Solution Architect at Westminster City Council, South West London, £367 per day

£367 per day
  • Contract Spy
  • London, UK
  • Apr 29, 2021
Duration not stated

Contract Description



Westminster City Council are one of the country’s leading authorities when it comes to technology and innovation. The continual development of systems and processes are focused upon the delivery of high-quality services and products to our Customers, Residents and Citizens. To support our ambitions, we set high standards in delivering best of breed concepts and systems across a very diverse business structure. We can only achieve these aims by having the right people on board to show us the way and help lead us through our journey.

Key Initiatives

Some of the key areas of development are:

Digital transformation programme – with the aim of providing an online presence for all of our services.
Single view of a customer – bringing together all customer interactions and services into one place to help us better serve their needs.
Smart City – building a groundbreaking IoT platform for the future to harness the power of community driven devices and data sources. Utilising this data to make proactive business decisions and trigger decisive actions to better serve our community.

What do we expect this role to achieve?

Work with development teams to set guidelines for how technology solutions are implemented (repeatable patterns rather than reinvention) and apply appropriate levels of governance to ensure success.
Work with our own developers, infrastructure teams and 3rd parties to architect solutions that meet functional and non-functional requirements.
Design and implement solutions that include multi-vendor tech and products, web platforms, process orchestration and various operating systems.
Guide and assist procurement process for technology product selection, ITT publication and assessing potential vendor solutions. Engage with bidders to outline our Target Operating Model.
Work across the software development lifecycle using emergent/agile architecture techniques to assist and guide development teams where necessary and adjust solutions to changing requirements and feedback.
The overall aim of the role is to ensure that the business strategy is enabled through the architecture and implementation of the systems and technologies deployed, creating agile platforms for future growth.
Report into the Lead Architect for guidance on business strategies and to align solutions with technology roadmap and blueprints.
Use capability models to understand technology capabilities and duplication avoidance across the council, so that investment can be targeted at the most valuable areas.
Provide technical leadership whilst building key relationships with all stakeholders.
Produce documented designs. I will provide clear communication of a potentially complex solutions through a concise means of representation.
Manage my time efficiently that will allow me to work on multiple different initiatives at once.


The ideal candidate will have several of the key skills and competencies listed below:

Detailed understanding of IoT technologies, concepts and components. Ideally familiar with the end to end proposition to support remote devices securely passing data across the networks to a centralised IoT platform.
Familiar with cloud computing concepts and knowledge of designing solutions in Azure.
Experience of Application Directory Services, such as Active Directory, Azure AD and leveraging a Single Sign On proposition.
Experience in MS Dynamics 365 Ecosystem. An understanding of their cloud-based offering, particularly CRM, Office 365 and Power BI.
A good understanding of Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) and how it can be leveraged to provide services across the council.
Proven experience in software solution design and.In-depth understanding of integration techniques (SOAP, Rest API's).
Business intelligence, data-lake, data warehouse, transformation tools and data analysis tools for reports, dashboards and insights.
Experience in Contact Centre and telephony applications to manage unified communications along with IVR, call recordings and integration with domain applications.
Familiar with NCSC Cloud Principles, PCI and Cyber Essentials framework
Cyber Defence or Information Security Compliance certification: CISSP, SSCP, CISA, CISM or Comptia Security+


A detailed understanding and appreciation of Non-functional requirements.
Review architectural and design documents to ensure that security controls are defined and implemented before new systems are deployed.
Conduct risk assessments and vulnerability assessments to identify information security risks and recommend remedial actions.
Scope and manage the execution of Penetration Testing including the remediation of identified vulnerabilities.


Degree educated, ideally in a technology related discipline
Solution and/or Enterprise Architecture experience of working with a local authority
Delivering major Solution architecture work, and must be able to get into low level technical detail
Familiar with architecture framework like TOGAF
Experience of working in an agile product environment
Experience of working with 3rd party suppliers and software packages
Understanding of application design principles

Additional Information:

Please note there will be compliance documents to be completed when applying for this role before presenting to the hiring manager

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