GDS "Technical Architect" Your new company
Joining a small team of 4 in providing consulting services to Government departments. Two parts to the role: 1. Give guidance how to apply central standards. ie Following Technical guidelines published by GDS. 2. Provide advice on products that are being bought in. Work with project teams to steer them in correct directions. Your new role
As a GDS Consulting Technical architect you will share the responsibility for the digital transformation of government and push forward the GDS technology vision to wider government, and be able to communicate this to all levels of responsibility, including chief technology officers and chief executive officers in government.
When working closely with departments and agencies, share technology best practice and explain cross government architecture patterns. Will advise multidisciplinary teams while working amongst an excellent peer group and travelling around the UK What you'll need to succeed
Selecting technologies and establishing roadmaps.
Generic background across technical architecture
Good soft skills (Consultative approach, good communication at all levels, allow people to solve own problems).
Some software development experience during career would be highly advantageous. Provide hands-on technical leadership, in the development, operation and ongoing improvement of complex, transformational digital services serving millions of users.
Work with product managers to understand user needs for new and existing services. Act as the technical authority in prospective, information gathering and scene setting meetings, evaluate technical proposals from external suppliers and make implementation recommendations to senior stakeholders.
Identify key API requirements for integration with internal and external systems. Lead development of user-driven prototypes to identify technical options and inform architectural approaches, working with colleagues and supplier team members to write tests, code and documentation for new and existing systems.
Ensure system architectures are robust, scalable, open and secure, with appropriate overall system design and integration points/APIs, to deliver a high quality user experience.
Experience of influencing senior management and communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences.
Experience mentoring and leading technical teams to deliver scalable and secure user-focused services awareness and understanding of a range of tech stacks and the ability to take a balanced approach to technology selection ability to drive through an agenda understanding of how to prioritise work in a fast, customer centric, environment ability to see opportunities for improvement and an interest in forming government best practices, standards and policies experience migrating legacy technology, eg. applying data migration strategies, migrating hosting to a cloud service provider, or incrementally replacing a legacy system.
Willingness to travel to different government departments and agencies ability to read and understand solution design documentation understanding of agile environments, continual delivery techniques and devops cultures What you'll get in return What you need to do now
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