Data Architect

Here at The Guardian, we believe the open exchange of information, ideas and opinions has the power to change the world for the better.

More people than ever before are reading, watching and listening to Guardian journalism from across the world. Over the past year The Guardian achieved record digital traffic with our highest number of regular readers and monthly page views averaging over 1.1 billion.

In 2019 we hit our highest revenues in a decade and achieved the goal we set three years earlier to break even. We’re now on a path to achieve the goal we announced last month of two million people supporting The Guardian by 2022.

That’s where you come in. We are recruiting a Data Architect to report into Head of Data in a newly-created team. They will be accountable for building up the 'value' of our data asset so that our business users, analysts, data scientists, digital product teams and others can drive the maximum impact.

Our mission is to harness this data to attract new readers, and deepen our engagement with them; recruit and retain direct support for the Guardian; and drive value from our advertising and other B2B revenue streams. Put simply, we don't think we can succeed in our ambitions unless we are driving the maximum insight and value from all forms of data.

About the role

  • Lead the data architectural elements of how Guardian News & Media (GNM) collects structures and uses our data across the organisation
  • Conceive and design the data structures and integrations that enable us to rapidly, efficiently and effectively deliver on GNM’s objectives
  • Continuously improve the data strategy, architectural principles, methodologies and frameworks that we adopt
  • Define and own the solution architecture document that explains in detail the how, what and when for data across our data estate, including in GNM’s data lake and operational data systems;
  • Ensure that data modelling (conceptual, logical, physical) is to a high standard across the organisation. In particular, define and own the enterprise wide data modelling standards and ensure they are effectively implemented and adhered to
  • Ensure that architectural and modelling standards and designs are understood by the engineering teams. Equip and support these teams so to help ensure that the designs are adopted / complied with

About you

  • A wealth of experience creating data architectures and models in large, consumer-orientated organisations;
  • Ability to demonstrate a technology agnostic approach for the subject area modelling and logical data modelling
  • Creating the models will include optimised models for data marts supporting the organisation’s objectives;
  • Proven experience in delivering end to end solutions, high level architecture and associated principles to include data sourcing, integrations/flows, usage, whilst retaining policy compliance;
  • Ability to design and model a modern data platform and be able to think about how data is used and delivers value to the business;
  • Extensive experience of successfully and confidently engaging with senior stakeholders and being able to translate the key business drivers and requirements into Data Models and Solution Design;
  • Strong communication skills, able to present complex ideas simply and clearly to a variety of colleagues and clients, and author clear and succinct memos and documents;
  • Proven record in creating low level solution designs aligned with the high-level architecture and principles;
  • Experience of analytics, data science and BI approaches and technologies;
  • A broad understanding of data environments, BI stacks, and ETL tools;
  • A preference for working in a fast-paced, matrix, consumer-focused organisation, for creating structure, and artfully navigating ambiguity and complex inter-organisational dynamics

And lastly, if you share in the Guardian’s mission and values, you’ll be well placed to help us succeed.

You can read more about the Guardian’s purpose here.

Does this all sound like you? Then we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply, please upload your latest CV and a cover letter which outlines why you’d love to take on this role, and why you’re a great match for we’re looking for.

About Us

The Guardian offers 26 days’ holiday and a competitive benefits package including a generous pension, healthcare, dental insurance options, cycle to work scheme and 2 paid volunteering days per year.

We have a strong commitment to your learning, development and well-being, with hundreds of different courses available - ranging from bite-sized e-learning courses, to on-site workshops and professional certifications.

It’s the talent, energy and commitment our people bring to our business that make us who we are. Across our business we have some of the brightest and best people in media and beyond: award winning journalists, cutting edge commercial teams, industry leading digital talent and much, much more.

We are a vibrant and diverse community with many events groups and forums to get involved in. Our Kings Place offices overlook Regents Canal, with the newly-developed Coal Drops Yard, Granary Square and St Pancras Square shops, restaurants and pop-ups

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future. The Guardian actively encourages applications from BAME candidates.

At The Guardian, many of our staff work flexibly and we will consider all requests for flexible working arrangements.