Lead Technical Architect

  • Location

    London, England

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  • Salary:

    £600 - £680 per annum

  • Contact:

    Harriet Hughes

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

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Lead Technical Architect, Architect, Architecture, Technical Leadership, Agile, GDS Standards, Government Digital Service, Application Architecture, Open Source, Scaling Online Services, Ruby on Rails, Security, Design Documentation, Code of Practice, Technical Governance, Strategy, Strategic, Business Needs, Cloud, Infrastructure as Code, IaC, Enterprise Integration, ETL, Secure, Best Practice, Third Party, Integration, Operational Model, Support Model, Resourcing Requirements
Our Government Client in London require a Lead Technical Architect to provide technical leadership to product teams across an established and growing service line. The specialist will be providing technology strategy and guidance to agile product teams and ensuring architecture and development are conducted in line with GDS standards.
The Role:
Supporting and guiding teams in the development of services across the service line. Working closely with the Service Owner and their leadership team. Setting good practices for software development and delivery. Engaging with third-parties on integrations and other matters. Preparing services to go through the GDS Service Standard Assessment. Contributing to and directing growth of a development community. Engaging in wider organisation architecture and security governance transformation in line with digital delivery. Helping with the operational and support model for services. Review and input on resourcing requirements for technical specialists.
The Team:
The team consists of Service Owner, Product Managers, Delivery Managers, Developers, User Researchers, Business Analysts, Content Designers, Deputy Directors and is made up of a mixture of Civil Servants and Suppliers.
Key Skills/Experience:
* Have experience leading technical teams and delivering user-focused services in a large organisation.
* Demonstrate strong software development and application architecture experience using open source technologies.
* Have experience of Ruby on Rails.
* Be able to adapt quickly to new technologies.
* Demonstrate experience scaling online services.
* Demonstrate awareness of emerging security issues.
* Be able to read and understand solution design documentation.
* Have experience of prioritising work in a fast, user-centric environment.
* Understand agile environments, continual delivery techniques and devops cultures.
* Be able to influence senior management and communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences.
* Have experience of working to the GDS Service Standard, Technology Code of Practice and taking services through assessments.
* Understand technical governance and be able to participate in or deliver the assurance of a service.
* Be capable of producing strategy for technology that meets user and business needs (able to create, refine and challenge patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements).
* Have the ability to influence how digital services are delivered, across government.
* Have an awareness to budget in an on-demand environment and an understanding of legal implications.
* Have experience of cloud technologies, infrastructure-as-code, enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools.
* Have experience designing and implementing secure systems.
* Have experience mentoring technical staff and managing stakeholders
* Have experience working in a dynamic organisation with rapidly expanding users and changing requirements.
* Have experience of forming government best practices, standards and policies.
* Have experience initiating projects, participating in workshops to gather user needs and building prototypes.
* Be willing to travel to client locations and activities on occasion.