Lead Technical Architect, Sheffield

Technical Architecture


Salary: Up to £90K (National) depending on skills and experience
Contract type: 2-year fixed term appointment
MoJ Digital and Technology: Band Ac
Number of open roles: 1
Location: Sheffield

Hours: 37 hours/week (42 hours incl. lunch)
Working pattern: flexible working, full time, part time
Closing date for applications: rolling campaign, apply asap
Interviews: ongoing, weekly


These are exciting times at  MOJ Digital and Technology. We have a clear vision - to develop a digitally-enabled justice system that works more simply for users - and we’re looking for talented people to help us achieve it.

We’re making things better by building adaptable, effective services and making systems that are simple to use for staff and citizens. It can be challenging but it’s also important and rewarding.

As well as doing great work, we’re creating a place that’s great to do work in. We offer tip-top kit, brilliant training opportunities and support from expert colleagues. On top of that, you’ll find flexible working, an inclusive culture and a place where your opinion is valued.

The role

As a lead technical architect at MOJ Digital & Technology you will be responsible for a team of architects designing and building systems that make a genuine difference to people’s lives. You’ll define how we build and operate our applications, keeping up to date with the latest technologies and trends, whilst delivering working software early and often.

Our applications range from internet-facing digital services through to data APIs which support numerous other applications. They include services for all audiences, including citizens and staff. They include our most modern applications, through to our older legacy applications.

At MOJ you’ll be responsible for a team of architects developing acclaimed open-source public services and helping us transform Government for the future. You’ll be helping define how we do what we do, and making sure that our systems are built to be changed rapidly.


You will have demonstrable experience of agile development, ideally with one or more modern programming languages. You should have practical working knowledge of cloud-first architectures, and how to build applications to take advantage of the opportunities they offer.  Experience of automated testing techniques, continuous integration, automated deployment pipelines and associated infrastructure are essential.

You will:
  • Be jointly part of the two leadership teams
  • The leadership team under the Director/Deputy Director of an area of Digital & TechnologyThe MOJ-wide technical architecture leadership team under the CTO
  • Lead a team of architects building systems in one of the MOJ’s domains, including prisons and probation, legal aid, and legal guardians
  • Manage other technical architects working within your domain
  • Be responsible for the architecture of a domain in the MOJ, helping build a more modern technology landscape in the justice system
  • Ensure that the team within your area are building and buying software that’s sustainable, pragmatic, cost-effective, and easy to change and improve
  • Challenge entrenched practices and influence stakeholders, and look for deeper underlying problems to solve, and larger opportunities for digital transformation
  • Align your team’s work with department and government technology strategy, making strategic technical decisions, agreeing upon new directions where needed, and working with the wider MOJ architecture team to find appropriate ways to adopt them more widely
  • Work with teams and senior officials, particularly those with direct responsibility to deliver change to technology, to balance project scope, risks, time commitments, costs and technical quality to ensure the best outcome for the MOJ and our users
  • Transform government into a more agile organisation by helping to embed modern technology and development practices
  • Share knowledge of tools, techniques, and practices with the wider team and community
  • Help build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development and architecture communities, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance
  • Be responsible for recruitment of architects in your area, with support from the wider architecture team

You'll have:

  • Experience being responsible for technical teams and delivering user-focused services in an agile environment
  • A desire to manage other technologists
  • A systematic approach to solving problems
  • An ability to build consensus between diverse and often conflicting interests, to achieve agreement on technical plans
  • Experience of introducing practices such as TDD, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps to teams
  • Experience working with cloud infrastructure
  • 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
  • Experience of mentoring and supporting your colleagues, whether one-to-one or in groups
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge of open source principles and technologies
  • The ability to quickly learn new technologies and willingness to pick the right tool for the job

Salary and working arrangements

If successful, the salary we offer you will be within the advertised range, based on where the job is based and will depend on the skills and experience you demonstrate at the interview.

Therefore in your cover letter it would be helpful to the hiring teams if you can indicate your salary expectations and if possible your notice period.

You’ll also get:

  • Truly flexible working. Whether it’s working from home or remotely, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours, we have people doing it and are happy to discuss options with you
  • Lots of training and development opportunities
  • A civil service pension with an average employer contribution of 22%
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), and an extra day off for the Queen’s birthday. No promises you’ll be invited to her party, though
  • Great maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too!
  • Bike loans and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)
  • Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers, and eye-care vouchers.

Selection process details

Candidates must submit:

  • a current and relevant CV;
  • a statement of suitability (1 page max) setting out why you are interested in the role and how you meet the essential skills and experience required.

The job advert lists the essential, specialist skills and experience as well as key Civil Service competencies required for the role. In addition please refer to the job description attached to this job advert which gives you more detail to help you prepare for the interview.

At the CV review/sift stage we will use the technical/specialist skills and experience to determine your suitability for the role. At the interview we ask you questions based on the specialist/technical skills and experience in the job advert and job description.

We conduct competency based interviews which means the interviewers will ask open-ended questions to which they are seeking answers/evidence of essential, previous experience in order to guide their hiring decision. Some roles may also require us to use assessments as part of the interview process.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback after the CV review (sift) stage.

Things you need to know

Security and Immigration checks

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Contact point for applicants

For further information regarding this role please contact MoJ D&T Recruitment.

Further information

All Civil Servants will adhere to the 'Civil Service code’, which outlines the Civil Service's core values, and the standards of behaviour expected of all civil servants in upholding these values.

Note for Civil Servants only: If successful, the salary offered would normally be determined by applying the MoJ salary progression rules. If the appointment is on level transfer your substantive salary (excluding any allowances) will remain unchanged, unless it exceeds the maximum stated within the MoJ pay band, and unless your current salary is below the relevant MoJ grade minimum. If the appointment is on temporary or substantive promotion the salary will be increased by the appropriate promotion percentage or moved to the minimum of the relevant MoJ grade minimum, whichever is the greater.

Note for all Applicants - This post is open to UK Nationals, Commonwealth Citizens, EEA Nationals of other member states and certain non-EEA family members. There must be no employment restriction or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least 3 years and in some cases 5 or even 10 years preceding your application due to the requirement to have a checkable history for security vetting purposes. If you answer 'No' to the questions regarding nationality then it is unlikely your application will be pursued. If you are unsure as to your eligibility on any of these points, please contact the recruitment team for clarification or advice.