Data Architect

Job Title: Data Architect
Contract Type: Contract
Location: England
Salary: £600 - £700 per day + INSIDE IR35
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH27211_1625497797
Contact Name: James Norval
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 05, 2021 16:09

Job Description

Data Architect (Contractor)

  • Fuly remote working anywhere in the UK
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Deadline: Thursday July 8th at noon
  • Inside IR35 - rates can be negotiable
  • Central Government

As a Senior Technical Architect you will:

● Guide and architect the solutions to ensure systems and service designs align with our vision and achieve the needs of our users. Take the lead on critical reviews of data and content management systems and define appropriate solutions to enable service / data connectivity and help steer our reference data architecture. You will develop an overarching reference architecture which considers the components and services required to implement the government wide IDP Dissemination architecture.
● Guide and architect the design and development of solutions / components that enable statistical publishers from across government to transform their statistics into 5* linked open data using open data standards and tooling: CSV on the Web (CSV-W), JSON-LD, Data Cube, SKOS, SPARQL and RDF.
● Be a driver and leading voice in the adoption of web standards and feed-back to W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).
● Collaborate with your technical peers across the team and across government to enable the project vision of transforming how government departments will publish statistical data. Define and help shape high level APIs for data discovery and re-use and usher in new aspects to our project such as robot journalism and data driven reporting.
● Be proficient in a wide range of technical systems and technologies and open web standards and be ready to take on new learning opportunities.
● Contribute to the community by providing coaching and mentoring of junior members of the team, promoting knowledge sharing and adoption of good practice.
● You will develop and maintain the appropriate documentation and views required to describe the solution architecture to individuals at all levels.
● Participate in team Agile / Scrum techniques and sessions.
● Help form exemplar showcases of the project vision through designs and concepts to aid on boarding of technologies across all government departments.

As lead technical architect you will work with multiple projects and teams on problems that require broad architectural thinking. At this level, you will:

● Be responsible for leading the technical design of systems and services, and you will justify and communicate design decisions
● Assure other services and system quality, making sure the technical work fits into the broader strategy for government
● Explore the benefits of cross-government alignment
● Provide mentoring within teams and provide leadership to other architects.

Essential Criteria:

● You will be central to bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical. You will mediate between people and mend relationships, communicating with stakeholders at all levels.
● Experience of shaping governance; you will evolve and define governance and take responsibility for collaborating and supporting services in wider governance. You will know how to assure services delivered by technical architects across sets of services.
● Experience of making and guiding decisions. You will make decisions characterised by medium levels of risk and complexity and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase. You will build consensus between services or independent stakeholders.
● Experience of defining and implementing strategy; you will define and challenge strategies, patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. You will provide proactive advice and guidance for their definition across the organisation.
● Ability to turn business problems into technical design. You will design systems characterised by high levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity.
● Ability to understand the whole context, you will understand trends and practices within the broader organisation and how these will impact on your work. You will look for deeper underlying problems and opportunities and anticipate problems before they occur. You will identify the impact of changes to policy.
● Experience with, or an interest in the use of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP).

Desirable Criteria:

● Experience of implementing open data standards.
● Experience with World Wide Web Consortium standards: CSV on the Web, Data Cube vocabulary, RDF, SKOS, graph or relational databases.
● Experience with ontology engineering, semantic data modelling, SPARQL, triple-stores, linked data APIs etc.
● Experience with data modelling as well as ability to perform data processing tasks.
● Knowledge and experience of semantic Web technologies and frameworks such as OWL, RDF and HTML.
● Knowledge and experience of RESTful architectures.
● Experience working with large-volume raw operational data.
● Experience or certification in Scrum