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BT Solutions Architect (Defence) in Bristol, United Kingdom

Solutions Architect (Defence)

Job Req ID: 31494

Posting Date: 16 Jul 2024

Function: Architecture Solution and Design

Unit: Business


Assembly, Bristol, United Kingdom

Salary: Competitive + Excellent Benefits





Hemel Hempstead

Security Clearance

This role requires you to be able to pass Developed Vetting clearance. See this link for more info: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-security-vetting-clearance-levels/national-security-vetting-clearance-levels#developed-vetting-dv

Why this job matters

As a lead consultant in our Defence Solution Design Authority practice, you will be working as a trusted industry partner to our defence customer and cross-functionally supporting internal business units (Sales, Business, Technology, Security and Operations), key stakeholders and externally facing third party technology providers as part of and reporting into the practice manager.

You will work with internal key stakeholders, the customer, and its subsidiary departments to conceptualise their strategic vision, capture requirements; to define and create innovative fit for purpose digital solutions meeting their digital strategy and transform the way they can do business.

Underpinned by using robust ICT framework architecture, security principles, methodologies, industry best practices, and customer compliance polices. As a solution architect you will be providing expert solution architecture expertise and ownership throughout all stages of the solutions design engagement life cycle.

You will be part of an industry leading Solution Design Authority team working closely with other architects, designers, technology experts, business managers and business analysts. Where you will bring your expertise and diverse experience to each challenge ensuring successful solution delivery across a vast variation in highly sensitive and unique opportunities and project

What you'll be doing

• Engaging with the customer, business stakeholders and key partners in providing end to end architecture governance, leadership and solution decision making aligned to the Solution Design Authority architecture principles.

• Develop and own enterprise architecture artefacts, strategies and roadmaps from a business and technology perspective, including ‘as-is’, ‘to-be’ and transitional states addressing key stakeholder viewpoints and requirements.

• Provide subject matter expertise to business key stakeholders and units in providing consultative customer engagement, shaping, and qualifying complex service change, delivery, and resource profile requirements.

• Own and engage key stakeholders and business units in responding to complex in-contract customer Request for Information, Contract Change Notification, Solution Design Proposal and Winning New Business Bids. Throughout all stages of a solutions design engagement life cycle.

• Provide and own architecture deliverable outcomes such as proof of concept, technological solution whitepaper, bid (PQQ, ITT), high level design collateral in addressing the customers’ viewpoints and complex requirements.

Skills and Experience

• Enterprise networks (IP Layer 1-7)

• Enterprise network security and boundary protection

• Service provider networks (e.g DWDN, SDH, OTN)

• ICT vendor technologies, solutions, and products (e.g Cisco, Juniper, Pal-alto, F5, Nokia).

• Industry architecture methodologies & languages (e.g TOGAF, ArchiMate, ITIL, BPMN).

• Experience in using enterprise architecture toolsets (iServer, IBM Doors).

• Responding to complex, multi-vendor public sector propositions and bid proposals based on customer requirements (RFI, PQQ, ITN, ITT).

• Developing solution roadmaps and governance structures in line with customer requirements.


• £5000 annual allowance on top of base salary for holding DV clearance, paid monthly

• Annual on target bonus up to 10%

• BT Pension scheme, minimum 5% Employee contribution, BT contribution 10%

• Purchase discounted BT shares

• Private healthcare & dental insurance, health screening, healthcare cash plans, access to counselling services, access to physiotherapy

• Season ticket loan, buy extra holidays, discounted Virgin Experience Days, financial education programmes

• Discounted BT/EE retail products including Broadband and BT Sport

• Access to 100s of retail discounts for things like groceries, travel, fashion, entertainment and more

With over 175 years of heritage, BT is now the flagship business brand of BT Group. We’ve brought together our best people and capabilities into a B2B powerhouse serving 1.2 million business customers internationally.

We’re a global leader for secure connectivity and collaboration platforms for businesses of all shapes and sizes, from big household names and government departments, right through to sole traders and new start-ups. But it’s not just the technology that matters, it’s what it can do to help them build stronger, smarter, more secure businesses.

We value diversity and inclusion and believe in making a positive impact. We connect for good by championing digital inclusion and equipping people, businesses, and communities with digital skills to thrive.

As a member of our team, you will be part of an organisation that celebrates difference, fosters innovation and provides you with opportunities to be your best. With millions of businesses relying on us daily, joining BT means you can be part of a diverse and multi-skilled team that makes a significant impact to society.


Although these roles are listed as full-time, if you’re a job share partnership, work reduced hours, or any other way of working flexibly, please still get in touch.


Studies have shown that women and people who are disabled, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse or from ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification and criteria. We're committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace where everyone can be their best, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every requirement on the Job Description, please apply anyway - you may just be the right candidate for this or other roles in our wider team.