Job Description This vacancy is open at Stage 4 External Recruitment

Some of HMRC Terms and Conditions of employment changed on 1st May 2013, these will apply to people who are new recruits to HMRC or who take a new job in HMRC on promotion. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information on the changes we made, please note this is not a full list of HMRC's terms and conditions. If you need to discuss how these changes might affect you, please contact the vacancy holder. For further information on terms and conditions please visit

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Come and join HMRC’s vibrant, new Digital Delivery Centre in Newcastle, where the needs of our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Using agile methods and the latest technology, you’ll be right at the forefront of building revolutionary new digital services that will be used by millions, changing forever how individuals, businesses and agents deal with their tax affairs.

You will be a hands-on technical leader across multiple teams, working closely with Product Managers, other technical roles and technical teams to understand the needs of tens of millions of users. You will define outstanding integrated digital solutions for new and existing systems, design RESTful APIs, test platforms and ensure systems are robust. You willprovide mentorship for all the technical teams within the digital centre and undertake active Solutions Architecture with software development used to high-volume services. You will work in a fast paced agile environment (TDD, Scrum, Kanban etc), doing evolutionary architecture and prototyping, various databases and configuration, deployment and testing solutions.

You will lead the rapid development of user-driven prototypes to identify technical options and inform architectural approaches. You will work closely with other technical roles to build a continuous delivery and improvement cycle, learn from the wider web development community and share knowledge of tools and techniques with technical and non-technical team members in HMRC and across government. Alongside the technical skills above, you should have a knowledge of relational and non-relational databases and experience of handling very large data sets, plus managing integration with multiple systems as part of an enterprise architecture.

As a Solutions Architect at HMRC you will:
• Work with Service/Product Managers and other Tech Lead roles to understand user needs for new and existing digital services;
• Lead the rapid development of user-driven digital prototypes to identify technical options and inform architectural approaches, collaborating with other team members to inform the development of test scripts and Design the form/structure of RESTful APIs to enable seamless integration with internal and external systems. Work with Solution Architects to define the content of these APIs;
• Ensure new and updated platforms, products and transactions are thoroughly tested for performance and are able to handle specified load;
• Ensure systems are robust, scalable, open and secure, with appropriate overall system design and integration points/APIs in order to deliver a high quality digital user experience;
• Build a culture of continuous service improvement, ensuring that key systems are regularly analysed, maintained and improved;
• Have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to quickly develop strong working relationships in high pressure environments;
• Produce, maintain and share architectural related documentation.
• Provide mentoring and coaching within the technical community of practice and/or line management of a small team of technical staff.

Travel to other offices may be expected from time to time.

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