Lead Technical Architect

HM Land Registry

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 1st November 2021


Reference number



£52,667 - £61,262
Croydon Office with London Weighting £56,694 - £65,388


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HMLR - Digital, Data and Technology

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Business Management and Improvement
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Part-time

Number of posts



Birkenhead, North West, CH41 6DU : Croydon, London, CR0 2AQ : Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 3BH : Durham, North East, DH1 5TR : Weymouth, South West, DT4 9TT : Gloucester, South West, GL1 1DQ : Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber, HU2 8JN : Leicester, East Midlands, LE3 5DR : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 7AU : Peterborough, Eastern, PE1 1QF : Plymouth, South West, PL6 5WS : Preston, North West, PR4 1TE : Swansea, Wales, SA7 9FQ : Telford, West Midlands, TF3 4LR

About the job


It is a very exciting time to join us as we continue on a major digital transformation programme. Our existing software systems form part of the critical national infrastructure, safeguarding land and property ownership valued at £7 trillion, enabling over £1 trillion worth of personal and commercial lending to be secured against property across England and Wales.

Given the scale of change we are seeking a Lead Technical Architect (Solution/Software) who can understand the magnitude of the challenge, taking a top down view to identify the things we need to change but still getting close to the tech and delivery aspects of architecture.

The Architecture practice within HM Land Registry is organised by domains: ‘Business & Data’, ‘Solution & Software’ and ‘Infrastructure & Security’. Lead Technical Architects work alongside the ‘Head of’ their domain to lead the practice area and drive forward HMLR’s technical architecture, continuously balancing the need to support delivery whilst embedding our technical strategy.

Job description

As a Lead Technical Architect (Solution/Software) you will be:

• Developing solutions for multiple projects and working with them to deliver these
• Evaluating the impact of change and the proposed solutions on our current technical estate
• Developing strategies and roadmaps for change
• Supporting the Technical Design Authority in guiding projects
• Ensuring alignment of solutions to our intentional architecture, tech strategy and business strategy
• Mentoring and guiding less experienced architects
• Ensuring solution compliance with security, legal and other legislative requirements
• Building relationships with potential vendors and other government departments including the Government Digital Service
• Commercial influence over supplier selection and relationships
• Keeping up to date with tech through conferences and forums and looking forward to the solutions of the future
• Direct management of in-house technical people


To be successful in this role, you will require a depth of experience in ‘Solution and Software’ Architecture and a strong understanding of the other domains: Business; Data and Infrastructure Architecture.

In addition you will have experience of:

• Developing solutions to complex problems
• Ability to interpret business strategy and develop into technical solutions
• Experience of designing for large projects (£1m +) and seeing those designs through delivery
• Leading and influencing diverse groups to get to agreement on a technical solution which is then built
• Ability to assess the impact of technical change on people, process, technology and information
• Understanding of the commercial impacts of technology implementation and adoption
• Developing technical strategies and roadmaps
• Top down thinking and structured, logical decomposition of problems using appropriate modelling techniques and languages
• Commercial skills in developing contracts and managing suppliers
• Collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups
• Keeping up to date with technology trends and influencing future projects based on this knowledge
• Leading, managing and mentoring technical people
• Selling technical ideas and concepts in a simple way to diverse stakeholder groups and influencing at all levels including senior leaders
• Being comfortable with change and ability to multi-task and prioritise projects, being able to respond quickly to changing circumstances

For more information about the job, please see the attached candidate guidance.

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 for HM Land Registry/

Technical skills

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

  • Depth of experience in ‘Solution and Software’ Architecture and a strong understanding of the other domains: Business; and Infrastructure Architecture.


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.
Please 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 Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
HM Land Registry are working with our Recruitment Partner Digital Ignite for this campaign. Please send your CV to: tony@ignite.digital and detail how you meet the essential criteria listed in the Job Description.

We also need you to fill out a very quick diversity form at the following link: Diversity form

The information you provide will help support us to ensure that our recruitment processes are fair to all and allow us to attract diverse and talented candidates. Any information provided on this form will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used for statistical purposes only. It will not be seen by anybody directly involved in the selection process.

If successful at shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend a remote blended interview and pre-prepared presentation. The blended interview will assess the essential technical skills and experience criteria, as well as the strengths associated with the role.

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:
Job Applicant Personal Information

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 :  Tony Parish - Digital Ignite Consultant
Email :  Tony@ignite.digital
Recruitment team :
Email :  hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/making-complaint/

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