Chief Architect

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7084786 (Ref.No. 83222)
Posted: September 7, 2021

Job Description

This is an exciting chief architecture role at the heart of large-scale transformation. Through pragmatic IT architecture improvement, the Chief Architect will support the delivery of our future organisation. Delivering an improved customer experience is at the very heart of the agenda of our substantive IT enabled change and digital transformation programme. The Chief Architect will craft the technology vision and strategy to deliver this.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new IT leadership team and enable a radical improvement in the agility, quality, and responsiveness of the systems landscape at the University of Leeds. 

The Role:

Define, own and deliver the future technology vision. Comprehensively capture the ‘as is’ and set out the ‘to be’, plus the technology roadmaps to move us towards a modern, efficient, user-centred and responsive systems landscape. Encourage consistency of approach and devise pragmatic architectural principles standards, governance, and controls. 

Oversee and lead the delivery of architecture into all projects, programmes, as well as drive architecture improvement within operational services. 

Lead and develop the IT architecture function. Create an architecture team which has the right structures, skillsets and culture to proactively shape an innovative future technology stack for a world class research focused university. 

The Candidate:

With a breadth of hands-on, business facing, architecture experience, you will have a proven track record of leading pragmatic and aligned technology architecture delivery and improvement.

With tenacity, energy, drive, and superb influencing skills, you should be proactive by nature and demonstrate a track record of formal and informal business stakeholder engagement. You should be able to articulate complex architecture issues to IT and business stakeholders in simple clear terms, relating IT architecture to measurable organisational outcomes.

An accomplished people leader you should understand good practice in IT architecture and be able to show teams how to adopt it. You will likely have a solid understanding of one of the architecture frameworks such as TOGAF or Zachman but be able to pragmatically apply them to the needs of your organisation. 

The University of Leeds has engaged the services of Berwick Partners (an Odgers Berndtson company), to whom applications should be sent.

For further information and to apply, please visit:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  IT
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Salary:  Competitive salary
Post Type:  Full Time
Release Date:  Monday 06 September 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 October 2021
Reference:  83222

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.


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