Technical Lead - Principal Consultant

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As a team, we transform our client’s businesses using a combination of strategic thinking, customer-centric service design, and agile engineering practices. We do this at internet scale – driving innovation, and enriching people’s lives. Our skills and talent enable PA’s purpose of creating positive a human future in a technology driven world.

As part of our Digital team, you’ll work alongside colleagues from across PA – delivering transformative digital solutions to today’s most complex business challenges. Our teams are trusted to deliver and given the space to be awesome. We’re an inclusive community for the curious, generous, pragmatic and committed digital practitioner.

We are looking to hire an experienced Technical Leader and Principle Consultant to join our 150 strong (and growing) Engineering & DevOps practice. This is a senior role, and one that will stretch you personally and professionally.

Having a deep technical expertise, inclusive and empathetic leadership skills (we like the Servant-Leader model), and a passion for business development are key to the role. You might expect to spend about half of your time actively engaged on client projects, with the balance split between new business development, and working to nurture and support our engineering practice and people.


PA’s Defence and Security (D&S) team help government, military, police and industry organisations to adapt to a constantly evolving array of threats – keeping people safe and helping the country prosper. D&S is a highly successful, growing area of our business and upon joining us you will have the opportunity to help our clients achieve transformational Digital change such as:

  • Driving productivity and efficiency through Digital business solutions
  • Establishing innovation capability to help the military maintain operational advantage,
  • Digitising global supply chains
  • Exploiting synthetics to transform training programmes.
  • Radically re-thinking user experience for government & military customers – helping our clients attract and retain 21st century talent You will join a team that combines unrivalled sector insight with specialist expertise drawn from different industries and geographies – we will ask for your ideas, expertise and commitment.

In return we’ll give you stimulating work that directly improves people’s lives in the most fundamental of ways – enhancing their safety and security. You will have opportunities to learn from brilliant people and a supportive culture where you can thrive.

What we're looking for

You have demonstrable experience working within a fast-paced multi-disciplinary digital environment and can evidence your ability to deal with large amounts of information, make decisions effectively, and guide engineers to achieve the best possible outcome for clients.

You will have established yourself as a trusted technology leader, from successful experience building business pipelines through to complex engineering delivery which may have included frontend and backend web or mobile development (e.g. .NET, Azure, HTML5 and JavaScript), solution architecture, infrastructure engineering and quality assurance. 

You can evidence how you have identified new revenue opportunities and played a role in converting these into business growth as well as having delivered engineering projects of significant value.

You’re commercially savvy - with clear experience delivering effective estimation and working with cross discipline teams to get to the heart of a solution, articulating the engineering elements clearly to internal folk but critically, to clients too.

You’re an experienced line manager and mentor - actively interested in supporting engineers in both their career development and team contribution. You’ll get directly involved in recruitment - ensuring we continue to enjoy success by bringing on the very best people.

You have clear ideas on how things might be done and want to join a company where doing things the right way is a principle we strive to achieve daily. You inspire others to constructively test your position through open dialog and multi-disciplinary involvement to reach the right answer.

You’re obsessed with the excellence of approach, architecture and implementation. Standards matter a lot. If something isn’t right, you are not going to let it slide - the quality of the product or service and the resultant user experience is fundamentally important to how you approach your work.

You’re a self-starter with a strong entrepreneurial streak – able to prioritize your time effectively and build relationships across the Digital practice.

And finally - you’re not afraid of sitting down with clients and working solutions through with them in a highly collaborative and open way.

You can expect to be involved in all the following:

  • Developing detailed and compelling responses to new business opportunities alongside colleagues from other areas of our digital practice and the wider PA capabilities
  • Developing our relationships with clients, and industry partners, so that we can identify areas where we can provide additional value to their businesses.
  • Developing and mentoring teams (in-house and on client site) to solve for complex technology needs and deliver the right outcomes; including technology selection and hands-on delivery where appropriate.
  • Shaping and growing our Digital Engineering and DevOps practice, culture & people alongside our Partner Sponsors and Practice Lead
  • Private medical insurance
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Company pension scheme
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Life and Income protection insurance
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
  • Voluntary benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)
About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Diversity Statement

PA is committed to building an inclusive and supportive culture where diversity thrives, and all of our people can excel. We believe that greater diversity stimulates innovation, enabling us to fulfil our purpose of ‘Bringing Ingenuity to Life’, supporting the growth of our people, and delivering more enduring results for our clients.

We only recruit, promote and reward our people based on their contribution, without regard to gender, race, disability, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights

Job information

Firm: PA Consulting Group

Location: London



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