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The Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO) is New Zealand’s legislative drafting and publishing office.

As the sole Architect in a small development team this role offers the opportunity to have a high level of ownership and direct impact on enhancements to architectural and design processes and information systems.

The Architect will be responsible for the architecture and design processes and artefacts that support the provision of high quality legislative drafting services, and enable easy and free access to the laws of New Zealand.  The successful candidate will provide knowledge and expertise in architectural standards and trends in legislative publishing and digital service design, ensure architectural processes and artefacts are sufficient to guide technology investment decisions, provide architectural assessment and recommendations on business and project plans, and identify and manage risks and issues within the PCO risk management framework.

Ideally, applicants will have experience in the legal or publishing sectors, integrating solutions with COTS and custom components, digital service design, usability and accessibility, migrating, replatforming, and consolidating systems and services, and providing advice to management on technology issues.   Applicants should have a tertiary qualification in a related field, preferably with formal qualifications in architecture methodology, business analysis or software development, or relevant industry experience.

You must be capable of gaining, and maintaining, a government security clearance to Confidential.

The role will involve working both on-site in the office and remotely from home and you need to be comfortable with this flexibility and able to work effectively in either environment.

For more about the role see the job description and person specification below. For further information about the position, please contact Jade Arboleda on 04 333 1007 or email Jade.Arboleda@pco.govt.nz.

Applications close:  5 pm Wednesday 3 June 2020

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Workplace

Parliamentary Counsel Office
Level 13, Reserve Bank Building
2 The Terrace
Wellington 6160

Reports to

Team Leader Applications Development

Liaises with

Internal

Information Systems team
All other PCO staff

External

Contracted vendors
Development vendors
Casual vendors and contractors
Parliamentary Service
Office of the Clerk
Inland Revenue Department
Other government departments

Primary purpose

The primary purpose for the position is to be responsible for architecture and design processes and artefacts that support the provision of impartial, high quality legislative drafting services and advice, and enable easy and free access to the laws of New Zealand.

Key accountabilities

The Architect will:

1. Domain expertise
  • maintain domain expertise in legislative publishing and digital service design
  • maintain knowledge of all-of-government policies, standards, and services
  • maintain knowledge of legal and publishing standards and trends
  • maintain knowledge of core LENZ technologies (XML, Java, Microsoft stack)
  • maintain knowledge of architectural standards and trends
2. Architecture processes and artefacts
  • ensure architectural processes and artefacts are sufficient to guide technology investment decisions that reflect PCO strategic and operational objectives
  • undertake the maintenance of the PCO architectural principles and standards, in alignment with all-of-government and industry frameworks and practices
  • maintain a roadmap of the PCO application and infrastructure portfolio that balances sustainability, innovation, risk, and cost
  • identify opportunities for improvement in service design, usability, sustainability, security availability, and performance
  • ensure solution designs comply with GCDO standards and PCO architectural principles
3. Planning
  • provide architectural assessment and recommendations on business and project plans
  • assist in planning the delivery of changes to PCO’s applications and infrastructure
  • identify future investments required to respond to disruptive innovations or address obsolescence
  • create plans to implement mitigating controls for identified risks
4. Risk management
  • understand the PCO risk management framework
  • identify risks for analysis and recommend mitigations
  • manage risks and issues for which he/she has responsibility
5. Change management
  • understand and comply with the PCO change management framework
6. Relationship management
  • develop and maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders
  • mentor other team members
7. Communication
  • target communications to address diverse stakeholder concerns using appropriate communication styles, tools, and language
  • interact appropriately with outsourced vendors and team members to ensure effective results
  • articulate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
8. Reporting
  • contribute to reports from the IS team
9. Other
  • undertake any other associated duties as required by the Team Leader Applications Development.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications

1. The Architect will ideally have a tertiary qualification in a related field, preferably with formal qualifications in architecture methodology, business analysis, or software development, or relevant industry experience.

Experience

2. The ideal Architect will have experience in:

  • the legal or publishing sectors
  • the integration of solutions with COTS and custom components
  • digital service design, usability, and accessibility
  • working with a variety of software development methodologies
  • migrating, re-platforming, and consolidating systems and services
  • providing advice to management on technology (and technology governance) issues
  • developing, implementing and assisting in managing the IT strategy, solutions, policies, standards, specifications, and architectural blueprints
  • scoping, estimating, planning, design, and development activities
  • communicating across all levels of the organisation, both verbally and in writing
  • working with a variety of internal and external parties to deliver changes
  • working within an ITIL framework
  • understanding of NZ government frameworks (GEANZ, NZISM)
Skill requirements

3. The Architect’s skills and attributes will include:

  • enthusiasm and a strong desire to help the organisation obtain the best from its information systems
  • being innovative and analytical
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • the ability to provide leadership and vision
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • being highly motivated and energised
  • having a strategic approach
  • proactivity in being informed and up to date in current trends and developments
  • being adaptable and open to change
  • being a good team player and having the willingness to participate.

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