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G6 Lead Data Architect

Summary Information for vacancy - reference NIS0942


Identity and Passport Service (IPS)


Salary is dependant on location: London - £64,003 - £73,604 / National - £57,955 - £66,647


City of Westminster, Greater London, London

Closing Date

19 April 2010

Interviews start

Not specified


Grade 6


Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Programme and Project Management

Brief Description

The Lead Data Architect leads and owns the Scheme Data Model, Scheme principles and strategy relating to data handling (such as Information Governance principles and Identity Management Strategy), and data sharing arrangements, as part of the Scheme Architecture for the National Identity Service (NIS). The post holder will be one of the key decision makers within the NIS portfolio in terms of direction and delivery and will need to have the experience and gravitas to operate at a Strategic level within this environment.

This role may be located in London, Belfast, Durham, Southport, Liverpool, Peterborough or Glasgow.

Vacancy description

• Assisting the Scheme Architect to ensure that the architecture for NIS is defined, agreed, maintained and that it remains aligned with the NIS overall strategic direction
• Deputising for Scheme Architect as required
• Providing guidance, support and direction to all parts of the Scheme to ensure alignment of solutions with the Scheme Architecture and integration of the NIS
• Dealing with conflict at senior management level, resolving it where possible and saying “no” where necessary
• Challenge and assess impact of all proposed scheme level changes in scope, cost and schedule for consideration by Scheme Management Board (SMB)
• Ensuring that the end-to-end data architecture for the NIS is defined, agreed and approved and that it remains aligned with the organisation's strategic direction, governing principles and legislative and policy constraints, including Data Protection Act, Identity Cards Act and Freedom of Information Act
• Ensuring sign-off of key data and information handling principles underpinning the Scheme Architecture
• Managing the provision of guidance, support and direction to all parts of the Scheme to ensure continued alignment with the data architecture
• Managing the assurance of supplier solutions and design deliverables for compliance with the data architecture
• Ensuring effective integration of components of the NIS with the end-to-end Scheme Architecture and the existing (legacy) IT estate


1. Experience of leading the data architecture function for large-scale or complex IT programmes

2. Knowledge and experience of managing compliance to legislation around data and/or identity management (such as Data Protection Act, Identity Cards Act and Freedom of Information Act), and working with relevant information regulators

Part 2: Essential Skills:

3. Information Policy Formation: Level 6 (derived from the SFIA Framework )

Develops strategies for compliance with data protection legislation. Ensures that the policy and standards for compliance with data protection legislation are fit for purpose, current and correctly implemented. Reviews new business proposals and provides specialist advice on compliance issues. Works with external regulators such as the data protection authorities.



4. Data Analysis: Level 5 (from SFIA Framework)

Sets standards for data analysis tools and techniques, advises on their application, and ensures compliance. Manages the investigation of corporate data requirements, and co-ordinates the application of data analysis and data modelling techniques, based upon a detailed understanding of the corporate information requirements, in order to establish, modify or maintain data structures and their associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions).



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

• Experience of working within a large 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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