Head of Data (5D0093)

Homes and Communities Agency

Closing date: 24 Nov 2017

Reference number



£65,000 - £85,000



Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Knowledge and Information Management
Project Delivery
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time



Number of posts



Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2PW : Bristol, South West, BS1 6EH : Cambridge, Eastern, CB2 8BF : Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS11 9AT : Manchester, North West, M1 4BT : Bedford, Eastern, MK41 7LW : Gateshead, North East, NE11 0NA : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG2 4LA : City of Westminster, London, SW1P 4DF : Warrington, North West, WA3 7QH

About the job

Job description

Putting data at the heart of housing

We are seeking a Head of Data to put data at the heart of transforming the broken housing market. The role will help to change the way that housing data is valued and managed both inside and outside the organisation and will design and build a team to own and manage key
corporate data sets and influence data culture throughout the housing sector.

We are looking for an individual with a proven track record in changing data culture and who can demonstrate the ability to:
• Engage senior stakeholders in developing a shared data vision
• Drive cultural and organisational change in the way we use data.
• Lead the development of a common data strategy and structure
• Establish data governance and clear accountability for data
• Oversee implementation of changes to improve the agency’s data and reporting requirements

Please advise whether you are already Security Cleared (SC) or Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) cleared. Competitive annual leave and pension provision are offered and you will also be expected to work flexibly from our modern offices and also from home. Please specify in your
application your preferred base location.

The Homes and Communities Agency is the national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. We contribute to economic growth by helping communities to realise their aspirations for prosperity and to deliver high-quality housing that people can afford. The HCA is also responsible for the regulation of social housing providers, ensuring that the sector is financially viable, well-managed and delivers value for money.


Later this year, we will launch as Homes England, with a mission to create a better housing market and change places. We're inviting the industry to help shape our priorities – get involved and let us have your views on Twitter or LinkedIn, using #ShapeHomesEngland.


Degree level qualification and/or appropriate professional qualifications/membership or equivalent experience



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


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 counter-terrorist check.

Selection process details

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Grade entry qualifications

Degree level qualification and/or appropriate professional qualifications/membership or equivalent experience

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For more information on the role, please see the attached document named ‘Head of Data - Role Remit'

If you would like to apply for the role, please complete the document named 'HCA Application Form' along with the ‘Diversity Form’ and return it to recruitment@hca.gsi.gov.uk before the deadline stated. Your email should include the job title and reference number of the post you are applying for.

Blind Shortlisting – We carry out blind short listing for all of our vacancies as part of our commitment to Diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Candidates will be assigned a number and recruiting managers are sent only the application form to assess for shortlisting.

Application Form - Within the form you are required to provide all relevant details and a supporting statement with specific examples of where your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the main accountabilities in the job remit and to the HCA competencies in the competency framework, attached for your information.

Diversity Form – Within the form you are required to provide all the relevant details to ensure that we can match your blind application form back to you as an individual.

Successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application and interviews held as soon as practical after the closing date. The application and selection process is competency-based, and you should familiarise yourself with the relevant competency framework before attending an interview.

Please note – we do not accept CVs as a form of application.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are regretfully unable to respond to every application individually. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the adverts closing date we will not be progressing with your application. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in this role.

If you need the application form, or any of the other materials, in a different format, please email recruitment@hca.gsi.gov.uk.

Sift/interview dates and location

Interview dates have not yet been confirmed.

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