Technical Architect


    Location: UK Clients sites - Predominantly along the M4 corridor
    Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
    Industries: UK Public Sector and Defence
    Grade/s: Consultant / Senior Consultant / Principal Consultant
    Salary: Negotiable + Biannual Bonus (Biannual Pay Review)
    Switches to annual pay review at Principal Consultant grade and above.
    Holiday: 25 Days Annual Leave + Public Holidays

Role Profile

You will provide consultancy to public sector organisations to help them get maximum benefit from their ICS investment. As a Technical Architect you will have expertise in analysing and developing technical architectures and will have an understanding of the technologies and operational processes required to achieve this. You will be supported by others providing, and may also find yourself providing, high-value strategy, business analysis, technology and procurement consultancy to ensure any solution aligns with the business objectives across the capability requirement. You will also be expected to provide authoritative advice on likely future technology developments and routes to exploit these.

The role will require you to lead assignments, often responsible for managing small teams and for directly delivering consultancy, ensuring the overall success of the engagement. The role involves producing high quality, formal deliverables and reviewing formal deliverables developed by others. This role requires significant stakeholder engagement, dealing directly with the client, including in resolving day-to-day issues involved in assignment delivery and developing follow-on opportunities.

You will typically work on the client’s site co-located with other project members, who may include the client’s own staff, Actica team members and other suppliers. Due to the nature of customer side working, regular travel within the UK should be expected.


Career Development

You will have the opportunity to further your career in consulting, specialising in the application of Enterprise Architecture to a wide range of business problems. We provide substantial training, including online, classroom and in-house course provision, leading to nationally recognised qualifications such as TOGAF, Open CA and Zachman certifications. We provide structured career development pathways to help you gain responsibility and influence.


Responsibilities

Working either individually or as part of a larger Actica team, you will undertake a number of consultancy assignments that could include:

  • Technical Architect on an implementation project responsible for defining the end-to-end architecture; this includes the Information Architecture, Application Architecture and Infrastructure views;
  • Technical Design Authority – with responsibilities for the definition, assurance and governance of supplier solutions;
  • Solution definition on large-scale IT projects with responsibilities for defining complex technical requirements and evaluating the supplier response;
  • Technical Leadership – leading teams of developers.

Experience

Experience within the UK Public Sector is desirable, preferably within the ICS context on enterprise solutions. Our position as a client side advisor means that strong influencing and personal skills are essential. The fast moving nature of the ICS environment together with the need to resource multiple, ad-hoc assignments also requires the individual to be intellectually agile, proactive and self-motivated – with the ability to apply a structured approach to often unfamiliar subject matter.

It is essential that the candidate have experience in the application of at least two of the following methods and standards in use within our customer base, additional experience in other elements would be highly desirable:

  • Project and programme management methods, e.g. PRINCE2, MSP;
  • Architecture frameworks and methods e.g. TOGAF, MODAF, Zachman Framework;
  • Business or systems analysis methods and tools, e.g. Lean, RUP, BPMN, SysML;
  • Software development methods and techniques;
  • Central government information security policy standards / ISO17799;
  • Public sector best practice guidance, e.g. ITIL, OGC toolkit;
  • Business case development to Treasury guidelines.

It is desirable that candidates have experience of working on ICT based projects within the public and / or defence sectors.

Preference is given to candidates with a STEM based degree (2.1 or above);

Because of the nature of the Actica’s business, a wide and varied background is preferable and the demonstrable capability to adapt quickly to new developments is always required.

Candidates must be eligible and willing to gain UK Security Clearance to apply for this position.