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IPO Ref 204 - C2 Senior Data Architect - Data Management

Intellectual Property Office
Newport, UK
Closing date
28 Nov 2020

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Senior Data Architect required to design implement and manage Master Data Management. You will be required to liaise influence and work collaboratively with stakeholders across the business.

You will have experience in working with large transformation projects and managing the projects expectations.

The successful candidate will be expected to have excellent knowledge of data management including data governance, data landscaping and reference data management.

The successful candidate will also be required to upskill, train and provide guidance to junior data architects.

Job description

Manage Master data management workstream.
Plan design and implement IPOs master data management.
Engage with stakeholders across IPO to agree, define and implement Master data management and reference data management
Plan data migration and give guidance on best practices.
Mange and plan work deliverables for data quality and data governance workstreams.
Work with projects to embed MDM for all future projects within the IPO.
Create a holistic view of the IPO's as-is and Target Data landscape.
Design to-be master data stores
Document as is data flows and data models
Define and design To-be data flows, Data models and Data life cycle diagrams
Review and support implementation of Data Policies and Standards.
Line management of data quality and data governance staff.

Please see job description


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Essential - Master Data Management business processes, Data flows. Desirable - Togaf, DAMA.


Benefits of working with us:
A flexible working scheme which has no core hours and excellent opportunities for home, part-time and term-time working;
A very generous pension scheme, with low employee contributions;
Eligibility for special and office-wide bonus payments;
Excellent development opportunities;
Opportunities for secondments, both internal and external;
Opportunities to join many civil-service clubs such as the Sports and Social Association, Motoring Club (CSMA), which provide numerous discounts to members

When working at Concept House, Newport the following benefits are also available:
A limited number of free car parking spaces are available on site;
Use of facilities that we share with ONS. These include an on-site gymnasium, shop, restaurant, coffee shop, cash point and hairdressers.

Please note benefits may be subject to change.

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.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

How to apply

1. An initial sift to create a shortlist
This will be based on the evidence given in your Personal Statement and CV.

Candidates are required to complete a 1000 word personal statement evidencing their suitability for the role.

Candidates to note: In order to capture your employment history please complete the employment history box under the 'Your CV' section of the online application form.

Please note: the below experience is essential:

Master data management planning and implementation.
Stakeholder management across technical and non-technical teams.
Data lifecycle.
Data migration planning and implementation.
Experience of creating and implementing data principles, policies and standards.

The following experience is desirable:
Data modelling and data landscaping.
Understanding of reference data and experience of designing a reference management framework.

Please note: the following technical skills are essential:
Data flows, Master Data Management business processes.

2.Selection interviews stage.
This will be based on the evidence given in your Behaviour examples, Experience and Technical skills and Strengths.

At interview you will be assessed on the below behaviours:

Seeing the bigger picture
Bring together views and perspectives of stakeholders to gain a wider picture of Data and information governance surrounding activities and policies.
Identify implications of strategy and political priorities and own area to ensure plans and activities reflect these.

Changing and improving
Understand and identify the role of data in public service delivery and policy implementation.
Provide constructive challenge to senior management on change proposals which will affect the organisation.

Making effective decisions
Identify the main issues in complex problems, clarify understanding or stakeholder expectations, to seek best option.
Analyse and evaluate data from various sources to identify pros and cons and identify risks in order to make well considered decisions.

Developing self and others
Prioritise and role-model continuous self-learning and development.
Identify areas individuals and teams need to develop in order to achieve future objectives.

Communicating and Influencing
Be visible to staff and stakeholders and regularly undertake activities to engage and build trust with people involved in area of work.
Communicate purpose and direction with clarity and enthusiasm.

Please note: the below experience is essential:

Master data management planning and implementation.
Stakeholder management across technical and non-technical teams.

Experience of the following is desirable:

Data modelling and data landscaping

Please note: the below technical skills are desirable:


Please note:candidates that proceed to the interview stage will be required to deliver a presentation. Further information around the Success Profile elements of the interview and presentation topic will be provided in the invite to interview information.

Please note: further information around the Success Profile elements of the interview will be provided in the invite to interview text.

IMPORTANT: Please note CVs sent direct to the IPO will not be accepted.

If you require job-specific information, please contact: Tafseer Un Nisa

All communications will be electronic therefore it is vitally important that you check your Civil Service Jobs account regularly, as well as your spam/junk email folder

This post is being advertised to Internal, across government and external candidates at the same time.

Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted or considered.

Should you have any queries or require any assistance in this matter, please contact the HR Recruitment team at prior to the closing of the post.

Candidates to Note
From 8 June 2020, The Intellectual Property Office is to provide a Fair Processing Notice to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview.

As one aspect of pre-employment screening, personal details (name, National Insurance Number and date of birth) will be checked against the Civil Service Resourcing Extract Internal Fraud database. Anyone included on the Internal Fraud Database will be refused employment unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances.

The Intellectual Property Office will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the Internal Fraud database.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Terms & Conditions:
Please note that IPO has updated its terms and conditions of employment as part of Civil Service Reform. It is the candidates responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful on application.

Please see the attached Terms and Conditions document.

Voluntary Moves: If your pay (excluding allowances) is above the IPO maximum for the grade it will be capped at the IPO maximum for the grade when you transfer.

OGD loan or permanent transfers : Please note that due to the childcare changes introduced by HMRC in October 2018, employees going on loan/transferring to another government department that were in receipt of childcare vouchers in their previous department will not be able to continue receiving these post transfer.
For more information on the childcare schemes offered by IPO, please contact

If moving internally on lateral transfer you will remain on your current base salary. Please note: All allowances are specific of individual roles and may not be transferable.

Diversity Statement
The IPO is an inclusive employer where diversity is respected and differences valued. Our positive approach to diversity allows us to select the most suitable applicants free from bias on factors such as age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion.

If you require an adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, then please let the recruitment team know via ;

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact : Name : IPO Recruitment Team Email : Recruitment team : Email :

Further information

Commissioners statement The Civil Service recruits by merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissions Recruitment Principles. Complaints Procedure: If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please contact; Dominic Houlihan, Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8QQ.

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