Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC249933
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £65580 - £75417
Date Posted 20 June 2019
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £65,580 - £75,417 per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th July 2019
Interview Date: W/C 29th July 2019
Location: Swindon


What will you be doing?

Provision of a Head of Architecture to lead technical and business architecture capability and act as Head of Architecture in accordance with the GDS Agile methodology. You will work on The Funding Service and other cross cutting solutions, governance and standards.

This role requires the skills of a multi domain architect with experience of coaching/leading domain architects across the organisation (including with key suppliers and UK SBS) to a co-ordinated delivery. The role will also require Senior level engagement skills, business acumen, coaching and influencing.

Cultural fit:

  • you should be able to demonstrate understanding of architectural practice and methodology
  • you should be able to demonstrate the ability to guide a team and mentor it in good practice and discipline
  • you will be able to demonstrate agile culture and values
  • you will also be able to demonstrate ability to work with other team leads and represent the team, its technical products and practices.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • strategic thinking
    • providing vision, leadership and direction
    • converting the strategic vision into implementation delivery plans.
  • change leader
    • to take an innovative approach to change
    • to establish a shared vision
    • achieve buy in and to deliver change successfully.
  • stakeholder management
    • ability to manage and develop inter-relationships, creating common purpose with understanding of the key stakeholders
    • ability to persuade and influence stakeholders and act politically
    • development of a collaborative working environment.
  • have a strong security understanding and secure government environments
  • leadership and management
    • working unsupervised without direct management
    • knowledge of the required core values and behaviours with ability to influence and implement within the team, demonstrating inclusivity
    • sets clear goals and objectives
    • is an acknowledged authority and influential figure across the full range of stakeholders
    • ability to develop and mentor staff.
  • demonstrable experience of:
    • building and leading a community of practice for architecture to support programme delivery in a multi-vendor landscape
    • leading multi-discipline, multi-specialist architectural teams, including different frameworks
    • guiding an architecture service to develop application architectures, integration architectures, data architectures, security architecture and models, and associated policies, practices and roadmaps consistent with best practice
    • managing a complex stakeholder environment, including senior stakeholder management and ensuring proper governance
    • guiding and influencing service architecture with capability of taking ownership and decision making
    • implementations using Java, Microservices, CQRS, Event Sourcing and 3rd party interfaces/integrations
    • open source tools and technologies and other disciplines, focusing on software development e.g. CICD, DevOps, etc.
    • owning architectural design artefacts, improvements and successfully presenting these through senior management meetings and governance boards
    • leading, contributing to and implementing architectural standards and providing leadership for an architecture service.
  • have demonstrable experience of working architecturally on a public cloud.


  • have experience of leading an architecture service embedded within large scale agile development/delivery teams, including Business Product Owners, Business Analysts, Business Architects, Full Stack Developers and Quality Assurance/Testing Leads 1%
  • have knowledge of working within GDS standards in an architecture service.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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