Senior Enterprise Architect at Ministry of Defence, Bristol/Remote, 12 Months, £Contract Rate

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  • Hybrid (Bristol,)
  • Apr 03, 2024
6 Months or more

Contract Description



Senior Enterprise Architect - Inside IR35

Contract Term: 12 months with potential for extension

Contracting Authority: Ministry of Defence

Location: Hybrid – Bristol or London  

Are you ready to shape how the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is designed and is operated, directly enabling the defence of the UK? The MOD is seeking an exceptional and experienced Architect to lead the enterprise architecture for one of MOD’s top strategic priorities; Corporate Services Modernisation.

Corporate Services are critically important for the 250,000 people working across Defence to do their day-to-day jobs. For example, every time the department procures military equipment, personnel receive their monthly pay or request their vacation, they are using Corporate Services. As part of the wider government Shared Services Strategy, MOD has established the Corporate Services Modernisation (CSM) portfolio to drive Human Resources, Commercial and Finance policy, process, organisational, data and systems transformation. Our ambition is to revolutionise MOD corporate services to:

  • Improve the user experience by simplifying our policies and processes, ; providing?easier and better interfaces?to?systems and?self-service and; making services?more responsive?and?providing?easy access?to help.
  • Deliver better data driven decision making by introducing and fully exploiting the?latest?Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Human Capital Management (HCM) technology; improving?visibility, accuracy and?accessibility?of management information across?defence; and using?integrated data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)?to inform decision making.
  • Improve Productivity and Efficiency by automating transactional processes ; expanding and improving MOD’s?shared?service centre operations; and reducing MOD’s?overall corporate?services spend?to maximise our?reinvestment into the front-line.

As a Senior Enterprise Architect your main responsibilities would be to: 

  • Lead Corporate Service business design and ensure technical solutions support the business architecture. This will involve working closely with a virtual/federated team of business and technical leads across functions, our Shared Services centre (Defence Business Services), Defence Digital and with a CSM Delivery Partner to deliver key enterprise artefacts for example: cross-cutting scope and requirements, capability gap analyses, functional reference model and business process design
  • Own MOD’s overarching and integrated CSM enterprise architecture and acting as the primary point of contact for MOD’s senior leaders, the portfolio and programme teams.
  • Lead the Design Authority governance to drive cross functional decision making, ensuring the needs of all functions, wider defence and government are fully understood and actioned as appropriate. This would include setting the agenda, bringing in subject matter experts, engaging senior leaders to guide decision making; working in close collaboration with CSM’s Technical Design Authority governance.
  • Capture and analyse stakeholder perspectives and management information to agree enterprise level goals and requirements, identifying any coherence problems / opportunities and ensuring alignment with CSM portfolio and MOD strategic outcomes.
  • Set the standards for defining architecture, including goals, requirements, and processes to the required levels of detail (aligned and compliant with MOD and cross-government standards, informed by industry best practice)
  • Lead engagement across the CSM Enterprise Architecture community. This would involve collaborating with Functional design leads to ensure CSM capability scope includes all relevant current business ways of working and enhancements required to meet portfolio goals.
  • Influence how business change is designed and delivered to ensure architecture is embedded successfully and CSM benefits are fully realised.



  • SC Clearance is an essential requirement for this role, as a minimum you must be eligible and willing to undergo these checks.
  • A proven track record of leading and delivering large-scale end-to-end architectural projects, including the development and implementation of enterprise-wise strategies.
  • Experience leading a team of Enterprise Architects, with an understanding of how to create a collaborative and innovative culture that drives high performance and continuous improvement.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Corporate/Shared Services and Enterprise Resource Planning implementations.
  • Proficiency in tools, methodologies and frameworks to support architectural design, governance, strategic development and stakeholder communication.?
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentational), including the ability to articulate complex architectural concepts clearly to technical and non-technical users, adapting communication style, language and format to fit the needs of the audience.
  • Strong collaboration skills, and proficiency in building positive relationships across diverse stakeholder groups; able to understand and manage multiple perspectives, build consensus and influence stakeholders at all levels, encouraging them to make decisions that align with the strategy, policies, principles and best interests of the enterprise.
  • A flexible approach, capable of managing uncertainty, adapting to changing priorities and providing direction to others to overcome ambiguity in a complex and fast-moving environment.



  • Defence or Public Sector experience.
  • BCS certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture.


If this role sounds like something that you would be interested in, please click the link to apply or email

Disability confident

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In applying for this role, you acknowledge the following, this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different.