Associate Technical Architect

 London, Birmingham, Hastings, Leeds
£37,803 - £47,411
18 Nov 2021
29 Nov 2021
Contract Type

About the job Summary

Salary: National £37,803 to £42,991 and London £42,466 to £47,411

Location: London, Birmingham, Hastings, Leeds

Would you like to work in a constantly evolving space within Digital at the Department for Transport?

Do you have a passion for working with cutting edge cloud technology?

Job description

As part of DfTc’s architecture team, within the Digital Services division you will be passionate about emerging technologies in data, AI and cloud and keen to support the business in developing new ways of solving problems. You will already be involved in digital development in some capacity and are keen to look at technology from a holistic perspective. You will work closely with architects, data scientists, developers, engineers, user researchers and change managers to deliver full stack solutions that work with emerging technologies.

You will be an ambassador for architecture in Digital Services and across DfTc supporting the business in developing their digital ambitions. You will be comfortable discussing technical issues with non-technical stakeholders and have a drive to make technology an agent for change. You will have a pro-active approach to problem solving and be creative in delivering solutions that both fix problems and move DfT towards a better managed, cost-effective digital future.


Include but are not limited to

• Develop architectural patterns and solutions to complex DfT data and digital problems.
• Understand and champion DfTc’s digital and application principles, patterns and standards, advising stakeholders and supplier son how to use them.
• Work with the organisation, data community and Digital Service to deliver multiple projects that require architectural thinking to meet their delivery targets.
• Embed architecture governance through the Architecture Change Board ensuring architecture alignment technical designs, DfTc’s architecture principles and standards and communicating their decisions.
• Assess and assure new products and applications delivered by 3rd parties and ensure that DfTc has up to date knowledge of its digital and application estate across several directorates through maintenance and support of the architecture portfolio.
• Support the production and implementation of the DfTc family’s digital and technology strategy.

About you

To be successful in this role you will be a team player, focused and passionate about technology. You will be self-motivated, capable of prioritising work, leading projects and campaigns and working across the wider team to create a harmonious environment, focused on the technological development of the Department.

This is a technical role, you will have prior experience in a similar discipline, knowledge of system development, software engineering and in particular, new technology in cloud-based platforms. You will have an analytical mindset, a keen eye for detail and the ability to think proactively to find solutions to problem areas.

DfT: Digital Service

Find out more about what it's like working at DfT: Digital Service


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical - DDaT Framework - Technical Architect - Right Click Here
  • Turning business problems into technical design - DDaT Framework - Technical Architect - Right Click Here
  • Making and guiding decisions - DDaT Framework - Technical Architect - Right Click Here
  • Strategy - DDaT Framework - Technical Architect - Right Click Here


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

DDaT Allowance

• The Associate technical Architect role is part of the DDaT profession and attracts an enhanced pay scale which is mapped to capability levels. The successful candidates starting salary will be determined by performance at interview and assessed capability level. There are two components to DDaT pay - base pay and DDaT allowance.
• The role may also attract a DDaT allowance of up to £10,000 The amount, if afforded is determined by several factors one of which is assessed capability level.
• The successful candidate will be required to undergo yearly capability assessments which may result in pay increases or decreases. A drop in capability in any given assessment period results in 12 month pay protection to allow candidates to retain prior capability level.

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, and within your CV and Personal Statement please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following:

• Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical
Demonstrable ability in translating technology to non-technical people. You can speak on behalf of technical teams and facilitate relationships with indirect stakeholders.

• Governance
Understanding of how governance and assurance works for technology and digital products and solution, ability to assess risk and deliver assurance recommendations.

• Making and guiding decisions
Ability to research business and technology problems and make recommendations that take into account all viewpoints Able to influence decision-makers and identify technical disputes between direct peers and local stakeholders

• Strategy
An understanding of the purpose and application of strategy, standards, patterns, policies, roadmaps and vision statements and an ability to contribute and develop them as architectural assets

• Turning business problems into technical design.
Experience in designing systems characterised by different levels of risk, by business and technical complexity and their meaningful impact. Understanding of current and emerging technologies and ability to identify appropriate patterns

• Understanding the whole context.
Understanding of how your work supports the team. Ability to identify wider influences and how they apply. Ability to understand the broader technology and organisational context and articulate how your work supports both.

Sift & Interview Dates

The sift is due to take place week commencing 29th November 2021.

Interviews are due to take place week commencing 6th December 2021.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview and a technical exercise (eg presentation, written, or coding exercise etc)

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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