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Head of Architecture

Team: Architecture
Location: UK Wide
Commitment: Permanent
The Role

We are looking to appoint a new Head of Architecture to join Opencast Software. Opencast specialises in developing end-to-end enterprise solutions for Government, financial services, health and social care, and renewable energy sectors. We work with UK and global businesses to solve their complex problems such as: how to improve the accuracy of prescription drug information for the country’s pharmacies; making the UK tax system easier to navigate, or organising data from every wind farm in the UK.

We’ve made our name providing industry-leading software development and support services and are building a reputation for delivering fully end-to-end enterprise solutions. That means we’re with our clients right through the journey – from the initial strategy and architect, service, and user-centred design, through build, platforms, data, and support.

You will be joining an organisation that has seen fantastic growth and where you will play a key part in what the future looks like.

We are looking for someone who is as passionate as we are about tech; keeping a breadth of new emerging technologies and bringing innovative ideas that can enable our client needs, whilst strengthening our internal knowledge, skills, and capability.

You will have accountability and autonomy to lead, build and establish our architecture function, an important service that offers strong architecture consultancy and delivery capability on a wide range of tech topics with our high-profile clients.

The ability to strongly lead and build a team of technologists, whilst also delivering an outstanding service to our clients, in what is a rapidly changing landscape is essential to this position.

You'll suit this role if you:

  • have a strong background working in enterprise and technical architecture design and leadership
  • are experienced in delivering outcomes to clients and providing architectural consultancy from pre-sales through to delivery
  • have the ability to motivate, lead, and/or establish an architecture service in a fast-paced, forward-thinking innovative environment whilst ensuring the best use of available talent and capacity
  • have strong interpersonal skills and stakeholder management with the ability to influence, advise and consult at all levels
  • are able to work at a senior level both internally and with clients
  • have in-depth knowledge of industry best practices, architectures, established and emerging technologies
  • have a strong software development/applications background
  • are experienced in defining standards, patterns, building blocks within an architectural framework
  • are able to deliver in an Agile environment
  • have in-depth knowledge and experience of the IT services marketplace and the challenges facing customers
  • Bonus nice-to-haves

  • Experience working within central government or Financial sectors
  • TOGAF or similar architectural governance experience/certification
  • Experience of working within a technology consultancy organisation
  • Cloud, AWS, Azure, Serverless, IaaS, SaaS, Digital Delivery, Microservices, Event Driven Architecture, Data Driven Architecture
  • About Opencast 
    Opencast is an ambitious, successful, and growing technology consultancy. We pride ourselves in the qualities of our people. We're inclusive, creative, and collaborative. 
    It's an exciting time to join us on our journey as we grow and expand our services to help our clients tackle bigger, more complex challenges. We plan to treble the size of our team by 2025 — but we’re determined not to lose our unique culture. 
    What makes Opencast right for you? 
    You don’t have to tick every box to join us. We’re looking for those brave enough to ask the right questions and do the right thing. We value and empower our people, doing right by each other. We work flexibly and keep hierarchy to a minimum. 
    Inclusion at Opencast 
    Opencast is an equal opportunity employer and we’re committed to creating an environment where everyone thrives. We don’t discriminate based on age, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. 
    If you’d like to be part of a team where your voice is heard and your involvement matters, please join us. We’re a better company because you’re with us. 
    Where you’ll work 
    At Opencast we trust our people to make the right decisions. You may work remotely from home or, depending on your project, you may be required to occasionally work at a client site or your nearest Opencast office. 
    Interview process 
    Interviews take place over Microsoft Teams. If that doesn’t work for you, we’ll do everything we can to support and make any necessary adjustments. We want to ensure everyone has the best possible interview experience. 
    Applicants from overseas 
    We accept applicants from overseas but once you’re appointed you need to work in the UK. 

    Want to find out more? 
    Visit our website to find out more about us, our work and the benefits of joining us. 

    If you’d like to talk directly about this role with the people leading our services, visit the Contact section of the website. We’re keen to chat. 
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