About the role

Corporate Metadata makes clear what data we hold, what it means, how it can be used, who can access it, who owns it and where it is held. This function is the central source or ‘hub’ of information about our data. By providing rich and comprehensive information about our data along with sophisticated design tools, this function enables users to create innovative designs for new data products that re-use existing data, allowing us to meet new user needs without adding burden to our data providers.

About you

The function in Data Services is now looking for a Data Architect with significant proven experience in data architecture and specialist knowledge, primarily relating to Data Architecture Frameworks and Information Technology. The following essential knowledge, skills and experience are required:
  • Detailed understanding & knowledge of data architecture principles and patterns.
  • Demonstrable experience in the implementation of data patterns, interoperability, Metadata Management, APIs and Microservices.
  • Extensive experience of identifying and documenting functional and non-functional requirements for a particular project or programme function, whilst challenging ambiguous requirements.
  • Proven ability to design data architecture by dealing with specific business problems and aligning it to enterprise-wide standards and principles, working within the context of well understood architecture and identifying appropriate patterns.
  • Experience of undertaking data profiling and source system analysis and presenting clear insights to colleagues to support the end use of the data.
  • Proven ability to effectively translate and accurately communicate across technical and non-technical stakeholders as well as facilitating discussions within a multidisciplinary team, with potentially difficult dynamics.

be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following core competencies:

INFLUENCE: Uses evidence to make decisions and defend ideas. Builds alignments with other teams or departments.

KNOWLEDGE: Builds own knowledge, stays updated and shares expertise. Recognises and meets evolving customer needs.

BUSINESS SKILLS: Develops and deploys strategies and new technologies, Makes commercially sound decisions and optimises resources.

COMPLEXITY: Synthesises complex information, deliverables, and stakeholder needs. Communicates complex concepts in a clear and effective manner.

AUTONOMY: Empowers and coaches others in order to develop talent and drive engagement. Holds self and others accountable.

Why you should apply

Our vacancies are open to all internal candidates wishing to develop their career further.

NHS Digital is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBTQ+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as colleagues from these backgrounds are currently under-represented at NHS Digital.

Eligibility Criteria

  • you must not have a ‘live’ disciplinary warning
  • you must not be in a formal performance improvement process or a performance improvement plan
  • you must be an employee of NHS Digital or engaged through PSR (i.e. agency temp or contractor). Please note that secondees and individuals engaged via work packages are not eligible to apply

About us

Our work matters. You matter.

What we offer you:

  • flexible working opportunities are available across all bands – these include part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours and working patterns
  • hybrid working is available for most roles to enable you to split your time between the office and home (a small number of roles require office working and this will be confirmed within the job advert)
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • ability to buy and sell annual leave  
  • a generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan, Car Lease and Bike to Work schemes


Next steps

All applications will be sifted based on the criteria outlined within this job advert.  Candidates will be required to provide evidence to demonstrate how they meet the qualifications, skills, experience and competencies to be progressed to the next stage.  Further information is available on the Develop your Career with Us microsite.

Candidates meeting the sifting criteria will be invited to an assessment comprising a band-specific competency interview, a technical assessment (this will be a presentation or technical test) and for roles at 8a and above, a leadership assessment in the form of a presentation.  The competency requirements are outlined within the Core Competencies document. You should also refer to the role profile to understand more about the requirements for the role.

Please do not upload a CV if you are applying for a vacancy marked as an internal opportunity. It is not required for your application.


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