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Lead Technical Architect

Contract Type
Public Sector
Bristol, South West : Swansea, Wales, SA6 : Swansea, Wales
£49,835 - £60,649
Expiry Date
Do you have strong leadership capabilities and a proven track record of delivering complex technical end to end solutions?

Job Description

Our Lead Technical Architects work as part of IT Service Creation to design and deliver high quality solutions that meet Business Requirements and help drive the Agency to become a leader in Digital Services.
We are building new services, designing them from direct customer engagement, moving away from our legacy technology onto new, cloud-based platforms utilising modern technologies. To do this, we are currently shaping and delivering around 40-50 projects of varying size, risk and complexity to pave the way for future business and service transformation.
Transformation projects don’t come much bigger – if you want to work with one of the most diverse and experienced IT teams in Government, using leading technologies and delivering some huge programmes, you’re looking in the right place. We have an extensive change programme that supports the transformation of DVLA to digital user led services which underpin the Agency’s ‘Simpler, Better, Safer’ vision.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create robust and supportable IT solutions to meet the Agency’s business requirements
  • Provide Technical Consultancy, Technical Leadership and practical expertise to support, project and business areas across the Agency.
  • Responsible for end-to-end Solution Designs to deliver cost effective and supportable systems. As part of this process addressing any technical shortcomings that could impact services through engagement with technical and business areas.
  • Undertake requirements gathering activities to support medium to large technical initiatives and highly complex technical change.
  • Solution and Technical Ownership, providing review and assurance where required
  • Creating and presenting High Level Solution Proposals to senior stakeholders
  • Attend technical governance meetings on behalf of IT Service Creation to ensure advice/guidance is available and ensure best practice is being followed.
  • Maintaining effective working relationships within the technical and business areas to ensure appropriate advice can be provided and ensuring coherence of technical change
  • Support the Principal Technical Architect and Head of Solution Architecture
  • Support Technical Architect colleagues in delivering complete solutions where additional technical or product knowledge is needed
  • Working within IT Service Creation to support the development of junior team members

Person Overview

You will be familiar with modern software engineering and DevOps practises in delivering cloud-based solutions. Your experience will be centred on owning and delivering complex technical solutions covering multiple technologies. Ideally you will have solid data security experience, secure by design for protecting large amounts of sensitive data. You will be required to have excellent technical skills with the experience to be held accountable for technical aspects of delivering complex solutions, including end-to-end solution design, delivery governance, assurance and support for Engineers and Delivery Managers.
You will have strong stakeholder management skills along with exceptional communication ability. You will be able to drive discussions with senior leaders across the agency as well as having the technical background that will enable you to easily interact and give guidance to software developers, testers and engineers. The ideal candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, and technical challenges.
You will have a good understanding of a Domain Driven approach to application design. By creating and maintaining Domain Designs in an iterative and collaborative manner you will be able to demonstrate your capability to work with Business Stakeholders, Analysts and Software Engineers to deliver successful software outcomes