Senior Data Architect

Job Description

Are you an experienced Data Architect looking to work in a truly exciting and agile environment, working with the very latest technologies you will help our team to build the data capability of the office. This is a tremendous challenge, which will provide a unified view of the great variety of data that the ONS uses to create national statistics.

You will design and build models which will support data management and fulfilling the strategic data needs of ONS. You will be part of a relatively large team of data architects, and will also be expected to collaborate with other data architects across government.

The ONS (Office for National Statistics) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute. Apart from crunching the numbers that shape big decisions, we look after the interests of our staff. We invest in training and development to enhance skills and also offer a good work-life balance to improve well-being and staff retention.
Job description
We have been tasked with the development of an innovative and high impact data strategy, underpinned by data policies and new future-proofed data architecture.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team responsible for standardising how data is modelled and how it is described across ONS. The work produced by the Data Architecture division will specify how data is handled in the organisation, from how it is collected and stored, to how it is linked, combined and archived.

You will:
• Work to the standards set for the organisation by the Chief Data Architect together with other members of the team
• Guide junior member of the team and advise them in day to day work
• Design data models and metadata systems as per business requirements.
• Support the division championing data architecture across the ONS
• Develop the data architecture supporting ONS’s full data life-cycle

Person Specification

You will need to demonstrate the following set of skills:
• Data Standards – Understands data standards across multiple subject areas and helps the project team make recommendations about how the organisation should implement them and resolve breaches.
• Metadata Management – Participate in the designs of a metadata repository and the migration of existing metadata repositories. Understands and employs a range of tools for storing and working with metadata. Provides advice to more inexperienced members of the team.
• Data modelling – Understands the concepts and principles of data modelling and is able to produce relevant data models across multiple subject areas. Reverse engineers data models from a live system. Understands industry recognised data modelling patterns and standards and when to apply them. Compares and aligns different data models.
• Data Analysis & Synthesis – Undertakes data profiling and source system analysis and can present clear insights to colleagues to support the end use of the data.
• Data Governance – Knows how to assure and integrate data services to meet the needs of multiple business services. Works proactively to ensure the organisation designs architecture that considers data.
• Strategic Thinking – Works within a strategic context and is able to set and carry out activities that meet strategic goals.
• Problem resolution – Ensures that the most appropriate actions are taken to resolve problems as they occur.

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
As relevant to the role – please refer to person specification

As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:
• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to public holidays;
• Good work-life balance – working options include flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm;
• Strong ethos of equality and diversity;
• Up to 3 days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities;
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay;
• Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension;
• Career development and progression – Career pathway options such as apprenticeships and recognised qualifications for a variety of professions are available;
• Free onsite car parking in Newport and Fareham;
• Cycle to work scheme

A discretionary non-pensionable, non-consolidated allowance of up to £3000 may be payable for successful applicants. If agreed, it will be subject to regular review in accordance with policy and is not a contractual entitlement.

Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Technical skills.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement.

Your CV should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1,250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions. Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

A presentation or test may be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Sift date: 14th October 2019
Interview date: 23rd October 2019

For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Gareth Watkins
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

Senior Data Architect – Terms and Conditions