Product Line Solution Architect


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

Division:  IT Business Domain Architecture
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  48398
Job Function:  Information Technology

About us

National Grid touches the lives of almost everyone, 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

The product line architect will act as the primary link between the enterprise architecture team and the product line they are aligned to.

They will be accountable / responsible alongside other members of the architecture community and product line as appropriate, for the following:


  • Developing and maintaining the architectural models that will be used to understand the organisation and manage its change, transformation and optimisation agendas
  • Maintaining an overarching view of the business unit they are aligned to, understanding its functions, digital enablement, information needs and eco-system, ensuring these are incorporated into the wider organisational views
  • Develop input into the strategic context for the product line, in conjunction with the PLD & other architects
  • End-to-end delivery of the solutions that are identified as enabling the product line change portfolio needs
  • Enablement of solution design and delivery, supporting the change portfolio needs of the wider organisation

This role is a key member of the enterprise architecture community of practice and competence

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure the integrity of solution designs from concept through implementation, balancing the architectural concerns of projects with concerns of the enterprise.
  • Provide consultation on the interpretation and application of the solution architecture.
  • Provide design-related services at the blueprinting level and other phases of development.
  • Guide business stakeholders to solutions that maximise National Grid investment in technology.
  • Provide thought leadership on innovative technical solutions to business stakeholders.
  • Identify, own and support the delivery of global solutions for assigned projects.
  • Communicate the solution architecture to all other relevant business functions.

Knowledge, Experience and Technical Know How

  • Degree-level qualification in relevant subject desirable
  • Relevant industry certification (e.g.TOGAF) desirable
  • Software development and/or support experience at an enterprise level. Familiarity with software development lifecycle management techniques with experience in product and vendor evaluation and technology rollout
  • Knowledge of solution architectures including applying standard architectures and patterns within solution designs and various hosting environments/platforms

What you'll Get

A competitive salary between £55,000 - £75,000 – dependent on capability

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus of up to 15% 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, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.

At National Grid, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.



Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential