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G7 Senior Data Architect

Summary Information for vacancy - reference PROG6202


Identity and Passport Service (IPS)


£49034 - £62881 Per Annum


City of Westminster, Greater London, London
Durham, North East
North East
City of Glasgow, Scotland
Belfast City, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

19 April 2010

Interviews start

Not specified


Grade 7


Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Information Technology

Brief Description

The primary purpose of the Senior Data Architect is to support and maintain the Scheme Data Model and related data architecture materials, such as Information Governance Principles & Identity Management Strategy to support the National Identity Service (NIS) Programme, ensuring consistency and co-ordination of the Data Architecture.

The successful candidate can be based in one of our regional offices (Liverpool, Durham, Southport, Peterborough, Belfast and Glasgow) but will be required to travel extensively on a weekly basis to London and to supplier sites in the South East.

Salary is dependant on location: London - £54,679 - £62,881 / National - £49,034 - £56,389.

Vacancy description

Ensuring the data architecture supports the wider Scheme Architecture and related business and technical strategies, standards and policies it is designed to support

· Working with NIS suppliers to ensure their solutions conform to the Scheme Architecture

· Identification and resolution of any gaps in the end to end architecture

· Development of data-related strategies and standards

· Building effective relationships with internal / external stakeholders, providing sound advice to the Scheme, individual Programmes and other workstreams within the Scheme, and responding promptly to requests for information and support

· Assisting the Lead Data Architect to ensure that the end-to-end data architecture for the NIS is defined, agreed and approved and that it remains aligned with the organisation's Business Architecture, Information Governance Principles and overall strategic direction

· Managing a team of Data Architects and assurance support staff; either directly or on a matrix management basis for those staff embedded within project teams

· Professional Leadership - responsible for actively providing support and professional development for self and team.


Part 1: Essential Experience / Knowledge:

1. Experience of working on the data architecture for large-scale or complex IT programmes

Part 2: Essential Skills:

2. Information Policy Formation: Level 5 (from the SFIA Framework )

Drafts and maintains the policy, standards and procedures for compliance with relevant legislation. Reviews information systems for compliance with legislation and specifies any required changes. Ensures that formal information access requests and complaints are dealt with according to approved procedures. Creates and maintains an inventory of data which is subject to data protection legislation. Prepares and reviews the periodic notification of registration details and submits it to the data protection authorities.

3. Data Analysis: Level 4 (from SFIA Framework)

Investigates corporate data requirements, and applies data analysis, data modelling and quality assurance techniques, to establish, modify or maintain data structures and their associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions). Provides advice and guidance to database designers and others using the data structures and associated components.


Experience of working with recognised architectural methodologies (e.g. Zachman, TOGAF etc)

· Experience of working within a large, complex public sector IT programme and/or public sector IT procurement

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

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