Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield
About the job
DWP Digital have 4 x Senior Solution Architect vacancies to support the architecture design for modern digital solutions across the Child Maintenance Group (CMG) and Digital Working Age directorate.
CMG is responsible for obtaining maintenance from Absent Parents or Non-Resident Parents, and paying it to the Parent with Care if they are not in receipt of benefit.
There are 3 x CMG roles, based in Newcastle, and suited to solution architects that will either lead in designing modern digital online solutions or the design of hosting, environments, networking and public cloud infrastructure of their common platforms.
There is 1 x Digital Working Age role to support the design of New Style JSA and ESA benefits for Working Age services, based in Leeds (but other DWP Digital Hubs – Blackpool, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield will be considered).
Candidates will be appointed in merit order by location.
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.
The DWP Digital Working Age directorate design and develop services for citizens of Working Age.
These solutions will support millions of customers and improve experiences for users (both staff and citizens), and help reduce fraud and error.
DWP strategy is to orient our services around Events, supported by a micro-services architecture. Events and micro-services will be the foundations that will enable DWP to manage change quickly, and at low risk, resulting in dependable high-quality services for our customers.
The successful candidate for this role will:
• Provide architecture advice to product delivery teams, blending technical (software, public cloud development and architecture) and behavioural (leadership and communication) skills.
• Work with other architects to ensure solutions are consistent, strategically matched and interoperable.
• Ensure solutions meet the Departmental Architecture standards, re-using patterns where possible, and represent solutions to the Digital Design Authority (DDA) at various stages of the product development.
• Advocate and support delivery of solutions that reduce architecture complexity and reduce technical debt.
ResponsibilitiesYour responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:
• Deliver and support the architecture design elements of DWP initiatives.
• Create solution designs that meet user needs, working closely with engineers, in agile delivery teams.
• Be accountable for the product architecture, contributing to product roadmaps and represent product designs at governance forums, providing clear communication of architecture design and decision making, in order to gain approval to proceed with designs.
• Identity, capture, iterate, and implement architecture patterns.
• Engage with Domain and Lead Solution Architects, and engineering teams, to implement solutions according to agreed and approved designs.
• Contribute to the DWP Architecture community.
The ideal candidate for this role will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Architecture design and modelling techniques, patterns, tools and standards.
• Micro-service and API-led architecture design.
• Event-based architecture design, patterns (including pub-sub and data streaming), modelling techniques, tools and standards.
• Public cloud technologies, cloud hosting, container, and networking design patterns, tools and best practice (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform).
• Agile / DevOps delivery methodologies and best practices.
• Presenting to technical governance forums.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Turning business problems into technical designs.
- Technical Breadth
• 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 for this role is from £49,171 (Band min) to £59,589 (Band max).
Where the maximum salary of £59,589 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £1,411 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.
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Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles
, and will assess your Behaviours, 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 job advert in no more than 750 words.
A NOTE ON ANONYMISATION
*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 Behaviour and Technical Skills detailed in the advert.
Please give us a short (5-10 minute) presentation on an architecture design you have worked on, explaining the key architecture design decisions you made.
Throughout the whole recruitment process – application, presentation 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-September 2021, dates to be confirmed.
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.
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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.firstname.lastname@example.org stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
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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.
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