Data Architect | Norfolk Constabulary

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Data Architect

Norfolk Executive
Full Time (37 hours) – Temporary to 31 March 2021 (with potential to extend subject to additional funding)
Band J: £55,875 per annum base salary with a £14,125 market supplement (£70,000 per annum)
Closing Date: Friday, 5 June 2020 at 5pm
Please quote Ref: C689 on application form

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Tackling Organised Exploitation Project Team (‘TOEX’), which is part of Chief Constable Simon Bailey’s NPCC Violence and Public Protection national portfolio.

Although the TOEX project team are based at Norfolk Constabulary Headquarters, Wymondham, applications are invited from candidates nationally.

In January 2020, the Home Office commissioned the TOEX project to develop a whole systems approach to improving the response to the ‘exploitation of the vulnerable’ within the current National Strategic Assessment (NSA). The TOEX mission is to support UK Law Enforcement and the intelligence community by providing an enhanced intelligence picture to inform activity, tasking and the investigation of organised exploitation in order to: prepare for a mitigate the impact of organised exploitation; protect vulnerable people from ongoing exploitation; prevent harm towards those at risk of exploitation; and pursue those who exploit them.

To achieve this, the TOEX project team recognise the need to have the right people who are data literate and skilled in the pantheon of data science, The Data Architect will be responsible for the TOEX data strategy, that will need to:

  • support the project deliverables, as articulated in the TOEX project management plan;
  • be cognisant of the scale and complexity of organised exploitation demand and support the development of a model that is capable of assessing and prioritising that demand;
  • ensure appropriate technical platforms and analytical programs are used to support the timely and effective layering of exploitation data sets across the UKLE landscape;
  • ensure that technical solutions are used wherever possible in order to drive sustainable efficiencies throughout the TOEX operating model;
  • be transparent on how technology will be used, ensuring that its use is accountable, explainable and tightly aligned to national frameworks and governance, specifically how data will be handled ethically and in accordance with the Acts of Parliament that govern;
  • be agile to reflect the ever-changing capability requirements of organised exploitation and ensure the timely development of technical solutions to combat the threat, and;
  • design an effective feedback path to the National Assessment Centre (NAC) in order to inform the National Strategic Assessment of threat in the UK.

Moreover, the Data Architect will ensure the TOEX data architecture is cognisant of data reforms across government departments, third sector organisations and partners, de-conflict where necessary, and deliver a single threat model as set out in the vision of this project. TOEX absolutely recognises that synergy is critical if we are to effectively tackle organised exploitation nationally.

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Communication skills (data). 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 know how to speak on behalf of the community to large audiences inside and outside government.
  • Data analysis and synthesis. You can undertake data profiling and source system analysis. You can present clear insights to colleagues to support the end use of the data. 
  • Data communication. You can turn complex data into clear, simple and actionable stories. You will share data communication skills with the team and across key stakeholders. 
  • Data governance. You can ensure data governance supports changes to the TOEX project strategy. You can align data governance with wider governance (for example, budget). You can assure corporate services by understanding important risks and mitigation through assurance mechanisms.
  • Data innovation. You can identify areas of innovation in data tools and techniques, and recognise appropriate timing for adoption.
  • Data modelling. You understand the concepts and principles of data modelling, and can produce relevant data models. You can work across the TOEX demand strands and into industry, understanding opportunities for re-use and alignment between the data models in different organisations. You design how data models should be categorised within the project parameters. 
  • Data standards. You develop and set data standards for the TOEX project. You can communicate the business benefit of data standards, championing and governing those standards across the key stakeholder landscape. You understand where standards need to be set and how to set the standards in the wider context of project governance.
  • Metadata management. 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.
  • Problem resolution (data). 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.
  • Strategic thinking (data architecture). You are able to design the TOEX data strategy, directing the evaluation of strategies and policies to ensure business requirements are being met.
  • Qualifications: Degree in computer science or equivalent, Post- graduate qualifications in Data Management or equivalent. Qualification in enterprise data architecture such as TOGAF 9 or equivalent.

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Security Clearance - You are currently DV cleared
  • Previous Experience - You have previously worked within the United Kingdom Intelligence Community, Law Enforcement and/or the vulnerability and exploitation arena
  • Law - You have a working knowledge of the Investigatory Power Act 2016, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Human Rights Act 1998 with experience of working in conjunction with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Role profile >> data_architect_-_april_2020.docx.pdf

In addition to the above, it is expected that the successful applicant will have a degree in Computer Science or equivalent, have a post-graduate qualification in Data Management or equivalent, and have significant experience and qualifications in enterprise data architecture, such as TOGAF 9 or an equivalent.

Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a temporary basis.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

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