Technical Architect

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 4th December 2023



Reference number



£42,618 - £45,831

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CDIO - Chief Technology and Design Officer

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

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

Number of jobs available



This role can be based in Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Telford or Worthing. We offer a hybrid working model that allows you to work between home and office locations, giving you greater flexibility about where and when you work. Occasional travel to other sites will be required.

Job summary

Are you an IT architect with an interest in Enterprise Architecture? 

If so, continue reading to find out more about this fantastic opportunity to join HMRC - one of the largest and most dynamic IT infrastructures in Europe, and we are now one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join HMRC’s Enterprise Architecture team who are responsible for setting the architectural direction for HMRC as well as providing consultancy and support to solution architects. 

Working for HMRC 

See what it’s like to work at HMRC: find out more about us or ask our colleagues a question. Questions relating to an individual application must be emailed as detailed later in this advert.

Job description

Working within the Enterprise Architecture team you will contribute towards the setting of Departmental wide IT strategy through architecture roadmaps and reference architectures as well as governing against these directions. 

The role also supports and contributes to solution designs cutting across business, data, application and technology domains. You may also be involved in proof of concept exercises exploring new technologies. 
Working on the Enterprise Architecture team, you may have the opportunity to work in one of the following areas: 
• Collaboration, Communication and knowledge management 

  • Borders and International Trade
  • Document and records management
  • Enterprise Analytics
  • Enterprise Operations systems
  • Enterprise Service Management
  • Customer Engagement/relationship management platforms
  • Integration
  • Identity and access management
  • Cloud and IT Infrastructure
  • Business Processes architecture
  • Architectural modelling

You may already work in an Enterprise Architecture role or with a design/development background or be an experienced IT professional looking to make a move into Enterprise Architecture. 

You will be keen to engage at a strategic level, influencing policy and setting direction for technical and business change. 

You will be confident in your ability to play a key role in ensuring that HMRC develops and maintains a strong IT Architecture capability. 

Person specification

Essential Criteria 

You will need to demonstrate within your application the following essential criteria: 

  • A background in IT with demonstrable experience in either IT, Data, Business or technology domains. 
  • An understanding of how IT can be used to support the business.
  • Experience in establishing professional relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to simplify complex / technical information by using appropriate and accessible language for non-technical audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to communicate clearly.

 Desirable Experience 

  • Either have or be prepared to work to achieve professional IT qualifications such as TOGAF or CITP. 
  • 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%

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras and big benefits handbook' for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service.

Selection process details

As part of the application process,applications must include a CV detailing education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements for each role/job.  
Within the CV you should highlight your experience in line with the essential criteria listed in the advert, including details of the work and projects that you have been involved in, and your role therein.  
Important information  

  • Please attach your CV as a separate additional document in either PDF or word format no bigger than 5MB 
  • Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered. 
  • Please do not include any personal details in your document title. 

If your CV contains any personal details your application will be withdrawn.  

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 essential skills and your experience.  
Sift and Interview dates are to be confirmed.  

Desirable skills will only be used in the event of a tie.  

We reserve the right to raise the score required at any stage of the process in order to manage numbers.

The candidates will be posted in merit order.

A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made for the same or similar roles – if this applies to you, we’ll let you know via your Civil Service Jobs account.


To check that you are eligible to apply, review this eligibility information

    Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers

    Please note that this role is unsuitable for contractual homeworkers due to the nature and/or requirements of the role.

    Reasonable Adjustments 

    We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition, or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. 

    If you need a reasonable adjustment or a change to be made so that you can make your application, review this information on reasonable adjustments, and contact as soon as possible.

    Diversity and Inclusion

    At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues and creating an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

    Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We’re committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues here at HMRC. We want everyone to feel valued and supported to achieve their potential at HMRC.

    For more information on how we make this happen, review this information on our culture and values

    Applications received from candidates with a criminal record are considered fairly in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice and the Recruitment of ex-offenders Policy.

    We welcome applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible after considering operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

    Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement, this will be tested as part of the selection process. 

    The Civil Service runs 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. 


    HMRC has a presence in every region of the UK. For more information on where you might be working, review this information on our locations.

    Security Update

    For more information on the level of security checks we will carry out, review this information on security checks

    Additional Security Information

    Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Security Check (SC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for SC is 5 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.

    Further Information

    The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences.

    Any instances of plagiarism or other forms of cheating will be investigated and, if proven, the relevant application/s will be withdrawn from the process. 

    Duplicate applications for the same vacancy will also be withdrawn.

    Transferring into HMRC from Civil Service If you are currently working for an ‘Other Government Department’ (OGD) and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”, found at the bottom of this advert. Further information on staff transfers can be found on

    Problems during the application process 

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

    If you think you’ve made a mistake on a short application form (e.g. you’ve ticked the incorrect eligibility box), please contact at least two working days before the vacancy closes. After this, we won’t be able to reopen your application.   

    Please use the subject line to insert appropriate wording e.g. Please re-open my application - 326610 & vacancy closing date 04/12/23. Please note that we cannot amend or re-open your application if you have submitted your full application in the interests of fair and open recruitment.

    For reasonable adjustments queries or requests, please see details within reasonable adjustments section above.

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


    Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
    Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

    See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
    People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

    Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:

    • UK nationals
    • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
    • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
    • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
    • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
    • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
    • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
    Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

    Working for the Civil Service

    The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
    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 (opens in a new window) initiative.
    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 : Nik Henderson
    • Email :

    Recruitment team

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    Further information

    Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned via If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: Click here

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