Strategic Bids Architect

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Strategic Bids Architect  
Home-based with UK Travel       
Full Time, Permanent    

£85,000 - £95,000 (dependent on experience)    


Here at Serco, we are seeking a talented Strategic Bids Architect to lead the technology solution development in complex, strategic bids. You will be an integral part of the bid team and will ensure the overall technology component of the solution is aligned to operational solution, while also keeping a balance between standard solutions and new innovative solution components, to deliver a cost competitive, winning proposition for Serco. You will also bring strong experience in applications and operational technology, as well as systems integration and service design/integration.


In this key role you will work closely with the UK&E Growth team to ensure the digital technology elements of solutions are addressed appropriately with early involvement in shaping the solution. This includes the selection and governance of strategic partners and suppliers. It is key that you understand not just the IT needs of solutions but also the overall impact of proposed technologies on the Serco win chance on bids, and ensuring the solution is cost-competitive, financially viable and risk managed.


As part of this you'll:


  • Lead on the technology solution development for strategic bids to ensure the solutions are cost-competitive, risk optimised and deliver a winning proposition for Serco, while being aligned with Serco's Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy
  • Provide systems engineering and service design support on strategic bids to ensure the appropriate flow down of requirements to technology partners and vendors
  • Act as the Design Authority for solutions elements on strategic bids that are developed and delivered by technology partners and vendors
  • Provide architectural guidance and leadership to the IT Senior/Solution Architects and Technical Delivery team on strategic bids to ensure delivery is in line with the sector roadmap designs
  • Explain technical issues and IT solution strategies to Business Unit stakeholders and other IT professionals as required in support of solutions
  • Identify and mitigate existing business risk or risks associated with solution architecture on strategic bids
  • Propose modifications and enhancements to the Serco Enterprise Architecture based on experience gained on bids


What you'll need to do the role:

  • A thorough understanding of bid architecture and systems integration
  • Effective communication skills to convey complex technical details to clients in a straightforward manner
  • Strong relationship building skills with clients/operational managers and colleagues
  • Ability to identify technical issues and be able to design solutions to fix them
  • Flexibility in making plans and program decisions
  • Experience of working in a technical design authority role
  • Experience in technical management of vendors and partners on complex systems integration projects
  • Familiarity with Enterprise Architecture frameworks and best practices
  • Experience in cost modelling and building business/investment cases
  • Experience in writing proposal documents in a customer-facing environment
  • UK SC clearance or willingness to obtain clearance is needed


Why Serco:


Meaningful and vital work: In this position, your work is vital to the business, in terms of decisions and growth. You will gain a world of opportunity working for a globally operating business delivering essential services across 5 vital sectors, personal growth, achievement and development won't be hard to find. You'll also work with great people. You'll find yourself working in a highly motivated, supportive environment where no two days are the same, with experienced colleagues who strive for excellence.


What we offer:


  • Company car
  • Bonus scheme - 5% on target, 10% exceeding targets
  • Private healthcare
  • Flexible working considered
  • Pension - 6%
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Growth and development opportunities - Serco will support with a range of qualifications
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Bupa Anytime HealthLine, Thrive App, Simply Health Plans and more
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, Mobile Phone discounts, Cinema discounts, Leisure and Hospitality discounts
  • Up to 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase more
  • Life assurance



About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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29/09/2023 02:37:00
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