Senior Digital Technical Architect (Central Government)

Experis IT
London (Greater)
28 Nov 2018
10 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Digital Technical Architect (Central Government), Unix, Stakeholder Management, Digital, GDS, Government, Public Sector, Technical Design, Strategy, Strategic, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, DevOps, Linux, Mac OSX, Roadmap, Policy,

Our Central Government client based in Central London is recruiting for a Senior Digital Technical Architect.

Candidates must be digital senior technical architects from agile backgrounds with strong stakeholder management experience and leadership skills

Key Skills / Experience

  • Turning business problems into technical design - The ability to work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs.
  • Create an optimal design through an iterative process, aligning the user need with the system requirements and organisational objectives.
  • Expert at designing systems characterised by high levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity.
  • Strategy - Capable of producing strategy for technology that meets business needs. Able to create, refine and challenge patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Senior roles tend to be more proactive as they set the strategy. Junior roles tend to be more reactive, responding to the strategy.
  • Capable of defining and challenging strategies, patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Capable of providing proactive advice and guidance for their definition across the organisation.
  • Bridging the gap between technical and non-technical - Translates technical concepts between software engineering, delivery management and service management so they are understood by all.
  • Expert at mediating and mending relationships, communicating with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Making and guiding decisions - Capable of making and guiding effective decisions, explaining clearly how the decision has been reached.
  • The ability to understand and resolve technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk. Able to make decisions characterised by medium levels of risk and complexity and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase.
  • Able to build consensus between services or independent stakeholders.
  • Understanding the whole context - The ability to look beyond the immediate technical problem and identify the wider implications. 'Zooming out' in three dimensions - knowing relevant historical context and future impact, understanding how current work fits in broader contexts and strategies, and looking for deeper underlying problems and opportunities.
  • Able to understand trends and practices within the broader organisation and how these will impact their work. Able to look for deeper underlying problems and opportunities. Can anticipate problems before they occur and identify the impact of changes to policy
  • Demonstrable experience of agile development in Ruby, Python, JavaScript, or similar, and their associated frameworks, and ideally working knowledge of several programming languages.
  • Practical working knowledge of modern cloud-first architectures, and how to build applications to take advantage of the opportunities they offer.
  • A solid background in version control with Git, and experience of automated testing techniques, continuous integration, automated deployment pipelines and associated infrastructure.
  • Experience of introducing practices such as TDD, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps to teams
  • Experience working with cloud infrastructure and container environments
  • Practical knowledge at many levels of the web stack, from front-end code down to infrastructure and networking
  • A working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X
  • Governance - Understands technical governance and is able to participate in or deliver the assurance of a service. This capability becomes increasingly critical at senior role levels. Capable of evolving and defining governance and taking

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