Application Architect


Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, London, Wakefield, Warrington

About the job


We are currently looking to recruit a G4 Application Architect in London, Bristol, Wakefield, Leicester, Warrington or Birmingham.

Enterprise Design Authority Technology is based within Digital Data & Technology (DDaT).

We work across the agency to build a mechanism for achieving the alignment of enterprise and solution, technology architectures to the NCA’s strategic direction.

Job description

This role will focus on the application design elements of an exciting and challenging delivery of key operational capabilities within the NCA.


• Help in the analysis of the NCA’s current information technology application estate and understand the operating context of each application (data, linked applications & versions, user profiles etc.)

• Assist in the development of the future application architecture for the NCA.
• Assist in the assurance, rationalisation and migration of NCA applications into their future end states.
• Analyse functional overlaps between applications to identify and drive rationalisation options.
• Develop and assist in the review of ICT architecture and application designs, to ensure compliance with NCA design principles and standards and industry good practice.
• Develop and assure design documentation including High Level Designs (HLD) and other associated documents where relevant.
• Assist in the development and maintenance of the applications strategy and roadmap to ensure these align with agency strategic direction.
• Participate in workshops and similar consultations with users and others to identify user needs.
• Look across the agency and externally to identify and learn from application architecture developments and trends.

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Practical experience of application rationalisation, consolidation and migration.
  • A practical understanding of application architecture, current application development and lifecycle methods and tools.
  • Ability to work with business & technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical application designs. Creates an optimal design through an iterative process, aligning user need with system requirements & organisational objectives
  • An understanding and an appreciation of modern application development approaches and tools.


If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue you membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:

• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
If you wish to apply for this vacancy, you must submit your application by 23:55 on 17th August 2020

Once submitted your application will be acknowledged by the Government Recruitment Service.

Please note depending on the volume of applications a Longlist at sift may be conducted on following criteria:

• Practical experience of application rationalisation, consolidation and migration.

Candidates must pass this criteria for their application to be progressed.

A panel will then assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the Entry Criteria section.

Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

Sift results are expected to be released w/c 7th September 2020

Interviews will take place throughout September and October 2020 - locations to be confirmed.

Should you be successful at sift but cannot attend on the interview date(s) listed the recruitment team cannot guarantee an alternative date. Please contact the recruitment team.

You will then be asked to attend an interview in order to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence.

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

We encourage all candidates to thoroughly review the candidate pack which explains the role further before submitting an application.

If you have any specific queries about the role that is not covered by the candidate pack, please contact:

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.