Lead Architect

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 45012

Closing Date: 45019

Location: Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7HH

Salary: Not specified

Lead Architect

We believe in better. And we make it happen.

Better content. Better products. And better careers.

Working in Tech, Product or Data at Sky is about building the next and the new. From broadband to broadcast, streaming to mobile, SkyQ to Sky Glass, we never stand still. We optimise and innovate.

We turn big ideas into the products, content and services millions of people love.

And we do it all right here at Sky.

And the UK&I Architecture team is at the heart of it all!

“As part of the UK&I Architecture team you’ll own the technology roadmap and define the solutions for a domain within Sky’s Customer Management platform.” – Adam Thornburn – Director of Architecture & Platform Engineer

What you’ll do:

Create and deliver innovative end-to-end architectural change that meets the requirements of the sponsor while maintaining the overall integrity of the technology estate.
Develop, manage and mentor a highly performing team of architects for your domain ensuring that the team has the skillset and knowledge to deliver the fast-paced roadmap of change at Sky.
Alongside the Principal Architect, manage demand against the capacity of the domain team to ensure that the team is always focused on the right tasks and ensuring transparency of our delivery commitments.
Work with other technology teams to ensure our solutions are secure, highly responsive, scalable, highly available, and resilient.
In collaboration with the Principal Architect, own and evolve the technology change roadmap for your domain, balancing the need for modern, extensible systems with the rapid delivery of business change.
Represent your domain and team in the wider technology community, ensuring that end-to-end solutions are fit for purpose and aligned to our target architectures.
Work with the Principal Architect for your domain to improve standards and practice and actively participate in governance forums.
Provide comprehensive and timely upward reporting and metrics to facilitate departmental planning and decision making and be a point of escalation for the team to help resolve issues and unblock progress.

What you’ll bring:

Extensive experience of Architecture & Design in an enterprise setting, ideally (but not necessarily) including exposure to industry standard design methodologies such as TOGAF, eTOM, SAFe etc.
Experience as a strong influencer, able to manage a team of experienced and autonomous technologists towards a shared goal.
Skills as strong communicator, able to influence senior technology stakeholders and a broad technology community of your designs and strategies.
A broad technology background and ability to articulate architecture approaches and decisions to technical and non-technical audiences alike. Experience in DTV, OTT, Broadband/Voice or Mobile is useful but not mandatory.
You are an agent for positive change, adapting to new approaches, learning or technologies to keep yourself, your domain team and our platforms at the forefront of innovation in Sky.

Team overview:

UK&I Technology
Ground-breaking projects. Innovative tech. Top innovation. Join our UK&I Technology team and you’ll work across technology projects that drive our TV, broadband, mobile and Sky Connect services. You’ll be at the heart of delivering the technology roadmaps that support our UK and Ireland businesses, with a focus on customer innovations for Sky Glass. That’s not all. You’ll also design, develop and deliver digital services for millions of customers across the UK.

The rewards

There’s one thing people can’t stop talking about when it comes to #LifeAtSky: the perks. Here’s a taster:

Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
The magic of Sky Glass at an exclusive rate
A generous pension package
Private healthcare
Discounted mobile and broadband
A wide range of Sky VIP rewards and experiences

Inclusion & how you’ll work:

Recognised by The Times and Stonewall, we take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion. Investing in society, fighting racial injustice and setting ambitious targets for representation at Sky.

We’ve embraced hybrid working and split our time between unique office spaces and the convenience of working from home. You’ll find out more about what hybrid working looks like for your role later on in the recruitment process.

Your office space:

Livingston Watermark House
Our lively campus is a free shuttle bus away from Livingston South train station and the town centre. Plus there’s onsite parking available for cars, motorbikes and bicycles.
You’ll be well fed at our subsidised canteen, and you can keep in shape at our onsite gym – or play a game of pool or table tennis.


Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There are also plenty of bike shelters and showers.
On campus, you’ll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed, and even get pampered at our beauty salon.


Our spacious tech hub is less than a mile from Leeds train station. There’s plenty of parking in the surrounding streets and at the nearby CitiPark.
Need a break? You can blow off steam over a game of pool or table tennis, and stay fit at our subsidised gym.

We’d love to hear from you

Inventive, forward-thinking minds come together to work in Tech, Product and Data at Sky. It’s a place where you can explore what if, how far, and what next.

But better doesn’t stop at what we do, it’s how we do it, too. We embrace each other’s differences. We support our community and contribute to a sustainable future for our business and the planet.

If you believe in better, we’ll back you all the way.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.