Chief Data Architect - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£57,855 - £66,533
11 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019
Contract Type


Southampton, South East, SO15 1EG

About the job

Does your job matter? This one does….

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an organisation like no other.

Our work saves lives, every single day. Whether at the beach, coast or sea, people rely on our 24-hour emergency service 365-days a year, whilst our surveyors operate to ensure high standards of safety for all boat users around the globe.

With nationwide reach, we’re made up of nearly 4,500 employees and volunteers, across 450 sites across the UK. We operate the biggest airborne fleet in the government outside of the armed services, control a coastguard operation that sells its expertise around the world, set the standards in the growing shipping sector and play a vital role in enabling and delivering innovation across the maritime sector.

The technology infrastructure that drives our business relies on leading edge hardware and software systems that are almost unique outside of the defence sector. Whilst we are a high performing organisation, we still have work to do to ensure that data allows us to achieve our incredible ambitions.

As part of a major transformation programme and restructure, a new data team is being created to support the MCA in their endeavours to save more lives at sea. Using data and analytics, MCA will not only be able to put preventative measures in place; but take the search out of search and rescue. Our aim is to become a centre of analytics excellence, adopting cutting edge methods to drive innovation, automation and machine learning.

Job description

This is where you come in…

As Chief Data Architect, you will provide leadership, insight and governance across the MCA data landscape. By driving the analysis of data sources, our models, policies, rules and standards, you will develop a market leading data strategy. In addition, you will adopt methods, processes and algorithms that will extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data to support all our wider organisational objectives.


Key responsibilities of this role will also include:

• Accountability for the organisations data strategy as well as expanding the research and analytics offerings;
• Championing data architecture throughout the organisation and assuring systems are designed in accordance with the data architecture;
• Contributing to creating an agile, fast paced organisation by promoting innovation;
• Providing leadership and acting as a role models within the I&T function;
• Engaging and advising at the highest levels to support strategic decision making;
• Ensuring that the MCA is investing in and utilising the latest technologies and methodologies;
• Overseeing the design of data models, with a broad understanding of how each model fulfils the needs of the business.

This is a rare opportunity to develop and influence change within a completely unique organisation. The MCA is unparalleled in our commitment and dedication to the crucial work we carry out. Our tireless pursuit of technological improvement will ensure that your role with us will not only help save countless lives for years to come, but successfully position you for the role of your choosing in the future. Dare to be different.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please refer to the Chief Data Architect skills they need:


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

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.

Selection process details

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

For further information or to apply please contact Lisa Paul-Wickham or Daniel White: or 0208 253 1800

The sift is due to take place Week Commencing 4th November.

Interviews and Assessments are likely to be held throughout November & December.

Interviews will be held in Southampton.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

How to Apply
For further information or to apply please contact Lisa Paul-Wickham or Daniel White: or 0208 253 1800

The Maritime and Coastguard alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• An Agency Interview
• A Role Play Interview
• An interview with one or more exercises
• Multiple days of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

The interview may consist of a range of question types which could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any given situation, as well as specific examples of things you have done. You may also be asked to sit a written assessment or present on a particular topic.

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

• What energises and motivates you
• How you would manage situations relevant to the role
• Your previous experience
• Your professional skills and knowledge

Further Information

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should contact: Lisa Paul-Wickham or Daniel White: or 0208 253 1800.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact

Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

Childcare Vouchers

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Lisa Paul-Wickham or Daniel White Email : Telephone :   02082531800   Recruitment team : Email :