Lead Architect

  • Job Reference: NWGDT535914
  • Date Posted: 16 October 2020
  • Location: Pity Me, Durham
  • Salary: On Application

Job Description

Lead Architect

Full Time


Salary - Up to £65,000

Location – Pity Me, Durham

We’re bringing in a new structure and way of working to our Information Services Directorate and this has created a number of new and exciting roles to help us reshape and prepare for the future and deliver amazing customer service to our customers and colleagues alike. So be part of the future and see what this role is all about.

About the role

We’ve a great opportunity to become a Lead Architect in our IS team, who will lead and motivate a team of Architects for the development and documentation of solution designs to meet business requirements and outcomes to a level of detail suitable for implementation by technical and application delivery teams.

You’ll contribute to the overall IS strategy and governance, organising and developing your team in line with the IS Operating Model and establishing a strong culture of continual improvement and organisational agility. You’ll have accountability for managing your team to fulfil resource requests for both Operational and Product Delivery activities. You’ll provide effective prioritisation and scheduling of the team's work to ensure that activities are delivered within agreed timescales.

We’re looking for you to support the production and maintenance of product roadmaps within the IS function and to be responsible for the Architecture components of the IS Strategy and ensure that IS teams have clear direction and guidance on the Architecture Strategy.

You’ll guide your team to make technical decisions that are consistent with the capabilities and benefits, along with ensuring the delivery of cohesive technical solutions without unnecessary customisation. You’ll develop strong and effective relationships with industry peers and other stakeholders to ensure the organisation is at the forefront of best architectural practice and innovation. In the role you will be a key member of the Product Council supporting the decision making, preparation and justification of IS investment.

About you

We’re looking for you to be a proven experienced leader, who is able to lead and motivate technical teams and influence wider business and programme teams to achieve demanding targets to deliver the programme in line with overall strategy.

You’ll be able to demonstrate your experience in participating in complex organisational change and have proven experience of influencing key individuals at all levels across the wider business.

We’re looking for you to have an understanding of the regulatory framework and key outputs, customer service and related policies. You’ll also have good planning skills and use of common planning and management tools, along with an understanding of enterprise architectural principles and practice.

You’ll ideally have exceptional analytical skills, along with proven knowledge of Oracle, Microsoft and equivalent technology roadmaps and other hardware manufacturer roadmaps too. You'll have proven skills in working in an Agile organisation and familiarity of the Agile Manifesto and how this can be applied to Solution Architecture, along with the proven experience to promote collaboration, coach and facilitate coordination of the various work streams to achieve the successful delivery of integrated technical solutions.

We're looking for you be able understand the technical risks, dependencies and issues that exist, be able to quantify these and the impact they may have on the programme and remediate as required, along with interpreting complex information with excellent analytical skills.

What we will give you

At Northumbrian Water we want you to be the best you can be and we also want you to feel it’s a great place to work. Frequently people spend their career with us, some because they’ve found their niche, others because of the opportunities to progress through the organisation.

We’re the great company we are because of our people and as our way of saying thanks, we offer a wide range of benefits and discounts to take advantage of including; buying and selling holidays, discounts and cashback offers, free fishing and cycle2work.

About us

Northumbrian Water is more than just a water company. We are one team, fulfilling many roles, working together to ensure our customers have clean, fresh, running water, whilst providing great customer service, protecting the environment, and supporting local communities.

We Live Water, all our amazing people are helping us become the national leader in the provision of sustainable water and waste water services.