Data Architect

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Date: 7 Feb 2024

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £50,000 up to £65,343 dependent upon experience

Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time

Security Level: SC


We are the UK's aviation and aerospace regulator and recognised as a world leader in its field. Our activities are diverse, enabling the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards, and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.


The Role


Working with the Head of Information and Data Management, the Data Architect will design and deliver the data management strategy necessary to store, move, manage and utilise data across the CAA.


This strategy will help towards achieving the authority’s business objectives in the most appropriate and efficient manner.  It will ensure a strategy that provides the most efficient management of, and enables the most effective use of, the authorities data and information.


A pivotal role to set the data management strategy and architecture in an organisation driven by data and information.

Core Accountabilities


  • Design and delivery of the CAA data management strategy and architecture e.g. design, delivering and ensuring the ongoing monitoring and adherence of the strategy and architecture to ensure business benefit is being delivered.
  • Acting as Data Architect on key CAA project and management of data specialists working to deliver these projects e.g. Project Data Architecture needs, and leading contract resource as needed for a project
  • Oversight of business activities to ensure compliance to the architectural standards and guidelines defined e.g. the development of processes to monitor adherence to standards and guidelines and the resolution of non-adherence
  • Establishment of metrics for tracking and measurement of data architecture initiatives and the reporting back at all levels across the organisation
  • Development of the Data Architecture roadmap and its integration to the wider enterprise architecture
  • Be the technical design authority for data over all internal and external projects

About You

To be considered for the role you must have:

  • Broad knowledge of all architectural disciplines
  • Strong understanding or all data management activities and the delivery of strategies in these areas
  • Ability to collaborate and influence at all levels
  • Conceptual, logical and physical data modelling
  • Deep understanding of Master and Reference Data Management
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies in the data management field
  • Proven track record of delivering data architecture in a complex environment
  • The ability to explain complex concepts to all levels across the organisation


What We Can Offer You


Along with our people, data is the critical asset behind everything The CAA delivers.


Whether we take in data to process a licence, analyse data for safety and security decisions, or gather data as part of a regulatory audit, data is fundamental to all our roles.


We have the rare opportunity that the Data Architect role has become available, enabling the successful candidate to play a leading part in driving forward the organisation in this data driven era.


Sitting in our Information and Data Management Team and having a close working relationship with the Architecture Team, this role spans all aspects of the business, offering a fantastic insight into the complicated but infinitely interesting aviation world.


The role is responsible for defining, delivering and monitoring adherence to standards and policies in “all things data” at the organisation, it acts as the Data Architect on all projects and acts as Data Expert both with internal and external relationships.

This is a rare opportunity for the ideal candidate to help us on our journey and help the organisation move forward to its next phase of data maturity.


Additional Information


For many appointments within the CAA, these roles require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holders must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.


To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. For this role this will need to be 5 years.


If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application.


For more information on SC clearance please visit - Vetting explained - GOV.UK (


The CAA values high ethical standards and personal integrity among employees. If invited for interview you will be asked to complete a declaration of interest.


Working With Us

We offer a range of excellent benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a generous pension scheme and much more!

We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day-to-day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.

We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

Our Values


Do The Right Thing, Never Stop Learning, Build Collaborative Relationships, Respect Everyone – For more information please Click Here


Closing Date: Sunday 25th February 2024
Interview Date: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March 2024


We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.


No recruitment agencies please.

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