UCL Career Frameworks


Strategy and Architecture - grade 9

Example job roles: Senior Solution Architecture, Senior Technical Leadership, Technical Services Management, Design Principal, Head of functional area

Level: Senior 


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

  • Managing a team
  • Validating designs
  • Setting standards
  • Setting goals and strategies
  • Collaborative working with other technologies and areas
  • Horizon scanning
  • A good level of sector experience
  • Working with others outside of the organisation
  • Managing budgetary responsibilities
  • Working on complex/high impact activities
  • Influencing senior stakeholders whether in ISD or in other areas of UCL
  • Contributing to the strategic direction of ISD as a department
  • Participating as a member of architectural working groups 

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Designing and introducing a new service
  • Project technical leadership
  • Taking on a service operations manager role
  • Looking for secondment opportunities
  • Developing service improvement plans.
  • Technical leadership of a project

Learning from others  

  • Leading a Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Membership of the architecture sub-groups
  • Conference attendance and presentations
  • Maintaining networks

Formal learning

  • Appropriate technical accreditation e.g. Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VM Ware
  • Methodological e.g. PRINCE2, Scrum, Agile, ITIL
  • TOGAF, Archimate.

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Relating and Networking

  • Building rapport
  • Networking
  • Relating across levels
  • Managing conflict
  • Using humour

Formulating strategies and concepts

  • Thinking broadly
  • Approaching work strategically
  • Setting and developing strategy
  • Visioning

Leading and supervising

  • Providing direction and co-ordinating action
  • Supervising and monitoring behaviour
  • Coaching
  • Delegating
  • Empowering staff
  • Motivating others
  • Developing staff
  • Identifying and recruiting talent

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.