Senior Data Architect

UK Hydrographic Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 20th June 2021

 

Reference number

123964

Salary

£42,507
Possible Recruitment & Retention Allowance of up to £10,000

Grade

Senior Executive Officer
B1

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

UKHO - Technology

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Other

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

2

Location

South West

About the job

Summary

As a Senior Data Architect, you’ll provide technical and thought leadership for data architecture throughout the UKHO. This will include the prioritisation of tasks and engagement with stakeholders to maintain a schedule of work. You’ll be hands-on conducting data modelling for exciting and innovative projects, as well as making sure that the UKHO develops best practice for the way it architects its data.

You’ll be joining an Architecture practice comprising of Enterprise Architects, Solution Architects and Data Architects, reporting to the Architecture Practice Lead. The practice contains people with various specialisms and levels of experience who all support each other, share their perspectives and ideas, and seek to continually develop and improve as individuals and as a practice.

You will be responsible for data architecture across multiple divisions and data types (big data, structured, semi-structured and unstructured data) for multiple use cases including data science, transactional, management reporting and business intelligence purposes, balancing the need for data access with security, performance and regulatory requirements to ensure that the key UKHO data asset is optimally utilised and enhanced.

You will work collaboratively with business stakeholders, subject matter experts, architects, solution development staff and delivery staff to provide the necessary leadership that seeks to optimise the identification, definition and utilisation of data in order to maximise the value to the organisation, whilst minimising the risk. This will include developing, evolving, providing and supporting appropriate levels of data governance to ensure the long term optimisation of our data assets.

Everything we do is team based. We take Agile seriously; you will work with agile delivery teams that include developers, testers, product owners and a delivery manager - as well as access to infrastructure specialists, UX experts and analysts.

We offer a great work / life balance. We are committed to providing part time options and reasonable work balance accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs.

Job description

Candidates can expect to be involved in the following:

• Technically lead the data architecture work within an agile team, designing and crafting data architecture solutions, including data modelling, providing advice on the design and implementation of complex data structures.

• Ensure effective use of data architecture tools and techniques to support teams in understanding data structures and providing appropriate data governance.

• Identify, develop and prioritise Data Architecture activities to ensure consistency with strategic objectives.

• Develop and maintain an Enterprise Data Architecture Strategy.

• Collaborate with others in the architecture community, identifying good practices to adopt, evolve, sharing and developing knowledge and experiences of the practice

• Share knowledge of tools and techniques with the wider team and encourage their appropriate utilisation

• Continually develop your own skills as part of a programme of continuous professional development

Responsibilities

• Expert level data modelling, conceptual through to physical, relational, object, analytical and NoSQL
• Expert level in the creation and maintenance of enterprise data artefacts
• Highly motivated with experience of selecting and working with data architecture tools
• Knowledge and experience of data integration, metadata management, interoperability, master data management and data warehousing, complying with agreed data standards
• Capable of engaging with and advising senior stakeholders
• Capable of developing and maintaining strong, collaborative working relationships within the organisation and third-party suppliers
• Able to manage time effectively and work proactively across multiple projects and initiatives
• Written and verbal skills to enable communication of complex data and information problems and solutions.
• Experience of developing data strategies, policies and standards
• TOGAF Practitioner or good TOGAF awareness
• Highly proficient in at least one data query language

Full brief of the Behaviours, strengths, ability, knowledge, skills and experience required

Civil Service Competency Framework – Level 3

Setting Direction

Seeing the Big Picture
• Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and team’s work
• Ensure own area/team activities are aligned to Departmental priorities
• Actively seek out and share experience to develop understanding and knowledge of own work and of team’s business area
• Seek to understand how the services, activities and strategies in the area work together to create value for the customer/end user

Changing and Improving
• Find ways to improve systems and structures to deliver with more streamlined resources
• Actively encourage ideas from a wide range of sources and stakeholders and use these to inform own thinking
• Be willing to meet the challenges of difficult or complex changes, encouraging and supporting others to do the same
• Prepare for and respond appropriately to the range of possible effects that change may have on own role/team

Making Effective Decisions
• Identify a range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources
• Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/data and draw key conclusions
• Explore different options outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses to each
• Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations

Engaging People

Working Together
• Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
• Actively seek input from a diverse range of people
• Encourage collaborative team working within own team and across the Department
• Identify and develop all talented team members to support succession planning, devoting time to coach, mentor and develop others
• Continually seek and act on feedback to evaluate and improve their own and team’s performance

Delivering Results

Managing a Quality Service
• Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions
• Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and service standards to provide quality, efficiency and value for money
• Establish mechanisms to seek out and respond to feedback from customers about service provided
• Develop proposals to improve the quality of service with involvement from a diverse range of staff, stakeholders or delivery partners

Behaviours

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Data Modelling - Conceptual through to physical, structured and unstructured data
  • Data Modelling - Creation and maintenance of data artefacts
  • Data Modelling - Knowledge and experience of data integration, metadata management, interoperability, master data management and data warehousing, complying with agreed data standards
  • Data Governance - Developing and applying data governance initiatives
  • Data Architecture - Translating business need into the appropriate architecture using agile methodologies
  • Data Modelling - Utilisation of tools and techniques for data modelling
  • Data Governance - Working with business stakeholders to achieve data governance
  • Data Architecture - Developing strategies related to data architecture

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Data Modelling - Conceptual through to physical, structured and unstructured data
  • Data Modelling - Creation and maintenance of data artefacts
  • Data Modelling - Knowledge and experience of data integration, metadata management, interoperability, master data management and data warehousing, complying with agreed data standards
  • Data Governance - Developing and applying data governance initiatives
  • Data Architecture - Translating business need into the appropriate architecture using agile methodologies

Benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support your lifestyle, including generous leave allowances, flexible working hours, a lift-share scheme and regular training and development opportunities.

Working for UKHO, you could enjoy the following range of benefits: 26.5 annual leave, increasing after five years service.

Flexible working options include: Flexible working hours scheme, that includes up to two days per month Flexi leave, remote working, part-time working, job sharing, paid special leave, career breaks and unpaid leave.

We offer maternity, adoption and or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid leave; plus paternity leave of up to two weeks full pay, subject to certain qualifying criteria.

We also offer a brand new state of art awarding-winning building.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
This vacancy is using success profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, experience and Technical Skills. The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• An interview via MS Teams

Short-list Criteria

You will be short-listed against the following criteria (please list if its behaviours, technical, etc)

Technical experience and skills:

• Technical - Data Modelling
• Conceptual through to physical, structured and unstructured data
• Creation and maintenance of data artefacts
• Knowledge and experience of data integration, metadata management, interoperability, master data management and data warehousing, complying with agreed data standards

• Technical - Data Governance
• Developing and applying data governance initiatives

• Technical - Data Architecture
• Translating business need into the appropriate architecture using agile methodologies


Interview Criteria

You will be interviewed against the following criteria (please list if its behaviours, technical, etc)

Civil Service Behaviours:

• Seeing the Big Picture
• Changing and Improving
• Working Together

Technical experience and skills:

• Data Modelling
• Utilisation of tools and techniques for data modelling
• Knowledge and experience of data integration, metadata management, interoperability, master data management and data warehousing, complying with agreed data standards

• Data Governance
• Working with business stakeholders to achieve data governance

• Data Architecture
• Developing strategies related to data architecture

Sift/ Interview dates

The sift is due to take place w/c – 21st June 2021
Interviews are likely to be held w/c – 28th June 2021

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

Things you need to know

• This role is open to full time, part time, job share. The UKHO will consider flexible working or workplace adjustments, where appropriate.
• Security – successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check and gain an Security Clearance.


SC – non reserved

This is a Ministry of Defence non-reserved post and although open to UK, British Commonwealth and European Economic Area nationals, successful applicants will require a security clearance (SC) and therefore need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 12 consecutive months within the last 5 years.

Nationality Statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance, please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

How to Apply and Further Information

For further information on this vacancy and to apply, please visit Civil Service Jobs

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit (reserve) list for up to 12 months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post.

It is likely we will be able to start your employment with BPSS clearance (your clean DBS certificate and satisfactory references that we will obtain) before your SC/DV clearance is successful – this is called a conditional offer.

You will be presented with an unconditional offer only once you have obtained the necessary level of clearance for the role.

If your fail to gain SC/DV clearance, whichever is appropriate for the role you have applied for, your employment with UKHO will be terminated immediately.

Our ability to start employment on a conditional basis is subject to the specific requirements of the role and cannot be guaranteed; please contact our recruitment team if you would like further information: Recruitment@ukho.gov.uk

Please note, if you have not been resident in the UK for the last 5 years (for SC clearance) or for the last 10 years (for DV clearance) then you may be requested to supply the information below:

• Evidence of your actual overseas residence (bills or rental agreements confirming addresses etc)
• Police Certificate providing confirmation that no criminal record is held in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of employment from an employer in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of residence or travel from friends, companions or fellow travellers that have knowledge of or have been in the company of you, when resident outside of the UK.
• Reference from a UK based organisation maintaining contract with a sponsorship of you, while residing overseas

Disability Confident – Guaranteed Interview

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

By ‘minimum selection criteria’ we mean that the evidence you provide in your application must demonstrate that you meet the minimum pass mark, set by the short-list panel, for each criteria listed in the ‘short-list’ section, above. The short-list panel will not be made aware of any disability you may choose to declare; this information will be processed solely by HR, in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

If you are a disabled candidate, please ensure you complete the Equality and Diversity form or inform our HR department, at recruitment@ukho.gov.uk, if you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme.

Civil Service Recruitment

From 01/10/2020, UKHO’s HR Department is to provide a Fair Processing Notice (FPN) to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview.
These candidates will be informed that, as one aspect of pre-employment screening, their personal details – name, NINO and date of birth - will be checked against the Civil Service Resourcing Extract Internal Fraud Database (IFD) and that anyone included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can show exceptional circumstances.

UKHO’s HR Department will also include the FPN wording advising of the check against the extract IFD in the advert for employment for the pilot departments.

UKHO’s HR Department will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the IFD.

Civil Service Commission
Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.
? To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
? To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

Complaints
The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the UKHO’s Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN or email recruitmentqueries@ukho.gov.uk , in the first instance.
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at:
Email: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or in writing to:
Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk
Email :  recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk

Further information

The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the UKHO’s Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN or email recruitmentqueries@ukho.gov.uk , in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at: Email: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or in writing to: Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

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