Head of Architecture - Cloud

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 12th August 2020


Reference number



£62,789 - £70,779


Grade 6

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CDIO - Cloud

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

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

Number of posts




About the job


HMRC is building a modern, digital tax administration and runs the biggest digital operation in Government, providing digital services for 45 million individuals and 4.9 million business customers. Our digital programme is multi-award winning and the envy of other government organisations.

This is an exciting time to join an organisation that probably doesn’t work how you’d imagine a government organisation would. Our blog tells you a bit more about what we do and how we do it. here

We are undergoing a major transformation programme, which includes a major investment in digitisation. This means customers can do more for themselves online, in real time, on computers, tablets and smartphones therefore we are building a team of outstanding people who will create and run these new and improved technology services.

Our role sits within HMRC’s Chief Digital & Information Group (CDIO) we’re increasingly delivering in-house through our growing network of digital delivery centres – hi-tech, state-of-the-art facilities across the UK.

This Head of Architecture - Cloud role is within the Enterprise Cloud Services (ECS) team that is transforming and expanding to enhance its HMRC Cloud Centre of Excellence offering. It is a diverse team of 80+ individuals, creating a dynamic and inclusive working environment whose skills cover Architecture, Development, Service Design, Operation and Governance.

As the Head of Cloud Architecture within the ECS Team you will develop, update and maintain the ECS Cloud Architecture, across AWS and Azure. and ensuring it remains aligned with CDIO operating model.

You will work with the Security, Networks, SDA&I and Portfolio / Product Management teams within Strategy to ensure they are aligned with the overall ECS Vision, Strategy & Operating Model, supporting the Development of services and products as well as the adoption of Cloud Native tooling, plus act as a Cloud Architect subject matter advisor and be responsible for roll out of key Cloud Architecture principles and processes.

This successful candidate will be delivering a secure, consistent and reliable framework of Cloud-based services to be consumed across HMRC. The role will also be responsible for promoting the strategic shift in culture and ways of working necessary to exploit Cloud effectively.

Job description

As the Head of Architecture - Cloud, you will be responsible for developing HMRCs Cloud Technical Reference Architecture in collaboration with the Strategy, Design, Architecture & Innovation function.

You will lead the Cloud Architecture function within ECS and be accountable for planning, team management, status reporting and quality control of work produced by the workstream, establishing the current baseline Cloud Architecture and be in charge of developing the target Cloud Architecture and transition architectures including working with product owners to document the roadmap to achieve the target.

You will:
Ensure Service, Security, Commercial and Operational design aspects are incorporated from the outset of the design process.

Ensure creation and maintenance of high quality Cloud architectural artefacts
Provide architectural support to the development and delivery of high quality HMRC Cloud Services.

Ensure alignment and coordination with HMRC’s central architectural groups, governance bodies and forums e.g. SDA&I group, Architecture Review Boards etc.

Manage a team of Cloud Service Architects and Cloud Domain Architects and have overall responsibility for Cloud Architecture for ECS.

Act as an SME on Cloud Architecture, providing architectural advice, guidance and standard methodologies to Cloud consumers and Cloud service development teams.

Provide guidance to Cloud Architects responsible for defining architectural patterns, frameworks, standards, guidelines, blueprints etc. ensuring that Cloud usage is standardised and governed.

Establish Cloud Architecture processes to enable management of Architectural Assets and Technology Lifecycles.

Attend cloud governance sessions, ensuring solutions, products and services align with strategy and roadmaps.

The successful candidate will have experience in working with Cloud environments, particularly driving standards, patterns, policies and Architectural designs.

Though this role will be Cloud focused you should expect to build skills across a breadth of knowledge beyond this as part of your personal development in order to match the industry’s own evolution.

Dependant upon your skills and experience, it is possible to be offered higher than the bottom of the salary band.


Essential Criteria
• Ability to deliver and lead on service and product improvement through standards and good practice principles.
• The ability to lead a team through continual improvement, using their experience to find better ways to operate and perform.
• Experience of Cloud Technologies and Principles both Public and Hybrid Cloud
• Experience of running large, complex and architectural teams
• Wider experience of running Operational and IT functions to provide greater context to their role and team.

Desirable Criteria
• Knowledge and experience of Cloud (Azure and AWS) Architecture, Qualifications desired
• Experience or qualification in TOGAF or willing to work towards qualification
• A good understanding of Enterprise IT governance


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

If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department’s Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

Please also find attached 'Your little extras booklet' for further information'.

Things you need to know


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.
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 Skills and Experience.

At application stage, you will be required to complete a CV detailing your work history and skills/duties within your career and in addition you will be required to submit a statement of suitability to outline how your skills and experience match the specification detailed above. A sift of all applications will be performed after the vacancy closing date.

The application sift will be based on the skills and experience outlined within the Job Specification.

The interview will be based on your skills and experience outlined within the essential criteria.

Sift and Interview dates to be confirmed, but will be held in Telford or via on line interview.

Any move to the HMRC will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers you will however have access to the Governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

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.

Security Update

If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

In November 2015, HMRC announced the next step in our ten-year modernisation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future, committing to high-quality jobs and the creation of new regional centres serving every region and nation in the UK. We set out our plans to consolidate into 13 large, modern offices, equipped with the digital infrastructure and training facilities needed to build a more highly-skilled workforce. These offices will be located in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. There will also be a small number of specialist sites, where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. In addition, our Welsh language service has people in specialist roles located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff. If you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HMRC’s applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases this will be via a transitional site. If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site. If you are a current HMRC employee and you joined HMRC through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HMRC. For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Some of HMRC Terms and Conditions of employment changed on 1st May 2013, these will apply to people who are new recruits to HMRC or who take a new job in HMRC on promotion. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information on the changes we made, please note this is not a full list of HMRC's terms and conditions. If you need to discuss how these changes might affect you, please contact the vacancy holder. For further information on terms and conditions please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/about/recruitment#annual-leave


New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information.

Reasonable adjustment

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 hmrcrecruitment.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.

A reserve list will be held for a period of 3 months from which further appointments can be made.

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 circumstance 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-Employment.Checks@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.

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 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.

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.

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

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Doug Rogers
Email :  doug.rogers@hmrc.gov.uk
Telephone :  07342029507
Recruitment team :
Email :  hmrcrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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 requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned. 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: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-recruitment/complaints/

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