Senior Technical Architect

Technical Architecture London, United Kingdom Sheffield, United Kingdom


Description

Salary: Up to £85,000 depending on skills and experience  
Contract type: 3.5 years fixed term appointment
Grade: MoJ Specialist Band Ac
Number of open roles: 2
Location: 1 in Sheffield and 1 in London
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: 10th January 2019 onwards
Interview location: Sheffield / London

Introduction

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.

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.

To find out more about what we do and how we’re doing it, read our blog

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

At MOJ you’ll be leading development of our acclaimed open-source public services, with user needs at the heart of everything, helping us transform Government for the future. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll be helping define how we do what we do, and making sure that our systems are built to be changed rapidly.

Technologies

Our Technical architects have a good understanding of a broad range of technologies and are able to converse easily with and translate between non-technical stakeholders and technical practitioners. They are able to switch between different problems and responsibilities and are directly involved in service delivery. You will have demonstrable experience of agile development in Node, Java, JavaScript, or similar, and their associated frameworks, and will ideally have working knowledge of several programming languages. You should have 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 is essential, as is experience of automated testing techniques, continuous integration, automated deployment pipelines and associated infrastructure.

You will:

  • Undertake structured analysis of technical issues, translating this analysis into technical designs that describe a solution
  • Look for opportunities to collaborate and reuse components, communicating with both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Lead technical teams and deliver user-focused services in an agile environment
  • Transform government into a more agile organisation by helping to embed modern development practices
  • Build user-centred, open source, RESTful web systems to serve a variety of citizen and government needs
  • Be responsible for design and development of projects of various sizes, how they interact with their surroundings (including other projects and teams), and how they evolve over time
  • Challenge entrenched practices and influence decision makers, 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, participating in strategic technical decisions and challenging previous decisions where needed
  • Help build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance
  • Occasionally participate in 2nd line support during office hours, and sometimes out of hours (for which you’ll be paid an allowance and further hourly payment when on call)
  • Help with hiring, taking part in recruitment of other developers and technical architects
Senior technical architects, in addition to the above will also:
  • define strategy and are key to assuring services
  • regularly collaborate and find agreement with senior stakeholders, providing direction and challenge
  • are proactive in identifying problems and translating these into non-technical descriptions that can be widely understood
  • mentor and coach junior colleagues

You’ll have:

  • Demonstrable experience of agile development in Node, Java, JavaScript, or similar, and their associated frameworks, and ideally working knowledge of several programming languages.
  • You should have 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
  • 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
  • Passion for building a diverse, inclusive team
  • Experience leading technical teams and delivering user-focused services in an agile environment
  • A systematic approach to solving problems
  • An ability to build consensus between diverse and often conflicting interests, to achieve agreement on technical plans
  • Experience using automated tests to continuously validate your work
  • 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 languages and frameworks and willingness to pick the right tool for the job.
Throughout the process we will assess your technical specialist skills and experience on the above requirements as well as competencies you will find on the job description.

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.

Salary and working arrangements

If successful, the salary we offer you will be within the advertised range 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:

  • Flexible working options like working from home 1-2 days a week, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours, we have people doing it and are happy to discuss further
  • 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. 

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.

Eligibility

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.