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Business Lead - Lead Data Architect

Reporting to: Head of Data
Team: Strategy and Risk
Contract type: Fixed-term for 6 months
Salary: From £62,451 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 12 July 2020

Job ref: 1822

TPR grade: 5

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


The role of the Lead Data Architect is to design, deploy and manage TPR’s data architecture. You will need to be able to define how to integrate and manage different data entities in the data platform and other IT systems which use or process data in some way.


  • Implement the data model into the TPR Data Platform.
  • Develop data standards, acting as the first escalation point for breaches of data standards.
  • Design and implementation of metadata repositories, understanding the range of tools for storing and working with metadata. Providing oversight and advice in this area.
  • Responsibility for data modelling in the data platform.
  • Undertaking data profiling and source system analysis.
  • Assurance and integration of data services to meet the needs of multiple business services.
  • Experience of working strategically, translating strategic goals into activities.
  • Ability to resolve problems as they occur and implement solutions and preventative measures as well as turn business problems into data design.
  • Champion data architecture across TPR, set the standards and ways of working across the data/IT/analytical community.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Ability to interpret strategic plans to support business as usual (BAU).
  • Appropriate IT awareness and knowledge of toolsets.
  • Data strategy principles.
  • Business processes and analysis.
  • Understanding of Master Data Management.
  • Understanding of enterprise CRM.
  • Communication skills and the ability to translate complex technical issues into simple terms


  • Knowledge and experience of the Azure Data Architecture/Management capabilities.

Person specification

  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Personable and a team player.
  • Excellent customer service.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £62,451, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

The Pensions Regulator is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 1822 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Skype due to COVID-19.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email