Head of Data Architecture and Engineering

Job Title: Head of Data Architecture and Engineering
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: England
Salary: £59486 - £82000 per annum + 26 day a/l, pension
Reference: BBBH28405_1635781919
Contact Name: Matthew Beesley
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 01, 2021 15:52

Job Description

Head of Data & Engineering Architecture

You're looking for that opportunity like no other, which makes a difference, leave your mark and have a legacy of which your proud and is revolutionary.

Of course to help leave your mark it could be a multi £bn asset of national interest to work with and a multi £m budget and fantastic leadership in place to support your can success.

What we're looking for is exceptional individuals, with foresight, capability and personality to manage a £60bn Data Asset as part of a multi £bn publicly significant transformation programme.

Job Purpose

In this newly formed role you will spearhead a team setting the strategy and design for the organisation's use of data which industrialises the delivery of data products and services. You will champion data architecture across the organisation and into wider industry communities setting the standards and ways of working whilst providing technical leadership and career development.

With freedom to make day-to-day/medium term strategic decisions, you will inspire best practice, working with other senior team members to identify, plan, develop and deliver data services. You'll support the business to design, build, test and maintain data management systems making sure they meet business requirements, user needs and recommend ways to improve data efficiency and reliability driving the toward automated, reliable and secure services.

Key Accountabilities

  • People management responsibilities 4-6 direct - Data Architects, Data Engineers, Project & Programme Managers; with up to 16 indirect staff
  • Budget management
  • Delivery of Programmes and projects within funded authority
  • Managing operational costs within budgets

Key contacts/relationships/stakeholders managed

  • Chief Data Officer
  • Information and Technology senior leadership team
  • Technical architects
  • Senior customers of Information & Technology products and services
  • Project and Programme managers of Information and Technology products and services
  • Cabinet Offices GDS team
  • External data architecture and engineering suppliers

About you

A natural leader with confident communication skills between the technical and the non-technical, you're able to mediate, build relationships and manage stakeholders' expectations facilitating discussions across high risk or complex topics or under constrained timescales.

Able to speak and represent the community to large audiences inside and outside of government, you understand and can help teams apply a range of techniques for data profiling and source system analysis from a complex single source, bringing multiple data sources together in a conformed model for analysis.

With natural understanding of the concepts and principles of data modelling, working across multiple sectors incl government and into industry you also have the vision for the opportunities to re-use and align between the data models in different organisations.

All of this is wrapped in a passionate, capable relationship builder with integrity to take ownership and oragnisational capability to deliver.


The is is permanent position based in the United Kingdom however, you will be expected to go into nearest UK office (North/Midlands/South East and South West) when necessary (workshops/f2f meeting etc) to proceed.

If you wish to apply please follow the route online or get in touch with Matt Beesley @ Talent International to discuss in confidence.

Remuneration discussed on application

Please note successful candidates must be SC Cleared or be willing to go through full clearance checks at point of onboarding