Senior Data Architect – 3 positions available

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Closing Date: 16/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £50,205 - £60,189
Company Office for National Statistics

Job Description


Are you an experienced data architect wanting to contribute to statistics that make the headlines, and make better use of data for the public good?

Our team of data architects are involved in a wide range of projects, from Covid surveys to Levelling Up, as well as working to deliver the Integrated Data Service – a cross-government platform giving researchers greater access to data from a range of sources. We produce data designs and standards so data can be effectively managed and re-used throughout its lifecycle, allowing improved statistical analysis, and saving time and money. We work with peers across government and statistical authorities throughout the world to share and develop best practice for data capabilities.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest producer of official statistics, covering a range of key economic, social and demographic topics. These include measuring changes in the value of the UK economy, estimating the size, geographic distribution and characteristics of the population, and providing indicators of price inflation, employment, earnings, crime and migration.

The Data Architecture division at ONS ensures that data is organised and referenced so that it can be accessed quickly and used appropriately by the organisation. The work produced by the Data Architecture division specifies how data is handled in the organisation, from how it is collected and stored, to how it is linked, combined and archived. We have been tasked with the development of an innovative and high impact data strategy, underpinned by data policies and new future-proofed data architecture.

We want to ensure that we can appoint Senior Data Architects as quickly as possible throughout this campaign. Therefore, although the campaign runs until closing date of 16th August, we will be looking at applications and interviewing on a weekly basis throughout this time. We would encourage you to submit your application to us as soon as possible to secure an interview and decision quickly.

Job description

You will be expected to understand the data needs of various business areas within ONS and data consumers across other government departments, to develop data and process models to support their activities. This includes documenting the data journey for various statistical processes: from data acquisition all the way through to producing statistical data outputs. It also includes producing data designs which support the full data lifecycle.

Line management responsibilities, while formally part of the job role, may not necessarily be expected, at least initially when in post.

You will champion the work of the Data Architecture division across the organisation and will be expected to work with other government departments to provide leadership in specialist areas and to share expertise. This could potentially mean leading or participating in cross-government initiatives. You will support data profiling activities (for example, for new data sources) and will reverse engineer data models from data sources or physical data schemes.

Digital Data and Technology profession (DDaT) – Introduction to the role of the Data Architect


• Contribute to the ongoing development of the ONS data strategy (including data principles, policies and standards) and provide advice to stakeholders on how to comply with the strategy.
• Ensure that systems are designed, upgraded, managed, de-commissioned and archived in compliance with data policy across the full data life cycle.
• Design conceptual and logical data models, process models and metadata that comply with the data strategy and to meet business needs.
• Take part in technical and business design authorities to appraise their vision for data.
• Work closely with Business Analysts, Enterprise Architects and Solution Architects to develop solutions which comply with the ONS data strategy, data policies and data standards, and with the appropriate data architecture. This includes ensuring that metadata is collected and managed across the data lifecycle, and made available for the purposes of data governance and data exploitation.
• Provide oversight and advice to other Data Architects who are undertaking the design of data models and support the management of data dictionaries.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

• An understanding of data standards across multiple subject areas and experience of helping project teams to make implementation recommendations.
• Experience of participating in the designs of a metadata repository and the migration of existing metadata repositories. Able to employ a range of tools for storing and working with metadata.
• A firm understanding of the concepts and principles of data modelling and ability to produce relevant data models across multiple subject areas.
• A track record of data profiling and source system analysis, as well as presenting clear insights to colleagues in support of the end use of the data.
• Experience of assuring and integrating data services to meet the needs of multiple business services.
• Proven experience of working within a strategic context and being able to set and carry out activities that meet strategic goals.
• Able to anticipate and mitigate problems, ensuring that the most appropriate actions are taken.
• Able to listen to the needs of technical and business stakeholders and interpret between them. Able to manage stakeholders’ expectations and be flexible.
• Capable of proactive and reactive communication and facilitates difficult discussions within the team or with diverse senior stakeholders.

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