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Principal - Technical Architect

Reporting to: Head of IT Design and Architecture
Team: Corporate Services
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £64,532 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 16 August 2020

Job ref: 1862

TPR grade: 6

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


We’re looking for a Technical Architect to drive and deliver strategic cloud architecting and implementation in Microsoft Azure platform to enable and guide the IT design and development of integrated solutions that meet current and future business needs focused around regulatory systems.


  • Work with solution architects on the combination of infrastructure components, architectures and solutions (Microsoft and third party solutions) which includes using a more data driven approach aligned to the corporate strategy for TPR as well as business, data and enterprise architectures.
  • Provide technical leadership to solutions, infrastructure and development teams and set example for teams through hands-on cloud, infrastructure, DevOps, data and application development, detailed technical design sessions, focus on documentation and other quality assurance activities.
  • Support developing IT technical solutions to solve business problems and achieve target operating model (TOM) business objectives.
  • Contribute towards the development and implementation of TPR’s IT and data strategy using 'cloud first'.
  • Continuously improve architecture, development, infrastructure, DevOps methodologies, processes and standards including ‘best practice’ and policies relating to TPR’s solutions and their development.

Essential and desirable criteria

  • Specialist knowledge of Microsoft Azure stack relating to IT technical architecture models, web and cloud technology, DevOps, software development (SDLC), and data management methodologies plus IT processes (Agile, Waterfall, ITIL).
  • Expert knowledge in relation to all new and/or major Microsoft Cloud technologies in support of projects authorised through IT governance and good comprehension of regulations governing IT, eg Data Protection, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Pensions Act.
  • Proficient and hands on experience in architecting, designing and managing continuous delivery system and methodologies on Azure.
  • Broad knowledge of modern architecture patterns, eg microservices, data platform, their suitability, complexities and alternatives as well as web, cloud and database principles and architectures and specifically Microsoft technologies, including Azure, SharePoint, Dynamics 365 CRM, .Net, Sitecore, Logic Apps, Power Apps, Power Automation (Flow), SQL Server and Enterprise Architecture plus BI/MI experience, ESB/ETL, Data and Cyber Security and SaaS, PaaS plus IaaS.
  • Assist with delivering end-to-end software lifecycle improvements, using agile delivery methods and multidisciplinary teams.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Can do approach.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £64,532 we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

The Pensions Regulator is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email