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Enterprise Architect

Northumbria Police
Closing date
23 Feb 2021

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The role:

Northumbria Police is entering an exciting new era of change in which the bedrock services of Information, Communication and Technology will be strengthened and extended to include a much more granular and tailored digital approach to supporting Policing across Northumbria.

This pivotal role will report to the CIO and will have the gravitas to deputise for the CIO on key Force and Digital Policing meetings as required.

The new Enterprise Architect (EA) will be in the great position of building a brand new Enterprise Architecture Practise (EAP). They will be expected to provide leadership and management in the development of the Enterprise Wide Technical Architecture (EWTA). Alongside their team of Architects, the EA will define, justify and maintain the technology blueprint, standards, methods, principles, governance and technology systems architecture that will be used to support and deliver the Policing capabilities and future ways of working outlined in the Force Operating Model and strategy.

This will involve
  • Aligning the IT Strategy with the Force Strategy and Force Operating Model
  • Provide quality assurance and visioning across the use of technology to enable positive Force change
  • Prepare EA business case, exposing benefits and drivers, financial merits
  • Provide, as part of the EA practice capability, guidance and join up thinking across the domains of Networks, Infrastructure, Applications, Data, Information, and Security

In return for your dedication and experience, we offer 23 days' leave, excluding bank holidays, increasing to 28 days for 5 years+ service. We support our people inside and out of work - offering a very competitive pension scheme, childcare vouchers, and discounts on shopping and eating out thanks to the Blue Light Card. And to take care of your physical and mental well-being, we've invested in trained mental health first aiders on-site, an employee advice service and access to gyms in some stations. We also offer flexible working both from an agile approach to work location through to flexing how you want to work your contracted hours to accommodate both successful service delivery and a healthy, balanced home life.

What will I be doing?

Initially the Enterprise Architect will establish the Enterprise Architecture Practice and will have the great opportunity to put their own stamp on this new function. Establishing from scratch the working practices, process and objectives and shaping the team and to work with the other Digital Policing Leadership team to adapt existing ways of working, refine the accountabilities and introduce appropriate EA governance across the team

The role key activities will be
  1. To play a pivotal role in the Digital Policing Management Team and deputise for the CIO in key meetings
  2. To manage the welfare and personal development of the EA Practice
  3. To define principles and IT standards across the technology towers of End user device, Infrastructure, Networks, Applications and Service promoting interoperability, agility and value for money.
  4. Develop an overarching Digital Policing Strategy and achieve understanding and buy in from the Chief officer team and Police Commissioner
  5. To influence, speed up and gain maximum value out of new change initiatives and to nurture and exploit new ideas and new ways to simplify and reuse.

What do I need?

A more detailed overview of the essential and desirable criteria for the post is available in the associated job description.

The successful candidate will be recognised as a visionary with excellent technical and analytical abilities, with a deep understanding of the IT Industry policies, practices and have a working knowledge of current Enterprise Architecture Frameworks (Zachman, TOGAF etc).

They will be comfortable at operating at all levels with strong interpersonal skills and will be able to build and sustain relationships across the force, providing technology & strategic input into business initiatives as well as collaborating closely with local and national partners and communities, constantly seeking opportunities for sharing ideas, technology, solutions and information that support the Force strategy.

Once the team is established, the post holder will be expected to introduce processes and procedures to continually improve the Architecture services being provided. Defining and measuring key performance indicators and establishing quality levels across the team.

As part of the Digital Policing leadership team, the Enterprise Architect will provide direction, understanding and priority on the Force Transformation programmes, directly influencing and refining the IT strategy and multi-year technology plans.

Vetting level: MV and SC

Applicants must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 5 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed. A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance, medical information and references.

Northumbria Police fully supports a policy of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Appointments are based on merit alone
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