Lead Technical Architect (Solutions)

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, Manchester

About the job


Payments are core to our service in DWP, as they are critical to help people live better lives. DWP are the biggest payer in the UK, serving some 22m citizens, who collectively receive a total of ~£199bn in payments annually. We deliver money on time and in the form that best works for our citizens, so that they can use it to help address their specific needs.

Internally, our Payment Services need to be efficient, modern, fast, scalable, flexible and innovative, and available 24/7. Externally, Payments are being transformed at pace with constant innovation from the industry being driven by innovation in technology, policy & changed user expectations.

This role is ideally suited to an architect with knowledge and experience of Payments and the Banking Industry, Open Banking, Payment Services Directive (PSD2), PCI DSS, and New Payments Architecture.

Come and join us and help design and build our modernised payment services. These are critical roles for experienced architects, who can work with DWP delivery teams, to drive the design and development of DWP Payments products and services, and our strategic roadmap.

Job description

As a Solution Architect, you will:

• Own the Payments 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.

• Lead and deliver the technical and architecture design elements of the CPS Service.

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

• 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.

• Work with engineering teams, policy, Finance, and other Digital stakeholders, to create VFM solution designs for the CPS Service.

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

• Identify, capture, share, iterate, and implement architecture patterns.

• Drive resolution of technical debt, to reduce the ongoing cost of DWP IT services.

• Support the development of the DWP Architecture Practice within the department and across wider government.


The responsibilities are outlined in the job description above.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact Caicy.Sandford@dwp.gov.uk.


• 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 of £72,933 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 Manchester corporate hub locations.

Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations here.

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.

This role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

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

Stage 1: Application

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.

When giving details in your CV you should highlight your experience working with the essential criteria below:

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

• Experience in delivering Enterprise scale, multi-million pound Payments and Accounting solutions building on top of industry standard COTS packages.

• Relational database design/modelling, technologies, design patterns, tools and best practice e.g. Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL.

• Integration architecture, frameworks, technologies, tools and best practice.

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

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 .


Candidates are required to attach their CV as a separate additional document. Your CV must be in either PDF or word format. Personal details including your name and address must be redacted. Please be aware that if your CV contains personal details it will not be progressed to the next stage of the recruitment process.


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 CV 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: Interview

If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the following experiences:

• Communicate with stakeholders in a clear way, explaining complex architecture and technical issues in a way that is appropriate and easy to understand. Introduce different methods for communication and monitor the effectiveness of own communications.

• Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts, within architecture community and wider Digital project professions, to achieve progress on shared objectives. Challenge assumptions while being willing to compromise if beneficial to progress.

•Turning business problems into technical designs: Designs architecture and technical solutions based on business and user needs, dealing with problems that span the enterprise.

•Technical Breadth: Has a deep understanding of the technical concepts required in the role and understands how these fit into the wider technical landscape. Understands the limitations of digital technology, and anticipates and exploits opportunities of new digital technologies.

Interviews will take place from early November.

You will be asked to provide a short (2-3 slides, 5-10 minutes) presentation on an architecture design you’ve personally led, and the key architecture decisions you made.

Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.

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

Further information

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 Digitalrecruiment.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.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

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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