London (On-site)
£65000 - £70000 per annum
Job description

Salary: £65,000-£70,000 pa
Contract/ hours : Permanent / full time 35 hours per week
Location: Stratford based (with high flexibility, office-based 1-2 days per week or option to work remotely)

Are you an Integration Architect looking for a new challenge? Would you like to design solutions based on microservices and data pipelines, leveraging AWS serverless services? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity to work for the UK's largest Cancer Research charity.

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Technology team are evolving. We have recently moved to a product-centric organisation to encourage innovation, agility, user-centricity, and efficient delivery across technology. Our Product teams (grouped into product portfolios) manage the full lifecycle of their products to deliver best in class technological solutions to help CRUK meet our goal of curing all cancers.

What will I be doing?

The Integration Architect is responsible for leading the design effort and guiding the continuous improvement of our application and data integration practices, enabling Cancer Research UK to become the most adaptive, resilient, and innovative organisation it can be.

The role entails coaching and guiding colleagues to successfully implement complex integration solutions that bind together the applications developed by our product teams. The Integration Architect will work across our Technology portfolio, however their initial focus is expected to be on integrating our Fundraising products (e.g. Online Payments, Event Management) with our Data products to provide a 360 view of our interactions with supporters, which can then be published to our future CRM and Marketing platforms (Salesforce and Adobe Campaign respectively).

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the definition of integration and data migration approaches including establishing patterns, standards, and best practices in collaboration with engineers. Develop and maintain guidance material and working examples to support engineers.
  • Promote the adoption of integration approaches through coaching and working with engineers in product teams. Take a "hands-on" role in leading the adoption of the approaches, supporting engineers by working with them to deliver solutions.
  • Lead the design of complicated, complex, or novel integration solutions. Support teams in planning, designing, and executing data migration initiatives
  • Lead, as part of the wider CRUK technology governance framework, the governance processes that will support the adoption of our chosen integration approaches
  • Work with the QA Engineering team to define testing and quality assurance standards and practices for integration solutions, including creating automated tests to test compliance with standards.

What skills and experience are we looking for?


  • Up to date and deep understanding of established and emerging trends in integration platforms and approaches across multiple integration styles (batch processing, ETL, message-based, event-based, api-driven, microservices)
  • Practical experience of developing integration and data migration approaches within a modern enterprise environment that includes applications hosted in public cloud, on prem and SAAS applications
  • Demonstrable experience of leading software engineering teams (at least 5 people), including coaching engineering staff and improving their skills
  • Demonstrable hands-on experience of implementing AWS services to develop back-end components and data pipelines: AWS Lambda, SQS, EventBridge, Glue, Athena etc.


  • Up to date and deep understanding of data migration methodologies and approaches
  • Practical experience of technical leadership within data migration projects
  • Ability to implement and operate enterprise integration approaches in a "DevOps" environment
  • Ability to automate the testing (functional, security, performance etc) of integrations to ensure they meet business needs
  • Understanding of software architecture patterns that enable effective application integration.
  • Pragmatism in establishing the right integration solutions to different technical/business needs
  • Empathy and the ability to vary communication approach based on the needs of others
  • Preference for coaching others to do the work over doing the work yourself
  • Long-term thinking with ability to deliver short-term action.

What will I gain?

Without you we wouldn't be able to achieve our aim of seeing 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034. So, we want to reward you in as many ways as possible. Our benefits package includes discounts on anything from travel to technology, generous holiday allowance, gym membership, and much more. We want to ensure that you have the best work/life balance possible, so we actively encourage a flexible working culture for all our roles wherever possible. For most of our office-based roles you'll only be required to work from a specific location for 1 or 2 days a week on average. For the right candidate, we're open to discussing the option to work remotely. You'll also be able to access a wide range of learning and development opportunities. And ultimately, you'll know that you'll be changing lives through your work.

Closing date: Tuesday 19th July at 23.59. This vacancy may close earlier if a high number of applications are received or once a suitable candidate is found, so please do not delay submitting your application to avoid any disappointment.

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Posted on: 21 June 2022
Closing date: 19 July 2022 at 14:00
Job ref: R021321
Tags: IT