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Infrastructure Architect

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
West Berkshire, England, Berkshire
£55000 - £80000 per annum
Closing date
4 Aug 2021

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The Principal Domain Architect provides leadership as well as in-depth expertise in the design and implementation of Information Technology (IT) solutions in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Organisation's entire IT infrastructure including voice, data and control networks, servers, storage and data centres.

The Principal Domain Architect contributes to the definition of the organisation's technical strategy, architecture roadmap, standards and patterns for IT infrastructure and provides technical advice and guidance in support of its implementation. This role also provides technical leadership on a set of IT delivery projects as part of a complex programme.

An Architect with hands on technical ability is of primary importance, leadership experience would be a bonus.

Location - Reading area

Salary up to £80,000 per annum

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight in the UK and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme is also available. We welcome applications from candidates looking for full and part time hours for this role.

Due to the nature of this role, we can only accept British Nationals, holding a British Passport only.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assessment of proposed solution architecture specifications and change requests to ensure alignment with defined technical strategy, architecture roadmap, standards and patterns.
  • Verification of delivered technical solutions against previously approved architecture specifications and change requests.
  • Assume the role of Lead Architect on many delivery projects;
  • Assist business and technical analysts with the identification of business requirements.
  • Support the solution architects and the architectural design for IT infrastructure solutions.
  • Provide support to project managers for the creation of plans, timescales, costs and risks for the implementation of IT solutions.
  • Own and deliver the Design Control Plan and lead the technical design reviews.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player.
  • Additional accountabilities for this job profile may be defined and appointed through the Chief Engineer Management Arrangements, with appointees listed within the Company Design Authorities and Technical Authorities, as held in the company management system.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Definition of technical strategy, architecture roadmap, standards and patterns to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation's IT infrastructure.
  • Work closely with the CTO and BRMs to:
  • Understand the current and future business needs of the organisation and determine how these can be best supported by the IT infrastructure.
  • Identify and promote ideas for improvement in the organisation's current IT infrastructure.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with senior representatives from the organisation's strategic partners and key suppliers.
  • Maintain general awareness of developments in the IT infrastructure marketplace including vendor strategies and report on their potential impact on the organisation.
  • Lead technology selection and procurement processes including the development of business cases and cost estimates.
  • Participate in and support the operation of the IS Architecture Review Board.
  • Support and deliver high quality and timely output to the MOD customer when required.
  • Guide and support technical service managers and others on the creation of change requests related to the IT infrastructure.
  • Maintain awareness of industry methods and techniques for Enterprise and Technical Architecture and make recommendations for their adoption where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the development of the Technical Architecture Team, including coaching and mentoring of individuals and tasking of 3rd party resources.
  • Become an expert and lead in the strategy and delivery of the Business and technical domains assigned to the role.
  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.


We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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