Senior Technical Architect (Platform Services) - Flexible Working Available
Southampton, South East, SO15 1EG
About the job
Salary: £46,696 – £53,700, (depending on skills and experience) This role will be based in Southampton.
Reporting to: Senior Technical Architect for enterprise.
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Are you a talented Platform Services architectural designer?
Are you someone who can switch between different problems?
If so we would love to hear from you!
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has started an ambitious IT transformation programme that will deliver improved capability across an expanded IT workforce. We aim to improve all technology services whilst supporting the wider business on its own transformation requirements and ensuring IT aligns to their needs.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Technical Architect platform services to take up a key role within MCA’s architecture team. This role will primarily provide technical leadership and architectural design. You will work on large or multiple pieces of work that are complex or risky. You will help define strategy and are key to assuring services. You will regularly collaborate and find agreement with senior stakeholders, providing direction and challenge. You will be proactive in identifying problems and translating these in to non-technical descriptions that can be widely understood.
You will receive support from the Chief Architect and have the chance to create positive working relationships across the whole of MCA.
Roles Responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Responsible for producing the MCA Web, Platform and Database technology architecture strategy.
- Oversees the design of architecture strategy, policies and standards.
- Leads development models and has a broad understanding of how each model fulfils the needs of the business.
- Responsible for production of technical roadmaps for the areas of specialism.
- Ensures appropriate support is provided to the operational teams when required.
- Responsible for the technical designs; justifying and communicating decisions.
- Ensures technical design is supportive of business processes and their definition.
- Ensures technical design is supported by appropriate applications and infrastructure.
- Assures technical design through the Architecture Review Board.
Based at MCA Headquarters in Southampton the role holder will be expected to participate in ongoing continuous professional development and this may require spending time away from home and the workplace.
Do you have experience and passion for Web, platforms and database technology? You need to have experience of setting architectural strategy and strategies for obtaining stakeholder adoption. Proven knowledge of adopting and gaining buy-in to technical architecture principles and methodologies. You will need to have a broad knowledge of different technologies. You will be able to converse easily with and translate between non-technical stakeholders and technical practitioners. As the perfect candidate you will be able to switch between different problems and responsibilities and have experience with being directly involved in service delivery. You will be flexible, with the ability to travel between our various sites.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.
Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.
Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world.
Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.
You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.
DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.
DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Changing and Improving
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
- Communicating and Influencing
- Seeing the Big Picture
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- DDaT Framework- Senior Technical Architect Right Click here for the Framework
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
Things you need to know Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
The sift is due to take place Week Commencing 25th November.
There will be a two-stage interview process for this role, there will be a leadership assessment and a separate interview.
Interviews and assessments are likely to be started Week Commencing 9th December.
Interviews will likely be held in Southampton.
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.
How to Apply
When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the essential requirements described in the Role Profile.
The Maritime and Coastguard 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 please click here
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• A Telephone Interview
• An interview
• An interview with one or more exercises
• Multiple days of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises
The interview may consist of a range of question types which could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any given situation, as well as specific examples of things you have done. You may also be asked to sit a written assessment or present on a particular topic.
Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• What energises and motivates you
• How you would manage situations relevant to the role
• Your previous experience
• Your professional skills and knowledge
We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.
We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
Any requests for part time, job share, flexible working or home working will be considered in line with business need. The MCA are keen to support a good work life balance, therefore there will be opportunities to work flexibility or from home, these must be agreed with your manager and be considerate of business requirements.
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected]
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:
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Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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