Senior Solutions Architect Ref. 904

Full Time
£66,812 Plus Recruitment and Retention Allowance £5,720 Per Annum

This is a full-time position for 37 hours per week Monday to Friday, part-time or flexible working pattern applications welcome.

Do you want to be at the heart of creating new technical solutions for our customer’s most important and urgent work?

You will be responsible for the solution concept, requirements, architecture and design and seeing the system into service.

You will use your skills and experience to lead technical teams that may be located internally, at customer sites, or with commercial partners. You will work with a range of different technologies, including cyber, custom hardware, and communications tech. You will manage key stakeholder relationships, and create novel solutions to challenging problems.

Working with senior management, you will be advising on technical direction and often working at a strategic level.

You will be working in a positive, creative and friendly environment and be part of a wider profession of Solution Architects. We will provide mentoring and guidance to help you settle in quickly.

More About You

You will already have,

  • Experience of technically leading complex project work, including collaborating with stakeholders across different organisational barriers.
  • Experience of team leadership. Taken the role of the technical leader for a development team, providing guidance, defining task breakdown, and monitoring technical output to the required quality.
  • An understanding of what a high-level system architecture should include, including interfaces, specifications, standards and technical strategy for delivery.
  • A practical understanding of principals and techniques used in shaping and managing the technical aspects of development engineering, and experience in applying them under a range of development methodologies.

You will also have one or more of the following,

  • Hands-on experience of requirements capture, prototyping concepts and producing the high-level system architecture of a solution.
  • Experience collaborating with academia and Industry.
  • A good understanding of technologies and products relevant to delivering solutions and having knowledge of what is on the horizon.
  • Experience of handing a product over into service including organising user training guidance and support arrangements.
  • Experience of mentoring or coaching more junior staff, particularly around skills development.
  • Experience of working with team members located in other organisations.
  • A background in your field as a leader and technologist.
  • Using modelling tools, languages, and frameworks to support and communicate your work.
  • Line Management experience (role can include Line Management if you desire).
  • Professional qualification / membership of a professional body.

Your Personal Skills

You will be the type of person who,

  • Will tactfully challenge a stated user requirement to better understand what the true underlying requirement and need is.
  • Thinks outside of the box, not afraid to use creative solutions, and understands that a completely different solution to what was expected can revolutionise working practices and outcomes.
  • Enjoys collaboration and communication with key stakeholders.
  • Comfortable leading a team and working with people with a diverse range of skills, sharing ideas about how to get the results needed.
  • Is proactive about maintaining and developing your knowledge and skills and enjoys learning.
  • Acts as a role model and encourages others to develop.
  • Is innovative in their approach, either through creativity in problem solving, or use of entrepreneurial ways of working.
  • Good communication skills across all levels.
  • An ability to see the bigger picture and how a change will affect the wider system.
  • Has a strong attention to detail, equally happy to get to the bottom of an issue or understand a customer’s true need.

 Putting your skills to use

Using your diverse range of skills, you will,

  • Work with colleagues and customers to understand their specific need and requirements.
  • Understand the big picture in a customer’s programme and ensure new solutions will integrate with existing products without issue.
  • Create the solution to answer the customer’s true needs, documenting your solution, architecture and technical strategy for the development team to use. You will tailor the development approach to best deliver output.
  • Provide leadership for development teams and ensure they fully understand your technical system design and deliver to the required quality.
  • Remain up to date with current guidance, processes and best practice. Share your experience and knowledge with your peers.

What we Offer

Now that we’ve explained a bit about what you will we be doing, here’s what we can offer you,

  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service.
  • 8 Bank Holiday days off in addition to your annual leave.
  • 2 ½ additional days leave (set dates through the year).
  • Paid overtime or time off in lieu. Your salary is for your contracted hours.  If you work more, we believe you should be rewarded for that.
  • Lots and lots of training.  This can be anything from a ½ day internal course to a distant learning degree.  If it’s relevant to your career, we will aim to support you.
  • Our Pension scheme is Alpha.  It’s competitive.
  • Sports & Social Society. Whether its classic cars or baking, golf or crafting, we have a society for you.
  • On site nursery (subject to availability).
  • 3 days paid leave a year to support a registered charity of your choice.
  • Free parking
  • Free onsite gym, open 24 hours a day
  • Relocation Package*
  • Affinity Groups – whether you are disabled, LGBTQ and/or from an Ethnic Minority. We provide an inclusive environment and support for everyone.


We are HMGCC, the engineering specialists at the heart of the UK’s national security.

We work with the National Security Community, UK Government, academia, private sector partners and international allies to bring engineering ingenuity to the national security mission, creating tools and technologies that drive us ahead and help to protect the nation.

We invest in our people, not only with training but also support throughout your career with us; to allow you to reach your full potential at work, as well as enjoy the work/life balance many aspire to.

To find out more about us and if we’re right for you, please visit our website.

Equal Opportunities

Inclusion & Diversity really matters to us. It's not just about numbers or visible differences.

HMGCC are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities or who are neurodiverse.

We’re not looking for any one type of person. We’re looking for talent from all different backgrounds to join our organisation, where we genuinely respect and value each other's differences, as well as our similarities. It makes us even better at what we do.

HMGCC is proud to hold the status of Disability Confident Employer. In line with this, we offer the Disability Confident - Offer of Interview. To find out more and how you can apply under this scheme, please see the inclusion and diversity information on our website.

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Our Recruitment Team will process your application once the role has closed and everyone will get a response.

Please note dependent on the recruitment requirements, we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date. 

*if you are relocating to the area then we can discuss the possibility of a relocation package


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