Lead Data Architect

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Job Introduction

The BBC is changing the way it delivers and approaches technology, focussing on finding new ways of delivering improved benefits and capabilities required to meet our ambitions, and investing in capabilities that move the organisation forward strategically at lower cost.         

Change on this scale will not happen overnight, however BBC is transforming and innovating its technology landscape and adopting data-driven approaches enabling tighter business and technology integration across multiple divisions. Data plays an important role in delivering services to our audiences, partners and employees. Data will become the strategic force underpinning BBC’s vision and as such, we have highlighted the need for improved Data Management, Advanced Analytics and Data Science to deliver next generation of BBC services.


Role Responsibility

The Lead Data Architect will lead the transformation of BBC’s Data Management and Analytics vision, and a Connected Data strategy to deliver common, secure and consistent data capabilities across BBC. This role will initiate and manage data transformation programmes creating a pan-BBC reusable data capabilities as well as engage in strategic initiatives. This role reports to the Head of Data Architecture and will manage the transformation architecture and design of Data and related approaches, tools and technologies.

A primary task is to transform our data capabilities enabling an internet-fit and data-driven BBC, and therefore will need to work with the architects to ensure designs data is managed as a strategic asset in a centralised, standardised, and consistent manner in order to maintain its value and quality, using mature technologies and emerging data practices. The role requires an understanding of various technology choices and a deep understanding of NoSQL technologies, distributed computing framework, and data processing techniques to make right tools and technology choices.

This is a highly visible role that requires a mix of technical acumen and team leadership skills to drive Connected Data Strategy. This person must be creative, ask questions, and be comfortable challenging the status quo. 





Are you the right candidate?

Dimensions of Role

  • Technical leadership role across delivery technical resources, programme resources, third parties and the wider business organisation.
  • Strategic Dimensions: mid and long-term implementation.
  • People Management: Lead architects and Software engineers in a matrix organisation
  • Provide a leadership role in the application of architecture and design standards; promoting best practice across BBC.
  • Oversee the quality of the work performed by members of any project teams that they lead to ensure it delivers measurable business benefits and maintains integrity with the architecture.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering
  • Experience of transforming traditional Data Warehousing approaches to Big Data based approaches and proven track record of managing risks and data security.
  • Experience in finding patterns in data and creating statistical models, data exploration, data visualisation and data mining.
  • Experience of leading data science, data discovery and machine learning projects
  • Strong DB skills with SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Experience in conducting analysis for evidence-based decision making
  • Extensive experience in software development, using Java 2 EE or Python
  • Extensive years experience working with, and enhancing, Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Development (CD) environments.
  • Experience with Open Source Software, Data Platform Services and Open API techniques.
  • Ability to lead technical teams on strategic initiatives
  • Should have worked on Agile scrum or kanban methodology and has strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Experience in conducting analysis for evidence-based decision making
  • You will be able to convey complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • You will have high levels of creativity and drive and your genuine affinity for problem solving




  • Contributing and influencing development of data, data science and analytics subjects in the industry.
  • Affiliation with industry or independent forums influencing changes and strategic direction.
  • Author / co-author of articles / books on the subject of Data Management, Analytics or Data Science.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

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