Principal Data Management Professional (Data Strategy and Governance)

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 25th September 2023



Reference number



£54,439 - £60,183

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CDIO - Chief Data Office (CDO)

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of jobs available



Bristol Regional Centre- 3 Glass Wharf, Avon Street, Temple Quarter, Bristol, BS2 0ES, Cardiff Regional Centre- Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS, Edinburgh Regional Centre- Queen Elizabeth House, 1 Sibbald Walk, Edinburgh, EH8 8FT, Leeds Regional Centre- 7 & 8 Wellington Place, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4AP, Manchester Regional Centre- 3 New Bailey Square, New Bailey Street, Salford, M3 5AY, Newcastle Regional Centre- Benton Park View, Longbenton, Newcastle, NE98 1ZZ, Worthing - Teville Gate House, Teville Gate, Worthing BN11 1UA

Job summary

About the job 


Do you have a passion for building a strong data governance framework to enable an organisation to better exploit its data assets? Would you want to be part of a team to lead on implementation of HMRC’s Data Strategy? 

If so, continue reading to find out more about this fantastic opportunity to join HMRC - one of the largest and most dynamic IT infrastructures in Europe, and we are now one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world.

HMRC is a data organisation. It has one of the largest customer bases and most complex IT estates in the UK. We run the biggest digital operation in Government, providing digital services for 45 million individuals and 4.9 million business customers.  

This an exciting time for digital and technology in HMRC. We are in the middle of a major transformation process, using the latest technology available, that will fundamentally improve the department’s data handling for the benefit of our customers and colleagues. The Chief Data Office (CDO) is at the heart of this work, and we are looking for motivated and experienced individuals to play a key role in a new Data Strategy and Governance team. Working to the Lead Data Manager Professional (Strategy and Governance), you will be part of a professional, experienced, and engaged team to provide strategic leadership and governance to ensure we govern, manage, and exploit our data to improve customer experience and revenue.

See what it’s like to work at HMRC: find out more about us or ask our colleagues a question. Questions relating to an individual application must be emailed as detailed later in this advert.

Job description

Chief Digital and Information Office values and empowers the growth of its people and offers the “CDIO University”. This is a one stop shop for all things learning and development. The comprehensive offer encompassing academic, personal and career related opportunity and learning, ensuring all receive a consistent approach to technical learning. This includes access to subject matter experts, technical learning, professional communities, academies, apprenticeships, talent schemes as well as providing, delivering, encouraging, and supporting activities for personal growth and wellbeing. 

The ideal candidate  

We welcome applicants who are excited by what is happening in Data governance across the world, understand how data can be governed and exploited and technology products used to counter such risks. You will have a background in data management and have energy and passion complemented by brilliant engagement and communication skills – you will be capable of driving change and taking people with you. The post holder will find themselves in a genuinely dynamic and challenging department.

Person specification

As a Principal Data Management Professional (Data Strategy and Governance) you will: 

  • Work in partnership with other stakeholders across HMRC to deliver a Data Strategy, roadmap and Target Operating Model(s);
  • Manage Digital wide risk management;
  • Develop a data governance framework including establishing data policies, standards, roles and responsibilities and adoption of industry best practice in alignment with our regulatory framework; 
  • Support Data Governance boards, corporate decision making and reporting structures;
  • Steer HMRC towards data maturity;
  • Provide strategic and expert advice to CDO managers including horizon scanning, and
  • Promote a data driven culture, working with the Business to adopt best practice, enhance capability and promote innovation.

Essential criteria:

  • Ability to develop, communicate and drive implementation of an enterprise data strategy and data governance framework.  
  • Experience of data management  
  • Experience developing data capability at an organisational and team level through empowering, supporting  
  • Successful track record of delivering change through others  
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, in particular building relationships between IT and business stakeholders. 
  • Problem solving, innovation and decision making skills

Desirable criteria:  

  • Relevant professional or academic qualification, such as degree and/or DAMA or similar industry recognised qualifications 
  • Knowledge of GDPR and solid understanding of compliance and controls
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras and big benefits handbook' for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service.

Selection process details

All Criminal Record Checks applications are considered fairly in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice and the Recruitment of ex-offenders Policy.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a name blind CV. Your CV will be scored against the essential criteria required as outlined in the advert, and candidates who meet the minimum requirement will be invited to interview 


If you are invited to interview this will take place over video-link, interview dates to be confirmed.  

The interview will consist of questions to further explore your skills and experience.

We reserve the right to raise the score required at any stage of the process in order to manage numbers.

Interview dates to be confirmed.

A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made for the same or similar roles – if this applies to you, we’ll let you know via your Civil Service Jobs account.


To check that you are eligible to apply, review this eligibility information

Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:

This role may be suitable for existing HMRC employees who are contractual homeworkers. Occasional attendance to the office will be required where there is a business need, so please review the advertised office locations for this role when applying and only select locations from the ‘location preferences’ section that you are able to travel to.

Reasonable Adjustments 

We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition, or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. 

If you need a reasonable adjustment or a change to be made so that you can make your application, review this information on reasonable adjustments, and contact as soon as possible.

Diversity and Inclusion

At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues and creating an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We’re committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues here at HMRC. We want everyone to feel valued and supported to achieve their potential at HMRC.

For more information on how we make this happen, review this information on our culture and values

Applications received from candidates with a criminal record are considered fairly in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice and the Recruitment of ex-offenders Policy.

We welcome applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible after considering operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement, this will be tested as part of the selection process. 

The Civil Service runs a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy. 


HMRC has a presence in every region of the UK. For more information on where you might be working, review this information on our locations.

Security Update

For more information on the level of security checks we will carry out, review this information on security checks

Further Information

The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences.

Any instances of plagiarism or other forms of cheating will be investigated and, if proven, the relevant application/s will be withdrawn from the process. 

Duplicate applications for the same vacancy will also be withdrawn.

Transferring into HMRC from Civil Service If you are currently working for an ‘Other Government Department’ (OGD) and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”, found at the bottom of this advert. Further information on staff transfers can be found on

Problems during the application process 

If you experience accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section. 

If you think you’ve made a mistake on a short application form (e.g. you’ve ticked the incorrect eligibility box), please contact at least two working days before the vacancy closes. After this, we won’t be able to reopen your application.   

Please use the subject line to insert appropriate wording e.g. Please re-open my application - 310741 & vacancy closing date 25/09/23. Please note that we cannot amend or re-open your application if you have submitted your full application in the interests of fair and open recruitment.

For reasonable adjustments queries or requests, please see details within reasonable adjustments section above.

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Joy Lincoln
  • Email :
  • Telephone : 03000525201

Recruitment team

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Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned via If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages: Click here

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