Enterprise (Business) Data Architect

Discipline: IT

Sector: Central Government

Location: Nationwide

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 16/02/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: Up to £80,000 per annum*


Allen Lane are delighted to be supporting the Cabinet Office in their recruitment to multiple permanent Business Data Architect vacancies.

The Cabinet Office is undergoing a significant Digital Transformation.  Over the next three years as we aspire to make UK Government digital services the best in the world and meet or exceed the benchmark set globally by the best public or private sector standards.

You will work as part of the CDO and will be part of the Data Strategy, Design and Planning team reporting to the Head of Data Strategy, Design and Planning.

You will help drive implementation of the Cabinet Office Data Strategy that was delivered during 2021. This will require you to establish new practices, procedures and artefacts including Data Architecture and Data Modelling. It will involve further developing the Data Strategy to meet changing needs and stay aligned to Cabinet Office and Government wide Data Strategies and standards. It will involve supporting the Business Planning and Spending Reviews of the Data & Information function and will require close liaison with other sub teams in the wider CDO and also the wider CDIO team.  This will involve preparing for leadership Boards and Committees in Cabinet Office.

You will ensure across the Cabinet Office that data is managed as an asset and that the data culture, literacy and skills are improved, aligned with the maturity targets to be established.

The role will be a member of appropriate Data Management forums to ensure that activities are traceable and informed into the wider CO Corporate Data Risk and Maturity reporting frameworks.

You will work to ensure the required maturity step changes in Data Architecture, Data Modelling and Meta Data Management practices across the Cabinet Office.

You will contribute to the delivery of the Data Management Policy and establish new data architectural practices and procedures to ensure a single, trusted view of data is architected for Data Analytics and Insights.

The role will leverage the wider CO and CDIO teams for developing an improved data and data technology landscape.

We have a vibrant learning and development culture with an emphasis on multiskilling, enhancing individual’s flexibility and career development opportunities, placing importance on the continual professional development of team members.

The CDO team is geographically dispersed at present and has achieved a culture where there is a high level of team cohesion regardless of an individual’s base location with team members based in Manchester, London and at home. It is our intent to establish an increased presence in Manchester and this amongst other roles are sought to be predominantly Manchester based.

As a Business Data Architect you will be working in partnership with peers and senior managers across the Cabinet Office to ensure that Data Architecture practices are embedded. This will require planning across people, process and technology.

You will also work with other Data Architects and wider Cabinet office teams to ensure that the new Discovery Science and Insights (DSI) platform is chosen as the platform for Cabinet Office Data Analytics.

We think you should join us if you:

  • Have a wealth of experience in Data Architecture, Data Modelling and Meta Data Management
  • Have experience in using Data tooling such as Informatica, Collibra, Erwin etc
  • You can think on your feet. You can make the important decisions when they need to be made and take responsibility for you and your team’s performance
  • You can write well and speak clearly. You can explain difficult concepts to anyone who wants to know, and are comfortable communicating in writing or by phone
  • You have attention to detail and a sound knowledge of Data Management and Data Lifecycle practices alongside the knowledge of data quality, governance and control
  • You enjoy problem solving. You love taking a difficult challenge or concept and finding creative solutions
  • You are passionate about the well-being and personal development of your team
  • You are honest about yourself and your development. You proactively look for ways to improve and broaden your knowledge
  • You are someone who enjoys working with people. You will know how to work with different personalities and how to get the best out of them, whether this is your team, or your stakeholders
  • You are going to make the most of the time you spend with us and truly make a difference

To join us you need to have a genuine interest in data and a strong desire to make a difference. It is also essential for you to be able to work collaboratively and have the flexibility and willingness to partner with key stakeholders from all areas of government and outside of it.

You also need to be able to demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills, as well as a personal drive to make the most out of your role.

In the Civil Service we use our Success Profile Framework to outline expected behaviours and we will use these as part of our wider assessment during the interview process.

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • leadership
  • seeing the big picture
  • collaborating and partnering
  • delivering at pace
  • managing a quality service

Applicants will be required to provide an up to date CV and supporting statement (up to 1,250 words) detailing how you meet the requirements and behaviours listed above. You will also provide a completed diversity form. This is a rolling campaign given multiple vacancies are available, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

View the full job description here.

To apply, please email cabinetoffice@allenlane.co.uk.

Cabinet Office are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page. CDIO supports flexible working, including a balance between office and home-based working – this role is available on a national basis.

Security Clearance

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years’ UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

* Please note the base salary for this role is £54,700 (London) or £49,700 (National). Offers made above the base salary will be made up with a non-pensionable Recruitment and Retention Allowance, which will be based on capability and experience.

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