Chief Domain Architect - Risk and Compliance Management

UK wide
£120,000 + benefits
15 Sep 2022
26 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Stratford, Telford, Worthing


Almost every individual and business in the UK is a direct customer of HMRC, as we collect the money that pays for the UK's public services and gives people who need it vital financial support. Over recent and coming years, our work never has been, nor will be, more critical as we rebuild and secure our nations future.

With these demands in mind, and as one of the largest and most digitally focussed organisations in the UK, we are undergoing a thrilling change programme. This era will see us cement our position as a fiscal world leader, with a real-time, resilient, and fully digital tax system.

As part of this transformation, we require several skilled and specialist architecture leaders to ensure that the decisions that we make are consistent with our strategic ambitions, and that our technology estate is nothing short of world leading.

An essential part of this transformation are our Lead Domain Architects; senior leaders who are able to guide the design and standards across our architecture to support the delivery of IT change and tangible business benefits.'This change includes several key strategic digital priorities, such as real-time transactional information and a single customer account, enabling customers to access all their data and undertake all their interactions with HMRC in one place.

Job description

As a skilled Chief Domain Architect, you will:

  • Act as a technology advocate across our large and complex business to the highest levels, gaining both understanding and proactive support for change.
  • Connect architectural strategy and delivery by building a broad range of connections across HMRC to enable architectural advancements in your Domain.
  • Provide the leadership and direction to drive the alignment of business need, architecture strategy, and established governance and standards.
  • Enable HMRC to become an intelligent customer in working with suppliers.
  • Utilise your technology thought-leadership to innovate and enable the delivery of a world class service to our customers.
  • Collaborate with business and technical stakeholders to develop blueprints and roadmaps that are aligned and mutually beneficial.
  • Support the realisation of solution through architecture into delivery, roll-out and operation, and full systems lifecycle management including evergreening technology platforms.
  • Analyse the technology industry trends that could apply to HMRC and lead the adoption of new and innovative technology.
  • Lead support and enable a focussed team of Architects through a transformational journey.
  • Work with our Chief Technology Officer and a broad range of technical colleagues and partners, to support the design of a world-class architecture and platform.



Chief Domain Architect - Risk and Compliance Management

The role of the Chief Architect is that of a senior leader able to promote and support the delivery of IT change, through design and architecture that will deliver business benefits in Taxation Risking and Compliance one of the Departments largest and most important Directorates and crucial to ensuring tax fairness and in contributing to our ability to fund public services.

You will have a background in environments that use data and analytics to change business outcomes, in our world, through generating taxation risk cases that are worked through an investigation process. A strong knowledge of systems and platforms that use operational data feeds and analytics systems and case management will be beneficial.

You should also be experienced in conceiving, architecting, and supporting the implementation and support of critical systems through architecture, supporting business change through IT using the architecture discipline to facilitate this.

This Executive Level IT Architecture role, working alongside the CTO, has accountability for working with the Customer Compliance Directorate and its Senior Leadership Team as well as its strategy and policy professionals to optimise the development, alignment, and delivery of strategic change between HMRC's operational and policy areas and the CDIO delivery teams including solution architects, technical delivery, and support teams.

You will be accountable for developing and gaining mutual agreement for the roadmap of IT services aligned to the business strategy and operation, and for ensuring that all change initiatives align to this. This will include the exploitation of the Departments investment in SAS Detection and Investigation, PEGA based Case Management suits and additional technologies and platforms.

Candidates may have a track record in other domains that apply similar technical or business concepts including using customer data to support outbound marketing campaigns, fraud risk identification and case investigation, or large-scale customer services that use case management.

In return for your endeavours, you can expect to work in a forward-thinking team modernising and shaping architectural practices in one of the largest customer centric organisations throughout the UK. We offer multiple locations, fantastic modern offices, flexible working, and an incredible pension.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Things you need to know

This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

For further information or to apply please email. or contact Rachel Ellis or Dave Flynn on 020 8253 1806 to arrange an informal conversation.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.