Head of Architecture
The Department purpose
The Computing and Information Services (CIS) has an annual operational budget in the order of £10m, multi-million pound programmes of change within year, and approximately 185 staff. The Senior Leadership Team report directly to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the following portfolios: Strategy and Change; Operations; Information Systems; and Cyber Security. CIS provide academic, teaching and administrative services across the organisation that underpin the day-to-day activities of the whole organisation.
Recent infrastructure improvements include investment in a new network backbone, including new cable runs throughout the city to all of the Universities core buildings, network virtualisation, new scalable user facing storage, and a new hosting environment. Corresponding business led investment also continues to be made with a new web programme, training platform, student relationship management system, investment in research administration, and maximising the breadth of opportunities available to the University through Office365, alongside numerous other important initiatives. Investment is aligned to the University's Digital strategy which seeks to provide a clear vision for how digital services can be an enabler to the overall University strategy and objectives. CIS is a friendly, but demanding department, where much is expected and can be achieved by competent, self-motivated individuals who are demonstrable in their team work ability.
The Role purpose
The primary purpose of the role is to lead the Architecture Team who are responsible for ensuring that information technology solutions meet business requirements in a way that is secure, reliable and cost-effective. The team defines and governs the principles by which solutions are designed, to provide assurance of the overall systems architecture, in some cases directly leading the design of solutions. Specifically, the role includes:
- Leading a team of IT architects
- Providing a framework within which the University's technology needs are met
- Ensuring the design, development and implementation of the technology and systems portfolio evolves at an appropriate rate in line with user requirements and architectural design principles.
- Collaborating with Service Management, the CIS Project Management Office, and technical colleagues, to make sure that individual technical projects adhere to the University's IT design methodology and parameters.
- Undertaking benchmarking, analysis, design and writing options appraisals and/or strategies.
The post holder will be an experienced IT solutions engineer, combining deep and broad technical knowledge with strategic vision and design skills.