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Principal Portfolio Architect, Corporate Units

Job Req ID:  27852
Posting Date:  30 Mar 2024
Function:  Architecture Solution and Design
Unit:  Digital

Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

Salary:  Competitive with benefits

Why this job matters

At BT Digital we are driving the digital transformation of a top UK brand.  We’re creating new experiences for our customers, we’re entering new markets such as Fintech and Healthcare, and we are investing smartly in technology to underpin this ambition. 

Our colleagues driving this change are a priority and we are looking for an experienced Enterprise Architect to join us to drive BT’s Enterprise Architecture for our Corporate Units. 

This is an exciting and broad Principal Enterprise Architect role covering various areas in Employee Experience that include: Finance, Procurement, Supply chain, Billing, HR, Digital Workplace and our internal business units such as Legal, Property and Facilities.

We have already made and delivered major investments/change programmes to support our colleagues, customers and businesses but there’s still more to do as we continually simplify, modernise and drive value from new technology, data and AI. 

What you’ll be doing

  Strategy, Vision and Roadmaps

  • Define, maintain, and promoting the architecture vision, strategy, and roadmap for Corporate Units. Evangelising this across all teams and ensuring there is consensus and understanding of key stakeholders.
  • Monitor and evaluate the emerging trends, technologies, and innovations in the enterprise architecture domain, and assess their impact and value for the organization. 
  • Supporting review of budgets and project portfolio investment roadmap to ensure alignment of the Enterprise Architecture and the fitness for purpose of the IT strategy. Support reality-checkpoint review of roadmaps across and within LoB - considering dependencies, pipeline capacity or resourcing constraints.

Portfolio Management

  • Demand Planning – Act as the “product owner” of the services that the Corporate Units Architecture team provide.
  • Drive outcome-based prioritisation of demand; provide clarity around blockers, risks and issues in delivering the services and manage through the team.
  • Manage and oversee the enterprise architecture portfolio, and ensure the quality, consistency, and completeness of the enterprise architecture deliverables and artifacts.

Enterprise Architecture

  • Driving a business capability, complexity, cost, risk and maturity assessment of the current state architecture to meet business outcome and simplification goals
  • Driving Enterprise Architecture and supporting business case development of signature ready vehicles that deliver timely, fit for purpose strategic transformations in business capability to senior stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain enterprise architecture standards, frameworks, models, and artifacts that support the design and delivery of business and IT solutions.
  • Lead and facilitate the enterprise architecture governance and review processes, and ensure the alignment and compliance of the enterprise architecture with the business and IT strategies, policies, and standards.
  • Collaborate and communicate with senior management, business and IT stakeholders, vendors, and external partners to ensure the alignment of architecture across the organization.
  • Ensuring BT remains compliant to Legal, Regulatory and Security requirements

You'll have the following skills and experience

What you’ll need: 

  • Enterprise Architecture experience working at C Level including working in a mid-large/complex scale organisation.
  • Evidence of leading material business change through Enterprise Architecture
  • Ability to communicate in both the business jargon and the technology jargon and translate effectively between the two. Excellent story telling techniques.
  • Experience in running light-touch, fit for purpose governance processes in large organizations.
  • Strong knowledge of a broad range of Corporate Units technologies and vendors including SAP and Microsoft
  • Experience of Enterprise Architecture Frameworks including TOGAF, and their relevance to the practice of Enterprise Architecture (TOGAF certification not essential)


You should apply if you:

  • You want to drive business transformation through architecture
  • You feel at home communicating with both technical and non-technical colleagues.
  • You are recognised by colleagues as creative, collaborative and thought-provoking.
  • You can investigate business problems and identify the root cause behind them, considering both business-side and technology-side factors.
  • You are a strategic thinker and have ideas about how to turn bits of technology into reusable products.
  • You have worked on the architecture of colleague-facing systems, including their front end, application back end and data layer.
  • You like problem-solving, simplifying and reorganising.
  • You have independently led discussions about complex technical problems.
  • You have independently coordinated challenging technical work involving colleagues from multiple teams.
  • You have created architecture plans and road maps with multiple phases.
  • You have developed and documented the business case for technical interventions.
  • You have presented options assessments that convinced your colleagues they should support your recommended way forward.


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • 15% on target bonus
  • Company car cash allowance
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Private Medical cover
  • Direct share scheme
  • 50% off EE mobile pay monthly or SIM only plans
  • Exclusive colleague discounts on our latest and greatest BT broadband packages
  • BT TV with TNT Sports and NOW Entertainment
  • 50% discount for friends and family on EE SIM Only plans & airtime element off a Flex Pay plan

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