Locations: Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Worthing

Do you have a passion for building a strong data governance framework to enable an organisation to better exploit its data assets? Would you want to be part of a team to lead on implementation of HMRC’s Data Strategy? 

If so, continue reading to find out more about this fantastic opportunity to join HMRC – one of the largest and most dynamic IT infrastructures in Europe, and we are now one of the most digitally advanced tax authorities in the world.

HMRC is a data organisation. It has one of the largest customer bases and most complex IT estates in the UK. We run the biggest digital operation in Government, providing digital services for 45 million individuals and 4.9 million business customers.  

This an exciting time for digital and technology in HMRC. We are in the middle of a major transformation process, using the latest technology available, that will fundamentally improve the department’s data handling for the benefit of our customers and colleagues. The Chief Data Office (CDO) is at the heart of this work, and we are looking for motivated and experienced individuals to play a key role in a new Data Strategy and Governance team. Working to the Lead Data Manager Professional (Strategy and Governance), you will be part of a professional, experienced, and engaged team to provide strategic leadership and governance to ensure we govern, manage, and exploit our data to improve customer experience and revenue.


Job description

Chief Digital and Information Office values and empowers the growth of its people and offers the “CDIO University”. This is a one stop shop for all things learning and development. The comprehensive offer encompassing academic, personal and career related opportunity and learning, ensuring all receive a consistent approach to technical learning. This includes access to subject matter experts, technical learning, professional communities, academies, apprenticeships, talent schemes as well as providing, delivering, encouraging, and supporting activities for personal growth and wellbeing. 

The ideal candidate  

We welcome applicants who are excited by what is happening in Data governance across the world, understand how data can be governed and exploited and technology products used to counter such risks. You will have a background in data management and have energy and passion complemented by brilliant engagement and communication skills – you will be capable of driving change and taking people with you. The post holder will find themselves in a genuinely dynamic and challenging department.

Person specification

As a Principal Data Management Professional (Data Strategy and Governance) you will: 

  • Work in partnership with other stakeholders across HMRC to deliver a Data Strategy, roadmap and Target Operating Model(s);
  • Manage Digital wide risk management;
  • Develop a data governance framework including establishing data policies, standards, roles and responsibilities and adoption of industry best practice in alignment with our regulatory framework; 
  • Support Data Governance boards, corporate decision making and reporting structures;
  • Steer HMRC towards data maturity;
  • Provide strategic and expert advice to CDO managers including horizon scanning, and
  • Promote a data driven culture, working with the Business to adopt best practice, enhance capability and promote innovation.

Essential criteria:

  • Ability to develop, communicate and drive implementation of an enterprise data strategy and data governance framework.  
  • Experience of data management  
  • Experience developing data capability at an organisational and team level through empowering, supporting  
  • Successful track record of delivering change through others  
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, in particular building relationships between IT and business stakeholders. 
  • Problem solving, innovation and decision making skills

Desirable criteria:  

  • Relevant professional or academic qualification, such as degree and/or DAMA or similar industry recognised qualifications 
  • Knowledge of GDPR and solid understanding of compliance and controls

Salary: £54439 to £60183 per annum
Job Category: Public Sector & Services

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