Technical Architect

About us

This is a pivotal role within our team - architecture is central to our technology strategy and fundamental to our future success.  Our platform has grown rapidly over the last decade, both through the efforts of our hundred-strong in-house engineering team and also by acquisition, leaving us with some interesting architectural challenges across a number of key areas.  Our objective is to re-architect our platform to support rapid change, significant growth and innovation across multiple brands and devices.

About you

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • Collaborative, enthusiastic, motivational
  • Able to communicate complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Influencer, able to vary approach based on audience, can bring people along with their ideas
  • Maintains an awareness of existing and emerging technologies, understands our application of technologies across the team
  • Understands the consequences of architectural decisions in terms of quality attributes and business considerations including cost, maintainability, reusability and security. Can identify, understand, communicate and argue the trade-offs that come with those decisions
  • Data-driven approach to decision making
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Open to learning
  • Understands they don"t need to know all of the answers, but knows how to ask the right questions

The Opportunity

As our first Technical Architect, you will have a unique opportunity to leverage your experience and technical expertise to help shape both the future of the platform and the evolution of the architecture team.  You"ll work closely with the Chief Architect and the growing architecture team to deliver powerful, flexible solutions that accelerate the ambitions of the business and support the growth of the wider team.

You will be responsible for the technical roadmap in one of our key areas and will work with cross-functional teams to design technical solutions.  You"ll own these designs, managing change, identifying issues and pursuing opportunities for improvement.  You"ll ensure that the designs remain effective, maintainable and aligned with our architectural vision over time.  You"ll use your excellent communication skills to effectively explain complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences, while using your enthusiasm to influence, motivate and bring teams along with you. You"ll be an evangelist for architecture and have a passion for leading research into emerging technologies.


  • Proven track record of designing, developing and deploying architecture
  • Experience working as a technical architect, preferably across multiple larger companies, with a wide mix of challenges and experience
  • Familiarity with our core development technologies
  • Experience with cloud platforms, big data, operating at scale
  • Experience of working with third party companies to design and deliver solutions
  • Experience of working in an agile/lean environment

This is the PLACE…

We believe in maintaining a positive work/life balance, so to help out, we offer flexible working, discounts on local amenities (including gym membership and restaurants)a subsidised coffee shop and a free bar - stocked with an enviable selection provided by some of Manchester’s finest breweries - to close out R&D time on a Friday afternoon.  To help you find the time to really relax (as well as helping you become a genuine beach expert) we offer generous staff discounts for your family and friends on our fantastic beach holidays. On top of this we offer Cycle to work Scheme, Simply Health Optimise Health Plan, discounted train and tram tickets , Share Incentive Plan, workplace pension, training and development, conferences, social events, enhanced maternity/paternity pay...the list goes on.

Get in touch!

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As an equal opportunities employer, we value diversity and welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation. 

You will be kindly asked to provide your equality information as part of your application process to On The Beach. Any personal equality information given to On The Beach will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and will only be used for monitoring and identifying improvement areas. All the information disclosed by applicants is stored on our ATS, in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and can only be accessed by selected Human Resources team members.