Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield

About the job


Do you have excellent leadership skills and are able to lead your team to deliver wider architecture practice?

Do you enjoy collaborating with others to design and develop digital products and services?

If so we have an opportunity as a Lead Solutions Architect, here you’ll be able to bring your expertise in micro-service and event based system design. Together with other solution architects, engineers and delivery teams, you’ll collaborate to design and develop DWP Digital products and services, and their strategic roadmap.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact danny.winch@dwp.gov.uk.

Job description

We’re looking for you to design technical solutions (products and services) to meet user needs and align with DWP technical strategy and standards. You’ll provide a deep understanding of business goals and processes that informs the technical architecture roadmap.

Day-to-day you will be supporting delivery teams, blending technical (development and architecture) and behaviour (leadership and communication) skills. You’ll champion solution communication, making the complex simple to understand.

You’ll provide a consistent set of solution views, that communicate and describe the construction of the solution to all stakeholders.

You’ll be joining a small team of solution architects for the Digital Universal Credit and Working Age directorate. We are responsible for more than 50 key DWP applications covering working age customers, and this role includes architecture support for Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Social Fund and DWP labour market systems.

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Your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:

• Lead and deliver the technical and architecture design elements of large-scale projects and initiatives.

• Work with engineering teams, policy, legal, and other Digital stakeholders, to create VFM solution designs.

• Ensure technical quality and adherence of solution designs to the DWP Digital Blueprint, Enterprise Architecture and Product Roadmaps.

• Identify, capture, share, iterate, and implement architecture patterns.

• Drive resolution of technical debt, to reduce the ongoing cost of DWP IT services.

• Own the product architecture, develop product roadmaps and represent product designs at DWP governance forums, providing clear communication of architecture design and decision making, in order to gain approval to proceed with designs.

• Manage (including coaching and mentoring) a small team of Solution Architects and the associated architecture design backlog.

• Lead on the development of the Architecture Practice within the department and across wider government.


A strong candidate will be able to demonstrate the essential criteria listed below:

• Architecture design and modelling techniques, patterns, tools and standards.

• Microservice and API-led architecture and integration design tools, techniques and best practice.

• Event-based architecture design, patterns (including pub-sub and data streaming), modelling techniques, tools and standards.

• Public cloud technologies, cloud hosting, container, serverless, and networking design patterns, tools and best practice (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform).

• Agile / DevOps delivery methodologies and best practice.

• Shaping and supporting technology initiatives, projects, programmes and portfolios.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Technical skills

    We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical Breadth
  • Turning business problems into technical designs
  • Benefits

    •Learning and development tailored to your role.
    •An environment with flexible working options.
    •A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
    •A Civil Service pension.

    Salary Information:

    Salary for this role is from £60,740 to £72,933.

    Where the maximum salary of £72,933 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £7,067 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

    Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

    Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

    Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.

    This role will be based in Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield corporate hub locations.

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    The Department is committed to promoting flexible ways of working, whilst enabling the business to operate at maximum efficiency and will expect colleagues to work from a blend of locations, including some time working at home, as required. The corporate hub location will be the designated place of work and any remote or home working arrangement does not constitute a change to your designated place of work or contractual Terms and Conditions. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.

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