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The role

About Southwark:
Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a council, we are successful, passionate and forward thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise, which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do. 

IT & Digital Services sits within the Modernise division (along with HR, Facilities Management and Transformation) of the Housing and Modernise department. Modernise provide a joined up service to the business delivering change that affects where and how staff work and what they do.

We are a highly valued partnering service that enables the business to transform themselves and the services they deliver in a collaborative way in accordance with the council’s Digital Strategy. In that context, IT & Digital Services is striving to deliver the following vision:

- Delivering Modern IT
- Smart Council
- Smart Borough
- Digital Citizen
- Digital Inclusion
- Data Enabled

The Solution Architect will play a key role in enabling the delivery of this vision.

The Role:
The Solutions Architect is responsible for the technical development, maintenance and exploitation the Council’s application and solution estate providing significant input into shaping application strategies and transformation programmes. 

The Solutions Architect is responsible for developing and executing application standards across the business and supporting the drive toward application rationalisation, consolidation and reuse. They will understand the application estate and the management of technological risk.

The Solutions Architect reports to the Enterprise Architect and provides technical advice and guidance to the applications management function of Technology & Digital Service

About You:
The right candidate will bring a wealth of experience delivering complex architecture including multi-domain business and IT Applications. Given the complexity of the organisation and the associated architecture, the roles requires significant exposure to a local authority application estate. The Solutions Architect also needs to show evidence of technical knowledge and leadership experience of leading large-scales application architecture.

We anticipate the right candidate would have knowledge of trends and thinking in the market, as well as a solid understanding of the digital and technology agenda in the public sector. 

This is a senior level role within the team. Your specialist knowledge will inform policy. The Solutions Architect will have significant influence in the organisation. 

How to apply:

Please use the 'apply now' link to submit your application via our online portal. You will be required to upload a copy of your CV and a cover letter of no more than 2 pages of A4.

For an informal conversation about this role please contact: Joanne Cumper on or call her on 0208 937 1142


Additional details

Benefits and more information:
- An interest free season ticket loan is available for all members of staff.

- An outstanding Pension Scheme. Southwark offers membership of its pension scheme, which is in line with the national Local Government Pension Scheme (a career average scheme).

- Flexible working arrangements.

Additional Information:
The basic working hours for this role is 36 per week. Candidates should be aware that there is a requirement to attend meetings outside normal working hours wherever this is necessary for the effective performance of the job. Southwark has a strong flexible working ethos and believes in focusing on outcomes. Through taking this approach, we welcome flexible working including: a commitment to regular homeworking with technology to support this.

Recruitment timetable

Advert Closing: 11:55pm 28th November 2021

Interviews – early December 2021

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.