Business Architect

Cambridge, UK
£46,600- £65,200
01 Oct 2019
24 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Job title: Business Architect

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £46,600- £65,200

Location: Cambridge

What it's about

We are changing the way we do technology at Cambridge Assessment to increase our business, customer and product-oriented design focus. So we are growing our team of Business Architects . The Business Architects team plays a key role in helping our organisation to get the greatest value from technology-enabled change as we continue our digital transformation. This is a business architecture discipline practiced with a business-facing, business capability and customer-oriented aspect. It involves a major focus on the current and future status of our core business capabilities, common services, product design elements, and business processes.

Overall, the Business Architect role exists to enable long-term viable business and technology outcomes, helping us to transform the enabling technologies and processes underpinning our Assessment and Learning products and services, and to provide insights about valuable investment in capability requirements. Together, these will help complement our long-term strategic view of organisational direction.

What you'll be doing

The Business Architect role is accountable for:

  • Consultancy in business architecture, with potential for specialisation in a dedicated area.
  • Short- and long-term focused analyses, as part of exploration and discovery lifecycle phases, to inform planning and investment decisions, for example scope and key requirements, impact, options and longer-term scenarios.
  • Generating capability roadmaps and product requirement mappings to help turn business priorities into investment portfolio and technology roadmaps.
  • Analysing, defining and costing opportunities for simplification, design re-alignment etc., where these will create sustainable business value - in collaboration with technical and business colleagues.
  • Developing roadmaps, customer journeys, service blueprints, value chain analysis, product attributes and capability mapping as part of the design of technology services and business change.
  • Defining business architecture tools, modelling, artefact creation and governance - in team collaboration.
  • Applying current knowledge about digital change, emerging technology, education, learning and assessment industry trends and business-related knowledge.

What we're looking for

This role requires a considerable ability to handle complexity; self management and emotional intelligence skills are crucial, as is the ability to remain objective and to influence and advise others on the strength of excellent evidence-based analysis and communication.

Qualifications (desirable)

Relevant skills and experience are more important than specific qualifications, however, any of the below are desirable.

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Masters or postgraduate qualification
  • Business Architecture qualification
  • Agile, Lean SixSigma
  • Industry-recognised business analysis qualifications
  • Industry-recognised project, programme management qualification


Your ability to communicate using excellent visual 'technical' artefacts as well as to translate these into 'lay' documentation, easily understood by non-architects, is key. Major desirable skillsets are:

  • Business architecture tools and frameworks, e.g. BizBok, Archimate, TOGAF, etc.
  • Capability analysis, customer journey, service blueprint, value chain mapping
  • Strategic analysis, e.g. scenarios, investment cases, benefits analysis, etc.
  • Facilitation, presentation and public speaking
  • Excellent writing skills e.g. for documentation, governance and research
  • Stakeholder management and influencing skills
  • Commercial, business and industry savvy
  • Change management


  • Matrix working and leadership within non-formal teamwork settings
  • Complex, large scale technology-enabled change - ideally both waterfall and agile
  • Experience of effective collaboration with multiple stakeholders at all levels and across multiple disciplines
  • Delivery of genuine outcomes in support of business change, products or services, applying strategic, analysis and/or business architecture methods
  • Collaboration with technical architects and the co-creation of design decisions e.g. solution architectures, technical enterprise architecture.
  • Collaboration with both design and delivery teams, ideally working with both agile and non-agile methodologies.
  • Requirements elicitation, analysis, process mapping, capability and service blueprinting, process automation and / or re-design, or similar.
  • Working with partner organisations, suppliers, delivery partners.


  • Open and collaborative - works as a team with professionalism.
  • Sees the big picture - personal success is just part of overall success.
  • Resilient - does not take setbacks personally and perseveres.
  • Creative and flexible - thinks laterally to find ways forwards.
  • Disciplined - able to prioritise and work with rigour to high standards; able to follow process and work to quality frameworks.
  • Positive drive - helps to motivate others around them and take change forwards.
  • Emotionally intelligent - is self-aware and empathetic to others, responds appropriately, including in challenging circumstances.
  • Continuous improvement - contributes proactively to improvement.

Who we are

Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone's contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23/10/2019 and interviews will be held on Between October 31st-Nov 15th .

If you're successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.


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