Enterprise Connected Assets Architect

Job Title: Enterprise Connected Assets Architect
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Reading
Salary: £59200 - £85000 per annum
Start Date: 2019-07-12
Reference: 4406
Contact Name: Robyn Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 12, 2019 15:29

Job Description

About the role:

The Enterprise Connected Assets Architect will be responsible for the architecture and technology underpinning the Operational Technology used by Thames Water.

Operational technology supports the physical systems and assets for water and waste services including the sensors, monitors and controlling systems utilised throughout the network.  

The Enterprise Connect Assets architect is a critical resource working with the OT function to define our current landscape, a target state for 2025 and beyond with roadmaps to support delivery to achieve the target. The Architect will be directly supporting the connected assets function with the CTO team and in turn the wider operational technology and planning teams.

The ultimate purpose is to support the alignment of our OT and IT/Digital systems to support Thames Water in reaching the target of delivering excellent and efficient services to our customers by creating being the leading digital enabled water utility.

As part of your role, you will be expected to:

Define and manage the overall Operational Technology Architecture & strategic roadmap for Thames Water's Enterprise. Also define and manage Architecture principles, blueprints, Enterprise Application patterns and technology standards.

Identify important potential technologies and approaches to address current and future Operational Technology needs within the Enterprise, and evaluate their applicability and fit, as well as leading the definition of standards and best-practices for their use.
Provide hands-on application of Operational Technology solutions and processes to support proof-of-concept development, review of critical systems and training to other teams within the wider organisation.

Support Head of Enterprise Architecture & CTO in defining and managing the Architecture and Technology governance processes for the Operational Technology landscape and integration with the rest of the Digital Enterprise.

Responsible for driving standards for Operational Technology and ensure that adherence to these standards is monitored and followed.

Work with Thames Water technical leadership to develop a strategic plan to keep Operational Technology Architecture contemporary, cost competitive and meeting the needs of the business.

Communicate detailed technical information in both written and verbal form across a wide range of audiences, including business stakeholders, users, developers, project management, and other architects.

Collaborate with colleagues, customers, vendors, and other parties to understand and develop architectural solutions across the enterprise.

Develop an understanding of existing systems and processes, their strengths and limitations, and the current and future needs of the environment in which they exist as well as providing solutions to how they may be improved and developed.

Participate in the evaluation and selection of new solutions & products, including requirements definition, vendor and product evaluations.

Act as an escalation point for technical teams and provides hands on expertise.

 To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:
  • Significant experience in the capacity of Enterprise Architect or Application Architect, with demonstrable experience of working within an Operational Technology domain.
  • Strong understanding of IOT.
  • Strong knowledge of architecture methodologies, principles and frameworks, ideally TOGAF.
  • Strong SAP experience (ideally Asset Management).
  • Excellent understanding of SCADA or similar systems.
  • Experience in working with 3rd party delivery partners.
  • Extensive years’ experience of practical IT architecture.
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills and is fully experienced at dealing with stakeholders.
  • Proficient and effective communicator within an entrenched and idiosyncratic team.
  • Experience of different IT delivery approaches (waterfall, agile, lean…).
What’s in it for you:

The Enterprise Architect for Connected Assets is a critical role for driving and owning the strategy and roadmaps supporting the digitisation of Thames Water’s entire asset network. 

As part of ou 2020-2025 plan we have committed to transforming the way Thames manages assets with a view to creating a digitally transformed and managed network from source to tap and back to the environment. As the Strategic Architect you will work with key business and technology stakeholders to drive forward the current operational technology space forward, by transforming and adapting our technical landscape from traditional sensors connected to SCADA systems into cloud connected IOT devices.

About us:

Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.

We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer, welcoming applications from all walks of life to join our diverse team. We’re also leading the way with our award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.