Solutions Architect

Met Office · Apr 10th 2019

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Salary Information

£44,265 per annum* (plus a Market Supplement Value which currently is £5,000 per annum) with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £48,912 per annum

We also offer competitive benefits including flexible working, a generous leave allowance, free parking, and free tea and coffee. There are also numerous clubs and activities as well as a restaurant, cafe, on-site gym, at our Exeter HQ.

*Salary quoted is based on full-time salary (37 hours) and 27.5 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays. Leave rises to 32.5 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays after 5 years. Employees can buy or sell up to 5 days leave if full-time or for part-time staff up to their weekly contracted hours.


It is an incredibly exciting time to work at the Met Office. We are an internationally renowned centre of excellence and a world-leading provider of weather and climate services combined with our cutting-edge technology. We have customers all over the world and are at the forefront of computer science. We have amazing technology and tools, including one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Your technical skills will help us grow and become even more successful. Working with other technical experts, you will impact technology projects that will help organisations across the world to operate safely and successfully. In addition, you will be building a rewarding career every step of the way.Our training is second to none and you will be encouraged to engage in thriving Communities of Practice – we have a world-class reputation and we need our people to be the best.

We currently have three Solution Architect posts available, and are looking for candidates with experience of delivering reliable and resilient services within public cloud; and/or development of GIS software solutions for scientific and general-purpose use; and/or experience of leading successful delivery of complex IT project via engagement with remote third-party delivery teams.

Have you had a few years away from software development or software engineering but are keen to return? Whether you have been caring, travelling the world or been in the forces, if you’re looking to return to a fulfilling career in IT, the Met Office is fully committed to supporting you. We will provide a programme of training, mentoring and resources to help update your technical skills and become a fully-contributing member of our team.

We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, with an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality and an LGBTi network.

Job Purpose

The provision of the target technical architecture and technical oversight and guidance required for the successful delivery of projects and/or services within an identified technology domain. To provide line management and technical leadership.

Job Responsibilities

  • Drive the architectural design process for the project and/or service including technology choices, capabilities and architecturally significant functional and non-functional requirements producing artefacts in accordance with community best practice;

  • Drive the architecture assurance process for the project and/or service considering all assurance pillars and producing artefacts in accordance with community best practice;

  • Provide staff management and technical leadership, including proactive investigations into new ways of improving existing software systems and processes;

  • Act as the architectural owner for an identified technology domain;

  • Make architecture decisions in accordance with the architectural decisions process;

  • Represent the project and/or service as Technical Design Authority at all relevant checkpoints;

  • Manage architecture complexity for the project and/or service within an identified technology domain in accordance within the architecture complexity process;

  • Participate within the architecture community of practice.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. An understanding of public cloud technology and the role it plays in supporting the delivery of technical solutions;

  2. Proven ability to architect and deliver technology solutions to meet business needs;

  3. To provide technical coordination for concurrent projects, including managing suppliers and design assurance for the architecture;

  4. Ability to communicate architectural descriptions and development plans to diverse audiences through different forms (including written, diagrammatic and verbal);

  5. Ability to influence senior stakeholders to deliver architectural or technological change;

  6. A team player, with proven ability to manage and develop staff, supporting a culture of continuous learning, sharing and innovation;

  7. The drive and commitment to set challenging goals and timelines with clear priorities and oversee the delivery against them.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  1. BCS Certified Enterprise and Solution Architect practitioner or equivalent;

  2. Familiar with modelling notations; C4, UML, Archimate, BPMN;

  3. Domain expertise in one of the following: Corporate Services, IT security, application integration, identity and access management;

  4. Experience with a cloud platform, e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure.

Additional Supplementary Information

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key Dates: Closing date 21/04/19 with interviews expected the week commencing 01/05/2019. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited. The Met Office is an equal employer and flexible and UK homeworking requests will be considered within operational requirements. Initially successful applicants will be required to work ~75% of their working week in Exeter.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK without restriction. If you are a non–UK candidate you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

This post requires you to gain full security clearance due to the nature of the role. Therefore, in order to obtain full clearance, you will need to have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years.

Candidates who are interviewed maybe considered for other similar technology and software engineering posts available in the Met Office during the next 6 months.


Market Supplement Value which currently is £5,000 per annum.

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