Business Architect


Cambridge, GB

Category:  Business Systems and Projects

Job title:   Business Architect

Contract: 12-month Fixed Term

Salary: £49,500 - £60,500 – depending the experience you bring

Location: Cambridge


Helping to get the greatest value from change


Working with a highly supportive, friendly, and collaborative team, we are looking for a Business Architect to play a key role in helping us to get the greatest value from change and reaching beyond organisational boundaries.


We are part of the wider enterprise architecture team, based in Technology and due to the recent re-assignment of a team member, we have a 12-month fixed term opportunity in Business Architecture & Strategy team.


Our team’s work requires a good understanding of the strategic priorities and drivers of change to realise our future-state business capabilities, and product and service architectures to provide outcomes for learners, teachers, and customers. 


What you’ll be doing

Using Business Architecture and other visuals, models, maps and frameworks, you will enable good decision-making about business and enterprise change, building and enhancing the business architecture models and longer-term roadmaps.


Applying your current knowledge about digital change, emerging technology, education, learning and assessment industry trends, you’ll identify synergies and help shape the investment portfolio and change roadmaps to optimise value.


A trusted partner you will support the business in the strategic planning process, by providing input to the scope definition of strategic initiatives leveraging capabilities, creating models to provide visibility to impacts, dependencies, overlaps and opportunities.


Your key deliverables will include capability mapping, customer journey mapping and value streams, and you will work closely with enterprise, data and solution/technical architects to deliver business architecture artefacts.


An effective communicator, you will present recommendations and solutions clearly and concisely, and be able to focus on key points to portray the intended message or purpose.  You’ll advocate “best practices” to ensure consistency of business architecture outputs across the enterprise, as well as taking an active role in enterprise portfolio investment strategies by assessing and rationalising proposed enterprise capabilities.


With the ability to think strategically to define practical solutions that align with corporate strategy, you will effectively manage priorities, deliverables and timelines with little need for escalation. 


You will already have some experience and abilities in modelling and analysis to help colleagues from a wide range of disciplines understand other perspectives, to optimise decision-making, as well as experience instigating, designing and delivering workshops, visuals and analyses, to deliver clear impact, options and longer-term scenario plans.


What we’re looking for


Relevant skills and experience are more important than specific qualifications, however, any of the below are desirable.

Undergraduate degree, Masters or postgraduate qualification, Business Architecture qualification, Agile, product management, digital and CX training, Industry-recognised business analysis qualifications or Industry-recognised project, programme management qualifications.


Your ability to communicate using excellent visual ‘technical’ artefacts as well as to translate these into ‘lay’ documentation, easily understood by non-architects, is key. Desirable skillsets are:

Documenting, diagramming, workshop design and delivery.  Strategic analysis, e.g. scenarios, investment cases, benefits analysis, etc.  Facilitation, presentation and public speaking.  Stakeholder management and influencing skills. Commercial, business and industry savvy. Change management



  • Matrix working and informal leadership within multidisciplinary teams
  • Complex change, projects, programmes, at least in part involving technology
  • Experience of effective collaboration with multiple stakeholders at all levels
  • Presenting and workshop facilitation
  • Delivery of genuine outcomes in support of business change
  • Requirements elicitation, analysis, process mapping, capability and service blueprinting, process automation and / or re-design, or similar.
  • Working with partner organisations, suppliers, delivery partners.



  • Open and collaborative – works as a team with professionalism.
  • Sees the big picture – personal success is just part of overall success.
  • Resilient – does not take setbacks personally and perseveres.
  • Creative and flexible – thinks laterally to find ways forwards.
  • Disciplined – able to prioritise and work with rigour to high standards; able to follow process and work to quality frameworks.
  • Positive drive – helps to motivate others around them and take change forwards.
  • Emotionally intelligent – is self-aware and empathetic to others, responds appropriately, including in challenging circumstances.
  • Continuous improvement – contributes proactively to improvement.


See the full job description for further details.


We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28/02/2021 and interviews will be held very soon after the advert closes.


If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.


The University of Cambridge will be bringing together its publishing and assessment operations to create a single organisation from 1 August 2021. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries.


The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments.

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