Digital Architect – 12 month FTC

London (Central), London (Greater)
21 Apr 2021
20 Jun 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type

About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Business Area - Information Technology

Role - Digital Architect - 12 month FTC

Reporting to - Head of Enterprise Architecture

Location - London

Hours of work - Monday to Friday, 09:30 - 17:30. You may be required to work additional hours to facilitate project implementations.

Department/ Role Overview:

The purpose of this role is to work as part of the Architecture Team to design, document and facilitate the implementation of the Ashurst LLP business, information data, application, technology and enterprise digital architectures through the various IT teams and technology partners. These digital architectures must support the overall Ashurst LLP business strategy. This role reports to the Head of Architecture and will work closely with the Ashurst Advance function.

Ashurst Advance are at the forefront of the firm's efforts to develop technology-based solutions to our clients. Their projects will involve deploying and utilising new, modern, legal technology solutions and have led to the firm winning numerous industry awards for innovation in the delivery of legal services.

Main responsibilities:

  • Act as a trusted advisor on digital related activities, policies, standards, baselines, guidelines and procedures.
  • Develop enterprise-class digital principles, policies, standards, and reference architectures for this area.
  • Ensure that the Architecture Team is adhering to the digital principles.
  • Build cases for change and achieve consensus with senior level leaders and IT leadership teams across architecture, security, operations and business teams.
  • Contribute to the digital strategy across the Ashurst globally.
  • Be the lead digital architect on programme and sub projects.
  • Provide review and sign-off of designs in relation to digital matters in a timely manner.
  • Ensure digital requirements and reviews are clearly communicated in a timely manner.
  • Participate in the development and continuous improvement of the digital aspects within:
    • application and data architectures that are aligned to the business strategies and direction.
    • technology architectures that enable the application and data architecture.
    • development architectures that enable Ashurst's IT to develop business solutions in the most efficient and effective manner adhering to the Ashurst Solution Design Principles.
  • Ensure that these architectures are recognised as the road map for all business services and technical solutions.
  • Stay abreast of developments in appropriate new digital technologies/services and participate in the investigation / assessment of the suitability of these to Ashurst's environment and business needs.
  • Participate in the production of the annual technology roadmap, gaining endorsement of that plan from the IT Leadership Team.
  • Develop people's soft skills, such as communication and leadership, as well as technical skills and ensure team members feel valued, confident and motivated.
  • Ensure that IT Architecture team members are active participants in teams formed to progress projects, business initiatives/aims etc.
  • Ensure that IT Architecture is, and is recognised as, a valuable asset to Ashurst LLP.
  • Work with the business to ensure that the Digital strategy is exploited to the benefit of the business.
  • Work with the Head of Architecture to agree value for budgets and exercise strict financial control.
  • IT Governance:
    • ensure that agreed standards and working practices are followed.
    • highlight any non-conformance with agreed standards and working practices with the Head of Architecture.
  • Promote an environment that encourages collaboration, team working and innovation both within the Architecture Team and across IT and other Ashurst LLP teams.
  • Act as an ambassador for Architecture and IT and deputise for the Head of Architecture as requested.
  • Relationship manager between agreed technology partners and Ashurst LLP and act a point of escalation between IT and the technology partner.

Essential skills and experience:

Knowledge and experience:

Knowledge of enterprise architecture frameworks (TOGAF) and experience of modelling within an enterprise architecture tool (ideally Orbus iServer)

  • Knowledge of ISO 27001.
  • Experience working in an agile (SAFe) environment
  • Broad understanding of digital technologies (APIs, Microservices, mobile applications, Integrations)
  • A good working knowledge of Digital, Cloud and Integration technologies including SOA
  • Cloud Architecture experience preferable
  • Track developments and changes in the digital business and threat environments to ensure that they're adequately addressed in security strategy plans and architecture artefacts
  • Practical experience of software development and SDL
  • Engagement with business stakeholders when ideas are conceived; and lead in shaping them into deliverable projects.
  • Identifying risks affecting solutions, including mitigating recommendations and support in managing those risks.
  • Demonstrate good experience in the IT industry with expertise in many areas of digital and cloud technologies.
  • A broad understanding of the latest developments in technologies, industry specific issues, competitor and vendor activity and initiatives.
  • Experience in infrastructure design, strategy and architecture related activities.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of IT industry trends, suppliers and products.
  • Good knowledge of Ashurst LLP products and services advantageous.

People/Team Management

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including active listening.
  • Ability to identify and analyse alternative approaches to dealing with issues and problems.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the firm's values.
  • Empower others by collaborating on joint ideas and encourages others to view change as a positive process.
  • Ability to influence and persuade others outside his/her direct control
  • Exhibit confidence in dealing with various levels of the organisation both within Ashurst IT and the business units, including executive management levels.
  • Ability to identify and analyse alternative approaches to dealing with issues and problems.

Excellent Client Service

  • Demonstrate confidence in dealing with all levels of the firm, including executive management levels.
  • Demonstrate ownership and responsibility for deliverables/services.
  • Excellent customer service and consulting skills.
  • Experienced in managing internal and external/3rd-Party resource partnership models.
  • Demonstrable skills in influencing and negotiation methods and techniques.

Our Culture is shaped by our core values of Collaboration, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity and Accountability. They guide how we relate with each other, our clients, our behaviour.