Senior Solution Architect (EU Transition)
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.
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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 Strategy, Design, Architecture and Innovation customer group sits within the Chief Digital and Information Office. CDIO set the technology direction for HMRC and deliver the high level design for all IT solutions to enable HMRC to become a ‘digital by default’ organisation and to significantly improve availability, usability, performance and cost of operational IT systems.
This is a great opportunity for an IT Architect who wants to develop their career and specialise in Solution Architecture in a hugely complex IT landscape. You will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and stretching environment providing technology leadership to a massive technology transformation.
A Senior Solution Architect would define strategy and are key to assuring services. They regularly collaborate and find agreement with senior partners, providing direction and challenge and are proactive in identifying problems and translating these into non-technical descriptions that can be widely understood. A Senior Solution Architect also mentors and coaches junior colleagues.
You will be familiar with the systems development life-cycle and typical problems associated with the implementation of information systems, from initial concept through development and implementation to operation and support.
Have detailed practical knowledge of the organisation’s IT infrastructure and software development and maintenance methods, tools and techniques. Is conversant with the organisation’s IT strategy, policies and standards, and any industry regulations/constraints.
Have a good appreciation of risk management, change management, configuration management, reliability and safety methods and the use of metrics. Demonstrates high standards of professional behaviour in dealings with clients, colleagues and staff.
Have in depth knowledge of at least one specific area and a broad understanding across a wide field along with a record of applying such knowledge successfully in a variety of situations.
Possess strong inter-personal skills, especially in handling contacts of all types and at all levels.
Skills and Knowledge required
Listen to the needs of the technical and business partners and interpret between them. Capable of proactive and reactive communication. Translates technical concepts between Software Engineering, Delivery Management and Service Management so they are understood by all.
Be capable of applying strategy, using patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Able to challenge them and provide guidance. Capable of producing strategy for technology that meets business needs. Able to create, refine and challenge patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Senior roles tend to be more proactive as they set the strategy. Junior roles tend to be more reactive, responding to the strategy.
Be capable of evolving and defining governance, and taking responsibility for collaborating and supporting in wider governance. Knows how to assure services delivered by Architects across sets of services. Understands technical governance and is able to participate in or deliver the assurance of a service. This capability becomes increasingly critical at senior role levels.
Make decisions characterised by managed levels of risk and complexity and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase. Capable of resolving technical disputes between wider peers and indirect partners, taking into account all views and opinions. Capable of making and guiding effective decisions, explaining clearly how the decision has been reached. The ability to understand and resolve technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk.
Design systems characterised by medium levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity. Works across multiple services or a single large or complicated service. The ability to work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs. Creates an optimal design through an iterative process, aligning the user need with the system requirements and organisational objectives.
Understand trends and practices outside their team and how these will impact their work. Able to understand how their work fits into the broader strategy and historical context. Capable of considering the patterns and interactions on a larger scale. The ability to look beyond the immediate technical problem and identify the wider implications. 'Zooming out' in three dimensions - knowing relevant historical context & future impact, understanding how current work fits in broader contexts and strategies, and looking for deeper underlying problems and opportunities.)
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Architecting large scale IT applications in the Customs & International trade sector
Knowledge of Customs Tariff and Quota processing
Infrastructure knowledge such as Cloud, Networks, Desktop
Import/Export of goods and Customs supply chain systems.
Decommissioning of legacy systems including migration and archiving of data.
Application integration and awareness of programming techniques and languages, for example; APIs SOAP, Restful services, XML, JSON, Java, message routing and queuing technology
Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA) design patterns and experience of large scale IT legacy migrations
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