You will be an expert in your field, skilled in multiple disciplines, a role model in Application operations and have proven experience in the design, development and support of enterprise level Applications. Responsible for defining medium to long term strategies for product lines, defining guidelines for the Engineering community and leading their adoption across teams in order to deliver quality Application Solutions.
You will lead the integration of re-platformed applications with the wider IT architecture, and ensure implications for migrations are understood.
You will Lead the design and implementation of batch services on highly complex legacy based systems to ensure alignment to our engineering standards and principles.
You will own and deliver maintenance activities, and ensure the ongoing stability and resilience of all services. For example:
- Validating infrastructure upgrades against application design and helping to inform/validate the test approach for major infrastructure upgrades.
- Looking at batch utilisation and suggesting improvements to reduce licence costs or forecasting when batch growth will need more investment in terms hardware/software.
- Impact assessment of digital initiatives against our Benefit Payment Services systems.
Technology Services provide the foundations upon which digital services for DWP are developed and operate. Our purpose is to deliver secure, effective and cost-efficient digital infrastructure services and to run live IT operations that support DWP business objectives. We do this by putting users and quality of service at the heart of what we do.
Our team is made up of 1,500 colleagues working collaboratively across 10 portfolio-led teams in a fast-moving environment. Our teams deliver an end-to-end suite of digital products and services that support DWP colleagues and citizens in an ever-evolving technology landscape. Our work is focused around the following 6 themes:
1. Delivering a digital workplace that improves the way we work. We provide the products and services to make our users' jobs easier, encourage greater collaboration and support flexibility in working patterns, locations and on devices of their choice – helping to drive forward DWP’s digital transformation.
2. Delivering high-quality and resilient IT services and support. We are embedding a Full Stack Service Model to integrate our IT operations and ensure our services meet existing and future network demand.
3. Building a world-class performance-focused user experience control centre. We have created an end-to-end, data-driven performance environment to measure our systems and ensure we keep the department functioning.
4. Exploiting and enhancing hybrid cloud services. We provide hybrid cloud services that balance on-premise and public cloud to offer true platform independence and optimum price performance.
5. Protecting and securing our services. We ensure our IT systems remain secure and available, resilient to natural and human-caused disaster – ensuring citizens always have access to our key services.
6. Developing our people, capability and skills. We have created a sustainable service by developing our people, bringing key skills in-house to DWP, giving our teams professional pathways to develop and opportunities to progress within Technology Services.
As we continue our journey to service excellence we have identified a number of opportunities to join our Technology Services team.
The roles and responsibilities for this position include, but are not restricted to :
- Deliver the technical and architecture design elements of the Benefit Payment projects, including the batch architecture for a number of critical business applications.
- Working with engineering teams, and other Digital colleagues, to create VFM solution designs.
- Drive resolution of technical debt, and reduce architecture complexity, to reduce the ongoing cost of DWP IT services.
- Identify, capture, iterate, and implement architecture patterns.
- Lead discussions with senior stakeholders to create solution options and recommendations - during project discovery and inception phases.
- Own the product architecture, develop product roadmaps and represent product designs at governance forums, providing clear communication of architecture design and decision making, in order to gain approval to proceed with designs.
To be considered for these roles you will have significant and demonstrable experience of the following:
- Software engineering, frameworks and languages (e.g. COBOL, MicroFocus COBOL, SCL, Java), tools and best practice.
- Architecture design and modelling techniques, patterns, tools and standards, especially in relation to batch architecture.
- Application architecture, frameworks, technologies (e.g. Autosys, COBOL, MicroFocus COBOL, SCL, Java), tools and best practice.
- Integration architecture, frameworks, technologies, tools and best practice, including software messaging.
- Relational database design/modelling, technologies, design patterns, tools and best practice e.g. Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL.
- Leading and developing technical teams and implementations.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Communicating and Influencing
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Turning business problems into technical designs
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension
- An employer pension contribution of up to 27%
- A generous annual leave allowance
- Flexible working arrangements
The salary for this role is up to £72,933 p.a. An additional digital allowance may be payable based upon assessment of capability/skills.
In all cases any additional digital allowance is non-pensionable. The requirement to continue paying an additional digital allowance and the amount payable is subject to review at least annually
Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.
Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater. Only in very few circumstances (where there have been exceptional skills demonstrated which are in limited supply for example) may existing Civil Servants be able to negotiate their starting salary if the role has been advertised externally, prior to accepting the post.