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Principal Technical Architect

Job Description

Exciting opportunity to join a prominent Government department in a senior leadership position. Overseeing the technology strategy for multiple services this contract is for a very experienced architect ideally with SC Clearance and previous Government experience.

As a Principal Technical Architect, you will network and communicate with senior stakeholders, both technical and non-technical, across the organisation and proactively seek out opportunities for effective adoption of technology to support wider departmental aims. You will work with teams across multiple locations, finding and using best practice and emerging technologies and inspiring other architects, collectively helping us understand how to deliver the goals of the organisation.

You will have a genuine interest in new technologies and bring this passion to the role to ensure the Home Office remains at the forefront of technical advances.


  • Owning the creation and delivery of the technical strategy, design, and planning for your area of work or project, include brokering decisions and bridging technical and business disputes by weighing up risk, complexity impact and deliverability

  • Presenting recommendations for technologies or improvements to enhance systems to support project goals clearly to senior management, based on knowledge of IT and analysis of systems’ needs

  • Leading the design and review processes for new solution and services, translating technical concepts between systems engineering, delivery management and service management

  • Developing and documenting the proposed technical design for the integration and implementation of any solution, working with and across other areas of DDaT and the business

  • Creating detailed plans for the integration of new systems architecture into existing infrastructure, considering the broader context and strategies of the organisation

Specialist Skills & Knowledge:

  • Managing and delivering complex technology solutions within time, cost and quality targets, ensuring solutions are robust, resilient, and appropriately implemented, tested and documented

  • Evidencing strong technical leadership qualities, with a passion for delivering leading edge designs and inspiring a culture of technical excellence and innovative solution design

  • Anticipating and advising on future technology changes that present opportunities for the product or programme

  • Leading the complex landscapes of technologies, 3rd party suppliers (leading the procurement process), internal and cross-government teams

  • Leading technology teams to adhere to good engineering principles from architecture through to development

  • Defining, owning, and contributing to the technical roadmap and strategy

  • Domain experience within one and working knowledge of other technology domains; networking, server and cloud-based Infrastructure, collaboration technologies, end user devices, virtualisation technologies, device management, technology operations and tooling.