Organisation UK SBS
Organisation Detail UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Reference Number IRC250304
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £
Date Posted 05 August 2019
Grade UK SBS-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 06 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: Competitive
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 6th September 2019

As a Senior Architect, you will play a key role in our Architecture & Design team with a focus on driving forward our use of Cloud technology. You will responsible for design and assurance activities around the development and ongoing management of our Enterprise Target Architecture and Enterprise Solution Architecture (ESA). As an organisation we are on a change journey and you will bring design and technical solutions and architecture expertise to support the future infrastructure for shared services.

You will be an individual that has the desire to be trained to be a solution architect who possess some of the required skills for this role.

Organization Description

UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) is a trusted shared services provider to government. We are owned by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and deliver services to our six public sector clients and their 18,000+ employees.

UK SBS provides HR & Payroll, Finance, Procurement and IT business services and specialist expertise to our clients. Our people are proud of the part they play in enabling our clients to focus on their core activities and delivering value for the UK economy and taxpayers.

At UK SBS, we aim for service excellence in everything we do, whether we are ensuring people get paid accurately or delivering high profile projects on time. Our people and our values are at the heart of who we are and how we do things…Can you play a part in our success?


Key Responsibilities/Activities:

  • understand, advocate and augment the principles of information technology strategies
  • analyse enterprise business drivers to determine corresponding change requirements
  • analyse the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement
  • analyse technology industry and market trends and determine their potential impact on the enterprise
  • "sell" the architecture process, its outcome and ongoing results
  • design cloud solutions that are neutral towards technologies, products, cloud providers, vendors etc
  • a need to be agnostic to be able to deliver the best optimal solution based on the customer needs
  • define the principles to guide solution decisions for the enterprise
  • assist in the design and implementation of an ESA based on enterprise business requirements and IT strategies
  • design and direct the governance activities associated with ensuring ESA compliance
  • coordinate solution architecture implementation and modification activities
  • facilitate the evaluation and selection of software product standards, as well as the design of standard software configurations
  • consult with application or infrastructure development projects to fit systems or infrastructure to architecture and identify when it is necessary to modify the solution architecture to accommodate project needs
  • identify the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the ESA
  • document all solution architecture design and analysis work
  • work closely with the Change Directorate program management office (PMO) or project office to ensure alignment of plans with what is being delivered.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • an understanding of managing an architectural domain
  • knowledge of all components of an enterprise architecture
  • an understanding/knowledge of 3 or more of the following:
    • Dot NET application framework
    • DevOps processes, technologies and automation
    • Development approaches and design pattern
    • Modern application open standards such as OpenID Connect/OAuth 2.0, JSON, Open API Initiativ
    • COTS and custom applications
  • application and data security and security in the cloud
  • knowledge of business process re-engineering principles and processes.


  • an understanding of the Government Digital Service Technology code of practice and standards.

Interview Criteria


  • to have the desire and drive to become a solution architect
  • a good understanding of how to track and understand emerging technologies and advise on the use of them while developing solution designs
  • ability to articulate the business impact of solution architecture alternatives.


  • working in adherence to architecture standards
  • ability to design, provide solutions and manage modern application Cloud architectures.

UK SBS offer a competitive salary, a generous 28 days annual leave rising to 30 days within 3 years of service, pension scheme and other lifestyle and health care benefits.

UK SBS is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are a Disability Confident Employer. This means we are committed to providing a recruitment process that is fair and accessible to all. We value diversity in our organisation and take positive action to attract talented individuals and support them in fulfilling their potential.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UK SBS. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check. For more information please see our Privacy Statement:

We recognise that some individuals with disabilities may find aspects of the standard application and interview process challenging. We want every applicant to have the best opportunity to demonstrate their skills and ability so if you need to do things differently, let us know. We will happily make reasonable adjustments to enable people with disabilities to demonstrate their talent.

Visit our website to find out more about the benefits of working for UK SBS and see what our people value about working for an inclusive and supportive employer.

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the UK as UK SBS does not hold a sponsorship licence.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

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