Lead Architect 121853BR

Raytheon U.K.
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire or Feltham, Greater London
13 Sep 2018
31 Oct 2018

Raytheon’s Defence Intelligence Solutions (DIS) business provides leadership in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and is a trusted partner for the MoD. Over the past 30 years, Raytheon has developed a deep understanding of Defence Intelligence missions through its involvement in multiple UK and international programmes, and has the domain knowledge and mission understanding crucial to the success of our customers. In recent years, Raytheon has partnered with MoD to successfully overcome challenges and complexities.

We require a high performing Lead Architect with current MoD or Government experience to work within Defence Intelligence Solutions Business to deliver large scale information systems capability developments, and delivery and sustainment projects that have significant operational and strategic importance for the UK MOD. This is a complex and challenging role that will be highly rewarding and high profile, with extensive communication and interfacing requirements with the programme stakeholders, demanding excellent interpersonal skills.

The work location will primarily be based at customer sites with frequent visits to other company sites in the UK and occasional travel to the US.

Summary of Role

The Lead Architect (LA) role requires a versatile individual who can make effective & highly valued contributions across the project lifecycle in Intelligence and Security, Geospatial Intelligence and deployed IT environments. Capable of operating in a senior role working closely with customer and delivery teams; alone and unsupervised if necessary.

Leading the Service Design team & reporting to the Chief Engineer, you will be capable of aligning the business strategy and plans with technology & solutions. The LA needs to be able to talk to both technical experts and stakeholders, applying a holistic approach to create architectures that will help the Organisation achieve its goals. A team player who is prepared to lead from the front and work with a multi-national engineering team and the customer community.

Main Duties

  • Responsible for the creation and implementation of end-to-end solution/technical design, ensuring alignment with the strategic technical architecture
  • Responsible for ensuring the solution/design process is adhered to during all phases of project delivery
  • Provide solution and technical SME input to appropriate levels to supplement internal skills (e.g. when new technologies are being investigated)
  • Align standards, frameworks and security with overall business and technology strategy Identify, communicate and manage Information Assurance risks
  • Design security architecture elements to mitigate risks in liaison with System Design Authorities (SDA)
  • Create solutions that balance business requirements with information, user and security requirements that are capable of being effectively managed in service
  • Identify security design gaps in existing and proposed architectures and recommend changes or enhancements
  • Definition of security architecture, demonstrating solutions delivery, principles and emerging technologies
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders to provide understanding of the planned solution and identify possible impact on Service
  • Describe the current architecture by investigating its components and how they’re organized within a system
  • To help the Business evaluate existing systems and provide advice on how to meet organizational requirements and future needs
  • Identification of Risks, Issues, Assumptions and Dependencies related to Projects and their impact upon ongoing Service Model and/or processes
  • Develop and implement Service Model changes appropriate to the solution / change
  • Responsible for developing distributed system architecture and system integration
  • The solution owner for the full lifecycle of a solution from feasibility to delivery. This will ensure the solution has continuity from an architectural and design perspective
  • Good communication skills with diverse audiences - strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • To identify risks associated with business processes, operations, information security programs and technology projects
  • Select appropriate design standards, methods and tools, consistent with agreed enterprise and solution architectures and ensure they are applied effectively
  • Ensure that the system design balances functional, service quality and systems management requirements

Candidate Requirements

  • Significant experience in the Defence Intelligence Security Environment
  • Strong ICT background and proven track record in engineering execution, managing client engagements, and have served in key technical & management leadership positions
  • Established technical experience delivering major, complex programmes, and in particular, direct experience of technical delivery of complex Information Technology (IT) programmes
  • Design & Innovation
  • Service Design/Architecture & Service Implementation background
  • Able to bring “big picture” perspective to the adoption of new ideas
  • Capable of proposing technical solutions to help decision makers apply relevant changes
  • Understanding of business strategy and the ability to identify Solutions to deliver that strategy
  • Experienced in assessing a broad range of IT solutions and products
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to explain technical concepts to lay audiences, with experience of working with board level stakeholders
  • Team player with experience leading and collaborating cross-team to ensure successful delivery of solutions
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills - demonstrating outside-the-box problem solving skills
  • Ability to develop and cost high level solution architecture designs; and supporting bids
  • Knowledge of Enterprise Architecture methodologies such as TOGAF and MODAF or the equivalent
  • Knowledge of MoD Implementation requirements (JSP604/480)
  • Experience of implementing security aspects and solutions - JSP440
  • Ability to manage and control the expectations of a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Experience of implementing projects for an MoD or Government customer at various Classifications
  • Expert Knowledge of ITIL v3
  • Current holder of or eligibility to obtain DV security clearance


  • Financial Control Account management experience
  • Understanding of Earned Value Management Techniques and the application of EVMS within a Project delivery life cycle
  • Knowledge of virtualised systems; defence intelligence systems & networks and information or knowledge management solutions
  • Knowledge of information exploitation solutions Understanding of the DCPD workflow
  • Knowledge of security aspects and solutions
  • Knowledge of systems requirements
  • Management and object based design decomposition methodology and tools

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