Technology Architect - JRN 20115

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


Location: Hybrid / NE1 

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 working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.

What do I need?

  • Experience of defining, leading and implementing Enterprise infrastructure, networks and end user devices

  • Operational experience of Disaster Recovery, Data Centres, WAN and LAN Networks, Telecommunications, Physical and Virtual servers, Storage and End User Computing

  • Knowledge of EA Methodologies e.g. TOGAF, Spowart, Zachman or equivalent

  • Working experience of Cloud strategies and enterprise cloud computing

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders

  • Experience of managing and leading technology teams

  • Experience of optimising the performance of large IT suppliers

  • Evidence of strategic awareness, creativity and innovation

  • Experience of undertaking technical leadership for a team of senior technical roles, providing direction and influence to ensure completion of activities

  • Experience of defining and embedding architectural governance in a digital landscape

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders

  • A degree, HND or equivalent qualification, and/or have significant relevant experience

The Role:

This is an exciting time for the Digital Policing Team at Northumbria Police and we are looking for talented architects to join us during this critical period of change.

Our vision is to develop impactful technology and build a Digital Policing culture that unleashes potential, is driven by customer needs, is diverse and truly inclusive to promote employee flexibility, personal growth and professional development throughout the function.

Working alongside a team of Architects and reporting to the Enterprise Architect. The Technology Architect will define, justify and maintain the technology blueprint. They will inform, adopt and embed standards, principles and governance within technology architectures that will be used to support and deliver the Policing capabilities and future ways of working outlined in the Force Operating Model and strategy.

This will include:

  • Establishing a baseline against the technology landscape through discovery and modelling

  • Designing and fulfilling assessments against the technology landscape to identify risks and opportunities

  • Influencing, adopting and embedding technology principles and standards through design and implementation

  • Embedding technology and architecture governance across the Force in collaboration with other domain architects and key stakeholders

  • Aligning the appropriate Technology Strategies with the Force Strategy and Force Operating Model

  • Assessing industry technology strategies and identifying the implications which they may have on the Force

  • Providing technical consultancy and mentoring to the Force and Digital Policing Colleagues

  • Being driven to gain greater value and exploit the technology assets utilised

The successful candidate will set direction and define the future technology state, commissioning principles, policies and standards providing oversight and architectural governance.

They will lead the design and delivery of the required infrastructure, network and technology capabilities working across Digital Policing and with internal stakeholders.

What will I be doing?

You will be accountable for the development of the integrated long-term Technology Blueprint Plan and Enterprise Technology Roadmap developed to underpin the force strategic priorities.

You will also be accountable for the development and implementation of the overarching Enterprise Technology standards, patterns and reference architectures.

You will make decisions independently and influence the strategic technology decisions through feedback and collaborative working with all relevant stakeholders both internal and external to the Force.

You will lead and influence the exploitation of Technology with partner organisations to explore opportunities for collaboration, and the provision of efficient and effective ICT Services. Use their knowledge and experience to provide internal consultancy on the risks and opportunities of how technology will be used and its implication on people, processes. 

For further information please see the role profile:

Vacancy Contact

Interested to learn more? To discuss the position in more detail please contact Paul McLauchlin, Enterprise Architect by email at

Terms and Conditions

Vetting Level – Management Vetting (MV)

Applicants must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 5 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, 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.

If you have any queries with regard to the application process please contact the Talent Acquisition Team by email at