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Chief Enterprise Architect

Information Services

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£44,156 – £52,739 pro rata per annum (depending on experience)

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The British Museum’s Information Services department is seeking a Chief Enterprise Architect/Head of Change to help identify and manage strategic and operational change to ensure that the result will be supportable operational services which maximize benefits.

The British Museum is going through an exciting period of change – particularly in relation to its digital and information offerings. In the last year the first ever Digital Strategy and Information Management Strategies have been approved which will drive and enable change. In addition, the existing architecture, based on legacy systems at least 5-10 years old, will be put under new pressure as data from multiple sources is expected to be combined to support business decisions (“big data”), new applications such as mobile apps will require real-time data, disaster recovery is being re-examined in light of the political and environmental challenges, the format of objects that the museum holds are no longer 3-dimensional physical objects but are digital and the Museum is almost at capacity with physical visitors so technology is being asked to help the museum better understand how it can support increased visitors – both virtually as well as physically.

Feedback from staff is that this is an interesting place to work not only because of what the museum holds, but because of the variety of systems and applications in use. Currently most applications are hosted on premises and sit on a Windows platforms but the Museum will increasingly need to integrate services that utilise different technologies and may be cloud-based. Implementation and changes to services within the Museum are undertaken both internally and through third-party relationships. Interactions will involve staff from across the museum including staff supporting the business functions, visitor services, as well as those with a curatorial and/or research focus relating to items in the Museum’s collection.

This role will be responsible for a team which drive service strategy and design incorporating an architect, business analysts and a project manager.

The role provides a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of how one of the most important museum’s in the world operates, insights into what we hold in our collection and be part of community of people passionate about the values of the Museum and its 255-year legacy of providing free access to the history of the world. This is an excellent opportunity to leverage your career in IS with the most popular tourist attraction in the U.K.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Leading the creation, implementation and evolution of the EA program based on business requirements and IT strategies; overseeing EA implementation, on-going EA refinement activities, documentation of all EA design and analysis work and the promotion and communication of the EA process, outcomes and results
  • Provide formal line management to the team to ensure talent is nurtured, knowledge is built and shared to support departmental and museum-wide objectives, museum policies and procedures are adhered to, and team planning to support the future strategic and operational objectives of the Museum.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and will have a TOGAF qualification at foundation level or higher. Strong leadership skills and demonstrable knowledge of all components of a holistic Enterprise Architect will be required. Excellent analytical skills and the ability to apply multiple solutions to business problems and knowledge of business re-engineering principles and processes will be essential to the role.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.5 million visitors in 2014, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse
workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Membership of the civil service pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participate in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Professional & personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the website for further information and details on how to apply.

Closing date 16 November 2015

  • Contact: Recruitment Team
ID #1271 Location London Industry IT Type Full Time Role Chief Enterprise Architect Career Level Middle Presence Remote

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