Job Locations: Wales, London & South East, Midlands and South Yorkshire, Scotland
Salary: c. £50K to c. £80K (depending on skills and experience) + discretionary allowance may be available. Internal loan T’s & C’s apply for Civil Service applicants
Contract type: Permanent
Civil Service grade: 7 (Technical Architects) and 6 (Senior Architects)  
Number of open roles: 10+
Hours: 37 hours/week (42 hours incl. lunch)
Working pattern: flexible working, full time, part time
Closing date for applications: rolling campaign, apply as soon as possible
Interviews: on-going
Interview locations: various, depending on the department’s location


The Government is changing fast and you could be at the heart of this change. This is an exciting opportunity to help make the government better every day and our technical architects are pivotal in helping build a new future for citizens. Join us as we continue on this amazing journey.

 The Government Digital Service (GDS) is collaborating with a number of departments to hire Technical Architects with strong background and demonstrable technical expertise as well as leadership skills.

The role

You will be responsible for the design and build of technical architecture, undertaking structured analysis of technical issues, translating this into technical designs that describe a solution. You can be consulted on design and are capable of providing design patterns, identifying the deeper issues that need fixing and looking for opportunities to collaborate and reuse components. You will have strong demonstrable experience in communicating with both technical and non-technical colleagues.

The role involves working collaboratively both within your department and across other government departments. You should have deep understanding of agile delivery methods and comfortable challenging the status quo. You’ll have a good understanding of a broad range of technologies but each department we are hiring for requires specific technology stacks.

For a more detailed job description please visit civil service job website and search for technical architect roles to download the job description.

Department specifications: 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strateg

BEIS is at the heart of the Government’s agenda, with a vision of an economy that works for everyone. We're responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the Government’s relationship with business; we work to tackle climate change and ensure that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean.

This is an exciting opportunity to operate at the centre of BEIS to deliver a committed to an ambitious three year strategy to build digital, data and technology that works for everyone.  

Architects at BEIS must be technology agonistic and select the most appropriate technology based on user requirements. But from standardisation perspective we deploy the current stack - GOV.UK PaaS is the default PaaS platform; applications are developed in Scala Play, Twirl and PostgreSQL, internal applications are developed on SharePoint Online and JavaScript deployed on Azure, both Drupal and WordPress are used for content management

Department for International Development (DFID)

We lead the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, promote stability and contribute to the 17 Global Goals for sustainable development. We're ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

Technology underpins everything we do. Our team plays a critical role in helping us change the lives of people as we operate working closely with government and international partners to achieve the aims of the UK Aid Strategy and the Government Transformation Strategy.

This is an exciting time of transition for DFID – we are moving to a new global network infrastructure, increasingly using Cloud services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), specifically Office 365, gathering more data on our aid programmes and Cybersecurity is vital to our safe operation. We’re intentionally not specific on the technology stacks we are seeking from applicants as we’re interested in speaking to architects who can come in with a fresh perspective on what would be a suitable technology platform for us.

Dept. for International Trade (DIT)

The Department for International Trade is responsible for helping businesses export and grow into global markets.

We’re particularly looking for experience in building digital services, technical infrastructure and cybersecurity. You could be working on brand new digital services that will enable businesses to grow through exporting, gain access to help, advice and investment as well as maximising trade policies and agreements. Our core digital services are based on Open Source stack (primarily Python) and services architecture. We employ data science toolkits like pandas, scikit-learn, numpy, nltk, We are big fans of KISS, YAGNI and SSOT principles and work closely with and HMRC. We’re hiring in London.

Government Digital Service (GDS)

We work in small, agile teams of developers, designers and content specialists. Users always come first and everything we do should meet their needs. We run government’s online home, GOV.UK, which is visited 3 million times a day. We’re delivering GOV.UK Verify, a new way to prove who you are online. We’re building platforms to make transformation easier for departments - things like GOV.UK Pay, the government payment service and GOV.UK Notify, which keeps people up to date with the status of their interaction with government.

We seek highly experienced architects with strong software development and application architecture experience, with good knowledge of open source technologies, testing and at least one programming language, passionate about working in agile environments, continual, delivery techniques and DevOps cultures.

Highways England (HE)
Bristol and Birmingham

We are responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads.

It’s an exciting time to begin a career with Highways England as we invest £11 billion in our motorways and A Roads boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. When you work with us, you're helping to connect communities, sustain business and support the economy. We’re hiring in Bristol and Birmingham and looking for people who have experience in:

  • Virtualisation and data centre technologies (Server, Storage, Data, Networks)
  • Service, asset and performance management tools
  • Database systems (Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MariaDB Enterprise MongoDB) Microsoft Azure, AWS and cloud computing technologies
  • Red Hat OpenShift and JBOSS Middleware and Application Services

HM Land Registry

HM Land Registry plays an important role in the property market, underpinning property ownership worth over £4 trillion across England and Wales. Our exciting new 5 year Business Strategy will help to achieve this ambition as we look to transform the services that we offer and the technologies that we use.

Our Digital Hub is based in Plymouth and is the home to over 400 DDaT professionals working on our Business Strategy. We are particularly looking for experience in building digital services, technical infrastructure and information (data) architecture. As a data focussed organisation the future structure and platform choices of our core registers are fundamental to our success. In order to deliver our core technology stack , we are looking for people who have experience in one of the following areas:

  • Virtualisation and Cloud Platform Architecture (Azure, AWS, Hyperconverged)
  • Application architecture (Microservices, Domain Driven Design)
  • A range of traditional and open source database systems (DB2, SQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB)
  • Enterprise wide information management, Data Lake, Data Factory, Master Data Management

Cabinet Office- Government Shared Services (GSS)

GSS is part of Cabinet Office and is integral to the delivery of wider cross-government efficiency and transformation strategy. GSS is the government’s centre of excellence for shared services with responsibility for the delivery of the new cross-government strategy for shared services as well as oversight of Shared Services Connected Limited (SSCL), the joint venture commercial partnership between Cabinet Office and Sopra Steria, which is delivering the single IT operating platform (SOP*) for government HR, procurement, finance and payroll services.

You will be respected in your field and work within a team of 25 technical shared service ERP platform specialists in order to play a lead role in advancing the government’s shared services strategy through development of shared service operating platforms built around three technologies - Oracle, SAP and one other.

This role is a great opportunity for a delivery-focused, experienced technical solutions architect with a good understanding of Oracle enterprise ERP system architectures and methodologies.

Things you need to know

The process:

Applications - Please submit your CV and a cover letter/statement of suitability for the preferred role, indicating which department/s you wish to be apply to. This will enable us to share your application with the department/s whose requirements closely match your experience as well as your choice of location.

Selection - We align our questions to the Civil service competency framework and focus on gathering evidence of the technical and non-technical skills and experience required for the specific role. We may also schedule assessments, relevant to role, and you will be informed when your application has been shortlisted. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback after the CV review (sift) stage. 

Interviews – If your CV has passed the pre-screen / sift stage, one of our recruiters will give you a quick call to talk through the role and your application. We will also arrange a time for you to have a 20-30 minute technical phone screen with an Architect. Finally, you’ll be invited to an onsite interview that involves a whiteboard exercise and a technical interview. If you’re successful we're able to make a decision shortly after the interview. 

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.

Offer and benefits package

If successful the department will be responsible for negotiating the pay offer, which will depend on the level you are hired at, the individual departments National and London pay scales. The departments, depending on your skills and experience, may offer additional, discretionary allowances that may not be pensionable.

Find out more about Civil Service Pension

Please also note that relocation is not being offered by most of the departments, unless specified in their departmental specification section.

Contact point for applicants - DDaT Recruitment Hub

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
Multiple, 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