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Senior Technical Architect

Posted: 11 Jun 2021 Closes: 4 Jul 2021
Location, UK £46,589
Permanent & Full-time hm-land-registry/20210611160535

It is a very exciting time to join us as we continue on a major digital transformation programme. HM Land Registry's (HMLR's) ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

The architecture practice supports this by producing a forward view of our intentional architecture. This enables fast paced change without sacrificing governance and oversight by producing essential rather than extensive documentation.

To deliver this, the Architecture Practice vision is “to become a high performing practice that will lead transformation of the organisation by ensuring we use the right technologies, at the right time, in the right way.”

We are looking to recruit 5 senior people to work with our principal and lead architects, tasked with leading the architecture practice and driving forward HM Land Registry's transformation.

The Architecture Practice covers all architecture domains. You may have one or more architecture specialisms already, in areas such as Business, Data, Security, Infrastructure or Software. You may be a highly experienced and capable lead software engineer, business or data analyst looking for their next opportunity.

Leading on technology strategy:
The Architecture Practice produces the Technology Strategy to ensure HMLR is moving towards a collectively agreed and understood target state that aligns with the business objectives of HMLR.

The Architecture Practice uses the Technology Strategy to:
• inform all decisions on technical architecture and design across the domains of business, data, software, infrastructure and security.
• guide leadership, influence future technology decisions and supports the development of roadmaps.
• provide the validation framework to technically assure business change.
• avoid technical debt, or technology lock-in, by ensuring it evolves with HMLR’s needs and remains relevant.

We need people who can …….

• Understand the magnitude of the challenge we have set ourselves.
• Take a top down view to identify the things we need to change and be able to evaluate the impact of change on our IT estate, both current and future.
• Consider how the solution will operate in its own context and how it will function in the context of the larger ecosystem.
• Understand how things will scale for the future and how they will be maintained.
• Get close to the tech and delivery aspects of architecture.
• Solve complex problems.
• Develop a solution working with software engineers and other architects, who have different domain specialisms, to deliver the “best fit” solutions which bring quantifiable benefits whilst optimising cost.
• Work collaboratively with multiple agile delivery teams to deliver the required outcomes.
• Understand the needs of stakeholders, and identify technical challenges and changes needed.
• Be comfortable with the unknown and provide the structure and clarity to resolve.
• Take accountability for end-to-end solutions from initiation to initial delivery and its ongoing lifecycle in line with our strategies and intentions.
• Understand and has experience of software development or software integration.
• Understand and articulate how a business strategy, feeds into business capabilities and technical strategies.
• Evidence experience of using and understanding of a broad range of technologies, tools and processes.
• Communication with stakeholders while having a good grasp on how to negotiate with different parties
• Deliver compliance in line with our security requirements, legal and our legislative responsibilities.
• Build relationships with our external vendors and other government departments.
• Understand the commercial aspects for supplier selection and relationships.
• Proactively keep abreast of the upcoming technologies and changes in the industry.



To be successful in these roles; you will have the following core experience:

• Demonstrable experience of designing solutions for large projects and seeing those designs through to delivery
• Taking accountability for end-to-end solutions from initiation to initial delivery and its ongoing lifecycle in line with a strategy
• Identifying and managing change and its impact
• Planning for decommissioning, maintainability and scalability
• Working very close to technology to deliver an architecture
• Showing where complex problems have been solved
• Where collaboration with multiple agile delivery teams to deliver the required outcome has been used
• Where the needs of stakeholders, and identifying technical challenges and changes took place
• Having taken ownership of a problem with no obvious solution
• Using and understanding of a broad range of technologies, tools and processes
• Communication with stakeholders while having a good grasp on how to negotiate with different parties

In addition, you will also have domain-based experience for the specialism(s) you are interested in applying for:

Please also refer to the attached candidate pack for more information about the roles and the essential experience required for each domain.

For Business Architects:
You will have demonstrable experience of working successfully in a Business Analysis, Solution Design or similar role with a focus on translating business concepts into IT solutions.

For Data Architects:
You will have demonstrable experience of working successfully in Data or System Analysis, Data Engineering, Solution Design or similar role with a data focus.

For Security Architects:
You will have demonstrable experience of working in a technical security role.

For Infrastructure Architects:
Experience will be in (some of) the platforms and technologies appropriate to HMLR's current transformation portfolio: delivery of secure, robust, flexible solutions using both public cloud services and platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure, Office 365), networking, database platforms (cloud and on-premise) and data centre technologies (VMWare, Cisco, hyperconverged).

For Software/Integration Architects:
Experience will be in (some of) the platforms and languages appropriate to HMLR's current transformation portfolio: Micro-service based architectures, knowledge of commonly used design patterns, use of container management technologies (Docker/OpenShift/Kubernetes), adoption of open source software, delivery of secure, robust, flexible solutions using web technologies and frameworks such as Java (Spring-boot), Python, Linux (RHEL/CoreOS), platform services (AWS EC2/RDS/Lambda), data platforms (PostgreSQL, NoSQL, Enterprise analytics), integration tooling and continuous delivery pipelines.

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 safe to do so, you will be based in 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 at HM Land Registry


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing


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 and Experience.

To apply, please attach an anonymous CV when prompted; include your qualifications, career history, skills and experience. The statement of suitability section in (no more than 750 words) should detail why you think you are suitable for the role and provide details of how you meet the essential criteria listed for the domain(s) you are interested and applying for:

• Business Architects
• Data Architects
• Security Architects
• Infrastructure Architects
• Software/Integration Architects

An initial sift of your CV and statement of suitability will be conducted against both the core and domain-based essential criteria listed. The applicants with the best skills and experience at shortlist stage will be invited to interview.

The final selection stage will consist of a blended interview and a short, pre-prepared presentation which will be conducted as a remote video interview week commencing w/c Monday 12 and/or 19 July 2021.

If you are successful at your first interview, you will be invited for a second, less formal interview.

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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