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Solution Architect

Job Introduction

This role sits in Route Services, a business area that has been created to supply services to the routes in the safest, most cost-efficient and effective way, enabling them to benefit from economies of scale and optimised national resources.

Working in the Route Services IT Team, you will provide our customers with smart technology for the railway of today, designing fit-for-purpose and innovative solutions. Your vital work will help to manage the day-to-day running of our vast IT estate, from safety critical systems maintenance to hardware provision, supporting thousands of employees every day.

Main Responsibility

To act as the design authority for projects and programmes, responsible for the compilation of the high-level architecture to support programmes and their constituent projects based on the strategic vision.  To design solutions directly for Route Services Information Technology customers in the business and check that the solutions built align with the as-is and to-be technical infrastructure. 

What will you be doing?

  1. Develop solution designs in line with RSIT strategy, standards and definitions allowing for the appropriate integration of Network Rail’s interfaces, data and systems at a strategic level. 
  2. Set technical standards for development of the applications solution.
  3. Engage colleagues in other areas of RSIT to verify that the proposed design fits in with existing/proposed infrastructure, and where non-conformant, reconfigure or seek exception approval.
  4. Manage stakeholder understanding and expectation regarding the application design; confirming functionality meets business needs.
  5. Use agreed application design to act as an informed buyer for applications development from third parties; validating specifications and commercial constraints are clearly communicated and understood.
  6. Direct third-party resources to develop the application, acting as a point of clarification for complex design issues verifying that the end product remains on time, cost and quality target.
  7. Verifying that programme/project related applications knowledge is shared appropriately to drive re-use of data, processes and technology where appropriate.

The Ideal Candidate

Meet the essential criteria/ Apply today to join our team!


  • Extensive experience of working as a Technical Architect in a corporate IS function
  • Experience of delivering architecture components / compliance within an environment where systems and services are delivered via outsourced arrangements with key suppliers
  • Enterprise integration concepts and technologies
  • Solid understanding of the cloud platforms (mainly Azure and AWS)
  • Solid understanding of Azure, PowerBI and PowerApps
  • Solid understanding of Single-Sign-On
  • Middleware concepts and technologies
  • Web concepts and technologies CASE/Modelling tools
  • Networking and Operating system concepts & technologies
  • Willing and able to work in multi-disciplinary teams (RSIT colleagues, business functions, suppliers etc.) to resolve business issues and problems in a collaborative fashion


  • Development experience within a web-based environment
  • Architecture experience certification in either/or TOGAF, Azure, AWS
  • Data Management concepts and technology
  • Process Management and workflow concepts & technologies
  • Development lifecycles and notations covering structured, object and component-based approaches (e.g. IE, DSDM, RUP, UML)
  • Document, Content and/or Digital Asset Management concepts and technologies
  • Knowledge of specific applications
  • Experience in ERP platform and CRM platform

Who we are looking for?

We are committed to a diverse workplace enriched with representation from diverse cultures, backgrounds and skills. We pride ourselves on creating an environment where difference is embraced, and individuals can thrive. We recognise that the success of the team is dependent on a multi-cultural, multi-disciplined group of individuals, aligned to deliver successful solutions.

At Network Rail, we have a number of employee networks to reflect our diverse population and help to raise issues to the wider workforce and support their membership and support our Everybody Matters strategy, led by our central Diversity & Inclusion team. We have Diversity & Inclusion Champions who take part and lead on many activities, to drive through more initiatives to support an inclusive environment for all its people and promote a professional and positive working environment. For more information on Diversity & Inclusion at Network Rail, please follow this link

Package Description

Vacancy Type: Full-time but flexible working patterns will be considered.

Duration: Permanent

These positions are based in:  The Quadrant, Milton Keynes

Closing date: 24 May 2022

Band & Salary: Band 3 C (£51,156 - £57,551)

At Network rail you will have a clear development path, access to training and enjoy a range of employee benefits, such as; up to 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rail subsidies, a range of pension options, flexible and agile working arrangements, discounts on shopping, gym memberships and much more. 

Click ‘apply for this job’ to apply. If you would like to speak the Resourcing Team, please contact georgina.brookes@networkrail.co.uk

For further information of the role please contact -   David Porter, David.Porter@networkrail.co.uk OR Urvish Pandya, Urvish.Pandya@networkrail.co.uk

About the Company

We’re an organisation where people matter. We matter to millions. 

Our role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway, serving customers and communities. We exist to get people and goods where they need to be and to support our country’s economic prosperity. Safety is our number one priority.  

We're undertaking an ambitious change. Our vision is Putting Passengers First - becoming a company that is on the side of passengers and freight users. 

As one of the UK’s leading equal opportunities employers, our values and the way we behave is important to us and we have created an environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution. We have seven employee networks that provide fantastic support, opportunities and development for applicants from all backgrounds. Click here for more information 


Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd


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