The Chief Technology Architect (formerly advertised as Chief Technology Officer) will be responsible for leading the technical strategy and architecture for all Department for Work and Pensions' technology that delivers public services to every UK citizen at one point or another in their lives. We deliver services used by over twenty million citizens and nearly a hundred thousand enterprise users. We use diverse technologies from Mainframe to Node.js, MongoDB and Hadoop running on several thousand servers, run Europe's largest VOIP contact centre, and securely transact the majority of UK's BACS banking transactions.
I am looking forward to working with a colleague who has:
- the ability to inspire thousands of technologists with their technology vision,
- the expertise to build a detailed next generation architecture blueprint,
- the track record of transitioning a large enterprise from ageing mainframe technologies to next generation web, social, mobile, cloud, big data and deep learning technologies using Infrastructure as Code,
- the knack of building partnerships with both technology start-ups and established technology vendors, and
- the passion to encourage innovation without boundaries across industries.
Successful applicants would be passionate about technology with the personal stature and gravitas to inspire. The successful candidate will build and lead teams of over 100 technology architects attracting the best talent across the country. A Director level Senior Civil Service post, this role will directly shape annual technology spend of over £1bn.
You will be naturally creative, able to drive through change, and influence at all levels. Your actions will bring the GDS design principles to life many times every day. You would naturally prioritise user needs over processes and tools; have a bias for action resulting in frequent iterative working software delivery over programme governance; favour infrastructure as a utility service; be a champion for simplicity as well as security; and be comfortable operating in an egalitarian working environment which celebrates depth of expertise over hierarchy.
This is one of the most challenging and rewarding technology roles in the UK today. It requires an individual with a unique combination of credible leadership skills at a senior level and hands on technical expertise to influence technology design that affects millions of lives. I joined DWP motivated by this opportunity to make a difference. I find myself working with a team of colleagues who trust each other and are determined to deliver critical next generation national infrastructure.
We look forward to welcoming an inspiring leader to the executive team - who we will all learn from and enjoy working with.
Director General, Digital Technology
Department for Work and Pensions