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Senior Data Architect

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Recruiter: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Listed on: 30th June
Location: Manchester
Salary/Rate: £53,168 - £62,001
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Job description: Senior Data Architect

Job details

Job title: Senior Data Architect
Team: Information Architecture, Business Analysis and Search
Location: Manchester
Centre/Directorate: Digital Information and Technology -DIT
Terms & conditions: Agenda for Change
Pay band: 8b
Contract: Permanent


Accountable to Associate Director of Information Architecture, Business Analysis & Search

This role line manages one Data Architect.

About the role 

The Digital, Information and Technology (DIT) directorate is a 70 strong team of digital, information management and technology professionals. Our digital teams adopt a user centric agile methodology and work in multi-disciplinary teams (MDT's) with analytics and insight to develop and maintain NICE's suite of digital and technology services. We are playing a key role in the implementation of NICE's digital transformation programme. 

The teams in DIT design, develop and maintain NICE's suite of externally facing digital services including the NICE's website, Pathways, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, BNF and Evidence Search which together attract more than 2 million users a month.  

The directorate is also responsible for NICE's internal guidance production systems including content management, authoring and publishing systems, with a view to generate internal efficiencies and to ensure NICE takes advantage of digital innovations arising across the health and care landscape, such as machine learning and data science. As such DIT has a key role to play in keeping NICE's guidance relevant, high-quality, up-to-date, and accessible.

DIT is also responsible for IT operations and support, including networking, infrastructure, DevOps and unified user support, in addition to leading the implementation of new digital workplace solutions to boost operational productivity at NICE.

To achieve NICE's strategic transformation ambitions and to continue to support our essential live services, it is crucial that NICE's data are structured and managed appropriately and that the processes for developing, maintaining, and publishing guidance can rely on consistent, accurate well-structured data. 

This role will be at the heart of ensuring NICE takes an enterprise view of its data, that it can clearly understand, manage and use these data effectively in line with its strategic ambitions.


As a Senior Data Architect you will: 

  • Oversee and initially lead on the design of multiple data models and have a broad understanding of how each model fulfils the needs of the business;
  • Be accountable for the definition of the organisation's data strategy and data roadmap to ensure delivery against the strategy;
  • Champion data architecture across NICE, and set the standards and ways of working including specification of appropriate tooling for defining and implementing the defined data architecture;
  • Provide advice to agile multidisciplinary delivery teams and oversee the implementation and adherence to data architecture over the full product or service lifecycle;
  • Have responsibility for making sure that NICE's systems are designed in accordance with the data architecture through close working with technical architects and attendance of architectural groups and forums;
  • Consider cyber security impact and implications of NICE's data management systems and raise with team members accordingly;
  • Assess the architectural impact and implications for data and system interoperability, of business or technology changes that are being proposed;
  • Support the appropriate use of metadata systems and management of data dictionaries and data registers across NICE in alignment to the agreed data architecture;
  • Work closely with the Information Governance function at NICE to ensure that Data Governance is aligned as part of the data strategy and data architecture for NICE;
  • Work closely with Information Architects and vocabulary specialists at NICE as well as external information standards bodies to ensure alignment between the data architecture and agreed vocabulary standards.
  • Work closely with the Content Strategy Lead to ensure that the data architecture supports and enables NICE's Content Strategy.
  • Work closely with the Associate Director of Information Management to ensure the data architecture aligns to the implementation of information and content management systems at NICE.
  • Work closely with the Data and Analytics function to align data architecture needs.

Essential criteria


Masters degree or higher in computer science, computer engineering, information technology or a related field or equivalent experience.

Knowledge and skills

  • You have significant expertise in the development of data models including landscape concept models, logical and physical models.
  • You can work across NICE and into the wider health and care system and information landscape, understanding opportunities for re-use and alignment between the data models in different organisations.
  • You have significant expertise in the facilitation of data modelling workshops spanning both technical and non-technical people and all levels of seniority.
  • You can undertake data profiling, source system analysis and reverse engineering of data models from live systems to inform the definition or modification of data architecture.
  • You can evolve and define data governance and take responsibility for collaborating and supporting the wider organisational strategy. 
  • You know how to assure and integrate data services to meet the needs of multiple business services. You work proactively to ensure the organisation designs architecture that considers data.
  • You know how to develop and set data standards for an organisation. You can communicate the business benefit of data standards, championing and governing those standards across the organisation. You understand where standards need to be set across an organisation and how to set the standards within an organisation in the context of its wider environment.
  • You understand how metadata repositories can support different areas of the business. You promote and communicate the value of metadata repositories. You set up robust governance processes for keeping the repositories up to date.
  • You can identify areas of innovation in data tools and techniques, and recognise appropriate timing for adoption.
  • You have excellent knowledge of modelling languages and notation e.g. UML or equivalent.
  • You have excellent knowledge and understanding of different forms of database including relational, document and graph databases.
  • You have excellent knowledge of standard data formats and representation of data and expertise in manipulating data in these formats e.g. XML, JSON, RDF.
  • You have a good working knowledge of relevant W3C standards and how they relate to and inform data architecture. 
  • Communication:
    • You can mediate between people and mend relationships, communicating with stakeholders at all levels. 
    • You can manage stakeholders' expectations and facilitate discussions across high risk or complexity or under constrained timescales. 
    • You can listen to the needs of technical and business stakeholders and interpret them.
    • You know how to manage proactive and reactive communication. 
    • You know how to speak on behalf of DIT regarding data architecture to small and large audiences inside and outside of NICE shaping the communications accordingly.


  • Significant experience in the definition of a data strategy and the establishment of a data architecture for an entire organisation.
  • Expert in using enterprise/solution architecture tools and techniques.
  • Experience of architecture governance and design assurance processes.
  • Significant experience of project and programme delivery methodologies, in particular agile methodologies, and how data architecture integrates into such methodologies.
  • Experience of the definition of data models and appropriate architectures for the safe and effective management of customer/contact data.


  • You have an ability to proactively build strong rapport with people at all levels within and outside of an organisation.
  • You can prioritise and plan complex work across a portfolio of live services and projects ensuring all relevant stakeholders remain up to date on progress and potential blockers to your data work. 
  • You can anticipate problems and know how to prevent them. You understand how the problem fits into the larger picture. You can articulate the problem and help others to articulate the problem. You build problem-solving capabilities in others.
  • You have experience of procuring and working with external specialist resources relating to data architecture.

Desirable criteria

Knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of cloud technologies for data architecture, in particular knowledge of capabilities available through AWS.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 common data services.
  • Knowledge of Topbraid products and services for enterprise wide data management.
  • Knowledge of open data and data publishing principles and standards relevant for UK government organisations e.g. CKAN.
  • Knowledge of other relevant data and metadata and metadata repository standards e.g. DCAT.


  • Experience of working in a content publishing organisation. 
  • Experience of working within the health and care domain.
  • Experience of working with the management of structured or componentised content.
  • Experienced in working across mixed vendor multi cloud environments.

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