Data Architect

London, Manchester
Full time (37 hours per week), Job share, Flexible working, Part time, Condensed hours
Grade 7 / Band A
£54,700 - £60,635 (London)/£49,700 - £55,000 (National) - Depending on capability - The base salary for this grade is £54,700 (London) / £49,700 (National). Any offer made above this will be made up of a specialist allowance.

29 June 2021

Who we are

At the Government Digital Service (GDS), our mission is to build a simple, joined-up and personalised experience of government for everyone. Using our unique position at the centre of government, we develop services that work for the user, however complex the underlying systems may be. We believe that ensuring things work for end users is the only way to realise the efficiencies that come with digital transformation.

Our focus is on delivering five missions in the following areas:

  1. GOV.UK as the single and trusted online destination for government information and services

  2. Joined-up services that solve whole problems and span multiple departments

  3. A simple digital identity solution that works for everyone

  4. Common tools and expert services

  5. Joined-up data across departments

You can read more about these missions and our vision for the transformation of government in our 2021-2024 strategy

What you'll do

As a Data Architect on GOV.UK, you will work with data practitioners and product teams to make better use of anonymised data to improve user experience of government services. You'll design and build data models to meet strategic data needs and design, support and provide guidance for managing, improving and archiving data in compliance with data policy. You'll also be a member of the Performance and Data Analysis community of practice.

As a Data Architect you'll:

  • design and implement data collection and reporting systems
  • work with other data practitioners, including data scientists and data engineers, to analyse current data models and interpret user requirements in order to build or adapt data models and metadata systems
  • provide technical guidance for data management, data quality and the reporting, including secure data handling
  • improve the programme's understanding of our data architecture and advising product teams on management of data product life cycles
  • work with technical architects, data practitioners, tech writers, and others to develop and record architectural standards and processes
  • present to senior stakeholders with various levels of technical understanding/data literacy
  • participate in a performance and data analysis community of practice - sharing knowledge through show and tells, case studies or blog posts

Who you are

We are interested in people who have:

  • demonstrable experience in modelling for high configurable software applications
  • experience transforming from logical models to physical JSON schemas
  • experience of using industry-standard data models and of defining mappings/transformations between data models
  • awareness and understanding of a range of tech stacks and the ability to take a balanced approach to technology selection
  • ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders, senior management and non-technical audiences
  • ability to help build, design or integrate services by contributing code, testing technologies and producing rapid prototypes, including familiarity with version control software such as 'Git'
  • ability to produce, read and understand solution design documentation
  • an awareness of how to budget in an on-demand environment and an understanding of legal implications
  • experience of cloud technologies, enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools
  • good knowledge of data governance and data security and privacy, including familiarity with the legal and regulatory requirements around data, especially GDPR and PECR

While these requirements are important for the job, we do not expect candidates to be expert in all of them. Just give as much evidence as you can for each. If you are interested in applying but are not sure you have the skills listed, please do so and give us the opportunity to consider you as a candidate.

Applications from existing Civil Servants based in London will be considered and in line with your existing terms and conditions you will not be required to change location should you be successful during the selection process.

How you'll be assessed

In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. For each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role. We may assess your ability, strength, experience, technical/specialist skills and behaviours.

For this role the following behaviours are the most relevant:

seeing the big picture
changing and improving
making effective decisions
communicating and influencing

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Equal Opportunities 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page.