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Head of Engineering and Architecture

SW - CoE
Contract Type
IT, Public Sector
London, Croydon
Circa £100,000
Expiry Date
Head of Engineering and Architecture Home Office Digital, Data and Technology Senior Civil Service Pay Band 1 – Salary circa £100,000 London and Croydon

Job Description

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a large-scale programme of improvements to Home Office services, from the UK’s border systems to passports, biometrics, immigration and policing.

The Head of Engineering and Architecture at the Home Office has responsibility for ensuring the quality, timeliness and consistency of the department’s technical architecture and engineering excellence.

As head of the newly created centre of excellence for Engineering and Architecture you will drive transformation by modernising the department’s business systems, helping to simplify and improve the services we provide. The Home Office has a wide range of technologies, from Adabas to Hadoop, and offers the opportunity for an experienced technical architect to ensure the design, engineering and delivery of significant change and improvements across a variety of nationally critical information systems.

You will provide technical, architectural and engineering direction and leadership, evaluating resource and talent to ensure the Home Office is equipped to deliver its ambitious modernisation agenda, whilst assuring the architectural integrity, engineering quality and service continuity of critical national systems at all points during the transition. You will work closely with the Head of Live Services and Business Solutions Portfolio Heads in technology across the organisation, to ensure seamless migration and integration of Home Office services for both internal and external users.

You will report directly to the Chief Digital Data and Technology Officer and manage a team of between 30-40 Architects and Engineers.


You will ensure all work complies with consistent principles of:

  • Cloud first
  • Re-use before buy before build
  • Reduce complexity
  • Secure by design
  • Open technical standards


Key Responsibilities 

The Head of Engineering & Architecture will have responsibility for the following:


Information Systems / Technology

Design and implementation of mission critical systems at scale; develop and maintain detailed knowledge and documentation of technologies and architecture; develop, maintain and continually review and evolve current and target state models; develop and maintain a pipeline and time-lined architectural roadmap for the organisation; develop a plan to identify and replace all legacy systems; develop and implement architectural and engineering metrics and reports for the team, together with business and policy owners; document all exceptions to architectural standards; provide architectural consulting to programmes and projects, and ensure the technical architects in those programmes and projects are aligned with Home Office wide standards; identify and ensure compliance with open technical standards; ensure architectural proofing, so far as is possible, against future machinery of government changes



Baseline, maintain, develop and implement an organisation-wide data and metadata architecture; cultivate best practices for data management and integration; optimise systems and workflows in support of more rationalised and more efficient organisational operations; ensure strong security and protection of data at rest and in motion, including protective monitoring; ensure data is forensically preserved where necessary during the transition from existing to replacement systems



Act as the focal point and ultimate technical arbiter of the Home Office’s technical architecture, technical engineering and technology standards; provide leadership, mentoring and architectural direction to the technical architects; maintain and deliver technical awareness, evaluations and recommendations; maintain detailed knowledge of best practices, technologies, architectures and emerging technologies; support business and technology strategic planning; foster and encourage professional development; the credibility and gravitas to influence at the most senior levels and work collaboratively across the Home Office; the ability to convey complex technical principles succinctly to non-technical audiences, ensuring that they are well understood; the ability to build a high performance culture that is orientated towards timely delivery of high quality outcomes



Ensure a consistent understanding of technology standards and policies; review all current and planned programmes and projects to ensure compliance with technical standards, policies and architectural coherence; ensure IT procurements are compliant with technical standards and current and target state architectures; ensure that architectural governance is a consistent, collaborative, transparent and effective process; identify and maintain a register of architectural risks; deploy and maintain an architectural repository and tool set; perform regular architectural maturity assessments; produce regular architecture status reports.


Person Specification


The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:


  • Transformational change to business critical environments in large scale complex organisations, delivering cost savings and service improvements
  • The managed migration from legacy systems and technologies to modern, data-driven architectures
  • Ensuring software engineering and architectural quality, and automated DevOps at scale
  • Designing an architecture for modern services, including the use of current technologies, open technical standards and APIs (including REST-based) and systems that are ‘self-healing’, with an engineering focus on auto-remediation
  • Evolving an organisation-wide architecture from compartmentalised, duplicated and silo’d environments to a modern, highly resilient and available environment able to adapt dynamically to meet continuing change
  • The specification, consumption, delivery and incorporation of cloud-based services, together with packaged and bespoke digital products and services, within a coherent overall architecture
  • Architecting and delivering strong security- and privacy-by-design
  • Sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary environment



Closing date for applications is 15th May.  Full applications will require an accompanying covering letter and other forms. 

Please contact McCabe & Barton for further information and a full candidate pack at or on 0207 7963218

Candidates must be capable of holding Home Office Security Clearance and willing to be Developed Vetted (DV).