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Enterprise Solutions Architect - Operating Systems

About Oxford University Press

OUP have been a leading figure in publishing for more than 500 years. We’ve always been a forward-looking organization, maximizing the technology of the time, and the digital revolution is bringing enormous change, fast. That same spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism is critical to our future success as we embrace our 3 key transformational principles; Grow, Simplify & Adapt, as part of our digital transformation journey. OUP welcomes the inquisitive, the inventive, and the ambitious; people who challenge the conventional, and pioneer the possible. And people who are energized by the prospect of making a difference!

About the Role

Now is an exciting time to join OUP as Enterprise Solution Architect, as we advance our digital capabilities. Our Architecture function is working closely with senior business leaders to define the roadmap for our transformational journey. If you’re looking for a new challenge, and want to work for an organization that is genuinely trying to make the world a better place, now is the time to come and talk to us!

We have several opportunities for Architects in our Digital Products and Publishing & Content business areas – roles that will play a key role in our transformation programmes, including:

  • Delivering a uniquely personalized learning experience system using AI, to improve children’s learning methods in our Education division. OUP Education supports children of all ages with world leading educational content.
  • Digitized voice recognition to enable superior learning assessments in our ELT (English Language Teaching) division. ELT is global leader in the publishing of English language teaching materials.
  • Digitizing our editing process to provide more accessible world changing content for our Academic division, who publish ground breaking content.
  • Designing BlockChain systems, Machine Learning, AI and Automation to support digital rights management as part of our digital journey.

This position is titled Enterprise Solution Architect – Operate, and will focus on system that are essential for the successful delivery of our vital back-office support functions; Finance, HR, Legal, Procurement, Distribution, Warehousing and Facilities etc.

Key duties of this position will include:

  • Engaging with key business stakeholders, understanding their longer-term needs, goals and objectives, aligning and shaping those aspirations against the Target Architecture and Roadmaps – supported by appropriate principles, standards, and patterns.
  • Engaging and negotiating with senior decision-makers in a way that they can understand and without confusing technical jargon.
  • Defining and driving forward effective technology strategies that lead to positive business outcomes, and implemented in line with the strategic needs of the business.
  • Define the Target Architecture, coupled with agreed Roadmaps and Transition Plans for its evolution, setting the recommended direction and working with the relevant parties to drive the architecture into production through major programmes, and via active but pragmatic Governance.
  • Drive the evolution of capability for the domain you’re aligned to, at a strategic level, to support the move to a data- and information-driven business.
  • Acting as a bridge between key business stakeholders and senior technology stakeholders, to ensure the evolution of the defined Data & Information strategy.

Although we’re all currently working from home, we are thinking through how we use our offices in the future, and are open to discussing flexibility within this, such as a blend of office and home working. However, we can offer lots of remote working for these positions, though you’ll be required to work from our Oxford office once or twice a week.

About You

You’re a highly experienced Architect, with the gravitas to engage and influence senior business and technology stakeholders. You will need to use business-centric language and concepts to drive forward the architecture agenda; and as such, you will know your domain inside out. You’ll enjoy a challenge, and will be comfortable driving forward strategies to ensure tangible business  outcomes.

You will have:

  • Significant experience of working with senior stakeholders to create a trusted partnership for mutual benefit.
  • First-class skills and significant experience in the definition of Architectural artefacts e.g. architectural models, roadmaps, strategies, principles, standards, patterns etc.
  • Experience of leading technology and architecture change programmes in a data driven business.
  • Prior experience as a successful Enterprise Architect supporting a data driven business.
  • The ability to approach architecture governance with flexibility – ensuring the right business outcome.
  • Experience of working with, and ideally a certification in TOGAF, Zachman, or similar.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; especially senior stakeholder presentations.


We really care about your work / life balance here at OUP. With this in mind, we can offer a competitive salary that’s in line with market rates, 10% bonus, 11% pension contribution, 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect of working hours and the use of technology to support regular remote working, dependent on role. At our amazing office in Oxford we also have an on-site gym with subsidized membership fees and a great variety of active employee networks and societies.

We help make your money go further by contributing up to 11% to your pension, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts.

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact with any queries relating to this position.

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Division:
    Technology and Operations
  • Department:
    Enterprise Architecture
  • Closing Date:
    27 June 2021
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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