Principal Architect (Digital, AWS, Cloud, DevOps)

Job Title: Principal Architect (Digital, AWS, Cloud, DevOps)
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Nottingham
Salary: Circa £800 per day - Outside IR35
Start Date: August 2018
Reference: JD/C/17883
Contact Name: Jackie Dean
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 20, 2018 17:16

Job Description

Principal Technical Architect, Head of Solutions Design, Architecture, TDA, Devops, Cloud, Digital, GDS, Government, AWS, TDA

Reporting to Head of Digital Services

The Principal Technical Architect / Head of Solutions Design & Architecture is responsible for the creation and maintenance of an enterprise capability to provide an architecture function that promotes the creation of coherent solution, software and security architectures and supporting governance frameworks that enable the client to enhance its frontline services though the delivery of strategic digital solutions.

The Head of Solutions Design and Architecture directs the creation and maintenance of security, solutions and software architectures which meet the needs of the business whilst delivering value for money.

The Head of Solutions Design and Architecture is responsible for ensuring that projects and programmes are compliant with the security and solutions architectures, and that their software architectures will deliver value for money.

The Head of Solutions Design and Architecture is responsible for reducing technical debt, to improve customer service and reduce annual spend.


Comprehensive experience of solution architecture and demonstrable success of aligning IT with business and managing the delivery of associated technical services, solutions and architectures and technologies within and architectural frameworks.
Familiarity of modern open source development tools and languages (e.g: Java / .Net) running on cloud platforms such as AWS.
Recognized software engineering and Dev Ops / Platform Engineering / Cloud skills.
Experience in the application of architecture best practice and governance in application rationalisation, application development and integration the selection and integration of solutions in the process of modernisation is considered essential for this role.
Understanding of Architectural approaches such as Service Oriented Architecture and approaches espoused in the Government Digital Service Manual.
Thorough & demonstrable understanding of the software development lifecycle, agile delivery techniques and working practices.
Awareness and understanding of industry standard security issues and processes, including understanding of HMG’s security policy framework, Data Protection law and regulations, Business Continuity principles and BS25999.
Knowledge of Puppet, Ansible and Terraform and other automation technique and practices would be advantageous.

This role can be based in Bristol, Nottingham or Swansea.

CV closing date: Wednesday 25th July.

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