Lead IT Network Architect

Birmingham Permanent £49,700 - £61,824
  • This is a superb opportunity to join the Government Property Agency's IT team.
  • You'll join a growing function to design and deliver the Network environment.

About Our Client

The Government Property Agency is helping transform the way the Civil Service works and reshaping the relationship civil servants have with their place of work. The GPA is a new organisation within Government, created in 2018 and is in many ways a start up. This means although it is a Government Department, many of the systems, processes, ways of working are still being set up.

The majority of the senior team have being recruited last year in Birmingham. The tech team is small (17 FTE currently) expected to grow to circa 30 this year and uses partners for a lot of delivery. The budget per annum is circa £14m, but expected to grow to circa £30m in the next few years.

Job Description

  • Networks are the foundation of the GPA's technology offer in government buildings, and the GPA is deploying shared networks to help all of government make better, more flexible, use of the workplace. By adopting zero trust & remote access architectures, and making extensive use of Wi-Fi to promote mobility, the GPA will be delivering highly resilient internet connectivity for the government, as the roles of Civil Servants become truly flexible, and no longer tied to any one location.
  • As the Lead IT Network Architect, you will be responsible for developing network solutions, tailoring the architecture for particular projects, and continuing to refresh the architecture to ensure that it continues to best meet the needs of government.
  • You will lead in developing design patterns and network architectures for shared government networks, and tailor designs to meet the needs of particular buildings and clients.
  • Strategic-level thinking will be central, and you will maintain a technology road-map for networks to ensure that the GPA and its clients can benefit from new approaches in network technology, always staying at the forefront of technological change.
  • You will select and manage suppliers, building relationships with external partners, whilst also working with internal colleagues across government to help adopt GPA's shared network technology.
  • As a senior POC within your space, you will act as a subject matter expert for network architects, and be a point of escalation, whilst also cascading messages, standards and best practice from other architecture teams and design authorities to the network architecture team.
  • You and your team will cover all manner of networking technologies, including LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi, data centre LAN, SD networks, telephony, mobile solutions, unified comms, network management solutions, and network specific security and remote access technologies.

The Successful Applicant

As the successful candidate for the Lead IT Network Architect position, you will be strong in the following:

  • Governance and Assurance - You will have an expert understanding of how technical governance works with wider governance, in areas such as budgets. You will know how to assure corporate services by understanding important risks and mitigation through assurance mechanisms.
  • IT Infrastructure - You will have a proven track-record in leading teams and departments in the design, implementation, administration and support of network-focused infrastructure solutions and services.
  • Systems Integration - You will have a very strong level of experience in creating the design of network services within a team requiring moderate to complex service integration.
  • Systems Design - You will be highly proficient in the design of systems characterised by high levels of risk, impact and technical complexity. You will be experienced in control system design practice within an enterprise-scale architecture, and you will know how to influence industry-based models for the development of new technology applications, all whilst adhering to relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices.
  • IT Strategy - You will be an expert in predicting and advising on future technology changes that present opportunities for a product or programme.
  • Problem Resolution - You will be skilled in breaking down a problem into its component parts to identify and diagnose root causes in order to troubleshoot and identify problems across different technology capabilities.

What's on Offer

The salary range is £49,700- £61,824 which is made up of base of up to £56,524, plus a non pensionable Recruitment & Retention Allowance of up to £5,300. The package will also include the Government Pension Scheme.

When reviewing your application we will be using the experience element of the framework to assess your career history and achievements. We're looking for examples of things you have previously achieved or your knowledge in a particular field which are relevant to the role.

Palminder Johal
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