Data Manager

Job reference: 001779

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 07/03/2021

Salary: £38,890 (Band 7)

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 37.5

About the role

We have two exciting Data Manager roles available within our Data Management Services team. The health and care system has one of the richest data stores across any industry and have already invested heavily in the infrastructure required to process, access and surface that data. What we now require are individuals that can harness the power of that data and convert it into insights and information that can make a real difference to the lives of people every day.

The Data Manager will play a key role in the management of data across the full lifecycle of data management, from asset or process development, maintenance, service management, right through to delivery of our data products. 

Working alongside colleagues from other departments, such as Data Scientists and Statisticians, and leading a team, the Data Manager will help to ensure that data are handled in an efficient and secure way.  

Working with the UKs best scientific and statistical capabilities, and across a wide range of data assets, this is an opportunity to improve the health and care for the population of England. This role would be working in our Data Management Services team where we continue to support dozens of major coronavirus studies including Oxford University’s RECOVERY trial, which provided one of the first big breakthroughs on the treatment of COVID-19.

As a Data Manager, you will be responsible for:

  • Database and process design, and validation of your teams designs

  • The development of code and automated processes using established data management tools

  • Handling, manipulating, merging and transforming very large data in a variety of formats in highly efficient and automated ways. 

  • Customer and stakeholder engagement, including requirements gathering, roadmap development and project planning  

  • The day-to-day management of staff involved in the development of data assets and processes, including setting clear objectives, monitoring progress and managing performance. 

  • Testing, and reviewing test plans created by colleagues across the organisation  

  • Management of reference datasets.  

About you 

You will operate to standard service and project management techniques and help NHS Digital fulfil its regulatory requirements in such areas as data quality and data security.  

We want to make sure that you are set for success, these are the skills and experience you will have:  

  • Experience in using data management tools such as SSIS, R, Python, SAS DI Studio, Databricks, or other advanced industry standard tools.  

  • Significant data management and optimisation expertise, covering: process design; code development (using languages such as R, Python, SQL or SAS); data architecture; testing and assurance; and reference/ master data management.   

  • A proven record in successful delivery of data management services in a large and complex organisation.   

  • Extensive experience in the collection, analysis, interpretation and prioritisation of customer requirements.   

  • Proven ability in communicating complex and technical concepts and issues to non-technical colleagues, customers and stakeholders at all levels.  

  • Able to develop and maintain effective and credible relationships with customers, other business areas and data experts.  

For more information about the role and responsibilities, please view the role profile. 

What we offer
In addition to planned, transparent progression you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • Flexible working including part-time hours, job shares, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • Buy and sell annual leave scheme 
  • Contributory Pension (with a contribution from us equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes which include our Season Ticket Loan and Car Lease schemes

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About us
We are the national information and technology partner to the health and care system. Our task is to build and run excellent digital products and services that NHS and care staff across the country can rely on every day.
Find out about the amazing work we do here.

Next steps 

Interviews and technical presentations are scheduled to take place​​​​​​​week commencing 22nd March. Applicants who are shortlisted will be contacted by email.
To view further information please see the attached role profile and to apply for the role click ‘Apply for job’ below.  To apply for this position, please upload a CV and complete a supporting statement with outlines how you meet the competencies listed in the role profile. Please also ensure you clearly state which assignment you are applying for.
We are unable to accept speculative CVs, all applications must be made through NHS Digital’s career site.