Senior Architect

London (GB)
25 May 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

The role will be based between Home/ a BPP office, but work may be required anywhere in the UK for periods of up to 1 week in duration. Occasional international visits may be required.

To provide architectural leadership and solutions design across the BPP Group. Providing technical leadership on all projects as assigned. Ensuring deliverables are thoroughly designed, tested and fit for purpose following industry best practices. Responsible for ensuring all solutions directly align to Architecture Strategy following governing architectural principles. Act as a mentor for more junior members of the team and technical consultancy where required across the group.

Principal Accountabilities 

  • Contribute to the evolution of the enterprise architecture function. Understand, advocate and support the enterprise’s IT strategies.
  • Ensure the enterprise architecture model is maintained including transition states from current states through to final state architectures, which will include high level integration models and enterprise logical data models
  • Identify and analyse enterprise business drivers to derive useful business context. Lead analysis of the current IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement. Continually analyse the technology industry and market trends to determine their potential impact on the enterprise architecture.
  • Promote the EA process, outcomes and results to the organisation, including the enterprise’s IT and business leaders.
  • Consult with project teams to fit projects to enterprise architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise architecture to accommodate project needs. Consult with infrastructure development project teams to fit infrastructure to architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the technical architecture to accommodate infrastructure needs.
  • Identify organisational requirements of all architecture design and analysis work.
  • Assess and communicate the value of the enterprise architecture.
  • Provide technical troubleshooting services for complex problems that developers, DBAs and onsite engineers cannot resolve without assistance.
  • Provide mentorship support for more junior members of the IT Team
  • To carry out other tasks as agreed with the Chief Architect.

Job Contacts 

Internal:  -   Management teams of all Lines of Business.
 -  All BPP IT staff

External  -  Applications providers and maintenance suppliers 


Design authority

  • The authority to determine final solution design on a per project basis
  • The technical strategy associated with the development of business applications.

Key Performance Measures 

Architecture Development – Development and delivery of the solution architecture to fulfil the needs of the business and within agreed timeframes.

Architecture Support – Assist IT staff with the maintenance and continuing development of deployed solutions.

Technical Improvement – Contribute to the development and implementation of the IT strategy, ensuring the most cost effective use of technology.

Core Competencies 

Achieving Results –
Be aware of key business objectives, and ensure these are applied appropriately to all business activities.

Building Relationships – Able to develop effective relationships with all BPP staff, and be recognised as providing a leading role in system architecture.
Commercial and Business Awareness – Knowledge of financial models and budgeting. Be aware of the risks associated with commercial relationships and business operations.

Customer Focus (internal & external) – Able to understand customer expectations, and ensure customer requirements are met and expectations appropriately managed. Able to focus on solving their problems.

Communication – Good written and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate with departmental staff and senior management. Simplifying the complex when conveying important design decisions to board level.
Demonstrate good communication, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, clients and customers including producing reports, preparing, organising and delivering presentations using appropriate tools and techniques.

Planning and Organising – Excellent planning and organisational skills. Effective at determining a course of action by breaking it down into smaller steps and by planning and resourcing each of these, making allowance for potential problems. Must manage the field of responsibility within allocated budgets, and be able to plan and forecast future activities.

Understanding BPP – Understands and promotes BPP strategies, policies and procedures. Aware of how the organisation operates.

Teamwork – Able to contribute effectively towards the objectives of a team, and be able to share knowledge, ideas and information. Aware of the needs, objectives and constraints of those in other disciplines and functions.

Problem Solving and Decision Making – Excellent analytical and technical skills. Effective at solving problems in a measured and creative way. Capable of independently assessing a wide variety of tasks, and be proactive in relation to identifying and undertaking activities that are to the benefit of the business. Be responsible for own decisions.

Influencing and Impact – Act in a professional manner, and exhibit the required behavior that should act as an example to other employees. Good at identifying goals and objectives, and motivating others towards their achievement. Able to network throughout the wider IT community.

Innovation, Flexibility and Adaptability – Undertake tasks with a positive attitude and respond well to management and client requests. Working locations may include a variety of BPP and client sites. Must be prepared to meet business goals and respond well to change.

Knowledge, skills and qualifications required 

Qualifications – Degree qualified and relevant professional qualification and experience (e.g. computer science, systems analysis)

Experience – Significant experience, in a strong technical discipline such as application development, information analysis or database management, with significant experience in technical architecture, business analysis or strategic planning, including stakeholder management. Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environment.

Training – Awareness of TOGAF or Zachman architecture frameworks.
Skills – Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture.
Knowledge of business re-engineering principles and processes. Familiarity with basic graphical modelling approaches, tools and model repositories.

Analytical Thinking – Ability to comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies. Effective at acquiring an understanding of a problem or situation, and developing an approach to interacting with the situation.

Strategic Perspective – Needs to keep overall objectives and strategies in mind, and not be deflected by matters of detail. Ability to estimate the financial impact of EA alternatives.

Stress Handling - Retaining objectivity and proper understanding of a problem or situation when placed under conditions of stress

Applying standards – Effective in the application of relevant industry and process standards to all tasks undertaken.

Industry Developments – Must take initiative to ensure technical skills and specialisations are kept up to date in line with industry developments and ensure that all relevant skill sets are current.