Lead Architect – Insurance, Pensions & Investments

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End Date Monday 15 April 2024 Salary Range £118,652 - £139,590 We support flexible working – click here for more information on flexible working options Flexible Working Options Hybrid Working Job Description Summary . Job...

End Date

Monday 15 April 2024

Salary Range

£118,652 - £139,590

We support flexible working – click here for more information on flexible working options

Flexible Working Options

Hybrid Working

Job Description Summary


Job Description

Lead Architect
SALARY: £121,023- £142,380

LOCATION: Can be based in Edinburgh, Bristol or Leeds
Full time
WORKING PATTERN: Hybrid, 40% (or two days per week) in an office site

Within Group Architecture we’re Helping Britain prosper and recover through the use of technology! In short, we're investing in simplifying, modernising and transforming our technology landscape at pace, with customers at the heart of our decisioning. Would you like to help build the bank of the future?

So, what would you be doing? This is where things get interesting...

You'll be working with end-to-end agile project teams to help influence the transformation of our platforms capabilities balancing customer and business outcomes, risk, cost and time.

You'll lead the strategy and work with colleagues to agree the roadmap and technical approach for the assigned area.

You'll collaborate with other members of the architecture team to help shape and deliver the wider strategy – for example, adoption of cloud capabilities for these critical services and to maximise the benefits and flexibility of an API and data centric technology platform.

You'll drive the implementation and adoption of your ideas helping cultivate strong teams to make this happen.

Finally, you would present your proposals to diverse groups within the organisation and seek to influence their thinking and gain commitment.

As a senior member in the team we'd like you to coach, mentor and develop some of our other architects, taking on the daily line management and activities associated with that. Also including occasional deputisation for Senior Leadership Team Member. To maximise this you'll need to be based in one of our hub locations – Edinburgh (preferable), Leeds or Bristol.

This is an agile environment working on challenging problems requiring dedication and leadership to help drive the transformation agenda. Working collaboratively and cultivating trust to get results.

If you're interested in IP&I Architecture we also have a vacancy for a Principle Architect, if that is your preference - please apply here but add a comment to your submission identifying your preference.

About us

If you think all banks are the same, you’d be wrong. We’re an innovative, constantly evolving business that’s shaping finance as a force for good. A bank that’s empowering its people to innovate, explore possibilities and grow with purpose.

About you and the essential skills we're looking for:

  • Strong technical knowledge in both the digital and customer contact strategy, combined with understanding of customer needs, and personal skills (highly creative, strong communication, thought leadership skills and embodiment of values) to support the Platform from an architectural perspective.
  • You'll lead, direct and shape approaches to solving technical and business challenges, translating S/M/L requirements into solutions and detailed roadmaps.
  • An ability to view challenges from different perspectives, create and drive strategies and solutions that are not only technically sound, but also include regulatory, commercial and organisational aspects when appropriate
  • Leading complex change including interdependencies, risks and issues, navigating conflicting priorities through to conclusion
  • Gravitas and impact to operate at a director level. You’ll use strong storytelling skills, both written and verbally, in how you present your communication recommendations in line with priorities.
  • Awareness of emerging technologies (e.g., Gen AI, Quantum computing) their maturity and strong understanding of their potential business application and consequences including how they align to long term strategy
  • Working as a senior leader you'll excel at strategic direction setting with ability to influence decisions across an exec community
  • You'll be a confident leader, passionate about architecture and making a difference, able to build effective relationships at all levels (up to and including Executive level)
  • Understanding of Insurance, Pensions & Investments including common capabilities that enable sustainable transformation
  • Detailed technology knowledge across LBG specifically with a risk focus
  • Fundamentally architecture at Lloyds Banking Group is a thought leadership function, seeing opportunities to make a positive difference and influencing senior leaders and engineers to implement your strategies!
  • Lead Architects will support, coach and mentor the architecture team for their assigned area. Expertise in positive team engagement and development will be needed.

About working for us

Our focus is to ensure we're inclusive every day, building an organisation that reflects modern society and celebrates diversity in all its forms.

We want our people to feel that they belong and can be their best, regardless of background, identity or culture.

We were one of the first major organisations to set goals on diversity in senior roles, create a menopause health package, and a dedicated Working with Cancer initiative.

And it’s why we especially welcome applications from under-represented groups.

We’re disability confident. So if you’d like reasonable adjustments to be made to our recruitment processes, just let us know.

We also offer a wide-ranging benefits package, which includes:

  • A generous pension contribution of up to 15%
  • An annual bonus award, subject to Group performance
  • Share schemes including free shares
  • Benefits you can adapt to your lifestyle, such as discounted shopping
  • 30 days’ holiday, with bank holidays on top
  • A range of wellbeing initiatives and generous parental leave policies

Want to do amazing work, that’s exciting and makes a difference to millions of people? Join our journey !

At Lloyds Banking Group, we're driven by a clear purpose; to help Britain prosper. Across the Group, our colleagues are focused on making a difference to customers, businesses and communities. With us you'll have a key role to play in shaping the financial services of the future, whilst the scale and reach of our Group means you'll have many opportunities to learn, grow and develop.

We keep your data safe. So, we'll only ever ask you to provide confidential or sensitive information once you have formally been invited along to an interview or accepted a verbal offer to join us which is when we run our background checks.  We'll always explain what we need and why, with any request coming from a trusted Lloyds Banking Group person. 

We're focused on creating a values-led culture and are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve. Together we’re building a truly inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.

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