Job Type

Full Time


2 days ago


Manchester, NW


We're supporting our clients as they adapt to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by COVID-19. As a result, we're currently only recruiting for essential roles during this time. All interviews, assessments and background checks will take place online, to completely remove the need for face-to-face contact.

It's important to note that most of our sites are now closed and employees are working remotely where they can. Where offices are required to stay open, we are following government guidelines on personal hygiene standards, daily cleaning of employee work areas, maintaining safe distances and limiting the number of people in the office at one time. We also have clear policies on business travel and continuity.

The welfare of our people is of paramount importance to us, and we're doing everything we can to keep our employees and customers safe during this time.

Cloud Architect - AWS - Smart DCC

About Smart DCC

Every one of the 30 million homes and small businesses in Great Britain are set to have intelligent gas and electricity smart meters installed by 2020. Perhaps one of the most ambitious, challenging and exciting projects of its kind in the world, the building of the smart metering network will be a catalyst for the most significant, expansive and innovative changes to the energy sector in decades.

The Data and Communications Company (DCC) was created to lead the successful delivery of this vital new national infrastructure, with highly secure and reliable communications and data services to connect smart meters with energy suppliers, network operators and authorised third parties.

This smart metering network will help Great Britain become a global leader in smart energy.

Smart DCC operates as a client on behalf of the energy industry, designing and developing a solution which it then procures, implements and performance manages on its behalf.

What you'll be doing

The purpose of the Cloud Architect role is to be the domain owner for Cloud technologies within SmartDCC, and is accountable for direction setting, as well as execution and hands-on delivery

In this role, you'll

•The Cloud Architect will define and drive the overall enterprise cloud architecture strategy and lead the vision around public cloud PaaS/IaaS and cloud-based applications at Smart DCC.
•To support defining the Smart DCC enduring environment strategy covering Production, Pre-Production and Dev/Test where applicable. To include 3rd party governance, controls and standards where necessary.
•To support the team the Smart DCC's cloud requirements and ensure the technology solutions in this domain are positioned as suitable enablers for future innovation.
•To define and manage the transformation of the Smart DCC technology environments in line with the Smart DCC's 'cloud first' strategy.
•To support procurement/commercial activity as required.
•Production of high and low level technical designs in support of the Smart DCC's 'cloud first' strategy.
•Design assurance - where applicable - of service provider high and low level designs in support of the Smart DCC's 'cloud first' strategy.
•To continually assess the suitability and capability of market leading cloud hosting providers in support of the Smart DCC's 'cloud first' strategy.
•Ensure the Smart DCC 'cloud first' strategy is adopted fully and is prevalent both in our CDM and in our business decision making.
•Ensure Smart DCC public cloud data storage abides by the appropriate security and data classification and access standards.

What we're looking for:

•AWS certified solution architect associate certification (or similar level certification on MS Azure or Google public cloud platforms).
•Strong Technical background with specific focus on cloud hosted solutions, integrations, and environment transformation.
•Demonstrable background and experience in defining, designing and delivering 'cloud first' strategies and solutions.
•Demonstrable experience creating high and low level designs in support of technology transformation activities.
•Demonstrable cloud hosted environment management experience.
•Demonstrable systems integration experience.
•Understands key technology risks / issues and enterprise risk management strategies.
•Subject matter expertise in cloud solutions architecture and DevOps methodologies.
•Experienced in applying architectural tools and methods.
•Knowledge and experience of cloud well architected frameworks and adoption principles.
•Relevant Smart Metering Industry experience.
•Project management .

Skills and Experience Desirable

•Good knowledge of the UK's Smart metering solution and systems.
•Good knowledge of SEC and DCC License Conditions, and solution compliance requirements.
•Cost management and assurance.
•Thinks and acts as a technology leader within the business.  Ability to multitask and deal well under pressure
•Proactive and Self-sufficient when required.
•Team Player.
•Able and willing to own and manage activity from concept to deployment.
•Able to apply effective strategies to identify quick and effective paths to resolution for relevant issues.
•Able to matrix manage resource as appropriate.
•Able to work effectively with all levels of the organisation.
•Willingness to go above and beyond on occasion to ensure the 'job gets done'.

What's in it for you?

•A great salary
•25 days' holiday (rising to 27) with the opportunity to buy extra leave
•The opportunity to take a paid day out of the office, volunteering for our charity partners or a cause of your choice
•Company matched pension, life assurance, a cycle2work scheme, 15 weeks' fully paid maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, paternity pay of two weeks...and plenty more
•Voluntary benefits designed to suit your lifestyle - from discounts on retail and socialising, to health & wellbeing, travel and technology
•Access to our Employee Network Groups, which represent every strand of diversity and allow colleagues to connect and learn from each other on an open, inclusive platform

What we hope you'll do next:

Looking to discover more? choose 'Apply now' to fill out our short application and send us your CV.

All interviews, assessments and background checks will continue to take place online, to completely remove the need for face-to-face contact. All Capita colleagues who can work from home should do so; and where it is not possible for colleagues to work remotely, we have taken important steps to protect those working from Capita's offices. Social distancing, enhanced hygiene and safety measures are already in place at all Capita locations that are open to protect our colleagues and manage the risk of COVID-19. The welfare of our people is of paramount importance to us, and we're doing everything we can to keep our colleagues and customers safe during this time.

We're an equal opportunity employer, which means we'll consider all suitably qualified applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, age, sexual orientation, disability status or any other protected characteristic. We recruit and develop our people based on merit and their passion for creating better outcomes, and we're committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.