Lead Technical Architect - Data & Analytics are required to ensure delivery of widespread digital change in one of the UK’s largest major Government Departments
Your new company
The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is a major UK Government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment. From the food we eat and the air we breathe, to the water we drink, Defra plays a vitalrole in people’s everyday life. We work tirelessly to sustain a thriving rural economy and together we drive the success of our world-leading food and farming industry. Defra’s Digital Data and Technology Services (DDTS) function are currently undertaking significant change across our enterprise and embracing Digital Services as a platform for continued transformation. As such, we require Lead Technical Architect - Data & Analytics to join us at this exciting time and facilitate change programmes unseen in the private sector.
Your new role
You will work within the Data Architecture team and work across business and technology domains to help shape the strategy and direction of business and our IT services, setting the architectural vision and roadmap for the Data and Analytics group. As a team, we support the development of business investment cases for business and IT change and help to identify and exploit opportunities for the use of technology and data innovation within the business. We ensure services are delivered consistently and efficiently through the application of technology and data architectural principles and standards. Your primary responsibility will be to set the vision and strategy for the organisation’s approach to providing data and analytics capability to a stream of programmes; providing strong technical leadership in this broad technical domain and producing architecture designs, standards, patterns and roadmaps. You will be required to work with business representatives, technical architects and solution designers to provide management and architecture guidance. This will encompass the implementation of Business Intelligence, Self-Service Data Preparation, Advanced Analytics, Data storage, data ingestion and data processing.
What you'll need to succeed
The successful candidate will have a track record of delivering complex IT Programme architecture, involving dependency management and multi-supplier deliveries in an enterprise architecture environment. This will include practical knowledge and understanding of architectural models delivered in a variety of methodologies, across data architecture. This will include architectural frameworks and experience in practical and pragmatic delivery models. You will need to show a broad understanding across a range of technologies and adapt to new approaches which may be selected to formulate a solution. These capabilities will vary across infrastructure and cloud (or hybrid) environments and an understanding of the associated economics.
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What you'll get in return
Defra will continue working from home, and we support fully remote flexible working. Defra have offices across the UK. The DDTS hubs are York, Warrington, Crewe, Birmingham, Reading and Bristol. You’ll join Defra at an exciting time within a collaborative team which is involved in all of Defra’s technical initiatives.
Our exceptional benefits package includes 25 days of annual leave (increasing to 30 after 5 years of service) + bank holidays, flexible working, a significant pension contribution of 20%+, flexi-benefits and mentoring and personal development opportunities.
What you need to do now
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