Deputy Director, Transformation Design and Architecture

Scottish Government

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 26th July 2024



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A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Type of role

Architecture and Data

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Job summary

The Corporate Transformation and Workplace Directorate sits within DG Corporate, the part of Scottish Government responsible for providing the corporate services which underpin much of the work that government does.

Applications are now invited for the role of Deputy Director, Transformation Design and Architecture. This is a permanent and pensionable SCS 1-level role, with a starting salary of £86,398.

Reporting to the Director of Corporate Transformation and Workplace, this role will lead the Corporate Transformation, Transformation Design and Architecture team within the Directorate. The focus is transforming these corporate services: systems and processes put in place some time ago are no longer fit for the government we have become, and for the journey ahead. Corporate services and capabilities need refreshed by creating new levels of service; ease of use; and productivity gains.

There is much work to do to understand the target state for corporate services, and the journey taking us there. A major transformation of our core HR and Finance services is already underway; this is just the beginning. A range of initiatives delivering short, medium and long term gains need to come together within an overall portfolio of work, drawing upon the skills and contributions of many parts of DG Corporate and beyond.

Our focus is delivery. We aren’t a policy function. Our value within the organisation is in problem resolution and the creation and delivery of services that enables the organisation as a whole. The Directorate will be responsible for many programmes and initiatives as we grow; these will be critical to the ongoing development of SG.

Job description

Your work will involve the following:

  • Current state - Building a detailed understanding of the entire suite of corporate services, their current ‘health’, interdependencies and challenges;
  • Future State – Leading, and being responsible for, delivery of the DG Corporate business architecture; covering process; organisation; location; business objects; business capabilities; relationships and underlying solutions to produce the Target Operating Model;
  • Building a library and knowledge base for corporate services, business architecture, ‘to be’ blueprints etc.;
  • Developing and socialising a view of priorities and the rationale;
  • Identifying opportunities within existing business models to create efficiencies, synergies and performance improvements;
  • Networking across the Scottish Government and wider public sector to form a picture of related work and identifying opportunities for collaboration and cohesion;
  • Providing business architecture and business analysis expertise for the preliminary assessment of corporate change demand and agreed priorities; 
  • Building, leading and continuously improving the business analysis, architecture and analytical service capabilities within the Directorate;
  • Ensuring that detailed technical architecture is sympathetic to the overall blueprint, roadmap and strategies for the corporate platform as a whole;
  • Bringing broad and deep knowledge of government services, other business sectors and technology trends into the conversations about opportunity and possibility;
  • Challenging divergence and counter-productive strategies that detract from the delivery of a cohesive corporate platform and suite of services;
  • Researching, understanding and keeping up to date with industry thinking, best practice, technology and customer trends.

Person specification

It is essential that you evidence a strong and successful track record of the following:

Specialist Expertise

Specific Transformation Design and Architecture skills

  • Defining enterprise architectures and leading their transformation for complex organisations, coupled with a background of working with business solution vendors, technology vendors and products within the market.
  • Utilising industry architecture frameworks such as TOGAF and ArchiMate in influencing the development of business strategies at senior levels and identifying transformational opportunities for the businesses and technology areas associated with both new and existing technologies.

Leadership Criteria

Leading collectively

  • Effective skills in networking, co-ordination, and brokering relationships with stakeholders; navigating complex relationship dynamics and resolving tensions.

Developing others

  • Ability to lead, inspire and build teams in delivering results and operate with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-moving environment.

Leading others

  • Ability to lead, inspire and build teams in delivering results and operate with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-moving environment.

Understanding and developing self

  • A strong understanding of yourself as a leader, as well as a passion for your work and your own continuous personal development. This includes acting as a role model for inclusive leadership by clearly articulating, with courage and humility, how your personal life experiences and background impact on your thinking and behaviour.
Alongside your salary of £86,398, Scottish Government contributes £23,327 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested via the online application system. We require both a CV and a written Supporting Statement to be submitted on the system for your application to be considered. 

Further details on the application process and the documents that we require are available in the attached Candidate Pack, or by clicking and searching for the vacancy ref no. 2024-8706. If there are any technical issues please contact .

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


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Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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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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