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Solution Architects

Summary Information for vacancy - reference Solution Architects May 2011


Mi5 (Security Service)


circa £60k - competitive


City of Westminster, Greater London, London

Closing Date

01 July 2011

Interviews start

Not specified




Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms

Fixed-term contract

Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Information Technology

Brief Description

MI5 safeguards the United Kingdom against threats to national security. Enhancing our IT services is critical in ensuring the business maximises value for money. We are looking for exceptional Solution Architects who are experienced in identifying the best way to solve business challenges through the conception and design of effective and innovative technology solutions.

As a solution architect you will work within a multi-disciplinary solutioning team. Expected to demonstrate experience in the design of enterprise-class IT systems using event, transactional and warehouse patterns you will be an expert in shaping and then assessing delivery options. Ideally your experience will have been gained by using service-based architecture to integrate bespoke, legacy and COTS applications.

Vacancy description

With experience of specifying systems using TOGAF-based representations, methods and tools, you will be comfortable using architecture models for applications and EAI within SOA frameworks. You will have demonstrated the ability to deliver architecture roadmaps that provide a multi-year business capability and architecture design.

Establishing and managing relationships across the business and delivery partners, you will be adept at understanding dependencies and constraints while maximising architectural component or service re-use. Used to gaining agreement from a variety of stakeholders, you will be confident in managing business expectations while ensuring technology drivers are met. 

This is a fixed term contract for a period of three years.


A confident communicator, you will work within programmes with project teams, contracted delivery partners and Enterprise Architects to ensure solutions remain aligned to EA strategies and the wider business, technical and delivery standards.

Self motivated and passionate about delivering business value through the innovative application of technology, you will enjoy harnessing your expertise in challenging environments.

Further information

CRB check required - Yes

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - Yes

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV to stating reference number M568590

To be eligible to apply, you must be over 18 years old and a born or naturalised British citizen. You must normally have been resident in the UK for 9 out of the last 10 years.

Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.

Due to the recruitment and vetting process, your application may take around six months to process.

The Security Service is committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect.


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