Head of IT Strategy and Architecture

01 Feb 2018
13 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Highly COMPETITIVE package on offer!

We are recruiting for the Head of IT Strategy and Architecture for one of the most respected organisations on the South Coast. In this role, you will report directly to CIO. If you want to make a real difference, this is definitely the role for you!

You will join a company that is undergoing an extensive IT Transformation and your work will have positive implications for the wider business. If you like to come back home feeling you are part of an exciting endeavour that will make a difference in people's lives, please keep reading as you may have found an ideal role for yourself.

The IT function covers all areas from infrastructure, security, operations, architecture, PMO and applications and we are currently working through multi-million pound investments to deliver resilient, agile IT to meet our current and future business needs. This level of investment needs significant strategic and architectural input to ensure our client is building a flexible and extensible technology stack.

We are recruiting for a new Head of IT Strategy and Architecture. In this major role you will be a key member of the IT senior management team, be an effective ambassador liaising with other parts of the business and will be managing the company's new Architecture Team. In doing so you will work closely with the CIO and IT Heads of Department to undertake:

* IT Strategy within IT and align to the business strategy / objectives
* Investment, business case and initiative prioritisation in conjunction with the business
* Enterprise, solution, infrastructure, security and data architecture

Your duties:


Responsible for managing the architecture and design authority function:

* oversee adherence to the architecture strategy, principles and framework throughout IT
* Defining the technology solution and environment roadmaps to ensure capacity and scalability, as demand and usage evolve within the business. This will be obtained through having visibility and understanding of the entire technology landscape
* Working with Key Technology Partners to ensure the implementation of the Roadmaps and Standards
* Identifying, assessing and communicating risks related to the Roadmap
* Ensuring that systems are architected to be secure and resilient through the effective application of security and Business Continuity principles
* Leading the definition and validation of architecture principles and standards
* Defining a full Technical Architectural Roadmap for
* Communicating architecture and IT standards to all stakeholders and ensure standards are published, updated and adhered to
* Liaising with key IT partners to quantify and communicate the impacts, trade-offs, risks, costs, benefits and opportunities of IT solutions from an Architecture perspective
* Keeping up to date of Architecture, IT Strategy and technology innovation best practices and trends
* Managing and maintaining the service catalogue
* Evaluating, designing, solutioning and trouble-shooting IT across all IT functions and working at the point of need.


* Provide regular progress reports to the CIO;
* Develop and foster internal and external stakeholder communications;
* Exercise quality control and progress control over the work of direct reports, motivating them and ensuring that good standards of discipline and conduct are maintained and preparing periodic performance appraisals;
* Identify and shape current and future needs for staff skills, and enterprise architecture and make recommendations for improvements and changes to departmental structure where these are seen to be needed;
* Undertake yearly appraisals, recruit, train and develop direct reports in conjunction with the HR department to meet the changing needs of the company;
* Prepare job descriptions for subordinate staff and delegate responsibility and authority in accordance with those job descriptions;
* Budget planning & control over IT Strategy and Architecture, and monitoring of project budgets.

If you have the skills and qualifications to show your in-depth architectural, strategic and people management skills and experience please drop us a line. Our estate includes SaaS, IaaS, ERP, EAM, Digital, Content Management, GIS, Middleware and requires legacy overhaul of major components of infrastructure and application estate.

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