Governance, Standards and Estate Management

Location: London, England, United Kingdom


Job Number: 274

External Description:

Governance, Standards and Estate Management

Presently recruiting for a unique opportunity for a Governance, Standards and Estate Manager to own and manage the architectural framework for Aviva.

Aviva is a Multinational insurance organisation, we boast our presents in 16 countries, provides our service to 33 million online users and we are also a UK digital leader. Due to successful developments we are currently seeking a Governance, Standards and Estate Manager to join our team.

Role Purpose:

The Governance, Standards and Estate Management role is accountable for governing architecture, driving adoption of standards and managing the long-term health of the IT estate. Key responsibilities of the role are to:

  • Own the overall architecture governance framework and ensure market adoption.
  • Own the architecture MI framework for Aviva Group to measure market progress towards target architecture.
  • Manage the IT standards lifecycle for Aviva and ensure any changes are well consulted and communicated.
  • Secure compliance to policies, standards and target architecture.
  • Administer the Build Permit approvals process and granting and tracking of exceptions.
  • Own the overall architecture exceptions process by preparing and running Group Architecture Board. This is Aviva’s senior technology decision-making gate for funding.
  • Ensure that architecture data is captured and maintained for each market to set direction and direct investment using evidenced objectives.

 Key aspects of the role:


  • Runs overall governance for architecture across Aviva, especially Group Architecture Board.
  • Sets and define enterprise architecture standards and policies including all aspects of technology, infrastructure, data and digital.
  • Standards are in place to optimise development efficiency, reduce integration overhead, increase ease of interoperability, skill-sharing, licence and service cost reduction and IT performance.

Functional Leadership:

  • Provide a consistent set of lightweight tools to run governance within platforms and markets that cost.

Estate Management:

  • Coordinate the update of data into a single architecture repository from all the markets across Aviva ensuring applications and infrastructure are rated for cost, decommissioning and technical information.
  • Lead reporting on architecture health using estate management information to evidence and drive improvements delivered through roadmaps.

Resource Complexity:

  • Small team approx. 4 FTE to run governance and estate management.
  • Accountable for budget made up of headcount, specialist IT modelling solutions and external research.

Internal Collaboration:

  • Member of the Group Architecture Leadership Team.
  • Expected to maintain strong links to other markets across Aviva to share learning and ensure sharing of best practice.
  • Leader capable of bringing the entire team on the journey.
  • Good people management capabilities, with the ability to build and develop an outstanding team. Able and willing to bring through the next generation of talent.

Key Deliverables:

Customer Outcomes:

  • Lower cost per proposition for customers.
  • Demonstrated delivery faster, better and cheaper based on modern simple architecture due to adherence to IT strategy.


  • Clearly defined architecture roadmaps across all Aviva markets and technology unity.
  • Clear standards in place for commodity technologies that can be shared and reused in market.
  • Demonstration of effective governance processes in markets to show compliance to standards.

Experience / Skills Required:

  • Experience of working with senior levels of IT.
  • Excellent understanding of IT strategy, architecture models, business model and plans.
  • Experience of both line and matrix leadership.
  • Strong analytical capability and background.
  • Ability to think long-term strategically and operationally.
  • Strong relationship management skills at all levels.

Additional Information:

  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review
  • Minimum holiday allowance of 25 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days
  • Up to 30% discount for some Aviva products through “My Aviva Extras” plus discounts for Friends and Family
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme

One of Aviva’s core values is Care More, and this is brought to life through the flexible ways we like to work. This may include working from home some of the time, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies.

Job Number: R-58118

Community / Marketing Title: Governance, Standards and Estate Management

Location: London, England, United Kingdom