Enterprise Architect


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

Division:  IT Group Functions
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  29939
Job Category:  IT
Job Function:  Information Technology

About us

National Grid touches the lives of almost everyone in the UK, with an energy network that stretches across the Atlantic. We’re an international team, and our work underpins the lives of millions of people. Feet forwards, head up, and eyes bright, we’re working hard to create value for people today – and shape the future of energy tomorrow. 

In the UK, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt. 

The world of energy is changing beyond recognition. Working at National Grid, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in the UK – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.  

Job Purpose

Responsible for delivery of all solution architecture activities across a business capability / multiple programmes 

Key Accountabilities

  • Defines the vision for domain and solution architectures across a complex business process and systems landscape
  • Peer support to the Delivery Managers providing structural integrity to technical delivery
  • Ensure that programme solutions provided conform to the programme objectives and vision.
  • Approval of the solution architecture and design through relevant governance processes
  • Leads development of solution architectures, ensuring consistency with specified requirements agreed with both external and internal customers. Takes full responsibility for ensuring that solution architectures balance functional, service quality and systems management requirements. Ensures that appropriate standards are adhered to. Within a business change programme, manages the programme's target design, policies and standards, working proactively to achieve a stable and viable design.
  • Communicates the technical design of multiple significant programmes and the rationale driving that design within the architecture and wider community.
  • Co-ordinates design activity across programmes, acting as custodian of plans for the end IT product. Takes responsibility for the technical integrity of projects, ensuring that common technical elements are recognised and that work is not unnecessarily duplicated. Assists in the development of service level agreements and any associated service guarantees. Advises on appropriate quality standards and quality control processes. Attends quality reviews as appropriate.
  • Monitors technical progress, ensuring that co-ordination and change control are applied to technical specifications and to the technical infrastructure. Advises on the impact of changes to the programme and on the process for assessing such impact. Informs project management of major technical issues and makes recommendations on their resolution. Ensures that all changes are managed effectively, and contributes to formal reviews and evaluations when projects and programmes end.
  • Develops new techniques for use in solution architecture. Promotes the solution architecture discipline within the wider IT community. 
  • Drive development and maintenance of cost transparency and value tracking models for solutions across a programme
  • Takes an active role in the development of other staff through mentoring of more junior SA resources.
  • Support the development of Digital Roadmap with Enterprise Architecture and Product Teams


Experience Required

  • Demonstrable track record in delivery of solution architecture for programmes of work. Breadth of knowledge in ensuring that relevant platforms (e.g. systems of record, analytics, integration) are brought together to support overall programme architecture
  • Experience of legacy estate rationalisation
  • Stakeholder management and influencing skills covering colleagues, partners / vendors and project sponsors.
  • To have recognized expertise in one or more of the following TOGAF architectural domains: Business, Application, Data, Technology
  • Relevant experience of the full Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) processes and tooling - from EA to implementation including Agile, Iterative, Prototyping and Waterfall
  • Demonstrable experience of software engineering delivery and leadership capability
  • Utilities experience highly beneficial.
  • Awareness of use and value of design and architecture tools such as System Architect, Rational Rose, Casewise, Aris or equivalent.
  • Experience of working in SAFe environment preferable


  • Qualifications could come from a variety of sources, e.g. a degree in computing, science or mathematics, ISEB, British Computing Society or certification from commercial organisations such as Microsoft, Oracle etc relevant to solution architecture
  • Knowledge of new and emerging technologies and industry best practice for architecture within programmes of work
  • Knowledge of Integration Architectures, Data Architecture, Overall Solution Architecture and Process/Business Architecture

More Information



A competitive salary between £60,000 – £90,000 – dependent on capability 

As well as your base salary, you will receive a company car or allowance, a bonus of up to 20% of your salary for stretch performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, a salary sacrifice technology scheme, support via the employee assistance line and matched charity giving to name a few.