Head of Architecture

£Competitive with excellent benefits                                                 

About us

Changing the world is no easy task. But in 1999 that’s exactly what Good Energy set out to do. Its purpose is to enable people, in their homes and their businesses, to play an important role in combatting climate change, by providing households and businesses access to locally sourced 100% renewable energy.  Fast forward to today, and the business is now a key player in the renewable energy space, and despite challenging market conditions has continued to grow profitably over the past 5 years.

The business has recently reviewed its longer term strategy and is now poised to take a leap forwards, focused on a transformational growth agenda which delivers long term value for its customers, shareholders and people. This will enable the achievement of its purpose; powering the choice for customers, of a cleaner greener future. Good Energy now employs over 300 people in the historic market town of Chippenham, Wiltshire.

About the role

As Head of Architecture, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining Good Energy’s technology strategy, and building technology products and solutions that help us to run efficient operations, support business users and engage with customers.

Reporting to the CTO, the Head of Architecture will lead buy vs build decisions on applications and platforms, lead the selection of frameworks and languages, and support the successful implementation and integration of digital products and business solutions across the full development lifecycle.

With a knowledge of a wide range of established and emerging technologies and an excellent understanding of modern software engineering practices such as DevOps and CI/CD, you will support and guide teams to take an agile engineering approach, using technology to solve complex problems, and to continuously explore opportunities that will deliver value to the business and our customers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Line manage a small team of Technical and Development Leads, with responsibility for their professional and personal development.
  • Lead the development of a clear and defined overarching technology strategy and approach to meet the mission, objectives and overall strategy.
  • Manage and maintain a roadmap for change across all systems with a particular focus on foundational operational, integration and data platforms and systems.
  • Support the delivery of usable and engaging solutions to improve efficiency in the business, and improve service to the customer such as customer-facing digital products and services.
  • Establish and continuously improve agile engineering standards to support fast cycle time and continuous delivery.
  • Build, mature and embed the Enterprise Architecture practice within Good Energy

About you

Passionate about great technology and customer experience you will have a background in enterprise IT with an understanding of legacy systems.  Your recent experience will have been leading agile teams to deliver scalable, cloud-based platforms and digital products, ideally including web and mobile. You will most likely have a background in a retail or B2C business. You will be motivated to support technical teams to deliver software in the most efficient and effective way, and promoting experimentation and innovation.

With a degree or postgraduate qualification in Computer Science, Engineering or similar, you will have a wide knowledge of open source languages, tools and frameworks and experience of developing high-performance, high-availability .net and Java applications using the latest technologies and frameworks.  You will have strong experience of cloud-based infrastructure including deployment scaling and performance monitoring.  Having led on a number of software development projects, you will also have led and mentored multiple teams.

A background in the UK energy sector is desirable but not essential, however you must be motivated by working for a purpose and values led organisation, with the capability to quickly learn about a complex regulated industry.

Behaviours - Works in a way which role models our values: 


We are straightforward in how we communicate with each other and get things done.


We are determined and resilient, overcoming challenges to realise our purpose together.


We value people’s differences and recognise the strength they give us when we work together.


In fulfilling our purpose, we aim to balance fairly the needs of our people with those of our customers, our shareholders and our future holders. 

In addition to a competitive salary we also offer a wide range of benefits. Our office in Chippenham is very accessible; just a short drive off the M4 and a two minute walk from the train station.

If you’d like to be part of a multi award winning, innovative and fast growing ethical energy business, we’d love to hear from you.

To apply please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to jobs@goodenergy.co.uk.

The closing date for this role is 14th March 2018.

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