Technical Architect


Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, London, Wakefield, Warrington

About the job


We are currently looking to recruit a G2 Technical 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.

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

Job description

To be successful in this role you will have strong technical architecture expertise combined with areas of deeper knowledge of technologies and practice, broad understanding of all architecture domains, and strong stakeholder and consultative skills.

***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***


Key responsibilities include:

• Provide strategic technical leadership and architectural design to drive forward the provision of capabilities and services that enable and enhance the business.
• Working with the Chief Architect, set the strategic direction for all IT related domains in the NCA and ensure coherence with the wider government approach to IT.
• Establish and maintain architectural principles, standards, blueprints, roadmaps and transitions states that underpin all IT design and delivery in the NCA.
• Lead the work with projects to embed the architectural design gates within the overall governance process ensuring reference information is published, maintained and readily available.
• Maintain a broad and up-to-date knowledge of current state and emerging developments across technology areas including infrastructure, networks, applications and data; bring this knowledge and expertise to bear in the design of systems.
• Provide professional leadership and development for technical architects across the NCA.
• Manage, coach and develop staff, work cooperatively with colleagues and stakeholders to promote high-performance, and manage issues relating to the performance and conduct of officers in line with NCA values.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • How you have led technical architecture and design within complex, large-scale programmes or projects.
  • How you bridge the gap between the technical and non-technical; making complex technical concepts accessible to all.
  • Your ability to work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs for systems characterised by high levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity.


Whilst you are deployed you will receive the following:

- A Diplomatic allowance that is currently £5000 per year. This allowance is currently under review and may be subject to change
- A Cost of living allowance which is dependent on a number of factors such as personal circumstances and the deployment location
- A transfer grant to recompense for purchasing miscellaneous personal items necessary and appropriate for their relocation overseas.
- Hardship Compensation is paid at certain difficult postings in line with annual rates set by the FCO.

Accommodation is also supplied throughout deployment and the NCA will meet the cost of moving the successful candidates to their deployment location.

The successful candidates will also have the option to move to their deployment location independently or with their family. If children relocate with the successful candidate then the NCA will meet the cost of schooling fees.

The NCA will pay for one return visit to the UK per year for the successful candidate and their dependents.

Relevant training will be provided throughout deployment where applicable.

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, Strengths, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.
If you wish to apply for this vacancy, you must submit your application by 23:55 on 17th August 2020.

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete a Situational Judgement test.
The closing date for the tests is 23:59 on 19th August 2020. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn.

Do not leave completing the test until the last minute in case you experience any access or technical issues. There may not be technical support available after business hours and after 15:00 on the closing date of 19th August 2020.

While the tests should work on most operating systems and modern browsers with a good internet connection, we cannot guarantee that every combination will work. At the beginning, the test will check which browser you are using, and alert you if it is likely to be incompatible.

It is highly recommended that you complete the online tests on a desktop computer, not a mobile phone or tablet.

Please note that online tests associated with this vacancy are not subject to time limits.

Guidance for each test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the Civil Service Jobs website.

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

Interviews will take place week commencing 14th September to 2nd 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.

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

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.

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

- How you have led technical architecture and design within complex, large-scale programmes or projects.

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

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

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.

You will also be asked to deliver a presentation. Successful candidates at shortlisting will be provided with the
• Seeing the Bigger Picture
• Leadership

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

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.