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Senior Technical Architect (Solutions Architect)

£49,171 - £61,000
Department for Work and Pensions


Shared Channels Experience (SCE) is a strategic area in DWP Digital, charged with making sure that all DWP digital services have proportionate Identity & Trust solutions, so that we are keeping our services secure but not preventing customers from doing what they need to do.

SCE is focused on improving the experience for both DWP colleagues and customers, by designing services around the user and life events, rather than around benefits.

Using the principles of being user centred, designing for flexible and dynamic reuse, enable channel optimisation, working collaboratively and monitoring and measuring the impact, they will achieve their goal by understanding the whole customer journey and interaction with DWP.

SCE is a new team, supporting high priority pieces of work, and therefore establishing highly-performant delivery teams will be critical for the department.

These SCE roles are ideally suited to solution architects with experience of agile development of solutions for deployment into public cloud environments.The successful candidate for this role will:

• Provide architecture advice to SCE product delivery teams, blending technical (software, public cloud development and architecture) and behavioural (leadership and communication) skills.
• Work with other architects within SCE, to ensure solutions are consistent, strategically matched and interoperable.
• Ensure solutions meet the Departmental Architecture standards, re-using patterns where possible, and represent solutions to the Digital Design Authority (DDA) at various stages of the product development.
• Advocate and support delivery of solutions that reduce architecture complexity and reduce technical debt.

The responsibilities for this role include but are not exclusive to the following:

• Lead, deliver and support the architecture design elements of SDT initiatives.
• Create solution designs that meet user needs, working closely with engineers, in agile delivery teams.
• Be accountable for the product architecture, contributing to product roadmaps and represent product designs at governance forums, providing clear communication of architecture design and decision making, in order to gain approval to proceed with designs.
• Identity, capture, iterate, and implement architecture patterns.
• Engage with Domain and Lead Solution Architects, and engineering teams, to implement solutions according to agreed and approved designs.
• Contribute to the DWP Architecture community.

Essential Criteria:

The ideal candidate for this role will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Architecture design and modelling techniques, patterns, tools and standards
• Micro-service, Micro UI and API-led architecture design
• Event-based architecture design, patterns (including pub-sub and data streaming), modelling techniques, tools and standards.
• Public cloud technologies, cloud hosting, container, and networking design patterns, tools and best practice (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform).
• Agile / DevOps delivery methodologies and best practices.
• Presenting to technical governance forums.

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

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

  • Turning business problems into technical designs
  • Technical Breadth
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
• An employer pension contribution of up to 27%
• A generous annual leave allowance
• Flexible working arrangements

Salary Information

Salary including digital allowance for this position is up to £61,000.

The salary is from £49,171 to £59,589 (Maximum salary scale). Where the maximum salary is offered a digital allowance up to £1,411 is available.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater. Only in very few circumstances (where there have been exceptional skills demonstrated which are in limited supply for example) may existing Civil Servants be able to negotiate their starting salary if the role has been advertised externally, prior to accepting the post.Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.Stage 1: Application & Sift

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV & personal statement of up to 750 words. Further details around what this will entail are listed in the advert.

All applications will be assessed and sifted based on the essential criteria in the advert, using the information you provide in your completed application form.

The sift panel will use the information relating to your employment history (your CV) and your personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge.

When giving details of your employment history, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in, and your role therein.

Applications must include:
A. A completed Personal Details application form.

B. A curriculum vitae* with education and full employment history, giving details of key achievements relevant to the skills and experience outlined in this job description.

C. A personal statement outlining how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the job advert.


*Due to DWP’s use of anonymised recruitment practices it is not possible for applicants to upload/attach a CV; any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form. Please ensure you provide sufficient information to enable the sift panel to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role.


Please include all other information that you would customarily provide when presenting a CV, as the sift panel use this information to assess your application.

DWP operates an anonymised recruitment process. When entering information relating to your employment history you will be asked to remove any personal details that could be used to identify you. This relates to name and contact details which might usually appear on your CV/Personal statement. Failure to do so will result in your application being withdrawn.

Stage 2 – Skype Interview

Unless you are otherwise informed, the final stage of the process will be a video interview via Skype for Business where you will be assessed against the Behaviours and Technical Skills detailed in the advert. Candidates will be asked to do a short (5 -10 minutes) presentation on an architecture design they have personally been involved in, and to explain the key architecture decisions they made. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.

Throughout the whole recruitment process – application and interview – the accuracy and clarity of your communication will be assessed. Think about who you’re addressing and check for mistakes.

Sift and Interview Information

Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised, so please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.

Only candidates that have been successful at the previous stage will be invited to attend.

If at any time through the selection process you do not meet the minimum standard required for this role, we may contact you to discuss an alternative position.

Please note expenses incurred by candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed by DWP except in exceptional circumstances and only when agreed in advance with the Hiring Manager.

Interviews will take place early December 2020, dates to be confirmed. Please note that candidates are required to pre-prepare a presentation prior to the video interview.

Further information:

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

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to DWP 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.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

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 digitalrecruitment.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.

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.

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-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

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