Lead Solutions Architect


Salary: £53,871 – £95,000  + 25 days hols + 8 bank holidays + employer pension contributions up to 10% of salary (BAND3A)

Wider benefits include discretionary bonus, private health care, life assurance, enhanced maternity and adoption packages (note: some are non-contractual).


Location: Bradford or Leeds and hybrid work arrangements



Water is the lifeblood of Yorkshire. 5 million customers use it every day, to make a round of brews, clean a mucky pup or get the washing on. 140,000 businesses rely on it to make steel, style hair or brew pints. And behind every river, reservoir and coastline looked after, every brew made, and every business supplied is Yorkshire Water.


At Yorkshire Water we believe technology holds the key to making the most of this precious resource, and taking care of it, now and in the future. We have a five-year plan that will see us investing heavily in our Technology. Enabling us as a department to focus on our capabilities, increase our delivery and responsiveness for our customers and develop skilled technical and data experts.



As the Lead Solutions Architect you will:


  • Undertake Lead Architect role on significant programmes of work providing clear leadership and direction. Assemble team of architects to undertake work within their respective domains e.g. Applications, Technology, Infrastructure and provide overall assurance of the work.  
  • Provide key linkage into Enterprise Architecture ensuring departments are aligned on strategy and driving towards the same goal.   
  • Take a proactive approach towards assessment of external technology trends ensuring that implications on Yorkshire Water’s business/technology strategy are fully understood.  
  • Own strategic relationships within the business ensuring their needs are understood and, where relevant, translated into viable architectures.  
  • Ensure architecture strikes the right balance between optimal and achievable, delivering both benefit and value in equal measure.  
  • Develop relationships with 3rd parties for burst capability, quality assurance and market research purposes.   
  • Form trusted relationships with delivery teams ensuring development is carried out in alignment with as-stated architecture. Ensure governance process is in place to manage quality stage gates. 


You will also have the following management duties:


  • Form the shape and membership of Solutions Architect team at Yorkshire Water with accountability for managing a team of Solution Architects covering one of, Applications, Security and Infrastructure.  
  • Drive the vision and roadmap for Solutions Architecture, ensuring the operating model is fit for purpose.  
  • Acquire staff for the department, directly recruiting Architects based on assessments of gaps and succession planning.  
  • Identify and support the personal development needs of all direct reports, providing continuous leadership and coaching. 
  • Embed architectural best practice within the team to establish consistent governance through structured methodology (e.g. TOGAF) to establish architectural artefacts, capability models, strategy maps, etc.    


Your team will have the responsibility of: 


  • Documenting historical architecture to provide an accurate as-is representation of Yorkshire Water’s systems landscape. 
  • Identification of “technical debt”, duplication, opportunity and redundancy within the current systems landscape.  
  • Documenting Yorkshire Water’s to-be systems landscape diagram based on outputs from Enterprise Architecture and the AMP Business Plan.  
  • Responding to ad-hoc requests for architecture work, providing expert-level advice and producing artefacts that represent options available to the business.  
  • Delivery of “strategy maps” to demonstrate future direction for each licensed technology. Alignment of IT solution strategy with business strategy through enduring relationships. 
  • Handing over architecture to development teams ensuring that delivery conforms to specifications and adheres to agreed quality gates.  
  • Providing IT governance across BSG at the solution-level. 



What skills are we looking for:


  • Leading large-scale architecture teams to achieve a common goal. 
  • Assembling teams to address specific architectural problems. 
  • Definition of methodologies to identify and mitigate “technical debt”. 
  • Undertaking complex architectural challenges working both at an individual and team level. 
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence at the highest levels in organisations 
  • Real-life experience of architectural methodologies with ability to identify what is relevant for each given scenario.   
  • Ability to both form (recruit) and establish an architectural function from the ground up.  
  • Production of high quality, visually engaging architecture work that is simple to understand.  


How we go about doing our job really matters to us. We all care about what we do, so whatever we’re working on we own it and make sure it gets done. We don’t just do this on our own as we know that we’re better together – whether that’s with our colleagues, customers, communities or stakeholders we use the power of people to make amazing things happen. And we’re not afraid to try new things, challenge ourselves and others – we’re always learning as that’s how we’ll improve.


We’re straight talking, respectful and we get things done with care and compassion, we value, understand and embrace difference. We have heart.


Although you will have a permanent friendly office to inspire collaborative thinking, and there may be occasions when there is a business need to attend the office we do offer flexible hybrid working arrangements. We appreciate that we all live busy lives and crave now more than ever a good work/life balance, so together we can discuss what this might look like for you as an individual. After all we know we are all good on our own but together there’s no stopping us! 


If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply online by uploading your latest CV and completing the application process.


What's in it for you?

Career enhancement and development, colleague well-being and a genuinely positive work experience for all are key priorities. We are continuously evolving and improving our ways of working and you will support us in achieving our vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good'.

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply on line and complete the application process.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

The Kelda Group provides water and sewerage services to domestic and business customers across the UK, managing the following subsidiary companies: - 

Yorkshire Water, is the main subsidiary company providing water and sewerage services to 4.7 million people and 130,000 businesses in the Yorkshire region. Its activities are regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat Loop Customer Management Ltd specialises in delivering customer service support to Yorkshire Water that includes billing, debt recovery and incident management. Employing more than 600 people, Loop have built up an impressive list of industry awards and achievements since being created in 2000 and is currently listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 list as being one of the best companies to work for.

Kelda Water Services (KWS) manages Kelda's non-regulated water and waste water contract operations. It is now the second biggest player in the UK market for outsourced clean and waste water services.

Kelda Water Services Retail offer quality, integrity and partnership but it is never just about the technologies behind our solutions in water. It is about the structure, delivery and even the financing of those solutions, and about giving our customers a level of convenience they never knew was possible.

KeyLand Developments Limited (KeyLand Developments) is responsible for managing, developing and disposing of the group's surplus property assets, either on its own or in partnership with outside organisations.

Kelda Group values equality, diversity and inclusion we believe that everyone should be treated with respect. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or belief and trade union membership.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Lead Solutions Architect