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Security Solution Architect

Lloyds Banking Group
Bristol, United Kingdom
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

Job Details

End Date
Wednesday 24 April 2024

Salary Range
£66,861 - £74,290

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Hybrid Working, Job Share

Job Description Summary

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Security Solution Architect

Salary: £68,000 - £83,000
LOCATION(S): Bristol, Edinburgh, Halifax, Leeds, Manchester

HOURS: Full time

WORKING PATTERN: Hybrid, 40% (or two days) in an office site

About this opportunity

We’re looking for a passionate and forward-thinking Solution Architect who can combine deep technical thought leadership with strong security knowledge & skills to help drive the Group’s Security capabilities forward.

You’ll support our Chief Security Office (CSO) Platform Teams, helping to define solution architecture and design that both unlocks, as well creates, opportunities to digitise, deliver excellent customer journeys, and business outcomes. All this while meeting group strategic goals to simplify and redefine the technology landscape.

The CSO is a vital part of delivering the Group's vision of putting customers at the heart of everything we do, helping Britain prosper and protecting the Group and customers from security threats. We’re responsible for defining and communicating Lloyds Banking Group's security strategy and providing a range of critical Enterprise Security Services which not only operate key controls that keep the Group safe but also enable the digital transformation agenda of the wider organisation.

As a Solution Architect, you'll play a critical role in designing solutions that can provide continuous value to our customers. Your contribution will be instrumental to our strategy of simplifying, modernising, and de-risking the Group technology landscape, ensuring value for customers and shareholders. This is a key role driving the long-term sustainability and integrity of the organisation.

  • You’ll be working with Product Owners, Platform Leads, Enterprise Architects and Engineers to create the Architectural runway for our CSO Platform teams. Once agreed, our Solution Architects continuously invest in maintaining the Architecture that underpins our Platform teams. You’ll also work alongside Enterprise Architecture and service providers to develop solutions, their interfaces and validating technology assumptions, evaluating implementation alternatives and software lifecycle risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies.
  • You'll view business and technical challenges from many different perspectives to build and drive end-to-end solution designs that are not only technically sound, but also include regulatory, commercial, and organisational aspects when appropriate. More importantly, we'd need you to bring others on the journey with you, building a 'one-team' approach.
  • The customer will be at the centre of your decisions and actions. You’ll use industry best-practise, frameworks, standards, and policies to create opportunities and value for our customers, supporting us to meet their needs. You’ll also elicit requirements, shape and validate designs or prototypes that deliver customer outcomes that align to our target architecture.
  • As a subject matter expert, you’ll set guiding principles and solution success criteria for platform capability (or feature development) across the platform; providing oversight and championing built in quality, decoupled, and modernised architectures.
  • You’d be asked to support Product Owners and Platform Leads in identifying, articulating and impact assessing software and infrastructure currency risks or issues. You’d confidently offer options and recommendations on action planning and continuously ever-greening solutions/systems within the Platform.
  • Passionate about architecture, you’ll promote the architecture subject area through mentoring, coaching and participation in Agile ceremonies.

About us

Like the modern Britain we serve, we’re evolving. Investing billions in our people, data and tech to transform the way we meet the ever-changing needs of our 26 million customers. We’re growing with purpose. Join us on our journey and you will too...

What you’ll need

We need a Solution Architecture who understands the challenges of modern architecture. You’ll build a compelling strategic vision and will understand a wide array of technology implications including people and process, bringing this to your comprehensive view of design.

You'll ideally have previous career experience in software or infrastructure engineering and will be well placed to define and sell your vision for Engineers, Architects, and Product Owners alike.

You must be a keen and comfortable communicator who is happy working with a wide range of technical and non-technical colleagues. You would be able to produce high quality documentation tailored to the audience which would include senior stakeholders. As a role that can require demanding delivery timeframes, you'll need to be self-organised and proactively prioritise your time.

We're in search of someone who holds some of the following experiences.
  • A passion for acquiring and applying findings to create customer and business value.
  • Experiences working in multi-disciplinary product, feature, or platform teams.
  • Has established systems engineering or solution architecture experience and appreciation of software engineering methods such as Behaviour & Test Driven Development.
  • Has superb communication skills - especially visually and through "telling the story", using the data to communicate complex messages in an accessible and compelling way. They'll also be able to distil sophisticated information and present in a succinct and clear format through both written and oral presentation, allowing you to influence collaborators with little or no technical knowledge, guiding their thinking on the art of the possible through technology.
  • Has established experiences partnering with other collaborators such as Enterprise, Security, Data and Infrastructure architects to create customer value or address business problems.
  • Holds proficient experiences leading activities associated with Architectural Governance, Risk Management or Compliance processes.

About working for us

Our focus is to ensure we're inclusive every day, building an organisation that reflects modern society and celebrates diversity in all its forms.

We want our people to feel that they belong and can be their best, regardless of background, identity or culture.

We were one of the first major organisations to set goals on diversity in senior roles, create a menopause health package, and a dedicated Working with Cancer initiative.

And it’s why we especially welcome applications from under-represented groups.

We’re disability confident. So if you’d like reasonable adjustments to be made to our recruitment processes, just let us know.

We also offer a wide-ranging benefits package, which includes:
  • A generous pension contribution of up to 15%
  • An annual bonus award, subject to Group performance
  • Share schemes including free shares
  • Benefits you can adapt to your lifestyle, such as discounted shopping
  • 30 days’ holiday, with bank holidays on top
  • A range of wellbeing initiatives and generous parental leave policies

Want to do amazing work, that’s interesting and makes a difference to millions of people? Join our journey!

At Lloyds Banking Group, we're driven by a clear purpose; to help Britain prosper. Across the Group, our colleagues are focused on making a difference to customers, businesses and communities. With us you'll have a key role to play in shaping the financial services of the future, whilst the scale and reach of our Group means you'll have many opportunities to learn, grow and develop.

We keep your data safe. So, we'll only ever ask you to provide confidential or sensitive information once you have formally been invited along to an interview or accepted a verbal offer to join us which is when we run our background checks. We'll always explain what we need and why, with any request coming from a trusted Lloyds Banking Group person.

We're focused on creating a values-led culture and are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve. Together we’re building a truly inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.


We’re creating an organisation that attracts, retains and develops the best talent in the industry, and one that openly embraces diversity too. But more than that – we want to be a great place to work. We invest in our people, offering the best training and coaching, and by encouraging them to contribute to our leading corporate and social responsibility practices. We offer flexible working hours and days, under our Work Options scheme. This means that you can have a challenging and rewarding career, and still have an ideal work/life balance.

Flexible working is at the heart of our strategy. We’re re-imagining where, when, and how our people work, with new approaches designed to meet the ever-changing needs of customers and colleagues. These include increasing our use of remote-working tools and technology, as well as placing less reliance on a 9-to-5 mindset. For many of our office-based colleagues, we work in hybrid ways which involves spending at least two days per week or 40% of their time at one of our office sites.

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