Head of Digital Architecture & Design

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Lancashire, England, Preston
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Job Type
Senior & Chartered Engineer

Job Details

Job title: Head of Digital Architecture & Design

Location: Warton, Samlesbury (additional flexibility across UK)

Salary: Competitive + Executive Level Package

What you'll be doing:

  • Technical authority for the design, development and continued evolution of digital solutions used within BAES by the FCAS programme in accordance with the Air digital architectural framework
  • Governance of solutions to ensure compliance with legal, regulatory and programme requirements including safety, environment, and information/cyber security
  • Driving the technical co-ordination and coherence of digital capabilities across the wider FCAS enterprise (including UK MoD, national and international partners)
  • Leadership and development of the FCAS Architecture Management Office, including staff responsibility for programme architects and analysts
  • Acting as a digital advocate and consultant within the FCAS programme

Your skills and experiences:


  • An experienced leader with the ability to demonstrate awareness of modern Information Systems Management techniques associated with successful implementation of digital strategies, products and solutions as well as dealing with the integration of complex Information Systems solutions.
  • Proven track record of providing strategic and technical leadership to complex and multi-matrix organisations with particular emphasis on cyber security.
  • Typically, a Chartered IT Professional backed up by degree level qualification in for example Engineering or Information Systems and recognised digital delivery techniques such as TOGAF and Scaled Agile Framework.


    Knowledge of Government Digital Services approaches (e.g. Digital by default) and industry best practices for developing (e.g. agile methods) and delivering (e.g. ITIL) information systems servicesExperience of working in a regulated manufacturing/product environment (e.g. Aerospace, automotive, petrochemical)


FCAS will pioneer cutting-edge technologies, including those assisted by Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and autonomous systems to meet the capability requirements of future defence programmes.

As Head of Digital Architecture & Design, you will be influential in the design of the next generation fighter aircraft for the UK MoD by leading the development of new digitally driven, enabled, and sustained Information Management & Technology (IM&T) systems. You will be responsible for leading, shaping and governing the continued evolution of these capabilities across engineering, manufacturing, and post sales support, holding delegated technical authority for the entire digital information systems solution.

The Head of Digital Architecture & Design team:

This is a unique opportunity that will provide you with the ability to lead, grow and develop the Digital team from infancy and own the technical development division of one of the most high-profiled and prominent defence programmes seen this decade. You will combine your expertise with the UKs most prestigious leaders and international partners to design, evaluate and shape the final design and capability requirements of FCAS.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you'll be able to make a real difference. You'll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you'll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments."

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we believe that digital technology is the key to unlocking our customers’ advantage. By advancing digital technologies, we open doors to worlds of opportunities, together. We work across 6 main areas, Cyber, Defence, Delivery & Advisory, FinCrime, Intelligence and Space. Come visit us at the expo, or our website, to learn more about our opportunities.






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