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Principal Application Architect

230000L9 Requisition #
Thanks for your interest in the Principal Application Architect position. Unfortunately this position has been closed but you can search our 4 open jobs by clicking here.

Key Responsibilities:

-    Lead on architecture for applications and security, including the capture of existing as-is architecture state, and the evolution/transition states required to achieve the to-be future state.

-    Be accountable for the design/architecture deliverables created by the team – Thus ensuring that design deliverables are fit for purpose in scheduled governance meetings.  Also ensuring they meet our high quality standards and align to our end-state blueprints.

-    Manage the Architecture Repository, ensuring that roadmaps for as-is, and to-be states are created/maintained/reportable/measurable.

-    Ensure that design deliverables are tracked throughout the lifecycle of the department.

-    Work alongside the User Experience team within IT&D to ensure Synergy opportunities are identified and prioritised for implementation.

-    Ensuring that Architecture Governance is followed as designs progress through the departmental pipeline of Design > Build > Run operating model.

-    Managing and mentoring a team of application architects and supporting staff, including the management of workload, demand and performance measurement/reporting.

-    Management of the Application Portfolio and its continual evolution.

-    Leading on the creation and review cycle of standards/blueprint documents, and responsibility for all associated architecture templates.
-    Management and Oversight of the “Front Door” for new technology requests and associated staff within the department (Our Business Link function).

-    Ensuring evolution of our Vendor & Marketplace engagement activity.

-    Leading on the pipeline of new application architecture work within the department.

-    Keeping up-to-date with regards to new technology as it relates to application architecture and design.

-    Promote and champion the Force’s diversity agenda; 

-    Provide an escalation route for issues; 

-    Negotiate with partner agencies, suppliers and contractors in order to achieve desirable outcomes; 

-    Plan and organise individual or team activity with an appreciation of longer term issues; 

-    Provide specialist information and/or advice to assist and influence senior colleagues/customers to make decisions relating to significant business issues; 

-    Assist the Head of Architecture in formulating strategic direction for the team and unit; 

-    Provide reports and comprehensive working papers including making recommendations for improvements or amendments to architecture and designs. 

-    Ensure the team continually promote the department through engaging with operational staff wherever possible; 

  •    Deputise for the Head of Architecture as needed to promote architecture and design standards at a national level.


Successful applicants will be required to pass Management Vetting and Security Clearance scrutiny prior to commencing their role, this will include a full background & financial disclosure as part of the vetting process.


Appointment to this role will be dependent upon successfully medical checks, which may include a drugs test and if required a fitness test.

Probation Policy

Under the Probation Policy, if you are currently in your probation period, “during your probationary period you will not be permitted to apply for alternative police staff roles within the Force unless there are exceptional circumstances. In such cases, you would require the support of your line manager prior to applying for alternative roles, and if successful, your probationary period will start over.”-


West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a ‘Disability Confident Interview Scheme’ - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be offered an interview. 


It is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job. For example: in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. In these circumstances, the employer could select the candidates who best meet the essential criteria for the job, as they would do for non-disabled applicants.


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