Data Architect

Discipline: IT

Sector: Central Government

Location: Bootle, Cheltenham, London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 20/01/2022

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £53,543 - £61,921 per annum*


The Office for Nuclear Regulation is the UK’s independent nuclear regulator, with the legal authority to regulate nuclear safety, security and conventional health and safety at 36 licensed nuclear sites in Great Britain (GB).

In order for ONR to achieve its vision of being a modern, transparent regulator delivering trusted outcomes and value, they need to continue to evolve their technology and data, and this role is key in delivering this.

Job purpose

This is an exciting new role in a newly-formed Business Intelligence function part of the IT department and is essential to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of the business going forward. BI function is made up of 9 staff split into BI development, BI Change, BI Delivery, and an Admin & Support team. This role will sit in parallel and directly report into Head of Business Intelligence.

We now need an Enterprise Data Architect to help us define the enterprise data architecture for the future and lead the way, to help us improve, and challenge the status quo for the benefit of ONR and the duty holders.

These activities will be relevant to the IT’s modernisation plans, the wider technology transformation delivery roadmap, BI Strategy and the day to day technical sustainment work needed to maintain the estate.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is comfortable challenging the way things are done as is constantly looking for improvement to introduce smarter ways of working.

About the role

Principal responsibilities

The Data Architect will be expected to operate at enterprise level but also work in detailed data architecture and modelling to guide the organisation through data design, management and implementation. It is therefore essential that you have strong communication and analytical skills.

Key operational responsibilities

  • Setting the vision and creating the strategy for the organisation’s approach to enterprise data architecture and the introduction of Master Data Management.
  • Developing the enterprise data architecture roadmap, ensuring alignment to business capabilities and organisational strategies
  • Review and improve the enterprise’s internal and external data and design blueprint to manage the available data
  • Develops data strategies for warehouse implementation, data acquisition and access, and data archiving and recovery
  • Create inventory of enterprise’s data and its meaning
  • Driving the implementation of standards, processes, and governance controls to support the end-to-end data lifecycle within enterprise data architectures.
  • Working with the Head of BI to map current state, define data requirements, guiding data integration and control data assets per our data strategy, including a formal data model across all ONR.
  • Working with system and service owners to drive improvements in data quality.
  • Overseeing the data architecture of technical designs and execution of high-impact, enterprise-wide strategic data programs and initiatives.
  • Developing an integrated collection of master design documents including standards that will govern how data is collected, stored, arranged, used, and removed.
  • Translating business requirements into deliverable data solutions, that include data streams, integrations, transformations, storage, reporting and analytics.
  • Identifying key data domains to categorise company wide data in a structured manner.
  • Establishing effective relationships with teams across the organisation focusing on delivering data architectures that meet operational requirements aligned to organisational strategies.
  • Provide advice and suggesting courses of action, provide coaching, mentoring and support to other BI/IT colleagues and peers.
  • Lead the sharing of knowledge, documentation and good practice with the wider BI, IT and across the ONR; documenting all process guides, technical changes, user documentation to a high standard.
  • Communicate and collaborate across the ONR representing BI function to develop relationships to maximise the benefits of BI Strategy, developing the right data culture and to develop new smarter ways of working.

Person specification

Essential job related expertise/experience and skills

  • Extensive experience in a Data Architecture role with an understanding of Architecture frameworks, data modelling methodologies and data warehousing methodologies
  • Proven ability in developing enterprise data strategies and supporting architectures, leading data architecture-based business change.
  • Evidence of producing target and transitional data architectures in delivery of strategic initiatives and objectives.
  • Proven ability to defining and governing data modelling and design standards, tools, best practices, and related development practices for enterprise data models.
  • Experience defining data lake and data warehousing architectures and supporting schemas and pipelines.
  • Experience of communicating the data architecture vision and roadmaps to stakeholders.
  • Experience of working closely with relevant stakeholders to both understand the impact of and influence future organisational requirements to refine the data architecture roadmaps.
  • Experience of supporting technical architects ensuring data architecture is considered at each stage of the design process.
  • Experience in tackling data silo’s largely driven by excel spreadsheets and transitioning into sustainable solutions

Desirable skills and experience

  • Degree in a relevant subject such as Software Engineering, IT, machine learning, Data modelling, mathematics or in a relevant field.
  • Experience of Cloud based ETL/ELT technologies, Data Warehousing, Data modelling and ETL Tools, Power BI

Location / Travel

This post can be based at our Bootle (Merseyside), Cheltenham or London office. But regular travel to the Bootle office will be required.

The majority of staff are currently working from home due to COVID-19. As pandemic restrictions are lifted, there would remain some flexibility to work at home subject to business needs.

The process:

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. You will also provide a completed diversity form.

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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.

*plus a London Weighting allowance of £4,052 if applicable

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