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IT Architect

They are known as enterprise architects, solution architects, project architects, IT architects, technical architects, data architects, application architects, business architects. The role has always fascinated us at aap3 and we work closely with clients to identify exactly the right combination of personality, technical skills and communication ability to ensure a project is constructed and orchestrated efficiently and on time.


Solution Architect

  • Hampshire
  • Contract
  • £600.00 - £630.00 per day

An opportunity has arisen for a Solution Architect to be based in the UK, within the Shared Services, Enterprise IT Services (EITS) Strategy and Architecture team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for defining robust and cost effective solution architectures and designs to meet the business objectives and requirements of the customer, with responsibility for delivery of fit for purpose solutions in line with EITS standards and policies. You may work on multiple projects at any one time, depending on the breadth / scope and under technical assurance and governance of the assigned Project Technical Authority. This role reports directly to the EITS Engineering Authority and will sit in the project architecture team.

As a Solution Architect your main responsibilities will involve:

  • Defining the Solution Architecture and Design for the project to meet business requirements, within the project constraints of cost and timescale, and the agreed architectural and technical framework
  • Capturing the as-is application, data and technology architectures for the assigned projects
  • Defining the to-be application, data and technology architectures for the assigned projects Ensuring, and where 3rd party elements are provided, assuring, that the overall functional and technical design of the solution is acceptable and fit for purpose
  • Liaising with the product suppliers, COTS component vendors and sub-contract development teams
  • Ensuring consistency and integrity of the solution implementation through overseeing the solution development process, and production of development work products
  • Providing design management and governance through the operation of change and configuration management activities
  • Working effectively with the Project Managers to support the development of the project plan, through assisting with the compilation, reviewing estimates and schedules, and identifying risks and approach to reviews Engaging with customers, stakeholders and suppliers to develop solution requirements and solution design

As a Solution Architect your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Information Systems / Engineering diploma / degree – or equivalent, would be advantageous.
  • Proven experience in delivering IM&IT solutions together with associated architecture deliverables.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of working within architecture frameworks e.g. TOGAF.
  • Understanding of the service lifecycle is advantageous e.g. ITIL.
  • Hands-on experience with business and system requirements gathering / analysis.
  • Proven experience in design, development, test and release of Information Systems.
  • Strong understanding of information processing principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of Wintel desktop applications and plugins
  • Familiar with both Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • Technical knowledge of a range of IM&T business systems from ERPs through procurement to supplier management.
  • Excellent analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Very good written and oral communication skills.
  • Architecture and technical support documentation skills.
  • Understanding of IM&T / software development lifecycle (including methodologies e.g. Agile) and associated reviews, policies, standards and governance processes.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has been confirmed as being INSIDE IR35

AAP3 is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.


Solution Architect

  • Lancashire
  • Contract
  • £600.00 - £630.00 per day

An opportunity has arisen for a Solution Architect to be based in the UK, within the Shared Services, Enterprise IT Services (EITS) Strategy and Architecture team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for defining robust and cost effective solution architectures and designs to meet the business objectives and requirements of the customer, with responsibility for delivery of fit for purpose solutions in line with EITS standards and policies. You may work on multiple projects at any one time, depending on the breadth / scope and under technical assurance and governance of the assigned Project Technical Authority. This role reports directly to the EITS Engineering Authority and will sit in the project architecture team.

As a Solution Architect your main responsibilities will involve:

  • Defining the Solution Architecture and Design for the project to meet business requirements, within the project constraints of cost and timescale, and the agreed architectural and technical framework
  • Capturing the as-is application, data and technology architectures for the assigned projects
  • Defining the to-be application, data and technology architectures for the assigned projects Ensuring, and where 3rd party elements are provided, assuring, that the overall functional and technical design of the solution is acceptable and fit for purpose
  • Liaising with the product suppliers, COTS component vendors and sub-contract development teams
  • Ensuring consistency and integrity of the solution implementation through overseeing the solution development process, and production of development work products
  • Providing design management and governance through the operation of change and configuration management activities
  • Working effectively with the Project Managers to support the development of the project plan, through assisting with the compilation, reviewing estimates and schedules, and identifying risks and approach to reviews Engaging with customers, stakeholders and suppliers to develop solution requirements and solution design

As a Solution Architect your skills and qualifications will ideally include:

  • Information Systems / Engineering diploma / degree – or equivalent, would be advantageous.
  • Proven experience in delivering IM&IT solutions together with associated architecture deliverables.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of working within architecture frameworks e.g. TOGAF.
  • Understanding of the service lifecycle is advantageous e.g. ITIL.
  • Hands-on experience with business and system requirements gathering / analysis.
  • Proven experience in design, development, test and release of Information Systems.
  • Strong understanding of information processing principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of Wintel desktop applications and plugins
  • Familiar with both Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • Technical knowledge of a range of IM&T business systems from ERPs through procurement to supplier management.
  • Excellent analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Very good written and oral communication skills.
  • Architecture and technical support documentation skills.
  • Understanding of IM&T / software development lifecycle (including methodologies e.g. Agile) and associated reviews, policies, standards and governance processes.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has been confirmed as being INSIDE IR35

AAP3 is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.


Lead Engineer

  • Hampshire
  • Contract
  • £25.00 - £30.00 per hour

Lead Engineer Role Summary We have an exciting new contract opportunity based in Portsmouth as a Lead Engineer . The role will be an initial 12 month contract and will provide you with the opportunity to support the BGEM and Project Manager in the engineering components of the Boats In Service Support (BISS) contract.

Lead Engineer

Role Summary

We have an exciting new contract opportunity based in Portsmouth as a Lead Engineer .

The role will be an initial 12 month contract and will provide you with the opportunity to support the BGEM and Project Manager in the engineering components of the Boats In Service Support (BISS) contract.

Key Responsibilities

  • The management of the BISS Engineering Output
  • The management of Post Design Services (PDS) tasking (acceptance and tracking of tasking)
  • PDS growth and customer engagement activities (including customer meetings and proposing new work).
  • Deliver Class Lead activities including, obsolescence, configuration control and reliability monitoring.
  • Peer Review and approval of engineering work.
  • Engage in drafting, vetting and editing technical reports or other documents relevant to, or required by, a particular task in order to ensure that technical findings can be successfully communicated with recipients
  • Maintain accurate records of all design related work in accordance with relevant extant procedures to ensure a complete design record of work undertaken
  • Participate in the preparation and submission of technical proposals and Statements of Work as required to support the PDS tasking.
  • Provide sound estimates for PDS work.
  • Application of Governance process with agreement of BGEM and in accordance with Engineering Management Plan, inc. Design Certification as applicable.
  • Application of Product Safety Practices.
  • Ensure that work is undertaken in accordance with Company, Safety, Environmental, contractual and local business processes, standards, procedures and documentation
  • Conduct all activities in a professional manner delivering design solutions to agreed time, cost and quality to meet project or business milestones.
  • Participate in a wide range of activities to support in service vessels including, detailed design, support to build, concept design and delivery.
  • Ensure adequate integration with other engineering functions involved with a particular task or programme of work to ensure all aspects of the design solution are considered
  • Process Improvement to support the BISS contract.
  • Coaching and Mentoring Team Members
  • Promote the skill areas capabilities and department to attract new work
  • Adopt a professional approach to all work to ensure knowledge and skills keep pace with the technology.

Key skills & qualifications

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Normally qualified to a minimum of BEng degree level (or HND/HNC with relevant experience) in marine engineering, Naval Architecture, small craft design, marine technology or mechanical.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and, ideally, experience in a number of the following:
  • Leading engineering projects.
  • Small Craft design standards and processes (IMO, MCA, ISO, DefStan, Classification Rules)
  • Significant knowledge of Small Craft Specification, Design, Development, Integration and Acceptance, able to appreciate the breadth of disciplines required and how the sub-system interfaces are defines and managed.
  • Good knowledge of safety requirements and processes, legislative regulations and the Design Certification process
  • Knowledge and experience of Lifecycle Management, Risk Analysis and Management, Reliability, Maintainability and Logistics.
  • Requirements Capture.
  • 2D or 3D modelling experience (CAD software such as AutoCAD, NX)
  • Engineering material selection and use, particularly according to British Standards/ Euronorms/ Classification Society standards and Defence Standards
  • Knowledge of commercial and/or military small craft.
  • Awareness of Product Safety and SHE and the participation in HAZIDs.

Business Expertise

  • Able to influence technology plans and ensure that the product plans are aligned to those
  • Good knowledge of working with the MoD on small craft programmes
  • Awareness of product safety and design for safety.
  • Awareness of LCM process or the engineering lifecycle.
  • Able to provide guidance to junior members and direct a small team of engineers (no line management duties)
  • Represents the Business through working groups and conferences.
  • Able to present complex information and concepts to a wide range of stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Able to build strong relationships at all levels internally and externally.
  • Personal responsibility for his/her own learning and development and to work with the SB Future Products SDA to identify opportunities to increase individual effectiveness
  • Managing own work and knowing when to seek guidance

What we’re looking for in you

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Well-developed analytical/ problem solving/ decision making skills.

Strong organisational skills who is adaptable in a fast-paced environment.

Stakeholder management skills.

Location: Portsmouth

Rate: £30.00 per hour

AAP3 is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.


Lead Engineer

  • Hampshire
  • Contract
  • £22.00 - £26.00 per hour

Lead Engineer Role Summary We have an exciting new contract opportunity based in Portsmouth as a Lead Engineer . The role will be an initial 12 month contract and will provide you with the opportunity to support the BGEM and Project Manager in the engineering components of the Boats In Service Support (BISS) contract.

Lead Engineer

Role Summary

We have an exciting new contract opportunity based in Portsmouth as a Lead Engineer .

The role will be an initial 12 month contract and will provide you with the opportunity to support the BGEM and Project Manager in the engineering components of the Boats In Service Support (BISS) contract.

Key Responsibilities

  • The management of the BISS Engineering Output
  • The management of Post Design Services (PDS) tasking (acceptance and tracking of tasking)
  • PDS growth and customer engagement activities (including customer meetings and proposing new work).
  • Deliver Class Lead activities including, obsolescence, configuration control and reliability monitoring.
  • Peer Review and approval of engineering work.
  • Engage in drafting, vetting and editing technical reports or other documents relevant to, or required by, a particular task in order to ensure that technical findings can be successfully communicated with recipients
  • Maintain accurate records of all design related work in accordance with relevant extant procedures to ensure a complete design record of work undertaken
  • Participate in the preparation and submission of technical proposals and Statements of Work as required to support the PDS tasking.
  • Provide sound estimates for PDS work.
  • Application of Governance process with agreement of BGEM and in accordance with Engineering Management Plan, inc. Design Certification as applicable.
  • Application of Product Safety Practices.
  • Ensure that work is undertaken in accordance with Company, Safety, Environmental, contractual and local business processes, standards, procedures and documentation
  • Conduct all activities in a professional manner delivering design solutions to agreed time, cost and quality to meet project or business milestones.
  • Participate in a wide range of activities to support in service vessels including, detailed design, support to build, concept design and delivery.
  • Ensure adequate integration with other engineering functions involved with a particular task or programme of work to ensure all aspects of the design solution are considered
  • Process Improvement to support the BISS contract.
  • Coaching and Mentoring Team Members
  • Promote the skill areas capabilities and department to attract new work
  • Adopt a professional approach to all work to ensure knowledge and skills keep pace with the technology.

Key skills & qualifications

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Normally qualified to a minimum of BEng degree level (or HND/HNC with relevant experience) in marine engineering, Naval Architecture, small craft design, marine technology or mechanical.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and, ideally, experience in a number of the following:
  • Leading engineering projects.
  • Small Craft design standards and processes (IMO, MCA, ISO, DefStan, Classification Rules)
  • Significant knowledge of Small Craft Specification, Design, Development, Integration and Acceptance, able to appreciate the breadth of disciplines required and how the sub-system interfaces are defines and managed.
  • Good knowledge of safety requirements and processes, legislative regulations and the Design Certification process
  • Knowledge and experience of Lifecycle Management, Risk Analysis and Management, Reliability, Maintainability and Logistics.
  • Requirements Capture.
  • 2D or 3D modelling experience (CAD software such as AutoCAD, NX)
  • Engineering material selection and use, particularly according to British Standards/ Euronorms/ Classification Society standards and Defence Standards
  • Knowledge of commercial and/or military small craft.
  • Awareness of Product Safety and SHE and the participation in HAZIDs.

Business Expertise

  • Able to influence technology plans and ensure that the product plans are aligned to those
  • Good knowledge of working with the MoD on small craft programmes
  • Awareness of product safety and design for safety.
  • Awareness of LCM process or the engineering lifecycle.
  • Able to provide guidance to junior members and direct a small team of engineers (no line management duties)
  • Represents the Business through working groups and conferences.
  • Able to present complex information and concepts to a wide range of stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Able to build strong relationships at all levels internally and externally.
  • Personal responsibility for his/her own learning and development and to work with the SB Future Products SDA to identify opportunities to increase individual effectiveness
  • Managing own work and knowing when to seek guidance

What we’re looking for in you

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Well-developed analytical/ problem solving/ decision making skills.

Strong organisational skills who is adaptable in a fast-paced environment.

Stakeholder management skills.

Location: Portsmouth

Rate: £26.00 per hour

What we’re looking for in you

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Well-developed analytical/ problem solving/ decision making skills.

Strong organisational skills who is adaptable in a fast-paced environment.

Stakeholder management skills.

Location: Portsmouth

Rate: £26.00 per hour

AAP3 is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.