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Chief Architect

  • Location: Derbyshire
  • Salary: Up to £90000.00 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: IT & Information Security


Job title: - Chief Architect
Location: Bedford or Solihull or Stockport or Gloucester
Start Date: ASAP
Excellent Salary package

Purpose of role:


This is a new role the purpose of which is to define, bring together and lead the architecture / technical direction of the diverse portfolio of products. The engineering team comprises more than 300 staff building a diverse range of software products for the Education market place including a number of market leading products.

The role provides the glue that defines, maintains and enables common practices, approaches and designs to be reused across projects while advising on technical decisions and evaluating technologies and innovative approaches for new features of the product.

  • Main engineering responsibilities

  • Lead the team of architects to define, manage and maintain the architecture / technical strategy for the portfolio
  • Accountable for all non-functional requirements including performance, scalability and security of our solutions
  • Work with the Product Management teams to understand the medium to long term market view and ensure the technical strategy supports this
  • Work with the Heads of Engineering to ensure that the technical strategy is realised and supports the commercial and delivery commitments
  • Work with the Hosting Teams to ensure solutions will be secure, manageable, monitorable and operationally cost effective
  • Lead, mentor and coach the Architects and other technical staff
  • Support the Heads of Engineering in setting best technical practices and mentoring the development teams in software development techniques
  • Is a hands on practitioner and is able to operate at both architectural and implementation levels.
  • Foster innovation and drive continuous improvements on process and technology
  • Help to drive a strong engineering culture focusing on appropriate practices such as CI/CD, Automated Testing, Lean and Agile

  • Main general management responsibilities

  • People management - managing / recruiting / retaining / motivating / performance management / career progression
  • Stakeholder management - ensure all stakeholders have a positive engagement with the engineering group
  • Ensure departmental and company processes & procedures are followed
  • P&L responsibility - manage own cost centre for whole team (not essential)



Essential experience/skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of architectural design principles, patterns and practices
  • Very strong experience of SaaS / Cloud based solutions
  • Very strong experience of MS stack including Azure
  • Exceptional team leadership skills, including motivation, performance management, cultural awareness, coaching and development
  • Experience of working with on and off-shore development
  • Experience of Continuous Delivery / Agile development methods
  • Extensive stakeholder management experience up to board level



Desired experience:

  • Experience of working with matrix management
  • Experience of CI / CD and test automation including performance testing



Personal attributes:

  • Strong people management and leadership skills / hands on
  • Passion for software engineering excellence
  • Display an eagerness for change and continuous improvement
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organisational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to command respect from sponsors, peers and team
  • Ability to balance short-term need with strategic aims
  • Ability to bring together people with wildly different viewpoints and cultural values
  • Ability to develop strategies for achieving positive change and improvements amidst ongoing demands and pressures
  • Flexible attitude and approach
  • Inspires co-workers to attain goals and pursue excellence



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