Head of IT Architecture and Security

Head of IT Architecture and Security

Job Title: Head of IT Architecture and Security
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Brighton, East Sussex
Salary: £52000 - £60000 per annum
Reference: T3MB*1376471
Contact Name: Sammons Group
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Job Published: February 09, 2021 12:16

Job Description


This a fantastic opportunity for a Head of IT Infrastructure & Security to join a leading educational institution based in Brighton.

The Job

This role is responsible for defining, implementing and maintaining an IT systems architecture for the institution and to ensure that technical solutions and IT architecture meets necessary security standards.

You will also develop and maintain excellent working relationships and be an advocate for IT in a complex, organisation with an annual budget in excess of £200M.

Salary: £52,000 - £60,000 (DOE)

Core Activities, Duties and Key Tasks

  • Provide technical leadership ensuring there is a clear architectural direction and, wherever possible, project solutions that move our technology landscape towards the architectural vision. Guide the architecture work of the technical teams in a matrix environment. Ensure security and technical architectural principles are applied during design activity
  • Provide strategic and technical leadership on best practice information security and clearly communicate this through the architectural vision, principles and standards to ensure that the technology estate remains secure and risk levels are managed
  • Ensure the current architectural landscape is fully understood and appropriately documented. Identify and prioritise areas for transformation and champion these within the framework of overall change for the organisation to drive forward improvements
  • Create and maintain a clear architectural vision for approval which represents and reflects the technology roadmap for the organisation and the key milestones required to achieve this
  • Undertake strategic analysis, including research into suppliers, markets, products and services, to inform and develop strategic plans
  • Working closely with the Business Engagement and PMO functions, identify and analyse business drivers to derive enterprise business, information, technical and solution architecture requirements
  • Recruit and manage the work of any consultants or architects, as agreed in the overall plans
  • Chair the Technical Design Authority and plan architecture related development work in collaboration with the core membership and other committees.
  • Provide a strategic interface, advising and influencing how best to utilise the IT architecture to achieve desired outcomes. Facilitate the development and presentation of business cases for high-level initiatives, prioritisation and funding approval


  • Extensive knowledge of IT controls and governance procedures including technology risk assessment and mitigation strategies
  • Extensive knowledge of Information Security principles, standards and their application
  • Degree in an information technology discipline, ideally with an architectural/strategy or systems analysis focus or equivalent experience

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