Enterprise Architect (Technology Team)
Christians Against Poverty
An introduction to CAP
Christians Against Poverty is a dynamic and growing charity with a clear vision, award-winning culture and passionate workforce.
Our vision for the future is “Transformed Lives. Thriving Churches. An end to UK poverty”.
We exist to equip the local Church to reach out into communities and to serve those in need. Our highly effective collection of services enable us to break through the crippling spiral of poverty, isolation and stress that impacts so many across the UK.
In its place, we deliver hope, peace and freedom through our excellent and compassionate services. We offer debt advice through our network of Debt Centres, assistance finding employment through Job Clubs, and valuable tools for living through Life Skills and CAP Money training.
By offering these in partnership with the Church, we also see hundreds of people a year responding to Jesus and finding belonging in a church family.
We also integrate our values into who we are and how we work. To join CAP is to commit to growing with us into being more Christ-centred, compassionate, united and passionate.
This year in particular is a chance to join CAP at the start of a significant new chapter. As we turn 25 years old we are modernising our services to:
- improve our offering to church partners,
- increase client empowerment and
- make our services scalable.
The need in the UK for debt counselling is already great, and growing further. This means re-imagining our service design, our processes and the IT systems that support our work. CAP is looking to introduce new technologies alongside significant system redevelopment, and we’d love you to consider joining us to be part of this journey ahead.
An introduction to the Tech team
We are passionate about using our technical skills to provide excellent solutions and generous support. Remote workers enjoy monthly expenses paid trips to head office, and all team meetings are online and designed to make remote workers feel fully able to contribute and collaborate. If you are in Head Office, our recently renovated staff breakout space provides a great place to relax and get to know other staff over lunch or during breaks.
The Tech team is rapidly growing with a mix of permanent staff, contractors and specialists. We are growing the number of product teams that between them manage over a dozen systems used by nearly 400 head office staff and 1000s of frontline workers and volunteers that make up our vibrant network of over 600 church-based centres. We also support and equip our expanding affiliate organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America.
A few years ago we agreed on these five expressions of who we are and what we do in the Technology team, “Generous Support”, “Excellent Solutions”, “Trusted Partners”, “Example Setters” and “Passionate about applying Tech”. We adopt an agile, collaborative approach to systems development, aiming for daily deployment of high quality, secure, maintainable code that is tested, well documented and in line with the latest standards and best practices. We achieve this with a mix of solo, pair and mob programming, daily standups and fortnightly sprints with retrospectives. These maximise our opportunities for constructive challenge, collaboration, continuous improvement and celebrating success.
Across CAP, there are plentiful opportunities for team time and refreshment. These include fun ‘Revive Days’ and regular staff meetings and conferences - remote workers get to attend in person, expenses paid. There is also daily time for spiritual reflection, worship and prayer.
Christians Against Poverty has helped tens of thousands of people to break free from debt and poverty over our first 25 years. Thousands have seen their lives change forever by being introduced to Jesus Christ. We have major plans to modernise the way we work through our award-winning CAP debt centres, job clubs, life skills and CAP Money training. As the world emerges from the pandemic, we want to invest significantly in Technology to support our core purpose to inspire and equip local churches to help people out of poverty and see them become followers of Jesus.
The role of the Enterprise Architect is to lead on the overall design and architecture of CAP's systems. This includes internal bespoke CAP web-based applications, off the shelf or partnership approaches to systems provision and our internal core productivity systems (finance/hr/email/calendar etc). This role is a senior position in the IT team, reporting to the Head of Systems, and will play a key leadership role in recommending and forming technology strategy and plans.
We are passionate about using our technical skills to provide the CAP family with generous IT support and excellent solutions. Through this, we enable our staff and partner churches to serve our clients better and help deliver CAP's vision to see the UK church serving and including those most in need.
We are an adaptable team operating in a fast-changing environment. We love technology and helping people do their jobs well. We care for each other and love playing our part in the energising CAP culture. We are dedicated and hardworking, fuelled by prayer, worship, cake and tea!