Salary: £75,000 depending on experience - Internal loans Ts and Cs apply for CS applicants

Contract type: 24 Months Fixed Term

Grade:  Cabinet Office Band A

Number of open roles: 3

Hours: 37 hours/week (42 hours incl. lunch)

Working pattern: flexible working, full-time, part-time, job share


Closing date for applications: Rolling Campaign

CV sift date & Interviews: On-going, apply as soon as possible

Interview location: The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 8QS




GDS leads digital transformation in government, collaborating with teams from other departments to help them build better public services. Alongside those departmental teams, we’re transforming government together.


Find out more at the GDS Blog. 


The Role


As a GDS Consulting Technical Architect (CTA), you’ll share the responsibility for the digital transformation of government. You’ll push  forward the GDS technology vision to wider government, and be able to communicate this to all levels of responsibility, including chief technology officers and chief executive officers in government.


When working closely with departments and agencies, you’ll share  technology best practice and  explain cross government architecture patterns.


You’ll  advise multidisciplinary teams on core technology to help them deliver simple, safe and easy to use digital systems that meet user needs.


You will work on multiple projects at the same time while working amongst an excellent peer group and you will be travelling around the UK, as required.


You will have the ability to work independently without direct supervision, while prioritising your workload and having confidence in your decisions.


Main responsibilities


As a CTA, you’ll evangelise the core GDS principles:

  • conduct technical reviews and assurance to departments and agencies
  • advise on the technical side of projects throughout discovery, alpha and beta stages, and work with spend controls to ensure  technical integrity
  • help extend the network of  technologists across government  and encourage communication across agencies and departments
  • work at all levels including heads of departments and project teams
  • be involved in the wider web development community, identifying good practices to adopt and sharing your experiences, eg through blog posts, tech talks at conferences
  • enable a positive technical culture, applying agile methods to development of open standards based services and completing quality assurance practices
  • mentor others, setting standards and ensuring targets are met
  • help enable the reuse of patterns, tools, and components across the whole government service landscape
  • help recruit architects, conducting screening sessions and interviews


Skills and experience


It’s essential that you have:

  • significant consulting experience of influencing senior management and communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences through an innate ability to grasp their business challenges
  • experience mentoring and leading technical teams to deliver scalable and secure user-focused services that deliver measurable transformation
  • awareness and understanding of a range of tech stacks and the ability to take a balanced approach to technology selection
  • ability to drive through an agenda (strategic and tactical)
  • Understanding of how to prioritise work in a fast, customer centric, environment
  • ability to see opportunities for improvement and an interest in forming government best practices, standards and policies
  • experience migrating legacy technology, e.g. applying data migration strategies, migrating hosting to cloud service providers, or incrementally replacing a legacy system
  • willingness to travel to different government departments and agencies within the UK as required
  • ability to read, understand and critique (in order to improve) solution design documentation
  • understanding of agile environments, continual delivery techniques and devops cultures
  • ability to quickly absorb differing strategies, remain flexible in your thinking


It’s desirable that you also have:

  • experience of, or an appreciation of the GDS Principles
  • strong software development and application architecture experience, with good knowledge of open source technologies, testing and at least one programming language
  • experience scaling online services
  • an eagerness to influence how digital services are delivered across government
  • an awareness of how to budget in an on-demand environment and an understanding of legal implications
  • experience of cloud technologies, enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools
  • experience designing and implementing secure systems with proportionate security constraints
  • experience working in a dynamic organisation with rapidly expanding users and changing requirements
  • experience initiating projects, participating in workshops to gather user needs and building prototypes
  • experience of process improvements
  • self-starter disposition


Civil Service Competencies


The Civil Service Competency Framework says applicants must be able to demonstrate certain skills, knowledge and behaviours to be successful. For this role, the following competencies are the most relevant:


For this role, the following competencies are the most relevant:


  • Leading and communicating
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Changing and Improving


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Based in
London, United Kingdom

Working at GDS is great. You'll get

  • Flexible
    working including part-time working and job sharing
  • Civil service pension with an average employer contribution of 22%
  • 25 days
    annual leave and an extra day off for the Queen's birthday
  • Training and development
  • Season ticket
    loans for travel
  • Childcare
  • An in-year
    bonus scheme
  • Bike loans and
    secure bike parking (subject to availability)
  • Eye-care