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The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

The Role

Responsible for the production of low-level platform architecture designs for all IT and business product lines, ensuring that all platform standards are defined and met during delivery phases.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide technical input into the IT infrastructure roadmap, both for near term (next 18-24 months) and long term (3-5 years)

  • Serve as a technical design authority across both infrastructure and business led proj

  • Produce low level designs across both infrastructure and business led projects

  • Build infrastructure proof of concepts as required for the FA roadmap.

  • Ensure projects are aligned with the wider enterprise architecture as part of the IT Strategy.

  • Identify IT infrastructure opportunities for innovation based on technical knowledge, best practice and industry trends.

  • Act as point of resolution for 3rd level technical issues

  • Collaborate with third party suppliers and partners to implement architectural changes in IT Infrastructure

  • Maintain a knowledge base of emerging technologies and products.

  • Leverage vendors relationships to increase awareness of technology trends and assess the potential benefits to the FA

What we are looking for

Essential

IT Infrastructure Design

  • In depth Azure cloud knowledge

  • Experience in facilitating meetings with project stakeholders to capture requirements

  • Experience of logical and physical design of secure, efficient, resilient IT architectures

  • Experience of Microsoft technologies specifically Windows Server, AD, ISA Server, TMG and Microsoft Security methodologies.

  • In depth Azure cloud knowledge

Experience of developing and documenting necessary Security policies and procedures.

Desirable

  • Good working knowledge of wired and wireless networking.

  • Must be able to identify risks inherent to technology solutions

  • Must understand project management methodologies and will be expected to contribute to technical projects

  • Must be able to break down technical projects into discrete tasks to assist in the creation of a project plan

  • Must have good time-management skills and be able to report progress on projects to a project manager

What we can offer you

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.

  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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