Job Title:          Infrastructure Architect

Hours:              37.5 hours per week

Location:          Bolton

Salary:              Up to £60,000 dependent on experience

Contract:          Permanent


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children, young people and vulnerable adults, we have the role for you!


About the Group:

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of high quality foster care and special needs education and care. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we educate and care for.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Care and Education, Hillcrest, National Fostering Group, Options, Pathway Care Residential and Sunflower Fostering.


About the Role:

This is a really exciting time to join a growing IT team as we transform into a market leading IT function. This team has played a central role to assist with the growth of Outcomes First Group, solving IT challenges at our central offices, schools, residential homes and fostering agencies. As the Group aims to consolidate itself across these challenging sectors, our team will continuously improve to ensure we provide an excellent IT service.

Working closely with technical suppliers, you will ensure technical services are designed and delivered in-line with the technical strategy and meets business performance needs.  You will also make sure all sites remain interconnected and consistent in their use of technology.  It is important that you implement telephony solutions and deliver consistent Wi-Fi across the sites.

Who we are looking for?

The ideal candidate will be able to define strategy and be central to assuring services, regularly collaborating and finding agreement with senior stakeholders, providing direction and challenge. You will be proactive in identifying problems and translating these into non-technical descriptions that can be widely understood.

The successful candidate will provide leadership, architectural design and build of technical architecture including data, network, storage, servers/hosting, telephony and printing. Working on multiple projects at the same time, you will require a broad architectural way of thinking, to ensure the balance of risk and investment.


Essential Criteria:

  • Skilled at proactive and reactive communication.
  • Experience of collaborating and supporting other staff in wider governance.
  • Apply strategy, using patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements.  
  • Experience of supporting, designing and implementing infrastructure technologies and solutions.
  • A good understanding and experience of designing network services, including cloud services and infrastructure.
  • Able to think laterally in order to solve problems.


Desired Criteria:

  • BSc in Computer Science, Engineering or similar field.


Why work for us?

  • Holidays starting at 25 days per annum
  • Extensive training suite
  • Career development across the Group
  • Professional support network
  • Pension


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer

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