Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC252689
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £59023 - £65580
Date Posted 31 January 2020
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 01 March 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £59,023 - £65,580 (depending on experience)
Grade: G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 1st March 2020
Interview Date: W/C 16th March 2020

The UKRI Data Services team has the responsibility to implement and maintain robust data services to the UKRI community. This includes creating a data infrastructure that will consolidate the information asset landscape into a single easy to access and use environment to help drive data driven decisions.

Due to the requirement for integrated business systems in line with UKRI growth and the associated data/information demands, a requirement for an experienced Data Architect has arisen within DDaT. The Data Architect will deliver a capability that will ensure the links, data structures and reporting capability are fully understood and designed for optimum robustness and flexibility.

Job responsibilities:

  • Work with business-critical information and data related projects to drive the delivery of robust, requirements driven data solutions to drive the maximum utilisation of the information assets
  • Work with business subject matter experts to understand the organisation’s essential information requirements and to define the organisation’s data assets
  • Model the organisation’s data assets in the form of conceptual and logical data models. Maintain the models
  • Model the relationships between the data assets and the organisation’s business processes, people and IT systems. Maintain the relationships
  • Produce a maintained business data glossary with linkages to technical metadata
  • Understand and model data flows and data asset lifecycles. Maintain the models
  • Define and maintain enterprise taxonomies and namespaces
  • Assessment and evaluation of any proposed data/system changes that might impact data performance, models or reports
  • Responsibility for making sure that organisations systems are designed in accordance with the data architecture
  • Work with senior staff across the organisation and design authorities in order to develop/approve (depending on the level) the vision for data utilisation
  • Make sure that systems are designed, upgraded, managed, de-commissioned and archived in compliance with data policy across the full information life cycle.

Has a long-term strategic perspective on how data can be used for business issues, events and activities. These would result in production of patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements that focuses on outcomes rather than solutions and activities. Then able to communicate how these artefacts help meet strategic goals, at any level across the organisation.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Produces data models and understands where to use different types of data models
  • Understands different tools and is able to compare between different data models
  • Able to reverse engineer a data model from a live system
  • Understands industry recognised data modelling patterns and standards
  • Develops and sets data standards for an organisation
  • Understands a variety of metadata management tools.

Interview Criteria


  • Ability to communicate effectively across organisational, technical and political boundaries, understanding the context
  • Makes complex and technical information and language simple and accessible for non-technical audiences
  • Is able to advocate and communicate what a team does to create trust and authenticity, and can respond to challenge
  • Communicates the business benefit of data standards, championing and governing those standards across the organisation
  • Designs and maintains the appropriate metadata repositories to enable the organisation to understand their data assets
  • Works with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into data designs
  • Creates optimal designs through iterative processes, aligning user needs with organisational objectives and system requirements.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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