Solutions Architect - JRN 20779

Vacancy Type
Police Staff
Area Command / Department
Digital Policing
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary Range
£46,869 to £51,306
Closing Date


***Please note that the salary is dependant on skills and experience.***


Ever wondered what it’s like working behind the scenes for one of the UK’s largest Police Forces? Here at Northumbria Police, we are extremely excited to be able to offer an amazing opportunity to come and join us, in our Digital Policing team. Playing a key role in maintaining and improving the quality of policing services is technology. Information and communication systems are deployed and in use across the Force to help ensure that accurate and reliable information is made available to those who need it, when they need it and where they need it.


Agile working patterns apply to this position where informal agile working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.


What do I need?

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent relevant experience) in Information Technology, Software Engineering or Computer Science 

  • Experience of designing systems that meet the architecture principles and support the business outcomes

  • Broad and deep understanding and knowledge of information services and information technology

  • Demonstrable expertise in the use of appropriate tools/technologies for the design, development, build, testing and deployment of a wide range of applications

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to present complex technical issues in a clear manner to both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Software delivery lifecycle experience

The Role:


Are you an enthusiastic and experienced Solutions Architect with innovative ideas around how technology can positively transform services and effectively address business challenge? Would you like to play a key role in serving your community through the provision of exciting new digital solutions that will support our police officers and staff to deliver an outstanding policing service? 


We’re looking for a talented Solutions Architect to fully understand our business needs as well as the Digital portfolio that will support them.  You’ll be an excellent problem solver who can effectively assess impact, risk and constraints associated with the options. You’ll be able to clearly define and document the options available to support a viable business case for a given solution, whilst challenging our current digital footprint to ensure that innovative technology remains at the forefront of our service delivery.


You’ll be able to communicate effectively with both technical colleagues and business users to ensure that force technical standards are applied in all solution design.  


What will I be doing?


You will work closely with Technology Partners, End Users and Business Analysts to understand business challenges and constraints before exploring and presenting options for digital solutions to address business need. 


You will also manage Solutions Design documentation ensuring that governance and standards are fully considered and followed while owning the Technology Standards Register.


You will offer consultancy and advice around digital solutions/enhancements and actively support the delivery lifecycle of solutions and the Force’s roadmap of change, providing quality assurance.


For further information please see the role profile


Vacancy Contact


Interested to learn more? To discuss the position in more detail please contact the Talent Acquisition Team by email at


Terms and Conditions


Vetting Level – Recruitment Vetting (RV)

Applicants must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 3 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed.  A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance, medical information and references.



In return for your dedication and experience, we offer 24 days’ leave, excluding bank holidays, increasing to 29 days for 5 years+ service.  We support our people inside and out of work – offering a very competitive pension scheme, childcare vouchers, and discounts on shopping and eating out thanks to the Blue Light Card. Also, to take care of your physical and mental well-being, we’ve invested in extensive paid sick leave, trained mental health first aiders on-site, an employee advice service and access to gyms in some stations.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

At Northumbria Police we are all different and that’s our greatest strength. We draw on the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We protect and serve everyone and therefore believe in including everyone. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all areas of the community as appointments are based solely on merit.


Important Information 

Northumbria Police are currently undertaking a role and reward project in respect of all police staff posts. 


All staff including those appointed on fixed term contracts must successfully complete their probationary period before they are eligible to apply for a Northumbria Police vacancy.


We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we

receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested,

please submit your application as early as possible.