Architecture Compliance Manager

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

About us

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project - to investment in world-class stations and major programmes of electrification, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

Britain's railway has been growing for 150 years, without significant renewal. And yet it's required to carry more freight and passengers than ever before. We anticipate up to 400 million more passenger journeys by as soon as 2020. Investment and modernisation are absolutely essential.

So we're building the railway of the future. It's a colossal challenge. And we're relishing every moment. We're driven to delight our customers and help the economy thrive. We've already developed a world-class reputation for taking care of our track - ours is one of the safest railways in Europe.

Naturally, we're constantly seeking new talent to help us achieve our ambitious goals.

Brief Description

About the role

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 function, you will be responsible for managing and leading the architecture compliance assessment of programme and project solution designs against our enterprise reference architecture and business objectives to identify and resolve non-compliance issues.

The ideal person for this role will have a background in architecture compliance in an IT delivery lifecycle and will be an effective communicator who can build relationships effectively with key stakeholders at a senior level.

About the role

Key Accountabilities:

1.Plan and chair (lead) the architecture compliance reviews, assessing the compliance of programme/project solutions with Network Rail's enterprise reference architecture and their alignment with stated business objectives.

2.Undertake and lead reviews and surveillance assessments of programme/project designs to monitor compliance with architecture standards, checking project resolution of identified non-compliances.

3.Highlight and guide the identification and resolution of non-compliance issues within technical designs with the programme/project managers and other stakeholders asappropriate, facilitating architectural compliance with Network Rail's standards.

4.Analyse and present compliance issue trends to relevant stakeholders including programmes/projects, investment authorities, risk management authorities and senior management with the objective of identifying corrective actions to improve design compliance.

5.Provide design shaping guidance to programmes/projects during the development of key deliverables so that improved solution quality is present in designs when firstsubmitted.

6.Report potential gaps in or modifications to Network Rail's enterprise reference architecture to the Enterprise Architecture owners for resolution.

7.Provide support to the Head of Governance, Methods and Tools in support of governance, risk identification, reduction and monitoring activities.

8.Prepare, reports on architecture review activities, identifying results, non-compliances and resolution monitoring activities for the Route Services IT stakeholders on a weekly and period basis.

9.Research, propose and lead initiatives to continually improve the architecture compliance assessment process.

10.Identify opportunities for updating Network Rail's enterprise reference architecture and artefacts in the light of emerging compliance best practice and assist theArchitecture owners with their development.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


Excellent communicating, influencing and negotiating ability.

Advanced stakeholder management ability to a Senior Management Level.

Architecture Compliance Process Definition and Management knowledge.

Ability to technically understand the Enterprise Reference Architecture and the technical implications of deviations from it.

Risk Management.

Broad experience working across the IS Delivery Life Cycle.

Significant experience in an IS Architecture Compliance role.

Worked in an Architecture Function in a large organisation either as a Solution or Enterprise Architect.


Knowledge of Architecture framework approaches and hold associated certification. E.g. TOGAF certified.

Experience of applying IT controls (security, change management, disaster backup recovery, data centre, etc.) and IT application control concepts (application processing controls, system reconciliations, interfaces, reports testing, workflows).

How to apply

Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range:

Salary:£51,156 - £57,551 + pension + bonus + healthcare + generous annual leave allowance + flexible working opportunities

Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

Closing date:30th November 2019, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Please clearly show in your application how your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.

It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant: Milton Keynes.

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.