Digital Optimisation Solutions Architect

Ministry of Defence

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 16th May 2021


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RRA for High Wycombe is an additional £2000


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

MOD - Air - Digital Optimisation is a Royal Air Force (RAF) Programme delivering organisational transformation to meet the RAF Strategy. An enabling programme for all digital activity and a priority for delivering emerging technology into service for exploitation.

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Business Management and Improvement
Communications / Marketing
Customer Insight
Information Technology
Knowledge and Information Management
Project Delivery
Risk Management

Working pattern

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

Number of posts




About the job


Working within an agile environment the Digital Optimisation (DO) Solutions Architect will be working alongside the Product Delivery Manager who will share the digital capability development and transformation projects being developed for the RAF, working not only with user areas but also having the opportunity to network across the MOD, industry and other Governmental departments in the field of Digital Transformation. The Digital Optimisation programme has high exposure to the RAF’s Senior Leadership and interacts at the Cabinet Office level for broadening and development opportunities.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Job description

HQ Air Command is looking for a Solutions Architect to join its Digital Optimisation Team at in High Wycombe. The team will be responsible for the implementation, governance and strategy of Digital Transformation across the Royal Air Force. You will lead with a team of Digital Professionals that will be driving forward products and utilising emerging technologies to improve the way the RAF delivers its capabilities and increase efficiencies driven by the RAF Strategy.

You’ll be part of an agile, multidisciplinary team, working across quite a complex digital estate. You’ll need to overcome obstacles and manage dependencies as well as think strategically to prioritise work that balances user needs, business requirements and technical constraints.


Digital Optimisation (DO) Solutions Architect is responsible for providing technical leadership and architectural design. The Solutions Architect has responsibility for ensuring that the products will operate efficiently and effectively, and specifically:

Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical. You can speak on behalf of technical teams and facilitate relationships with indirect stakeholders. (Relevant skill level: working)

Governance. You understand how governance works and can participate in assurance. (Relevant skill level: awareness)

Making and guiding decisions. You can recommend decisions and describe the reasoning behind these. You can identify and articulate technical disputes between direct peers and local stakeholders. (Relevant skill level: awareness)

Strategy. You can describe the purpose and application of strategy, standards, patterns, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. (Relevant skill level: awareness)

Turning business problems into technical design. You can design systems characterised by managed levels of risk, manageable business and technical complexity and meaningful impact. You can work with well understood technology and identify appropriate patterns. (Relevant skill level: working)

Understanding the whole context. You understand how your work supports the team. You can identify wider influences and how they apply. You keep an open mind and can understand the broader context. (Relevant skill level: awareness)


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

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Leadership

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of delivering digital products in line with the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Capability Framework - Technical Architect.
  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of using Agile techniques in line with the Governmental Digital Service manual.


- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Any move to the Ministry of Defence 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

Things you need to know


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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came in to effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

1. Complete online application form.

2. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Personal Statement:

- CV: Covering job history to date, including key responsibilities and achievements.

- Personal Statement: A personal statement (of no more than 250 words). Please note your personal statement should be aligned to the listed behaviours and the essential criteria and desirable skills and experience, please explain your suitability for this role.

3. We will use the lead behaviours “Working Together” and "Delivering at Pace" for the sifting stage of the selection process, should we get a high volume of applications. The other behaviours will be tested at interview.

4. If you are invited to interview, we will assess you on the listed behaviours:

- Changing and Improving
- Developing Self and Others
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
- Leadership

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 (or eligible for) status under 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 :  Squadron Leader Bob Stocken
Email :  Bob.Stocken286@MOD.Gov.UK
Telephone :  03067708032
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

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