Department for Education
Coventry, Darlington, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield
Your unique perspective makes all the difference
About the Role
As Lead Data Architect, you will work across the Department to provide expert guidance and leadership on the development of data-driven services, the implementation of data governance and the improvement of data quality. You will be responsible, under the Chief Data Architect, for identifying our key DfE data assets and developing strategies for improving the quality and usefulness of those assets. You will liaise across the Data, Digital & Technology Directorates to ensure those strategies are implemented by various Service Owners embedded throughout the Department.
You will handle the data modelling function within Data Directorate, building capability maturity on behalf of the Department. Working across the Directorate with service owners, data engineers and data operations, you will drive the development of new and improved data services.
Responsibilities may include:
• Assuring Data integrity and Data security
• Building Data architectural capability within DfE, including mentoring, communities of practice and learning and development
• Overseeing the data modelling function within Data Architecture.
• Providing technical guidance and leadership for data management, data quality and the business reporting function including data warehousing.
• Providing data leadership to Service Owners across the Enterprise to ensure projects/services make the best use of departmental data assets in line with the CDO data strategies.
• Crafting and maintaining a process for handling data quality across the organization
We are looking for you to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience in:
• Data modelling
• Data flow mapping
• Data standards development
• Metadata management
• Data analysis and synthesis
• Data governance
The Data Architecture Division has primary responsibility for ensuring the best use of data, and for designing at a high level, automated data pipelines and data flows that comprise Data Directorate’s data services as used within the Department, across the education sector and beyond. This includes developing data strategies, principles, policies, standards and practices for use across Digital and Technology, and liaising with Service Owners across the Department to drive up understanding of the impacts of data quality on delivery
At the Department for Education, diversity is one of our cornerstones. Not just in terms of the background, skills and perspectives of the people who work here, but the different professions who call this organisation home. We have a surprising variety of roles, where a vast array of people come together to create an education system that gives today’s children and young people everything they need to thrive. Join us and this environment will be the launchpad for a career few can match for experience and nationwide, real world impact.
Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Department’s transfer / promotion policies.
As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.
You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.
We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.
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