The Solution Architect will be a key member of HDR UK team, working with audiences across academia, NHS and industry to deliver the Digital Innovation Hub platform and associated technology.

The role will be integral to defining and delivering a detailed technical vision for the DIHs. The Solution Architect will report to the DIH Programme Director.

The Solution Architect will develop relationships across HDR UK and our partners wide technical network, to increase stakeholder engagement in support of the Institute’s values and objectives.

Main responsibilities

  • Working with the Chief Technology Officer to lead the detailed technical definition of the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway
  • Working with the selected Metadata Catalogue supplier and Gateway Portal supplier, lead the technical architecture and co-development for the Phase 1 / MVP of the Innovation Gateway
  • Lead the HDR UK technical engagement with the technology partnership selected to deliver the Phase 2 of the Innovation Gateway.
  • Lead the development of operating processes and procedure to ensure production characteristics
  • Review HDR UK projects to ensure they conform with a consistent enterprise architecture and provide specialist input to projects to ensure the quality of project deliverables
  • Build technical relationships within HDR UK and with external parties
  • Represent HDR UK in appropriate technology forums and conferences to champion HDR UK’s mission, research and projects
  • Act as a trusted technical advisor to HDR UK sites, DIHs and the HDR UK senior leadership team
  • Working with the Chief Technology Officer and other members of the Senior Management Team to establish and disseminate templates, standards and governance processes.

Planning and organising

This post is part of a small team that will deliver the Digital Innovation Hub programme.  The Solution Architect will be responsible for planning activity, aligned to the technical strategy, that meets the demands of HDR UK and the DIH programme.  This will require significant planning and organisational skills to ensure projects are delivered within deadline and to budget.  At the same time, the post holder will require a flexible approach to work to changing demands of the core team and based on external changes.  The post holder will be expected to travel regularly throughout the UK therefore time management will be important.

Problem solving

The Solution Architect will be expected to use problem solving skills to respond to the diverse demands on the team.   As part of a small team, the post holder will operate with significant independence.   The post holder will deputise for the Chief Technology Officer therefore will require confidence in dealing with enquiries, problem solving and decision making.  The post holder will make an effective judgement on when to escalate issues to senior colleagues’ attention and with what urgency.

Decision making

The post-holder will make all day-to-day operational decisions for their own workload and on behalf of the institute, where required.  With support from the Chief Technology Officer, the Solution Architect will identify, initiate and develop opportunities for collaborative working with the members of the HDR UK extended technical team, relevant national and international partners and organisations.

Key contacts/relationships

The post holder will build and maintain effective working relationships both within HDR UK, with partners in substantive sites and with other key stakeholders.  The Solution Architect will have close working relationships with the DIH Programme Director and DIH Project Manager as well as other members of the HDR UK leadership team.

Continuous improvement

HDR UK is dedicated to continuous improvement through our quality management system and demonstrated by our commitment to achieve ISO 9001 accreditation. The post-holder will review, analyse, identify and implement opportunities for quality improvement within their specialism and as part of the wider team through our strategy development and internal audit processes.

Knowledge, skills and experience




  • Experience with defining data driven architectures including metadata management, access control, security, dashboarding and analytics
  • Experience of delivering production quality architecture at scale with an in-depth understanding of non-functional requirements
  • Awareness of the security and ethical issues in managing complex and sensitive data
  • Awareness of common data management and analytics tools
  • Experience as either a researcher or a solution architect in the health and care domain
  • Awareness of common health data standards and their application
  • Experience of managing issues under time pressure
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a solution architect across increasing complex projects


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and confidently with people at all levels
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to handle sensitive issues positively
  • Ability to explain concepts without technical jargon
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work accurately with attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work autonomously and make decisions without supervision


  • Degree in Computer Science
  • Experience of working in research or academia
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • Web application design and development skills
  • WordPress or equivalent CMS experience

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