Head of Architecture

DSTL

  • Location:
    Fareham
  • Salary:
    £66,434

Job Description

Location
Fareham, South East, PO17 6AD : Salisbury, South West, SP4 0JQ

About the job

Summary
Looking for your next role in Digital?

At Dstl we protect lives. We take innovative Science and Technology (S&T) and use it to keep the country safe. As Head of Architecture you will work within the CIO leadership team at Dstl to drive the modernisation and transformation of our digital services to enable high impact Science and Technology for our defence and security customers.

We provide the platforms and services which underpin the Dstl business and associated S&T Capabilities, and by virtue of the user experience we provide, we are responsible for making Dstl a great place to work.

As Head of Architecture you will play a critical role in designing, influencing and delivering Dstl’s Digital Strategy. You will deliver capability expansion at pace and lead an area at the heart of our digital transformation plan.

With the ability to translate solutions into business terms and communicate to stakeholders, you'll be able to work independently and as part of the wider team.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.
Job description
To be successful as our Head of Digital Architecture you'll also:

• be able to operate at a strategic level, setting a vision and influencing a multi-disciplined stakeholder community
• have developed a broad IT experience with in-depth understanding of application design & development, tooling, methods, integration, infrastructure, data and security
• have a background as a technologist/ architect with a wide range of design, development, service and architecture experience
• be able to develop good working relationships quickly across a range of levels and resources
• have confirmed experience of leading and working with commercial suppliers, understanding their motives and contractual constraints
• have good interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
• be persistent to see things through to a conclusion
• handle conflicting priorities and successfully deliver to changing requirements
• be able to coach and develop others in line with Government DDaT framework

Responsibilities
In this role you will:

• be accountable for the architectural direction aligned to the strategy and business demands in addition to the definition of the Dstl architectural governance model
• ensure Dstl and its partners understand Dstl architectural direction and what this means for them and their services
• develop a technical roadmap for all of our services
• deliver core architectural standards, policy, patterns and best practise for our services
• create an Innovation focus ensuring our services are fit for the future
• provide relevant guidance and advice on strategy and direction for the CIO, acting on the CIOs behalf and with authority where appropriate.
Behaviours
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Leadership
Seeing the Big Picture
Making Effective Decisions
Communicating and Influencing
Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Provide evidence of how you have led the delivery of a solution against a complex business requirement which had resistance from the stakeholders and delivery teams.
Describe how you have led the delivery of strategies, policies or roadmaps that have influenced the strategic direction of dependent business functions.
Skills from the Government DDaT framework for the Principal Technical Architect role - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/technical-architect
We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

Provide evidence of how you have led the delivery of a solution against a complex business requirement which had resistance from the stakeholders and delivery teams.
Describe how you have led the delivery of strategies, policies or roadmaps that have influenced the strategic direction of dependent business functions.
Benefits
We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

- Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
- Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month
- Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
- Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
- Chartership and accreditation support.
- Pension.
- Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
- A competitive salary.
- Onsite gyms and restaurants.
- Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT:
If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.