Senior Enterprise Architect (A2ZD20614)
at DEFRA, London

Location: London

Salary: Daily Rate: Up to £600 Ltd

Job Type: Contract

Industry: Government

Job Title: Enterprise Architect
Location: London or Warrington
Duration: 6 months
Daily Rate: Up to £600 Ltd
Security Clearance: BPSS
IR35 IN/OUT Scope: Out of Scope


Key Tasks and Deliverables:

Digital Data and Technology Services (DDTS), Architecture and Standards team provides DEFRA with leadership in technology exploitation.

This Enterprise Technical Architect role is within the Data Architecture team and work across business and technology domains to help shape the strategy and direction of business and IT services and sets the architectural vision and roadmaps for the Data and Analytics domain. It supports the development of business investment cases for business and IT change and helps to identify and exploit opportunities for the use of technology and data innovation within the business. It ensures that services are delivered consistently and efficiently through the application of technology and data architectural principles and standards.

Data and Analytics role – The primary purpose of this role is to set the vision and strategy for the organisation’s approach to providing data and analytics capability; provide strong technical leadership in this broad technical domain and produce architecture designs, standards, patterns and roadmaps. This requires working with business representatives and technical architects, solution designers, etc. to provide management and architecture guidance to support implementation of Business Intelligence and Visualisation, Self-Service Data Preparation and Analytics, and Advanced Analytics and associated data storage, data ingestion and data processing services to meet Defra’s strategic aims. The role will also review and assure BI and Analytics solution designs produced by other architects and suppliers across Defra.

Primary Purpose

The Enterprise Technical Architect will work within business or technology domain. They will work with business stakeholders to understand and help shape the business strategy within business domains, developing a vision and roadmap for the delivery of business and IT services into the future, identifying potential opportunities for how emerging technology innovations can help drive efficiency or more effective delivery within the domain.

Within a technology domain the Senior Enterprise Architect would develop and maintain the vision and roadmaps to develop Defra strategic Data and Analytics capability which may consist of one or more enabling technology platforms, from identification of need, through justification of investment into delivery of capability,

They will support the development of investment cases for the delivery of business or IT change and follow through into the design and delivery of new business and IT services, ensuring that solutions are designed consistently and in conformance with Defra’s architectural principals and standards where applicable, and deliver against business and user needs and in the most effective way possible.

Working with Data Architects and Defra DDTS colleagues, they will peer review the work of Project and Programme Architects and work together with Data Architect domain colleagues to ensure that solutions follow domain architect standards and align with the Data Architecture.


Key responsibilities

  • Architectural engagement with a business or technology domain.
  • Work with key stakeholders in the domain to understand and help to shape the strategy and vision for the domain.
  • Develop and maintain the architecture vision and roadmaps for their domain.
  • Identify opportunities for the use of existing or new and innovative technology in delivering more effective business outcomes and services within a domain.
  • Input into investment case development and Whole Life Costing for the delivery of business and IT services and change.
  • Work with Innovation colleagues to identify need and opportunities for the exploitation of emerging technologies within domain(s) and assist in getting business sponsorship to try new technologies and prove value through the delivery of Proofs of Concept or Pilots.
  • Support the design logical and physical components of solution architectures that will enable the delivery of the required business outcome and service. Apply appropriate standards and patterns for technology domains in their use and implementation.
  • Support the creation of appropriate formal architecture products for (amongst other activities) product selection, options and impact assessment to validate or solution choices, enable traceability and provide corporate knowledge for ongoing support efforts.
  • Ensure that the design of end to end business and IT services and changes are consistent and conformant with strategy, architectural principles and standards and are supportable, sustainable, appropriately governed and deliverable
  • Review the work of other colleagues and suppliers
  • Work with commercial colleagues to provide input to tender materials and conduct supplier and product evaluation.
  • Actively support and contribute to the Enterprise Architecture Profession aspects of the team function by providing insight and hands-on experience into one or more enterprise or technology concerns.
  • Work with commercial colleagues to provide input to tender materials and conduct supplier and product evaluation.
  • Support technical and architectural requirements capture, design and assurance including injection of architectural stories into backlogs.
  • Support identification and management of “technical debt” items including justification and exception seeking for initial adoption and exit plan for future remediation.
  • Actively lead on the domain aspects of the team function by providing specialist insight and hands-on experience into one or more data and analytics application technology concerns.

Experience Required:


Competency Description Mapped to technical capability

Leading and communicating At all levels, effectiveness in this area is about showing our pride and passion for public service, communicating purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. It’s about championing difference and external experience, and supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all. For leaders, it is about being visible, establishing a strong direction and persuasive future vision; managing and engaging with people in a straightforward, truthful and candid way. Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical

Building capacity for all Effectiveness in this area is having a strong focus on continuous learning for oneself, others and the organisation. For all staff, it’s being open to learning, about keeping one’s own knowledge and skill set current and evolving. For leaders, it’s about investing in the capabilities of our people, to be effective now and in the future as well as giving clear, honest feedback and supporting teams to succeed. It’s also about creating a learning and knowledge culture across the organisation to inform future plans and transformational change. Not applicable


Competency Description Mapped to technical capability

Changing and improving People who are effective in this area take initiative, are innovative and seek out opportunities to create effective change. For all staff, it’s about learning from what has worked as well as what has not, being open to change and improvement, and working in ‘smarter’, more focused ways. For leaders, this is about creating and encouraging a culture of innovation and allowing people to consider and take informed decisions. Doing this well means continuously seeking out ways to improve policy implementation and build a leaner, more flexible and responsive Civil Service. It also means making use of alternative delivery models including digital and shared service approaches wherever possible. Strategy

Making effective decisions Effectiveness in this area is about using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and professional decisions and advice. For all staff it’s being careful and thoughtful about the use and protection of government and public information to ensure it is handled securely and with care. For leaders it’s about reaching evidence-based strategies, evaluating options, impacts, risks and solutions and creating a security culture around the handling information. They will aim to maximise return while minimising risk and balancing a range of considerations to provide sustainable outcomes. Making and guiding decisions

Achieving commercial outcomes Being effective in this area is about maintaining an economic, long-term focus in all activities. For all, it’s about having a commercial, financial and sustainable mind-set to ensure all activities and services are delivering added value and working to stimulate economic growth. For leaders, it’s about identifying economic, market and customer issues and using these to promote innovative business models, commercial partnerships and agreements to deliver greatest value; and ensuring tight commercial controls of finances, resources and contracts to meet strategic priorities. Turning business problems into technical design

Collaborating and partnering People skilled in this area are team players. At all levels, it requires working collaboratively, sharing information appropriately and building supportive, trusting and professional relationships with colleagues and a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.