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Data Architect

Posted: 3 Sep 2020 Closes: 20 Sep 2020
Exeter, GB Salary starting at £44,265
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200903143450

Salary will start at £44,265 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £48,912.Plus a discretionary Market Supplement value of £4,500 and a discretionary long-term incentive plan of £2,500 (subject to periodical review).


The post involves working as part of a team of Enterprise Architects within the Technology directorate to support the delivery of strategic change.

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly (no more than two-pages) states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Key Dates: Closing date 20/09/2020 with interviews expected W/C 28/09/2020. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

Job Purpose:

The post involves working as part of the team of Enterprise IT Architects within the Technology directorate. The team provides independent technical leadership across the Met Office to:
• deliver assurance and design services;
• make and guide technical decisions;
• lead a community of practice;
• support strategic initiatives.

Job Responsibilities:

The job involves working as a senior leader working across the organisation at a strategic level to translate the business strategy into business change and technical delivery. You will be responsible for:
• Establishing architectural principles, policies and standards (data);
• Assuring data decisions are aligned to EA strategy;
• Guiding EA strategy and roadmaps from a business and data perspective, including ‘as-is’, ‘to-be’ and transitional states;
• Understanding the organisation’s ecosystem and its inter-dependencies;
• Taking a strategic view across all architectural domains, portfolios and programmes;
• Guiding the organisation to make the correct data decisions, by promoting reuse, sustainability and scalability to achieve value for money;
• Developing the architecture community;
• Sharing the results of horizon scanning undertaken across industry, identifying emerging trends and their potential impact on the organisation.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

Skill: Communication skills (data)
Description: You can communicate effectively across organisational, technical and political boundaries, understanding the context. You make complex and technical information and language simple and accessible for non-technical audiences. You can advocate and communicate what a team does to create trust and authenticity, and can respond to challenge.
Skill: Strategic thinking (data architecture)
Description: You have an overall perspective on business issues, events and activities, and an understanding of their wider implications and long-term impact. This could include determining patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. You focus on outcomes rather than solutions and activities.
Skill: Data communication
Description: You use the most appropriate medium to visualise data to tell compelling stories relevant for supporting achievement of business goals. You present, communicate and disseminate data appropriately and with high impact.
Skill: Turning business problems into data design
Description: You can work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into data designs. You can create effective designs through iterative processes, aligning user needs with organisational objectives and system requirements.
Skill: Data standards
Description: You can develop and set data standards for an organisation. You can communicate the business benefit of data standards, promoting and governing those standards across the organisation
Skill: Self-learning and knowledge development
Description: Plans personal development in line with career objectives. Able to investigate, discriminate and share new information and knowledge with key stakeholder communities.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

Skill: Data analysis and synthesis
Description: You understand how to translate data into valuable insights that inform decisions. You involve teams in analytics and synthesis to increase consensus and challenge assumptions. You can identify and use the most appropriate analytical techniques, and you understand analytical tools. You are numerate. You are aware of and keep up to date with advances in digital analytics tools and data manipulation products. You collect, collate, cleanse, synthesise and interpret data to derive meaningful insights.
Skill: Data innovation
Description: You recognise and exploit business opportunities to ensure more efficient and effective performance of organisations. You explore new ways of conducting business and organisational processes.
Skill: Problem resolution (data)
Description: You log, analyse and manage problems in order to identify and implement the appropriate solution. You ensure that the problem is fixed.
Skill: Data modelling
Description: You can produce data models and understand where to use different types of data models. You understand different tools and can compare between different data models. You can reverse-engineer a data model from a live system. You understand industry-recognised data-modelling patterns and standards
Skill: Metadata management
Description: You understand a variety of metadata management tools. You can design and maintain the appropriate metadata repositories to enable the organisation to understand their data assets.
Knowledge of Wardley Mapping
Knowledge of Cynefin

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