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Technical Architect

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 

 

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About the team we are recruiting to

Coventry City Council’s ICT & Digital service is a busy, vibrant and innovative service responsible for delivering key enabling and transformational services for the wider organisation, city and external partners.

In a nutshell we provide the organisation with the digital technology, be that laptops or systems, to enable people to do their jobs in a modern and efficient way. We support over 5500 corporate users and their PC’s, roughly 400 servers (the machines that run our corporate systems), roughly 300 systems and all the relevant infrastructure components that make all the above work and remain secure. In addition to this we offer ICT support services to a significant number of school staff.

Our work spreads beyond the Council and to the wider City and region through our Digital Coventry strategy. This is a strategy which looks outside of the organisation and to how Digital technology and innovation promotes Coventry as a place to live, learn, work, innovate and do business. This strategy is directly linked with the Council Plan and supports many of the vision statements aligned with “Globally connected”, “Locally committed” and “Delivering our priorities”.

If you think Digital and local government might be a bit “old school”, think again. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do and, as a service, we are currently working on programmes of activity which include 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, ChatBots, Process Automation, Connected Autonomous Vehicles…..the list goes on.

We are part of the national LocalGov Digital movement that has the aim to aid the delivery of better, cheaper local services by councils across the country, through the re-design of services around the capabilities the internet and digital technology provide.

What is the job role?

The successful candidate will join our ICT & Digital Architecture function, working with colleagues across the organisation to guide the future direction of ICT & Digital, in line with our IT Strategy, City-Wide Digital Strategies and business needs. 

You will provide expert technical guidance on all areas of digital technology, specifically applications, infrastructure, networking and cloud platforms; that leads to the production of: 

  • Business cases and technical assessments of solutions 

  • Supporting the design and delivery of solutions 

  • Architecture roadmap diagrams for current and future state. 

  • Policies and architectural principles that support our future vision. 

Ensuring that proposed solutions are secure, supportable, cost-effective, sustainable, fit for purpose and future proofed. 

No two days are the same – one day you may advise on upgrading a line of business system, the next migrating services/infrastructure into the cloud and the day after on connectivity for 5G, Driverless Cars or even drone airports. 

Hybrid working may be offered as part of this role, the successful candidate will be expected to attend council offices at short notice (24 hours) and/or will work a day in the office every week. 

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about using technology to make a real difference to the lives of citizens in Coventry and takes pride in how their work can change lives. You must be able to manage your own tasks, timescales and be self-motivated. 

You’ll need to quickly absorb technical information and be able to advise and communicate this to others who are less familiar with technical terms and concepts. Good communication and presentation skills are important for this role. 

You’ll be able to prove experience and understanding in designing solutions across a broad range of IT Technology area’s Cloud, Infrastructure, Applications, Data, Security etc.) and how this is applied to Internal IT Systems and City-Wide digital Initiatives. 

You will be supported by the wider ICT & Digital Service, consisting of Network Services, End User Devices, Data Centre Services, User Support, Systems, Engagement teams. Utilising technologies such as Windows, VMWare, Microsoft SQL Server, Office 365, Azure and specialist line of business applications 

As a council we are using Microsoft Office 365 across the organisation and are looking to expand our use of Azure to complements our on-premises datacentre offering. We are ideally looking for someone who has experience of Azure, Microsoft 365 and other Microsoft Products. 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 14th & 15th December.

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards & benefits package which includes:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Opportunity for Salary Match
  • An outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Great opportunities to develop with access to accredited courses.
  • Access to an award-winning Occupational Health Service
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Coventry City Council

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