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Senior Data Architect

Unit :  CIO Portfolio
Salary :  £67,541 + £2,459 per annum Market Related Pay supplement*
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  20309
Full-time, Permanent
Closing Date :  13 October, 2022 - 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

The effective use of data is key to the successful delivery of the Open University Strategic goals.  Reporting to the Data Technology Director as part of the CIO Portfolio, this is a key senior architecture role which will build and run the Data Technology Capability for the Open University.  The successful candidate will be a thought leader in the data technology and architecture space with relevant experience in defining data technology strategies, technology operations, architectures, roadmaps and how to implement these successfully.

As the Senior Data Architect, you will take ownership for all data architecture activities within the Data Technology Team, that works on behalf of the Chief Data Officer, to have a strategic advisory role on all current and future data technology adoption.

This is a time of great change and opportunity in the organisation to embed innovative ways of working and new technology adoption.  The role will take ownership of a newly implemented Azure Data platform and lead its transition of this from successful change programme to a business as usual state that will enable continued growth and innovation with data. Although this role is aligned to our Milton Keynes office, we are flexible on location across the UK, with occasional attendance onsite required.

Skills and experience

This role will suit you if you:

  • Possess previous experience of implementing data solution architecture for a large enterprise with practical experience in relational databases, ETL tools and programming languages such as SQL, Python and Java
  • Are experienced in confidently relating architectural decisions and recommendations to business needs
  • Are confident in defining methods and approach to large scale and complex change solutions
  • Possess the technical ability to predict and advise on future technology roadmap for the organisation to deliver business benefits.

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the Job Description.

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please contact Phebe Lau at Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or email quoting the reference 20309.

What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term, including 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days, an attractive pension proposition and free parking on campus. *This role currently attracts a temporary Market Related Pay supplement of £2,459 per annum which is due to be reviewed for October 2024.

Colleagues wellbeing and development is at the forefront of our culture. We embrace diversity and recognise and reward our employees for the fantastic work they do.  For more information about our people and wellbeing focus, please contact the Resourcing Hub.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure that your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for; Senior Data Architect, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


Remember to attach your CV and Personal statement as ONE DOCUMENT. 

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Closing date: 13th October 2022 - midday

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all our staff can reach their potential and attract diverse candidates. We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. 

We offer a range of inclusive employment policies which include family and carer friendly flexible working arrangements and have many supportive staff networks and wellbeing services. We also endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity. Our Staff Benefits page under Employment provides further links and information.

Job related information : 

File Senior Data Architect Job Description.docx70.66 KB

Posting Date :  22 September, 2022 - 12:15

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,