Lead Enterprise Architect - Financial Services

Job Type IT
Location London - Victoria
Partnership Level 5
Closing Date 30/08/2022
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £67,000.00 - £128,000.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35


We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.


What’s the role about?

John Lewis Financial Services is delivering a distinct and differentiated set of Financial Services products with significantly accelerating growth which means there has never been a more exciting time to join us. This transformation can only be delivered through the use of innovative technology products and services, excellently orchestrated. 

We’re seeking a highly-experienced professional to drive the technology strategy in this area, ensuring a credible investment roadmap to realise our transformation outcomes whilst providing technology inspiration and thought leadership to our business stakeholders. You’ll bring an innovative and architectural mindset, FinTech market expertise, and provide leadership of how our Customers experience the digital touchpoints specific to Financial Services from within the Partnership’s Technology & Change function. 


What will you be doing?

  • Work directly with the Director of Financial Services and Head Of Change Delivery to help ensure JLP delivers on its strategic aims and enables the Partnership to adapt and grow in a competitive and changing market, across technologies/and or market disciplines that are constantly changing

  • Define and establish technology-enabled business capabilities that are effective, efficient and sustainable making a tangible difference to the business, making strategic choices about the specific technologies our Products / Platforms will use

  • Provide thought leadership that shapes the upstream JLP Technology Strategy and the downstream Product/Platform roadmaps & backlogs

  • Evaluate technology investments on large, often disruptive, products and programmes to validate that the expected benefits outweigh the expected costs and are clearly aligned to business and technology strategies

  • Evaluate mitigating technology strategies to address where the level of risk (e.g legislative/commercial compliance) represented by the Product / Platform technology estate is outside of the Partnership’s risk tolerance

  • Lead and influence diverse teams to maximise enterprise/product design value and efficiency whilst maintaining appropriate levels of technology and information risk


Why do our Lead Enterprise Architects love working for us? 

"The role provides for a blend of thought leadership, strategy setting, and problem solving, working with senior business and technology leaders and with visibility across the diverse spectrum of the Partnership’s business and technology ecosystem.

Architecture in the John Lewis Partnership works best when our Architects embed themselves in the business leadership teams, providing the ability to have input not just to our technology future but to the business that the technology will support".

What you'll have

1. Impactful Financial Services Architect

Extensive experience and deep understanding of multi-channel Enterprise Architecture across financial services capabilities and customer insight.  Extensive experience generating and pitching proposals to Senior IT and Business leadership and engendering change. 

2. Critical Influence

Proven ability to empower and influence others to make technology choices, resolve challenges and deliver outcomes that are in line with the strategy. Work across the wider business to set technology strategy and outcomes that deliver change at scale. 

3. Strategy Development & Strategic Planning

Experience working with teams across the business to create, inform and provide input to business strategy creation, development, and implementation. Experience developing the Technology Strategy as a critical component of the business strategy, ensuring business and technology outcomes are mutually supportive. 

4. Commercial & Contract Acumen

You’ll advise and consult on the commercial and contractual implications of existing or new obligations. You’ll consult on contractual terms of technologies and business services being procured or used within your domain and the impact of change both commercially and contractually. 

What else could you bring? 

1. Business Domain Knowledge

Understand how the business capabilities that support John Lewis Financial Services or a Product and Platform operate with reference to marketplace good practice. Understand the capabilities and processes that support the business and how this differs from our competition and the likely areas of competitive advantage or improvement.

2. Sequence Change to Deliver Incremental Business Value

You’ll have established credible roadmaps to drive change in business or technical capabilities that maximise business benefit and cost of ownership. You’ll have influenced business ambition to ensure that roadmaps to drive change in business or technical capabilities maximise business benefit and cost of ownership.

3.Monitor and advise on current technology, retail and socio-economic trends

You can evidence how you stay up to date with trends and shifts in technology, financial services, retail and the wider world, and set this understanding against the business or technology context within which you are working. 

You’ll consult internally on trends and shifts in technology, influencing technology and business choices to support JLP strategic aims.


When you join the Partnership, you’ll be given access to our very own internal benefits website, PartnerChoice. In the meantime, find out about the extensive range of exciting benefits that you could enjoy when you join us @ https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/benefits/ .

Additional Information

  • The pay range for this role is from £67,000 - £128,000

  • Internal applicants  please copy paste this link on to the browser for job outline - https://bit.ly/LEAFS 

  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event that we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore we recommend you apply as soon as possible.



Duties and Responsibilities

- Please feel free to visit - https://www.jlpjobs.com/head-office/financial-services/ to understand more about our Financial services opportunities
- To know about our services and offerings in Financial Services, please visit - https://www.johnlewisfinance.com/

We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site - https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/

Attachment: Lead Enterprise Architect FINAL.pdf 


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