Technical Architect - Digital Systems in London, London, United Kingdom

My client is responsible for the biggest rail construction project in Europe, helping to improve London's commuter infrastructure.

As the project proceeds through the final stages of its commissioning, most of the complex sites and systems have undergone final testing and are being handed over to the operator.

The programme and operator have built or are in the last stages of implementing the operational technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) systems that will be used to run and manage the railway.

As such a manageable systems architecture is be implemented and needs further enhancement through the support of a Technical Architect of Digital Systems

Purpose of the Job

The role will be responsible for the design and implementation of an overall systems architecture & framework for RfLI covering the information management systems and as applicable to the operational technology systems.

Working with the Head of Digital Systems, the programme manager for Information & Management system programme and stakeholders in RfLI engineering and maintenance, the Technology Architect will help develop strategic principles and strategy.

Within this role you will work with business analysts to translate business requirements into architectural requirements and will align technology strategy with external supplier systems & TfL Technology & Data.

Principles & strategy will be based in industry best practices in enterprise architecture, service management and asset management and RfLI & TfL processes and standards.

Purpose

  • Aids strategic planning with a 5+ year horizon.
  • Deliver essential technology artefacts are put in place as soon as possible, starting with a logical systems map covering known status of all IT and OT systems and their interfaces and dependencies.
  • Identify any gaps in technology architecture knowledge for all systems delivered to enable a plan to be put in place to get these rectified.
  • Work with TfL engineering, RfLI engineering & RfLI maintenance to identify systems interfaces and highlight areas of improvement in the chosen asset/service management approach.
  • Working with the Head of Digital Systems, write enterprise and technical standards and influence the use of these standards in systems implementation and support.
  • Influence detailed definition of software configurations within the asset & configuration management systems
  • Guide delivery of technical capability to enable automated change management in the Operational Technology systems.

Challenges of the Job

  • Devising and implementing standards that function well and are accepted across IT and OT domains.
  • Influencing across domains to ensure the benefits of structured architectural approach can be felt across the RfLI enterprise.
  • Identifying capabilities that can be delivered in stages in line with department capability maturity.

Dimensions & Interfaces (both internal and external)

  • Works closely with Head of Digital Systems & Software on strategy, Information Systems Programme Manager or workstream project manager as appropriate.
  • Interfaces with TfL enterprise IT
  • Interfaces with RfLI engineering & maintenance

Person Specification

  • Experience of setting up a technology and business architectures.
  • Previous experience of developing large scale, pragmatic, business centric solutions to solve critical business challenges.
  • Previous experience as design authority for a project portfolio or major programme.
  • Previous experience of defining architectural direction and harnessing innovation for business benefit.
  • Previous experience of building, maintaining and influencing relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Makes decisions in the face of ambiguity & complexity – copes with 80/20 rather than 100% accuracy
  • Knowledge and experience of software development, technology infrastructure and Cyber Security implementation within a large complex regulated environment.
  • Knowledge of enterprise architecture frameworks desirable

Additional information on the position

  • You will work with Head of Systems (enterprise architect) to ensure Target Operating Model and Organisation design maps onto systems that are being delivered and that all business functions will be able to adequately operate
  • Take ownership of overall systems map covering operational and non-operational systems and ensure are systems and interfaces are reflected accurately and up to dates
  • Analyse and define business processes to support organisational and system design
  • Take a systemwide view of change requests to ensure that local changes request to a system to not negatively impact other systems or interfaces.
  • Undertake system interface design work to ensure appropriate integration between systems.
  • Undertake process definition and mapping
  • Understanding of operational environments
  • Involved in a change period between construction project and BAU. Possibly experience of start-ups.
  • Understanding of working in a subsidiary

Please Note: Due to the nature of the work my client carried out and their position within the public sector, this role is deemed inside of IR35.

If you have carried out this function in a large project or programme environment and this opportunity sounds like the position for you, then please get in touch or apply today. A full job description is available upon request,

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