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Senior Technology Architect

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Recruiter: Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Listed on: 13th July
Location: Cambridge
Salary Notes: up to £72,000
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Salary: up to £72,000. The salary is negotiable for the right candidate depending on the demonstrable skills, knowledge and experience you bring to our organisation. This is entirely at the discretion of Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

Hours: This role is full time; however, we are very open to having conversations around part-time or job-sharing opportunities. Our focus is finding the right person to join us!

Become part of an organisation that is improving the lives and prospects of people all around the world. Join a team of passionate architects working together to overcome exciting challenges. Marrying cutting edge technologies and methodologies with traditional applications, architectures, and ways of working to deliver practical outcomes that support learners, teachers, researchers, and academics.

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation, and a proud part of the University of Cambridge. We are building an architecture practice that fosters trust and empowerment, which offers emotional and technical growth, and a chance to mentor and be mentored. A practice that celebrates diversity and lives the values of our organisation to solve challenging and complex problems.

What you will do

As part of the Technology Architecture discipline, you will work closely with business architects, data architects and business analysts in delivering a comprehensive set of enterprise architecture services. You will operate as a senior-level practitioner working with project, product, and other change teams to make current architectures visible and understandable, define future architectures that will realise business outcomes, and create architecture artifacts that are clear, concise, and enable better decision making. You will build and maintain positive relationships with senior business and technology stakeholders, acting as a trusted advisor and demonstrating enterprise-level thought leadership. You will collaborate with the team to create and maintain a consistent model of the enterprise architecture and promote its use, support our architecture governance activities, and coach and mentor other architects to grow their skills and capabilities.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated and passionate IT architect who can work collaboratively across various disciplines, business units, and architecture domains to support project and product change initiatives. You will be comfortable working with partial or assumed information, high levels of change and often fluid requirements.

The kinds of skills and experience we are looking for include:

  • Passionate about driving innovation, providing thought leadership, hunger for learning and critical thinking skills to find the best solutions for our organisation.
  • Extensive experience in technology architecture at both enterprise and solution level with knowledge of application and infrastructure domains.
  • Strong understanding of business architecture and data architecture.
  • Experience of technology strategy definition.
  • Strong team leadership, management, and development skills. Able to mentor and coach less experienced team members.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation, and negotiation with the ability to communicate very technical issues plainly to a non-technical audience.
  • An ability to adapt to new situations, with the skills to influence and communicate from the technical specialist to the senior executive.
  • Able to take responsibility in challenging situations, lead workshops, and drive decision making to allow projects and other change initiatives to proceed appropriately.
  • Experience of working as part of an architecture team to develop and improve the architectural framework, practice, and governance process.
  • In-depth knowledge of common architectural styles and patterns.
  • Broad knowledge across all technical and non-technical aspects of technology architecture and design, including maintaining an awareness of wider industry trends.
  • Able to empathise, build trust, empower others in the team, and contribute to building an environment of psychological safety where everyone can be themselves and maximise their potential.

This is a fantastic opportunity to really make an impact. We embrace change and drive innovation forward to meet the changing needs of our customers across the globe. You will explore further, be bold and stay focused on the impact we can have on society and individuals.

About us

Our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Which is why every year, we give vital support to millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. From teachers and learners to researchers and academics, we help to build confidence, unlock potential, and enable success. We give people the opportunity to show what they've learnt, we spread knowledge, spark enquiry, and aid understanding.

We achieve this by embracing change, and continuously focusing on our customers' needs. And by collaborating, and carefully listening to our customers and to each other, we keep moving forward, keep innovating, and keep finding newer and better ways of doing things.

The key to our work is our colleagues, whose shared commitment enables us to have an ever-greater impact. We are a united, vibrant, and respectful global community of people, and we ensure that every individual is recognised, listened to, and cared for. And because our impact is amplified when our people are empowered, we give everyone the opportunity to develop in their own way. Whether you want a career that's linear, or want to follow your own path, we'll support you, and help give you the resources and training you'll need to be bold and take ownership of what you do.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can embrace a hybrid working model and discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role.

Alongside providing a supportive and flexible working environment we also offer competitive salaries, a world-class rewards package that will help you to live well at work, and outside of it. You'll find a wide range of benefits and policies, from family-friendly incentives to a generous pension, to discounts on everyday shopping. Our benefits promote financial security, personal wellbeing and a reduced environmental impact. See a full list of benefits on our careers site.

Ready to make a real difference? We would love to hear from you!

To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter via our website by clicking the APPLY button.

The closing date for applications is 5th August, however, this is a rolling campaign, and therefore we will conduct interviews as and when candidates apply. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested in this exciting opportunity, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

This post is subject to satisfactory background checks including DBS as we are a regulated industry.