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Enterprise Architect

Job Posted: 23 May 2023
Job Updated: 23 May 2023

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Job Title:  Enterprise Architect

Function: I.T.

Location: Flexible on location but required in our Nottingham Office on a regular basis

Type: Permanent (37.5 hours per week)

Salary: £64,685 rising in increments to £76,100 in year 3

Ref: 468

Closing Date: Tuesday 6th June 2023


NHS Supply Chain are recruiting for several Enterprise Architects to create and maintain the longer-term strategy for our technology services, products, and applications. We are mid-way through an end-to-end modernisation programme moving to modern, scalable SAAS solutions capable of enabling the wider business strategy of delivering £1billion savings for the NHS annually by 2030. To support this the IT directorate is also undertaking a major transformation away from a traditional method to an agile product and platform model with four different ‘domain’ teams each responsible for maintaining, developing, and optimising the systems in their respective areas:


Operations – including all core supply chain and transactional systems (Warehouse management, order management, finance, procurement, and product management as well as core integrations)


Front Office – all customer facing systems and interfaces (Customer catalogue, supplier portal, EDI gateway)


Data and Analytics – technical ownership of data strategy and roadmap (data hub, analytics tools, and reporting optimisation


Corporate applications and Infrastructure – end user compute, security desk, cloud services and infrastructure management


Reporting directly to the Head of IT change and working closely with the Domain leads and architects, business stakeholders, these roles are accountable for the Enterprise Architecture across the NHS Supply Chain – leading and directing our IT delivery partners to maintain seamless day to day service, owning the design and delivery of key projects artefacts (working alongside business teams and stakeholders) and maintaining a forward business and technical architecture roadmaps for ongoing optimisation and the removal of any technical debt


You will own the overall Enterprise architecture relationship with application vendors and take responsibility for system performance in line with business needs. You’ll embed wider architecture controls and processes follow NHSSC and wider UK Gov policies and best practice for requirements, product selection and change delivery – always ensuring our systems, applications and networks are secure, available, and performing as expected.


You will also play a key role as a member of the IT Change Leadership Team driving the EA practice and setting the wider technology strategy and roadmap for the business and leading the transition to the new model for your area of responsibility







What does an Enterprise Architect do at NHS Supply Chain?


Identify priorities for change to enable delivery at pace

Leads and influences the delivery of cross-cutting / cross domain capabilities that enable change

Owns the enterprise architecture vision, strategy and roadmaps from a business, technology and data perspective, including ‘as is’, ‘to be’ and transitional states

Consults and supports collaboration across the business

Understands the organisation’s ecosystem and its interdependencies, including reference architectures

Takes a strategic view across all architectural domains, portfolios and programmes

Guides the organisation to make appropriate business, technology and data decisions by recommending reuse, sustainability and scalability, to achieve value for money and reduce risk

Establishes and governs architectural principles, policies and standards

Collaborates and consults with stakeholders to assure business, technology and data decisions are aligned with enterprise architecture strategy

Develops the architecture community

Carries out horizon scanning across industry, identifying emerging trends and their potential impact and opportunity for the organisation

Owns and maintains a view of the technical architecture roadmaps for the NHSSC Enterprise.



What skills, qualifications and qualities do I need to be successful?


Proven track record of driving and leading large-scale architectural projects throughout an entire business through to completion

Knowledge of IT Quality Assurance processes

Hands-on experience and a comprehensive understanding of building and leading an Enterprise Architecture practice

Experience within Solution Design & Architecture

Robust knowledge within Security Architecture

Experience of all aspects of the software development lifecycle

Applications/Digital Agency background working within architecture

Experience working within mobile, cloud and infrastructure solutions environments

In depth ITIL Knowledge

Experience in reviewing and selecting Technical and Applications Architectures solutions

Experience of supporting procurement of IT Architecture and services

Experience of architecting digital services

Experience of working with 3rd party Technical and Application Architects

Outstanding analytical skills

Experience with Oracle Cloud Supply chain services

Exceptional strategic planning and problem-solving skills

Ability working within pressurised environments whilst making decisive decisions


How you’ll work


In Spring 2022 we moved to hybrid working; a blend of home and office working 2/3 days in the office and 2/3 days at home.



In return for your passion, enthusiasm, and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive salary and benefits package, consisting of:


Performance led annual bonus scheme

Car Cash Allowance

27 days holiday plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase up to an additional 5 days

Generous contributory pension scheme (up to 6% employee / 12% employer contributions of your base salary)

Access to Flexible Benefits Scheme – you will be able to choose from a variety of benefits such Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection, Health Cash Plan, Dental Insurance and additional pension contributions that suit you

2 days paid Volunteering Leave

1 day paid Wellbeing Leave

Long Service Awards

Access to the Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts

Flexible working options

National Annual season ticket purchase scheme

Eye Care vouchers

Access to a free 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme


NHS Supply Chain, who are we?


NHS Supply Chain (SCCL) is an organisation that procures and supplies ~£3.5bn of medical devices and consumables to the NHS every year, while driving strategy, standards, efficiency, and best practise across the entire NHS Supply Chain.


We have big plans. Guided by our Vision and Strategy, we are determined to be a proactive and collaborative partner that delivers financial and health benefits across the whole healthcare system. 


NHS Supply Chain requires clear, purposeful, and impactful transformation.  To deliver our strategy we are rebalancing our business model, implementing a new operating model, and refreshing our core technology.


Our, Purpose, Vision and Strategy are clear. we provide direction, leadership, and commercial focus to improve health outcomes.


Vision: To make it easier for the NHS to put patients first


Purpose: Our role is to support the NHS to save lives and improve health



Be Authentic

Be Inclusive

Be Driven

Be Enterprising

Be The Difference


Other Information

SCCL is a not an NHS organisation, you will join on SCCL terms and conditions.

For more information on SCCL and the NHS Supply chain please visit:


NHS Supply Chain is an equal opportunities employer



SCCL is a company Registered in England and Wales, with company number 10881715, to act as the management function of the NHS Supply Chain.

SCCL values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

SCCL reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK.

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