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Technical Architect UK Health Security Agency-G7

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Full-time (Permanent)
£51,824 - £65,089
Published on
14 June 2024
23 June 2024

Technical Architect

UK Health Security Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 23rd June 2024


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£51,824 - £65,089

National banding -£51,824- £61,414 per annum. Outer London -£53,812- £63,252 per annum. Inner London - £55,799- £65,089 per annum. This role comes with a Market Pay Supplement of up to £10,000

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of jobs available




Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London

About the job

Job summary

Job title –Technical Architect

Profession- Development & Operations  

Directorate – Technology

Full Time equivalent - 37.5 hours

No of Roles – 1

Contract Type – Permanent

Location – Hybrid Working

UKHSA operates a hybrid working model where business needs allow.  This provides us with greater flexibility about how and where we work, to get the best from our workforce. As a hybrid worker, you will be expected to spend a minimum of 60% of your contractual working hours (approximately 3 days a week pro rata,(averaged over a month) working at one of UKHSA's locations (Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, and London).  Specialist or regional roles will be based at the appropriate UKHSA site. For certain roles, some additional flexibility may be possible, which will be agreed upon with the hiring manager based on individual requirements and business needs

Working Pattern – Full Time /Hybrid Working/ Flexible Working

Grade & Salary – Grade 7. National banding -£51,824- £61,414 per annum. Outer London -£53,812- £63,252 per annum. Inner London - £55,799- £65,089 per annum.

This role comes with a Market Pay Supplement of up to £10,000

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK, and must be based in the UK.

The internal roles rules apply to existing Civil Servants, i.e. level transfers move on current salary or the pay range minimum, transfers on promotion move to new pay range minimum or receive 10% increase. Either case is determined by whichever is the highest.

This role is to be appointed under Civil Service Terms & Conditions. Full details on the T&C’s are found

Closing Date – 23/06/2024. 23:55pm. Unfortunately, late applications will not be considered

Interview Date – W/C 01/07/2024 Please note, these dates are subject to change.

Job description

The UKHSA Development and Operations team leads the digital transformation of UKHSA to make it a more data driven, customer focused, digital organisation. We do this by delivering services which meet and maintain the Government Digital Service (GDS) Digital by Default Service Standard ( 


Architects at UKHSA work collaboratively with developers and stakeholders such as Data Scientists and Public Health officials to deliver software which helps to drive forward the mission of the agency. We employ modern best practices to deliver projects quickly, safely, and cost-effectively. 


Potential for a specialist pay allowance of up to £10,000 could be available depending on a capability assessment. 



Overview of Job


As key member of our Development and Operations Team, you’ll work alongside engineers and product specialists. As a team, you’ll develop innovative products that are part of end-to-end services across the department.  


You’ll provide technical and architecture expertise to support designing solutions our users really need and want. You’ll test the art of the possible by designing proofs of concept to test solutions for future services, working with internal groups, third parties and external suppliers. 


You’ll be leading development of our acclaimed public services, with user needs at the heart of everything, helping us transform Government for the future. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll be helping define how we do what we do and making sure that our systems are built to adapt rapidly.




Our Technical Architects have a good understanding of a broad range of technologies and can translate between non-technical stakeholders and technical practitioners. They can switch between different problems and responsibilities and are directly involved in service delivery. 



 Main Duties of the Job

  • Undertake structured analysis of technical issues, translating this analysis into technical designs that describe a solution
  • Articulate complicated technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders
  • Challenge entrenched practices and influence decision makers, look for deeper underlying problems to solve and larger opportunities for digital transformation
  • Align with department and government technology strategy, participating in strategic technical decisions and challenging previous decisions where needed
  • Help build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance


If this feels like an exciting opportunity, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply! 

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice, where Everyone Matters promoting equality opportunity to actively encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce.

UKHSA ethos is to be an inclusive organisation for all our staff and stakeholders. To create, nurture and sustain an inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our workforce and wider communities. We do this through celebrating and protecting differences by removing barriers and promoting equity and equality of opportunity for all.

Person specification



  • Practical working knowledge of modern cloud-first architectures and how to build applications to take advantage of the opportunities they offer
  • Experience of agile development in terraform, Git (or similar) and their associated frameworks
  • Experience of working with REST APIs, particularly using Azure APIM
  • The ability to quickly learn new technologies and willingness to pick the right tool for the job
  • Experience of working with technical governance groups towards shared strategic aims
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills



  • Experience working across multiple teams as an engineering specialist defining and refining organisation engineering standards.
  • Experience of introducing practices such as DDD, TDD, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps to teams and associated infrastructure
  • Have supported the design, implementation and ongoing improvement of infrastructure services to a user base in excess of 10,000 spread across many sites. 


Alongside your salary of £51,824, UK Health Security Agency contributes £13,992 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Things you need to know

Selection process details

You will be required to complete an application form. This will be assessed and sifted in line with the essential criteria.


This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience

Stage 1: Application & Sift

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a Statement of Suitability in no more than 750 words providing examples of how you meet the essential criteria. It should also detail what you and your experience can bring to the role.

If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to interview


Stage 2: Panel Interview

This role is a two stage interview process. The first stage will consist of a technical test if successful the second interview will test the following behaviours – Please note interviews will be onsite in person at the Canary Wharf Offices

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Communicating & Influencing
  • Seeing the Bigger Picture


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