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Technical Architect - 72160

  • Job reference: JO0000072160
  • Type: Contract
  • Remuneration: £550.00 per day
  • Location: Nottinghamshire
  • Sector: Technology
  • Start date: 01/11/2017
  • End date: 01/05/2018
  • Application deadline: 17/10/2017
  • Security Clearance: None / BPSS

Evodia are currently recruiting for a Technical Architect on behalf of our Government client. This is an initial 6-month contract offering up to £550 Ltd per day based in Sheffield.


We are looking for talented people to join our digital team in Sheffield, to take the lead in creating and supporting world-class services in the justice system. We work as a modern software house, using agile approaches to make rapid and meaningful improvements to citizen services that meet the unique challenges of the MoJ's responsibility to society.

The progress of digitising government is already highly advanced, with many cloud-first containerised services in production across the ministry.

The Digital Studio is responsible for designing, developing and supporting new web services for HMPPS while also managing the hosting, support and development for legacy IT systems and applications that have been recently migrated to Microsoft Azure. This offers a rare opportunity to work on new services while having complete control of legacy IT all hosted on public cloud.

Working with us offers the chance to lead on the technical design of new services, and modernisation strategies for legacy. You will often be hands on and lead by example.

We design digital services that people choose to use, making the justice system easier for the people that use it, with the help of the latest digital technology. We have over 60 staff in Sheffield and 150 in London, with experts in cloud infrastructure, web development, design and user research, and work with around 50 organisations, including the courts service, prison service, NCSC and GDS.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

As a technical architect at HMPPS Digital Studio you will be designing and building web systems that make a genuine difference to people’s lives. You’ll define how we build and operate our web systems, keeping up to date with the latest technologies and trends, whilst delivering working software early and often.

At the Digital Studio you’ll be leading development of our acclaimed open-source 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 be changed rapidly.

  • Build user-centred, open source, RESTful web systems to serve a variety of citizen and government needs
  • Be responsible for design and development of projects of various sizes, how they interact with their surroundings (including other projects and teams), and how they evolve over time
  • Challenge entrenched practices and influence decision makers, and look for deeper underlying problems to solve, and larger opportunities for digital transformation
  • Share knowledge of tools and techniques with the wider team and community, both developers and non-developers
  • Align your team’s work with department and government technology strategy, participating in strategic technical decisions and challenging previous decisions where needed
  • Transform government into a more agile organisation by helping to embed modern development practices
  • Help build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance
  • Occasionally participate in 2nd line support during office hours, and sometimes out of hours (for which you’ll be paid an allowance and further hourly payment when on call)
  • Help with hiring, taking part in recruitment of other developers

Essential Skills and Experience

You will have demonstrable experience of agile development in Java, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, or similar, and their associated frameworks, and will ideally have working knowledge of several programming languages. You should have practical working knowledge of modern cloud-first architectures, and how to build applications to take advantage of the opportunities they offer.

A solid background in version control with Git is essential, as is experience of automated testing techniques, continuous integration, automated deployment pipelines and associated infrastructure.

  • Experience leading technical teams and delivering user-focused services in an agile environment
  • A systematic approach to solving problems
  • An ability to build consensus between diverse and often conflicting interests, to achieve agreement on technical plans
  • Experience using automated tests to continuously validate your work
  • Experience of introducing practices such as TDD, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps to teams
  • Experience working with cloud infrastructure
  • Practical knowledge at many levels of the web stack, from front-end code down to infrastructure and networking
  • A working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X
  • Experience of mentoring and supporting your colleagues, whether one-to-one or in groups
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge of open source principles and technologies
  • The ability to quickly learn new languages and frameworks and willingness to pick the right tool for the job


This contract is deemed Outside IR35 regulations.

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