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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Rate: Up to 85.00
  • Start Date: 19/08/2019
  • Duration: 12 months


A leading defence organisation is requiring a Security Cleared Office 365 Architect to join their offices in Reading on an initial 12 month contract.

Security requirements

This role will require the person to hold full Security Clearance (SC) prior to working onsite. You must currently hold or be eligible and willing to obtain SC. You must be eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship and have lived and worked in the UK for a minimum 5 year period. If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible, please contact me to discuss.

The Technical Architecture Team are looking to augment the team with a Microsoft Office 365 Solution Architect who will work with the relevant stakeholders across the organisation to better exploit our investment in Office 365. The candidate will have a very strong technical foundation, a strategic mind-set, good communication skills and the ability to collaborate well with others both within the team and across the business.

The Microsoft Office 365 Solution Architect will utilise expert level experience and knowledge of Office 365 architecture, administration and best practice recommendations to assist AWE user communities with the design, development and deployment of new services and provide technical guidance where services are being migrated from Legacy platforms

Key Responsibilities:

  • Definition of technical strategy, architecture roadmap, standards and patterns to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation's IT infrastructure.

  • Work closely with the CTO and BRMs to:

– Understand the current and future business needs of the organisation and determine how these can be best supported by the IT infrastructure.

– Identify and promote ideas for improvement in the organisation's current IT infrastructure.

– Develop and maintain relationships with senior representatives from the organisation's strategic partners and key suppliers.

  • Maintain general awareness of developments in the IT infrastructure marketplace including vendor strategies and report on their potential impact on the organisation.

  • Lead technology selection and procurement processes including the development of business cases and cost estimates.

  • Participate in and support the operation of the IS Architecture Review Board.

Skills & Experience:

  • Specialist in at least one and good appreciation of all technical aspects of IT systems (eg voice, data and/or control networks, Servers, storage, data centre)

  • Familiar with the security demands of defence IT systems

  • Familiar with Enterprise Architecture methods, techniques and modelling languages

  • Held position of Enterprise Architect, or Technical Architect within large (eg more than 1,000 staff) organisation

  • Development of Multi-Site architectures in a secure environment

  • Creation of conceptual models to assist in understanding and solving problems

  • Familiar with industry best-practice approaches to the design, implementation, operation and management of IT systems (eg Agile, Waterfall, ITIL, COBIT)

Role paying up to £85 per hour LTD/Umbrella.

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