Lead Business Architect

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th October 2021


Reference number



£60,740 - £80,000


Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Birmingham, Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield

About the job


The Lead Business Architect is a key role within DWP’s Business Architecture Practice. As Lead Business Architect you will be critical to ensuring that the impact of the Department’s strategic ambitions are understood, impacted across the business and translatable into actionable initiatives to effect change. To achieve this, you will build strong, effective relationships and work in partnership with colleagues across the business to build consensus and achieve outcomes.

You will take personal responsibility for undertaking strategic analysis and modelling of the Department’s business architecture across different areas of the Department, defining current and target states, developing roadmaps to steer senior decision makers in the delivery of change and making recommendations for the scoping of change initiatives.

You will be an essential, integral part of the leadership group within Business Architecture, contributing fully to the creation and maintenance of our knowledgebase, strategy development & alignment and delivery of change, underpinned by our architecture.

You will be a skilful influencer and clear communicator driven by the importance of applying architectural thinking to business change and of building clear and convincing views of how to deliver strategy.

DWP’s has a mature and well-defined Business Architecture function which has developed over the last decade. The Business Architecture function sits within DWP Digital Group which is at the heart of delivering transformational change for the Department’s customers working closely with Service Transformation and Service Excellence.

Job description

The Lead Business Architect role is responsible for owning the Business Architecture view of the department and, whilst working with senior stakeholders, to set the department's strategy with a focus on delivering value to the customer.

As a Lead Business Architect you will have expert knowledge in your field and a be role model across the Business Architecture Practice.

You will serve as an ambassador for business Architecture both internally and externally, representing the department across government and externally.

You will continue to grow your capabilities, continually growing your skills and knowledge through the support of the wider community of practice.

It is likely you will be asked to take on Line Management responsibilities within the Business Architecture practice. You will support the Head of Profession to grow the capability of the Business Architecture profession, including monitoring performance and obtaining feedback.


Your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:

• Engage with senior stakeholders and colleagues across DWP to promote Business Architecture’s contribution to the strategy, ensuring the department is adding value at every stage and presents insights which enable sensible decision making at Governance Boards.

• Work with the Strategy team and business to understand and interpret the strategy, to test the strategic hypotheses using Business Architect products and methods, ensuring that projects and services are aligned with strategy across the functions within the department.

• Develop and measure the capabilities that are required by the Department across its services to realise the desired outcomes.

• Develop Business Architecture collateral to influence departmental decision making by delivering relevant and understandable information and insights to senior stakeholders, maintaining focus on delivering customer value. Use the agreed Business Architecture framework to produce Business Architecture documentation, incorporating elements of best practices whilst also ensuring the approach is appropriate for the service and overarching department.

• Ensure the entire Business Architecture practice has a holistic view of the department by leading, facilitating, and encouraging the sharing of information.

• Mentor, coach and share expert knowledge, to support your own blended learning and capability within the profession.


The ideal candidate for this role will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Seek out shared interests beyond own area of responsibility, understanding the extent of the impact actions have on the organisation. Inspire and motivate teams/stakeholders to be fully engaged in their work and dedicated to their role.

• Communicate with others in a clear, honest and enthusiastic way in order to build trust. Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. Deliver difficult messages with clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required. Monitor the effectiveness of own and team communications and take action to improve where necessary.

• Ensure plans and activities in your area of work reflect wider strategic priorities and communicate effectively with senior leaders to influence future strategies. Bring together views, perspectives and diverse needs of stakeholders to gain a broader understanding of the issues surrounding policies and activities.

• Contributes to the creation and maintenance of the target operating model and identifies the impact on operational service.

• Determines the strategic vision and direction. Positively influences key senior stakeholders. Provides an arbitration function.

• Significant business architecture leadership experience building business-wide relationships, influencing at senior level to achieve business outcomes. Providing consultancy-level support through the practical application of a range of business architecture methods, analysing enterprise-wide business scenarios to produce valued insight. Steering, coaching and mentoring junior colleagues to support their development.


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

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

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

  • Enterprise and Business Architecture
  • Relationship Management


• Learning and development tailored to your role.
• An environment with flexible working options.
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
• An employer pension contribution of up to 27%.
• A generous annual leave allowance.

Salary Information


Salary for this role is from £66,252 (Band min) to £78,765 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £1,235 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.


Salary for this role is from £60,740 (Band min) to £72,933 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £7,067 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.

This role can be based out of either London, Blackpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield corporate hub locations.

The Department is committed to promoting flexible ways of working, whilst enabling the business to operate at maximum efficiency and will expect colleagues to work from a blend of locations, including some time working at home, as required. The corporate hub location will be the designated place of work and any remote or home working arrangement does not constitute a change to your designated place of work or contractual Terms and Conditions. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

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.
Stage 1 - Application & Sift:

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV & personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed in the advert.

All applications will be assessed and sifted based on the essential criteria in the advert, using the information you provide in your completed application form.

The sift panel will use the information relating to your employment history (your CV) and your personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria.

When giving details of your employment history, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in.

Applications must include:

1. A completed Personal Details application form.

2. A curriculum vitae* including education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements relevant to the skills and experience outlined in this job description.

3. A personal statement outlining, how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the responsibilities section of the job advert in no more than 1250 words.


*Due to DWP’s use of anonymised recruitment practices it is not possible for applicants to upload/attach a CV; any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form. Please ensure you provide sufficient information to enable the sift panel to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role.


Please include all other information that you would customarily provide when presenting a CV/Personal statement, as the sift panel use this information to assess your application.

DWP operates an anonymised recruitment process. When entering information relating to your employment history you will be asked to remove any personal details that could be used to identify you. This relates to name and contact details which might usually appear on your CV/Personal statement. Failure to do so will result in your application being withdrawn.

Stage 2 – Video Interview:

Unless you are otherwise informed, the final stage of the process will be a video interview via Microsoft Teams where you will be assessed against the Behaviours and Technical Skills detailed in the advert. You will also be assessed on strengths and experience.

Candidates will be asked to do a short (5 -10 minutes) presentation on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.

Throughout the whole recruitment process – application and interview – the accuracy and clarity of your communication will be assessed.

Sift and Interview Information:

Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised, so please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.

Interviews will take place in early November 2021, dates to be confirmed.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via DigitalRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Other information:

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

If successful but not transferring from another Government Department, in order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

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

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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Caicy Sandford
Email :  Caicy.sandford@dwp.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :  digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here to visit Civil Service Commission

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