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G6 Lead Business Architect

Summary Information for vacancy - reference NIS0941


Identity and Passport Service (IPS)


Salary is dependant on location: London - £64,003 - £73,604 / National - £57,955 - £66,647


City of Westminster, Greater London, London

Closing Date

19 April 2010

Interviews start

Not specified


Grade 6


Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Programme and Project Management

Brief Description

The Lead Business Architect leads and owns the business and application architecture and all business-facing aspects of the Scheme Architecture for the National Identity Service (NIS) Programme. The post holder will be one of the key decision makers within the NIS portfolio in terms of direction and delivery and will need to have the experience and gravitas to operate at a strategic level within this environment.

This role may be located in London, Belfast, Durham, Southport, Liverpool, Peterborough or Glasgow.

Vacancy description

• Assisting the Scheme Architect to ensure that the architecture for NIS Scheme is defined, agreed, maintained and that it remains aligned with the NIS overall strategic direction.
• Deputising for Scheme Architect as required
• Providing guidance, support and direction to all parts of the Scheme to ensure alignment of solutions with the Scheme Architecture and integration of the NIS
• Dealing with conflict at senior management level, resolving it where possible and saying “no” where necessary
• Challenge and assess impact of all proposed scheme level changes in scope, cost and schedule for consideration by Scheme Management Board (SMB)
• Ensuring that the end-to-end business and application architecture for the NIS is defined, agreed and approved and that it remains aligned with the organisation's strategic direction, governing principles and legislative and policy constraints.
• Ensuring sign-off of key business principles underpinning the business and application architecture
• Managing the provision of guidance, support and direction to all parts of the Scheme to ensure continued alignment with the business and application architecture
• Ensuring that appropriate reporting and management information is provided to support decision making of the CIO and governance boards
• Managing a team of Senior Business Architects, Business Architects and business assurance support staff; either directly or on a matrix management basis for those staff embedded within project teams
• Professional Leadership - responsible for actively providing support and professional development for self and team


1. Experience of leading the business, application or enterprise architecture function for large-scale or complex IT programmes

2. Experience of working on large or complex IT programmes involving multiple suppliers

3. Business / Application Architecture: Level 6 (from the SFIA Framework )

Leads development of architectures for complex systems, ensuring consistency with specified requirements agreed with both external and internal customers. Takes full responsibility for the balance between functional, service quality and systems management requirements within a significant area of the business.

4. Systems Design: Level 6 (derived from SFIA Framework)

Controls system design practice within an enterprise or industry architecture. Develops effective implementation and procurement strategies, consistent with business needs.

5. Systems Integration: Level 6 (derived from SFIA Framework)

Sets standards, strategies and procedures across the development lifecycle in the areas of systems integration and testing and ensures that practitioners adhere to them. Manages resources to ensure that the systems integration function operates effectively.

6. Stakeholder Relationship Management: Level 5 (from the SFIA Framework)

Develops and manages one or more defined communication channels and/or stakeholder groups. Initiates communications between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact for defined groups. Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders. Captures and disseminates technical and business information. Facilitates the business change decision-making processes, and the planning and implementation of change.


• Experience of working with recognised architectural methodologies (e.g. Zachman, TOGAF etc), also Business Process Modelling Notation

• Experience of working within a large public sector IT programme and/or public sector IT procurement

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

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