Senior Solution Architects

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 31st October 2021

 

Reference number

153184

Salary

£49,171 - £61,000

Grade

Grade 7

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Digital

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

3

Location

Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

About the job

Summary

Do you want to build architecture for some of the largest digital transformations in Europe?

We are looking for Senior Solution Architects to take on the challenge of solving complex problems that impact the most vulnerable citizens in society.

We develop, maintain and modernise services that will be used by nearly every person in the UK, at key moments in their lives.

The scale of what we do is extraordinary and our purpose is unique.

You will join our community of Technical Architects across DWP Digital and work alongside engineering colleagues, using the latest technologies and delivery techniques to ensure the solutions we develop can support and adapt to the rapid changes in both technology and society.

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

Job description

The successful candidate for this role will:

• Work as part of the product delivery team in Retirement, Bereavement and Care, blending technical and communication skills to create solutions that support DWP’s business objectives.

• Work with associated architects within RBC and the wider DWP 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 (DWP’s architecture governance forum) at various stages of the product development.

• Advocate and support delivery of solutions that reduce architecture complexity and reduce technical debt.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:

• Deliver and support the architecture design elements of Retirement, Bereavement and Care 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.
• Identify, 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.


ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

The ideal candidate for this role will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• The creation of application architecture designs that have been successfully implemented using industry standard modelling techniques, tools and patterns.

• Presenting architectural solutions to technical governance forums and business stakeholders.

• Experience of micro-service and API-led architecture solutions.

• Experience of architecting for Cloud based applications solutions.


DESIRABLE CRITERIA

• Creation of event-based architecture solutions, making use of patterns such as pub-sub and data streaming.

• Use of public cloud technologies, cloud hosting, container, and networking design patterns, tools and best practice.

• Experience of working as part of an agile delivery team.

Behaviours

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:

  • Turning business problems into technical designs
  • Technical breadth

Benefits

• 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 £49,171 (Band min) to £59,589 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary is offered a digital allowance up to £1,411 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 Newcastle or Leeds corporate hub locations. Where the successful candidate is based in Leeds, occasional travel to Newcastle will be required. The frequency of travel is anticipated to be 2 days per fortnight and will be confirmed with the team.

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

Security

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 & Sift

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV.

All applications will be assessed and sifted based on the essential criteria in the responsibilities section of 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) 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.

A NOTE ON ANONYMISATION

* Candidates are required to attach their CV as a separate additional document. Your CV must be in either PDF or word document 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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 presentation, “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 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.

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 Adjustments:

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.

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.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.

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.

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

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

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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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