at work.
Given the scale of change we need people 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.
Located in the vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth, our environmentally friendly offices provide a great setting in which to work. Hundreds of miles of stunning coastline and 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park are within easy reach.
So, what sort of people are we looking for?
• Do you like solving complex problems and working collaboratively within agile delivery teams?
• Can you help our stakeholders articulate the changes they need in our technical estate?
• Are you a leader and influencer who can balance the needs of product, delivery and architecture?
• Can you build compelling stories about potential solutions that will resonate with people both technically and operationally minded?
• Can you take ownership of a problem end-to-end, from concept through to delivery, being tenacious enough to follow through and see that your solutions are built in the right way?
• Are you comfortable with uncertainty and the need to add structure and clarity to an undefined problem?
• Do you have knowledge and skills of building or integrating software?
• Have you worked with and designed cloud technology solutions?
You may have an architecture specialism already such as Business, Data, Infrastructure, Software. You may be a highly experienced and capable lead software engineer, business or data analyst looking for their next opportunity.
So, what will you be doing?
• 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
What skills will you need?
One of more of: Business, Data or Infrastructure Architecture or Software / Integration Background
• For Business Architects:
o Experience will be in understanding the capabilities of the business and how our technical solutions align, where the gaps, overlaps and opportunities are, initiating and developing strategy and work, scoping solutions at concept phase.
o Ability to translate and decompose business capabilities into clear domain designs working with other architects and software engineers.
• For Data Architects:
o Experience will be in (some of) conceptual logical and physical data modelling, data science and machine learning, db2, oracle as well as more modern data lake solutions like Hadoop, Redshift, tableau, MicroStrategy, PowerBI. Talend and FME, GIS such as ESRI solutions including ArcGIS a plus.
• For Software/Integration Architects:
o Experience will be in (some of) the platforms and languages appropriate to HM Land Registry’s current transformation portfolio: use of container management technologies (Docker/OpenShift), micro-service based architectures, adoption of open source software, delivery of secure, robust, flexible solutions using web technologies and frameworks such as Java (Spark & spring-boot), Python, Linux (RHEL/CoreOS), platform services (AWS EC2/RDS/Lambda), data platforms (PostgreSQL, NoSQL, Enterprise analytics), integration tooling & continuous delivery pipelines (infrastructure as code).
• For Infrastructure Architects:
Experience will be in (some of) the platforms and technologies appropriate to HM Land Registry’s current transformation portfolio: delivery of secure, robust, flexible solutions using both public cloud services and platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure, Office 365), Database platforms (cloud & on-premise) and data centre technologies (VMWare, Cisco, hyperconverged). Any experience in container management (Kubernetes, OpenShift) and end user compute/mobility technology would also be useful.
• Architecture Courses or certification aligned to your domain of expertise
• Agile/SCRUM Master Certification.
• We don’t follow a rigid approach to architecture, but certification or experience with TOGAF, Zachman, FEAF, DODAF, COBIT, ITIL is a plus.
• Modelling techniques such as UML, SYSML, BPMN might also be helpful
Demonstrable experience of:
• Developing solutions to complex problems
• Ability to interpret business strategy and develop into technical solution
• 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
• An understanding of Central Government IT related initiatives, policies and standards
• Experience of the competitive IT procurement life-cycle; specifically solution specification and evaluation criteria
• Experience of building, maintaining and managing relationships with vendors
• Technical Design Authority functions
Occasional travel is necessary to HM Land Registry business units, external supplier sites and other Government Department
• Excellent civil service defined benefit pension scheme (Alpha Scheme)
• 28.5 days a year holiday plus bank holidays
• Relocation package to move to Plymouth if applicable
HM Land Registry is a vibrant place to work with sport and social events and a variety of clubs.
We offer flexible working with some flexibility for remote working to help you achieve a work-life balance that works for you and us.
We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development and actively encourage people to attend events, conferences and vendor demos.
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.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Selection process details
The application process consists of 3 stages, detailed below.
Please forward a copy of your CV with your preferred contact details (email address and contact telephone number) clearly marked for the position of Lead Technical Architect to:
An initial sift of your CV will be conducted against the Essential Criteria. If you successfully complete this stage of the process, your application will be progressed to the shortlist stage. The applicants with the best skills and experience at shortlist stage will be invited to interview.
If you are successful at shortlist stage, you will be invited to a face to face interview where you will be required to provide evidence as to how you meet the experience and technical requirements of the role. You will be asked to carry out a white boarding activity (no advanced preparation is required). You will be required to bring with you to interview, evidence of any qualifications or certifications that you hold that are relevant to the role and your Photographic Identification document(s).
Location of interviews will be at the HM Land Registry Plymouth office.
If you are successful at your first interview, you will be invited for a second interview with different team members, either face to face or via skype and you will be asked to provide a short 10 minute presentation on an agreed topic.
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If you are successful at second interview stage and are recommended for appointment, you will need to undergo pre-employment checks, including references and you may be required to undergo clearance to SC level prior to appointment.
Please ensure your CV is received by the closing date – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.
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