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Lead Architect

BAE Systems UK

Location: Hampshire

Job Type: Not Specified


Job title: Lead Architect

Location: Farnborough, Preston, various other locations considered also. You must be prepared to travel to sites when required. We offer a range of hybrid and flexible working arrangements.

Salary: Competitive

What you will do:

  • Capturing the as-is business applications for an area of the business e.g., Human Resources, Engineering and work with business leads to shape, guide and facilitate the development of future requirements
  • Defining target architecture and roadmaps for the business area ensuring it is in line with the strategy and standards
  • Collaborating early on in the life cycle to use subject matter expertise to direct and influence decisions relating to future IM&T services
  • Facilitating the transition of well specified, high-level requirements into the Shared Services delivery team
  • Liaising with the Shared Services project and service teams to coordinate activities, resolve issues, and communicate and maintain the roadmap to reflect changes happening within the project and service areas
  • Working with other domain architects to ensure the business area architecture fits within the BAE Systems overarching architecture
  • Providing input to the development of architecture common artefacts, methodologies, and processes, e.g., capability models, governance process

Your skills and experiences:

  • Proven experience in developing strategic systems architecture plans and roadmaps
  • Hands-on experience with business requirements gathering/analysis
  • Proven experience in design and development of Information Systems
  • Excellent analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities
  • Proven technical leadership, e.g. Technical Authority
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills including the ability to communicate with both senior business leaders and technical SMEs


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual leave incentive.

The Group IM&T team:

The role sits within the Group IM&T team within Head Office. The role of this team is to enable the Company to become more effective and efficient through exploitation of digital capabilities. The team defines the policies and standards for IM&T that are adopted across BAE Systems and also provides assurance of these in order to meet our contractual and governmental obligations.

This is an exciting time to join a team where you can make a real difference during a time of strategic change.

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.”

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.