Sainsbury's Bank

Senior Architect

Holborn Store Support Centre and Home, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT
Competitive Plus Benefits
Areas of business
Sainsbury's Tech
Closing date
2024/04/30 12:51:00
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Job Description

We’d all like amazing work to do, and real work-life balance. That’s waiting for you at Sainsbury’s. Think about the scale it takes for us to feed the nation. The level of data, transactions and variety it involves. Then you’ll realise that ours is a modern software engineering environment because it has to be. We’ve made serious investment into a Tech Academy and into setting standards and principles. We iterate, learn, experiment and push ways of working such as Agile, Scrum and XP. So you can look forward to awesome opportunities in everything from AI to reusable tech.


By engineering innovative, smart technology, we put the tools in our colleagues’ hands to power a global supply chain. Whether it’s wine from New Zealand or milk from the local dairy farm, our tech performs. We solve problems at scale. We process billions of records, predicting and planning to make our customers lives easier. We keep our warehouses and stores operating smoothly around the clock, because what’s important to our customers, is important to us.

As a Senior Architect you’ll plan and define a technical roadmap for your capability areas. You’ll work closely with multiple engineering teams to shape and design new products and services that fit into an overall architecture for their area. You’ll also shape and contribute to cloud-native designs being considered for future pieces of often complex work – re-evaluating views based on new information, iterating existing components or designing new components from the ground up.

You’ll work in agile, empowered teams that contain all of the skills and support needed to put fantastic products in the hands of our customers and colleagues at pace. And in a culture that encourages teams to innovate, collaborate, learn and take ownership.


More about the role

  • Create cloud-native designs for future pieces of often complex work – iterating existing components or designing new components from the ground up. Work in tandem with Product Managers and Engineers to explore and experiment with different solution options.
  • Work alongside a Senior Engineering Manager to develop and communicate an overall technical architecture, roadmap, and strategy for their area of responsibility.
  • Influence how teams within your area of responsibility design and build components that help deliver your roadmap, encouraging teams to work on the components that add most value.
  • Contribute to and drive the adoption of our overall technology principles across your area of responsibility.
  • Work with the broader architecture community of practice sharing your personal learning and expertise; sharing your design ideas to promote re-use and drive new innovation across teams beyond your area of responsibility.


More about you

  • Working knowledge of latest developments in Architecture Frameworks to simplify, modernise and transform our business.
  • Experienced in evolving architectures and emergent design – the development of target and transition states that modernize and simplify the technology landscape for your area.
  • Design experience experience with supply chain system desired.
  • Good understanding of modern engineering practices and cloud-native design techniques.
  • Experience of working as part of one or more engineering teams to create conceptual, logical and physical solution designs that operate within agreed guide rails.
  • Experience of working with Product teams to develop architectural roadmaps and blueprints for your area of responsibility.
  • Being flexible and having the ability to take a holistic view whilst also considering multiple viewpoints to come up with creative solutions.
  • Being self-driven and constantly striving to improve self and team
  • Strong influencing and communication skills

We are committed to being a truly inclusive retailer so you’ll be welcomed whoever you are and wherever you work. Around here, there’s always the chance to try something new — whether that’s as part of an evolving team or somewhere else across the business - and we take development seriously and promise to support you. We also recognise and celebrate colleagues when they go the extra mile and, where possible, offer flexible working. When you join our team, we’ll also offer you an amazing range of benefits. Here are some of them:

Starting off with colleague discount, you'll be able to save 10% on your shopping online and instore at Sainsbury's, Argos, TU and Habitat, and we regularly increase the discount to 15% at points during the year. We've also got you covered for your future with our pensions scheme and life cover. You'll also be able to share in our success as you may be eligible for a performance-related bonus of up to 20% of salary, depending on how we perform.

Your wellbeing is important to us too. You'll receive an annual holiday allowance, and you can buy up to an additional week's holiday, and we provide private heathcare. We also offer other benefits that will help your money go further such as season ticket loans, interest free car loan of up to £10k, cycle to work scheme, health cash plans, salary advance (where you can access some of your pay before pay day) as well access to a great range of discounts from hundreds of other retailers. And if you ever need it there is also an Employee Assistance Programme.

Moments that matter are as important to us as they are to you which is why we give up to 26 weeks’ pay for maternity or adoption leave and up to 4 weeks’ pay for paternity leave.

Please see for a range of our benefits (note, length of service and eligibiity criteria may apply).