54114 - Technical Specialist Architect- Business Objects

The National salary is £50,427 - £59,000. The London salary range is £54,274 - £63,500. Your salary is dependent on your base location
Total pay in the range of '£50,001 to £60,000, £60,001 and over' are subject to capability, skills and experience. Salary may consist of base pay and a Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA)
12 Months
East Midlands, London, Scotland, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber
Birmingham , Glasgow , London, Nottingham , Sheffield
10 SOUTH COLONNADE LONDON, E14 4PU, 102 PETTY FRANCE (MOJ) LONDON, SW1H 9AJ, CICA Alexander Bain House, Glasgow, G2 8JQ, NOMS DIGITAL STUDIO SHEFFIELD, Greenfield House, 32 Scotland Street, Sheffield, S3 7DQ, S3 7DQ, OPG BIRMINGHAM, B1 1TF, OPG NOTTINGHAM, NG1 6AZ
Grade 7
Grade 7
Fixed Term
Up to 2 years
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Technical Specialist Architect - Business Objects

Closing Date: 05/03/2022

Contract type: 2 year fixed term contract

Grade: MoJ Grade 7

Salary Range: £50,427- £59,000 (National) £54,274- £63,500 (London)

Number of open roles: 3

Location: London, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Glasgow (travel as required to London, Sheffield or Kirkham Prison)

Clearance level: You will need to be eligible to pass a security clearance check for this position. To meet these requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least five years. (more information can be found here Terms & Conditions )

Interviews: w/c 21/03/2022

The Role

We’re recruiting for a Technical Specialist Architect - Business Objects here at MoJ Digital & Technology, to be part of our warm and collaborative National Applications Reporting Team team working across HMPPS.

We are building a team of specialists to maintain Business Objects across HMPPS reporting applications, and provide live service support to our teams of report writers and end users.

The Team

The National Applications Reporting Team (NART) is a small but dynamic team with good working relationships across many HMPPS digital projects within the MOJ. We are part of the HMPPS Digital Studio within MOJ Digital and Technology, and support the Reporting Functions of 3 national case management systems, and will support new digital products when required.

The reporting systems underpin the management of offenders through their journey, and have a total of approximately 70,000 end‐users across all public and private establishments and probation providers, as well as HQ offices.

The team covers a range of technology with a good understanding of the business processes and data which underpin this, and regularly adapt to many interesting and varied requests.

To help picture your life at MoJ D&T please take a look at our blog and our Digital & Technology strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • maintain and support Business Objects software, processes and environments
  • ensure the system is available and reliable for end users, including daily health checks and using technical expertise to resolve live service incidents
  • be willing to work outside of core hours when required, to support live service and deploy updates
  • review core application changes with the appropriate teams, and investigate and feedback the impact these may have on the Reporting system
  • develop and deploy changes through an agile release process to align the reporting tools to our core applications (for example when tables, fields and processes are added or amended)
  • maintain and develop structured technical documentation to provide transparency and maintain a knowledge base across the team
  • share own knowledge and work alongside existing members of the team to help their development and understanding
  • deliver continuous improvement to processes and outputs, e.g. to data quality and output consistency
  • validate and quality assure new or updated functionality within the system.
  • provide specialist, technical advice on how the various reporting systems can be rationalised and interfaced with new digital services
  • work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to understand and meet business requirements

If this feels like an exciting challenge, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply!

This is a MoJ Grade 7 role with a salary of £50,427- £59,000 (National) £54,274- £63,500 (London, plus great benefits:

  • 37 hours per week and flexible working options including working from home, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours.
  • We are committed to nurturing our staff and provide lots of training and development opportunities with learning platforms such as: Linux Academy, O’Reilly, Pluralsight, Microsoft Learning, Civil Service Learning, GDS Academy, etc.
  • 10% dedicated time to learning and development with a budget of £1000 a year per person
  • Generous civil service pension based on defined benefit scheme, with employer contributions of 26-30% depending on salary.
  • 25 days leave (plus bank holidays) and 1 privilege day usually taken around the Queens’ birthday. 5 additional days of leave once you have reached 5 years of service.
  • Compassionate maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave policies, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too!
  • Wellbeing support including access to the Calm app.
  • Nurturing professional and interpersonal networks including those for Careers & Childcare, Gender Equality, PROUD and SPIRIT
  • Bike loans up to £2500 and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)
  • Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and eye-care vouchers.
  • 5 days volunteering paid leave.
  • Free membership to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Some offices may have a subsidised onsite Gym.

Person Specification


  • Technical knowledge and hands on experience of one or both of the following:
    • SAP Business Objects Enterprise administration and environment configuration
    • Business Objects Data Services (BODS), or experience with similar ETL process and Data Warehousing
  • Able to support our existing Report Writers to create and maintain reports within Business Objects Web Intelligence, Business Objects universe design changes, and SQL data extracts (we use Oracle SQL)
  • Reporting database structures e.g. star schemas, fact and dimension tables.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate between the technical and the non-technical to manage stakeholders’ expectations and be flexible, proactive and reactive communication.
  • Align your team’s work with department and government technology strategy, participating in strategic technical collaborations and challenging previous ways of working where needed
  • Ability to review requirements, specifications and define test conditions. Able to identify issues and risks associated with work whilst being able to analyse and report test activities and results
  • Problem resolution - hands on experience of ensuring the most appropriate actions are taken to resolve problems as they occur. Works with team to resolve problems and implement solutions and preventative measures
  • You will need to be eligible to pass a security clearance check for this position (more information can be found here Terms & Conditions )


  • Knowledge and experience of:
    • Oracle Streams / Goldengate
    • Database administration (We have separate DBA teams)
    • Cloud hosting - specifically AWS or Azure
  • Previous experience within Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) or other Government Department

We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring and do not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor.

Our values are Purpose, Humanity Openness and Together. Find out more here about how we celebrate diversity and an inclusive culture in our workplace.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a CV with a covering letter which describes how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification above.

In D&T, we recruit using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology Capability and Success Profiles Frameworks. We will assess your Experience, Technical Skills and the following Behaviours during the assessment process:

  • Communicating and influencing
  • Changing and improving
  • Developing self and others

Your application will be reviewed and sifted against the Person Specification above by a diverse panel.

Successful candidates who meet the required standard will then be invited to a 1-hour panel interview held via video conference.

Should we receive a high volume of applications, a pre-sift based on SAP Business Objects experience will be conducted prior to the sift.

Further Information

Please review the following Terms & Conditions which set out the way we recruit and provide further information related to the role.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact recruitment@digital.justice.gov.uk

DDAT role
Interviews w/c 21/3/22

05/03/2022, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 54114.
Security Clearance (SC)

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

For further information and to apply for this position please see the following link: https://app.jobvite.com/j?cj=obsCifwh&s=Civil_Service_jobs.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.