Head of Enterprise Architecture

Department for Work and Pensions

London, Manchester, Blackpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Location

    London, Manchester, Blackpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government, Digital, Data & Technology

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £90,000 to £100,000 (depending on experience)

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    25 October 2020

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe62302

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is a major Department of State that plays a critical role in UK life.  Operating at significant size and scope, we provide services and support to over 22 million people every year, responsible for over 730 million benefits payments, totalling some £173.1 billion. Engaged in delivering a once in a generation programme of welfare reform, we are committed to: Helping citizens into sustained employment, increased earnings and self-sufficiency; reducing the disadvantages faced by disabled people and people with healthcare conditions; Increasing savings for and providing financial security in later life and maximising the number of children benefitting from an effective child maintenance arrangement.

Underpinning our ability to meet these commitments is our investment in Digital, Data and Technology, harnessing the potential of new and existing tech to deliver an Agile, user centred, product and services architecture roadmap of unparalleled scale, complexity and ambition.  To enable that, we are recruiting a Head of Enterprise Architecture, a new and pivotal leadership role within our DWP Digital Group organisation.

About the role

Reporting to the overall Head of Architecture for DWP, as Head of Enterprise Architecture, you will lead the development of the end to end service landscape for the organisation. Working together with our Business and Data Architecture teams, as a key member of the DWP Architectural Practice, you will develop a holistic view of the technology DWP currently has at its disposal and what it needs to deliver its future strategic business objectives and operational commitments to our 22 million customers and 65,000 staff.

Helping business leaders to enable their future-state business capabilities is the key focus of the role, driving the organisation's business outcomes through the adroit choice of programs, projects and initiatives the organisation chooses to invest in. This will require you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the Directorate and continuous development of the Enterprise Architecture Practice. You will shape and maintain the DWP Enterprise Architecture Strategy, ensuring it maintains it’s citizen focus through consistent application of the best architectural approach. Leading the successful transition from legacy to digital platforms and suppliers in a continuous development and operational environment, you will secure effective internal and external working partnerships.

About the person

As an outcome focused Head of Enterprise Architecture, your focus will be on supporting the outcomes of DWP’s work in delivering a digital enabled 21st Century Welfare State, enhancing access for all citizens to DWP’s broad range of critical welfare services.  Never have these services been of more importance than at present. As such, you will be an inclusive, open minded, business aware, enterprise architecture thought leader, able to contribute to large-scale business transformation through the architecting of innovative, practical approaches to the delivery of complex, volume digital services. A credible, experienced Enterprise Architect, you will be accountable for leading an Enterprise Architecture team and/or Practice within a sizeable, complex public or commercial sector organisation. Demonstrating inspiring leadership, you will galvanise the effort of internal teams, collaborating with a broad range of external technical and non-technical stakeholders, to develop a cross cutting approach and support for Enterprise Architecture principles and practice.

With a sharp commercial intellect and industry knowledge, you will be able to engage with a broad range of digital, data and technology suppliers and delivery partners enabling value for money for DWP in it’s digital spend. You will be an influential and passionate advocate for the user need and customer experience, able to deliver tangible outcomes within an agile operating environment. You will be supported in your work through DWP’s commitment to it’s progressive people agenda, valuing diversity, promoting inclusion and support for personal and professional leadership development.  

This is a rare opportunity to play a leading role in the digital transformation of the UK Welfare State.

Closing Date for Applications Sunday 25 October 2020 (11.55pm)
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson w/c Monday 2 November 2020 & w/c Monday 9 November 2020
Psychometric Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement Exercise (SEE) & Fireside Chats (FSC)w/c Monday 16 November 2020 & w/c Monday 23 November 2020
Final Panel InterviewMonday 7 December 2020

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details
Adrian Barlow: 07393 011150

Daniel Hassall: 01925 419982