Chief Architect

Engineering London, United Kingdom


About Funding Circle:

We connect small business owners to investors – to create jobs, support local communities and power economies – because we believe that people are made to do more. And we want to help realise their goals.

So, we created the leading small business loan platform. Investors have lent $13.1 billion in 130,000 loans to 90,000 small business owners. In a single year, this lending unlocked 115,000 jobs and contributed $8.4 billion to the global economy. There’s never been a better time to join!

Be part of the team that changes everything. Let’s build the place where small businesses can get the funding they need to win and leave a legacy behind, forever.

About the role: 

Funding Circle is looking for a Chief Architect to drive our Technology Strategy, Target Architecture and implementation of architectural standards across our technology estate. This is a critical role to enable our significant scaling priorities for technology and to ensure we are building a sustainable technology platform for the company’s future growth.

This role reports to the CTO and is a key member of the Tech Leadership team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Own the ongoing development and implementation of our Technology Strategy to achieve our Tech Vision of delivering innovation at pace in a multi product/channel set
  • Own the target state architecture for the entire tech estate and coordinate the development of those with lead architects in each business domain
  • Maintain, develop and evangelise our architectural principles within Technology and across the business
  • Drive the appropriate level of governance over implementation of technology to comply with standards and document decisions and exceptions
  • Ensure a clear view of current state architecture across all business units
  • Nurture a technical community and culture internally and externally to FC (i.e. leading Tech Talks series, speaking on behalf of FC Tech at external conferences)
  • Make decisions on enterprise level technologies that form part of our Tech Radar and direction whilst being accountable for the decisions being made and communicated across the group
  • Support early engagement on new products and technologies to test and expand new ideas
  • Share emergent trends in data, engineering and technology with the wider Tech team
About you
  • You are passionate in talking about Technology at all levels. You understand your audience and can deliver simple but clear technical messages to a non-technical group of stakeholders. 
  • You enjoy and relish taking complex ideas and communicating them simply
  • Seasoned expert in a similar Architecture role in a technology driven organisation (10+ years commercial experience)