|Job description||This appointment is for a 2 year fixed term contract.
You must be a UK, Commonwealth, EEA or Swiss national to comply with Civil Service nationality rules and must hold a valid work permit. We are not able to sponsor work visas.
The National Audit Office has a transformation programme to deliver organisational change through the implementation and adoption of revised methodology, processes and tools for Financial Audit within the NAO. The programme is called the Audit Transformation Programme (ATP).
The principal responsibility of the Solution Architect is to join this Audit Transformation Programme and support the team to deliver the programme’s objectives over the next 2 years. The Postholder would play a key role in ensuring the successful delivery of an integrated solution involving multiple Off-The-Shelf products alongside development and configuration of existing technology platforms.
Experience needed for this role;
• Architecture. Significant experience providing solution architecture services across the full project and/or programme lifecycle. Experience involving complex, multi-supplier environments, including the design and delivery of integration between different 3rd party vendors alongside internally built applications.
• Delivery. Proven track record working with technical teams on design and implementation of innovative cloud solutions. Good experience of analysis, diagnosing, designing, planning, executing and evaluating cloud solutions to time, cost and quality targets. Aligned with experience of defining, monitoring and measuring benefits realisation. Experience of working on several projects simultaneously while meeting stated quality objectives.
• Technology. Experience as a solution architect in cloud solutions using our strategic platforms, Microsoft (365 and Azure) and Salesforce, is preferred with the ability to pick up new technologies and assess situations quickly.
• Management & communications. Excellent communication skills that are adaptable depending on the audience with the added benefit of creating effective collaboration across teams. Able to be the point of contact for stakeholders with the capability to manage expectations and facilitate across high risk and complexity or under constrained timescales. Proven ability to create or tailor new ways of working and innovation, influence outcomes and gain buy-in for new initiatives.
• Agile. Expertise of working in/with teams using Agile methodologies and frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, Lean). Team player who has facilitated knowledge sharing and collaborative working in multi-disciplinary teams. Experience in engaging with teams using DevOps tooling, preferably Azure DevOps.
The NAO supports flexible working and is happy to discuss this with you at application stage.
|Responsibilities||The Solution Architect is responsible for:
• Designing innovative end-to-end solution designs, delivering against business strategy and requirements. Converting detailed requirements and user journeys into appropriate solution architectures and designs for the NAO’s prime service line
• Assisting delivery teams to ensure alignment with overall solution and technical architecture
• Supporting the assessment of new product and solution decisions, including risk identification
• Ensuring solution designs align with existing digital plans and relevant industry, technology, and corporate policies (e.g. information security)
• Making sure solutions integrate with other systems and platforms in use as appropriate
• Ensuring appropriate documentation (including roadmaps) are in place to support the delivery and implementation of the solution, as well as future projects.
• Supporting creation of architecture and solution design guidelines, and delivery of projects within those guidelines.
• Working closely with other NAO Architects (Business, Data & Information, Cloud, Digital and Solution) to ensure that the NAO’s ongoing digital transformation remains at the forefront of public sector digital development
• Participating as a subject matter expert for internal working groups as requested
|Skills required||• Communication skills. You can listen to the needs of technical and business stakeholders and interpret them. You can manage stakeholders’ expectations and be flexible. You are capable of proactive and reactive communication. You can facilitate difficult discussions within the team or with diverse senior stakeholders. (Relevant skill level: practitioner)
• Making and guiding decisions. You can make decisions characterised by managed levels of risk and complexity. You can recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase. You can resolve technical disputes between wider peers and indirect stakeholders, considering all views and opinions. You can balance short term benefits with longer term business vision and handle technical debt. (Relevant skill level: practitioner)
• Turning business problems into solution design. You can design systems characterised by medium levels of risk, impact, and business or technical complexity. You can work across multiple services or a single large or complicated service. (Relevant skill level: expert)
• Strategy. You can apply strategy, using patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. You can challenge them and provide guidance. (Relevant skill level: working)
• Making a process work. You can identify and challenge organisational processes of increasing complexity and those processes that are unnecessarily complicated. You can add value and can coach the organisation to inspect and adapt processes. You know how to guide teams through the implementation of a new process. (Relevant skill level: practitioner)
• Understanding the whole context. You understand trends and practices outside your team and how these will impact the work. You understand how your work fits into the broader strategy and historical context. You can consider the patterns and interactions on a larger scale. (Relevant skill level: practitioner)