Chief Domain Architect – Counter Fraud

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 26th September 2022



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Up to £110,000. Please note standard pay rules apply to existing Civil Servants.


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CDIO - Chief Technology and Design Officer

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts



Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Stratford, Telford, Worthing


Almost every individual and business in the UK is a direct customer of HMRC, as we collect the money that pays for the UK’s public services and gives people who need it vital financial support. Over recent and coming years, our work never has been, nor will be, more critical as we rebuild and secure our nations future.  

With these demands in mind, and as one of the largest and most digitally focussed organisations in the UK, we are undergoing a thrilling change programme. This era will see us cement our position as a fiscal world leader, with a real-time, resilient, and fully digital tax system.  

As part of this transformation, we require several skilled and specialist architecture leaders to ensure that the decisions that we make are consistent with our strategic ambitions, and that our technology estate is nothing short of world leading.

An essential part of this transformation are our Lead Domain Architects; senior leaders who are able to guide the design and standards across our architecture to support the delivery of IT change and tangible business benefits. This change includes several key strategic digital priorities, such as real-time transactional information and a single customer account, enabling customers to access all their data and undertake all their interactions with HMRC in one place.

Job description

As a skilled Chief Domain Architect, you will:

  • Act as a technology advocate across our large and complex business to the highest levels, gaining both understanding and proactive support for change.
  • Connect architectural strategy and delivery by building a broad range of connections across HMRC to enable architectural advancements in your Domain.
  • Provide the leadership and direction to drive the alignment of business need, architecture strategy, and established governance and standards.
  • Enable HMRC to become an “intelligent customer” in working with suppliers.
  • Utilise your technology thought-leadership to innovate and enable the delivery of a world class service to our customers.
  • Collaborate with business and technical stakeholders to develop blueprints and roadmaps that are aligned and mutually beneficial.
  • Support the realisation of solution through architecture into delivery, roll-out and operation, and full systems lifecycle management including evergreening technology platforms.
  • Analyse the technology industry trends that could apply to HMRC and lead the adoption of new and innovative technology.
  • Lead support and enable a focussed team of Architects through a transformational journey.
  • Work with our Chief Technology Officer and a broad range of technical colleagues and partners, to support the design of a world-class architecture and platform.


      Chief Domain Architect - Counter Fraud

      The role of the Chief Architect is that of a senior leader able to promote and support the delivery of IT change, through design and architecture that will support the ability to protect our services from fraud including the identification, investigation, and prosecution of fraud, led by the Departments’ Fraud Investigation Service.

      You will ideally have an extensive background in employing solution architecture to develop and design IT systems that support similar capabilities including IT to support the identification of suspected fraud and related aspects including intelligence management, risking, investigation, evidence management, disclosure, digital forensics, and the creation of documentation for legal case presentation.

      An excellent practical understanding of security is required. Any data and analytics exposure would be an advantage, as well as experience of highly regulated environments particularly those that support law enforcement or security services.

      The use of SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions to accelerate business value and a good practical understanding of related security practices will also be useful alongside a knowledge of Secure Cloud Services.

      In return for your endeavours, you can expect to work in a forward-thinking team modernising and shaping architectural practices in one of the largest customer centric organisations throughout the UK. We offer multiple locations, fantastic modern offices, flexible working and an incredible pension.

      • 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%
      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.


      Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
      Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

      See our vetting charter.
      People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

      Selection process details

      For further information or to apply please email or contact Rachel Ellis or Dave Flynn on 020 8253 1806 to arrange an informal conversation.

      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

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      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.
      The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
      This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
      The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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      Contact point for applicants

      Job contact :

      • Name : Rachel Ellis or Dave Flynn
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