Principal Architect

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Date: 20 May 2024

Location: Edinburgh, GB Macclesfield, GB

Company: Royal London Group

Job Title: Principal Architects

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Edinburgh or Alderley Edge

Working style: Hybrid 50% home/office based

Closing date: 23rd June 2024


We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced leaders to join our growing architecture team at Royal London. You will know how to leverage technology to get the right results and clearly articulate how your architecture strategy delivers on the business strategy to support our customers. As a leader you will communicate with brevity and impact, and understand how your stakeholder management and influencing skills, are every bit as important as your technical ability.


We are transitioning to a ‘Platform’ model of working, with each Platform having a Principal architect to shape the strategy and roadmaps for their area, including current, transition and target states.  You will take a holistic view of your area and be able to articulate the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the solutions, the Functional Fitness and Tech Health of the estate, as well as being trusted advisor to the business.


We champion agile and flexible working ensuring that the future of work is inclusive for all our people. Our flexible approach to hybrid working will create opportunities to reach your full potential, whilst you continue to have a strong work life balance and flexibility with caring responsibilities.


About the role


  • Work with other Principal architects to join the roadmaps together into a coherent enterprise-wide view.
  • Run governance for your area, taking ownership of adherence to Architecture Principles and guardrails.
  • Line-manage and mentor a small (4- 8) team of solution and enterprise architects.
  • Improve time to market and speed to value for change initiatives. As well as Operational Efficiency, focussing on digital-first, automated solutions.  
  • Manage risks, controls, and mitigating actions for your area.



About you


  • Extensive experience in enterprise or solutions architecture, designing seamless customer journey solutions.
  • Broad experience designing data platforms and integration patterns with a background in software engineering designing solutions utilising Azure technologies.
  • You will have experience running end-to-end governance process.
  • Ability to line manage a team dealing with all people related matters and support their growth and development.
  • You will have solid communication and influencing skills with high emotional intelligence and empathy.
  • Experience working in a finance company, including Protection (Insurance), Pensions and Long-Term Savings would be advantageous.



About Royal London


We’re the UK’s largest mutual life, pensions, and investment company, offering protection, long-term savings and asset management products and services.   


Our People Promise to our colleagues is that we will all work somewhere inclusive, responsible, enjoyable and fulfilling. This is underpinned by our Spirit of Royal London values; Empowered, Trustworthy, Collaborate, Achieve. 


We've always been proud to reward employees by offering great workplace benefits such as 28 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays, an up to 14% employer matching pension scheme and private medical insurance. You can see all our benefits here - Our Benefits


Inclusion, diversity and belonging 


We’re an Inclusive employer. We celebrate and value different backgrounds and cultures across Royal London. Our diverse people and perspectives give us a range of skills which are recognised and respected – whatever their background.

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