Lead Solutions Architect

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 17th 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



Blackpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

About the job


DWP Digital have a vacancy for a Lead Solution Architect, working across the portfolio of the Digital Cross Boundary Team (DCBT).

The DCBT are a key component of the Digital Group, encompassing discrete areas of activity, all of which are underpinned by the common theme of working across boundaries – in Digital / DWP/ Government and the EU, to deliver outcomes for citizens and sponsors. The DCBT have four main areas of focus:

• Co-ordinate the delivery of Digital Groups activities to support / influence the Scottish Devolution Programme.

• Represent DWP Digital at the Immigration Cross Government Data Board and deliver the outcomes needed to support the new policies introduced as a consequence of EU Transition.

• Deliver the Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) Programme, on time; to budget and meeting all user needs.

• Represent DWP Digital with OGDs and DWPs Arm’s Length Bodies, acting as an initial point of contact for these organisations and working with colleagues across DWP to provide consistent and coordinated responses to their needs.

This is a critical architecture leadership role for an experienced architect, who can work with other solution architects and engineers, and delivery teams, to drive the design and development of DWP Digital products and services, and their strategic roadmap.

Job description

Design technical solutions (products and services) to meet user needs and align with DWP technical strategy and standards.

Provide a deep understanding of business goals and processes that inform the technical architecture roadmap.

Provide a consistent set of solution views, that communicate and describe the construction of the solution to all stakeholders.

Champion solution communication, making the complex simple to understand.

Support delivery teams, blending technical (development and architecture) and behaviour (leadership and communication) skills.


• You will lead and deliver the technical and architecture design elements of DCBT projects / initiatives.

• You will work with engineering teams, policy, legal, and other Digital stakeholders, to create VFM solution designs.

• You will ensure technical quality and adherence of solution designs to the DWP Digital Blueprint, Enterprise Architecture and Product Roadmaps.

• You will identify, capture, share, iterate, and implement architecture patterns.

• You will drive resolution of technical debt, to reduce the ongoing cost of DWP IT services.

• You will own the product architecture, develop product roadmaps and represent product designs at DWP governance forums, providing clear communication of architecture design and decision making, in order to gain approval to proceed with designs.

• You will promote a professional Architecture community within DCBT, and lead on the development of the Architecture Practice within the department and across wider government.

The following skills are desirable:

• Microservice and API-led architecture and integration design tools, techniques and best practice.

• Event-based architecture design, patterns (including pub-sub and data streaming), modelling techniques, tools and standards.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Technical Breadth
  • Turning business problems into technical designs


• 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 £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 Blackpool or Newcastle 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, Experience and Technical skills.
Stage 1 - Application:

Your application will consist of two parts:

1. A Personal Details application form.

2. An uploaded curriculum vitae including education, professional qualifications and full employment history and give details of key achievements.

All applications will be sifted based on the essential criteria below:


• Application architecture design and modelling techniques, patterns, tools and standards.

• Public cloud technologies, design patterns, tools and best practice (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform).

• Agile / DevOps delivery methodologies and best practice.

• Shaping and supporting technology initiatives, projects, programmes and portfolios.

• Presenting at technical governance forums.

The sift panel will use the information in your CV to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria above.

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

For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .


*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, 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. 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.

Candidates will be asked to do a short (5 -10 minutes) presentation on an architecture design they have personally been involved in, and to explain the key architecture decisions they made. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.

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, sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

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

Reasonable Adjustment

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Harvinder Chana
Email :  Harvinder.chana@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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