Lead Architect Borders IT

Home Office

Closing date: 9 Jun 2017

Reference number



circa 100,000 per annum


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Minimum 2 years

Business area

Home Office - Digital

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share



Number of posts



2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF
Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Rd, Croydon CR9 2BY

About the job

Job description

The Lead Architect will be responsible for establishing and building a new architecture function for Borders IT providing overall technology leadership at an enterprise level. This new function will span all existing and new programmes of work, ensuring governance, standardisation and technical integration across a large portfolio. Taking a holistic view this person will build the technical blueprint and overarching architecture strategy, looking for synergies, reusable services, connectivity and efficiencies across Borders IT.

Borders IT is a complex and fast moving environment, supporting systems that are nationally critical and that operate in secure environments.

The Home Office has a wide range of technology from Adabas to Hadoop. New systems are increasingly built in-house, using agile development techniques, open source and modern software practices.

The Lead Architect will play a critical role in building or buying the technology that will help the Home Office meet its business goals.

The scope of the role encompasses enterprise, business, application, data and security architecture.

The 5 portfolios within Borders IT are:


Digital Permissions

Digital Passenger Services


Small Border Force Specific Projects

Main responsibilities:

Creating the architecture and technical road map.

Cultivate strong relationships with a wide range of stake-holders across Border Force, as well as the wider HO Technology Architecture team.

Develop and maintain current and future state business & technical architectures for Border Force.

Perform gap analysis on current systems to recommend architecture, design and planning of complex custom software solutions or modifying package solutions, creating synergies across the function.

Work with Border Force, and Home Office Digital Data and Technology Portfolio Office, and Finance partners to prioritize strategic projects.

Provide architectural leadership to programs, projects and initiatives.

Assist with the running and organization of the Technical Design Authority for Border Force.

Represent Border Force, technical direction and decision making at the cross HO technical governance group.

Provide technical leadership to promote wider join of technology and data across the wider HO group.

Act as the focal point for enterprise architecture and IT standards, working with colleagues across Home Office.

Develop, communicate and deploy enterprise architecture governance processes.

Build and manage a team of senior architects across different disciplines.

Person Specification

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:

Experience of setting up and managing an architecture function in a large, complex, regulated environment.

Good consulting and relationship management skills.

Comprehensive and recent experience designing and implementing complex software systems including experience of architecting and building high-volume digital services.

Proven capability in managing technology implementation projects and in presenting to / working with stakeholders at every level of seniority with good inter-personal skills.

Demonstrable track record of successfully taking an evolutionary architecture approach to software architecture.

Focused on strategic alignment of technical design and architecture to meet business growth and direction
Knowledge of agile product management, in particular determination of vision, objectives, goals and success criteria.

Deep technical knowledge to provide technical authority to the architecture team and department:

Experience with designing infrastructure for modern enterprise solutions.

Solid understanding of security architecture.

Experience with programming languages/frameworks.

Experience developing and using web-based APIs (especially REST-based APIs).

Experience with open source solutions and community

Experience using and deploying on Cloud based platforms.

Experience sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary team.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Justin Frankum or Caroline Goldie at McCabe & Barton on 0207 796 3218

Sift/interview dates and location

Advert Closing Date
9th June 2017

Short List Meeting
8th June 2017

Final Panel Interviews
27th June 2017

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