Data Architect

Location Manchester
Discipline: Retail Banking
Job type: Permanent
Job ref: 008445
Published: 16 days ago

Data Architect

Band B / Salary up to £55k + Car allowance + Benefits

Full time: 35 hours

Home working / Manchester

Manchester City Centre


We are excited to announce a brand new opportunity for a Data Architect. As the Data Architect you will be responsible for enabling the development of risk data and MI solutions and processes to meet The Co-operative Banks current and emerging business requirements. The Data Architect plays a key role in supporting Bankwide transformation agenda and BAU change activity through appropriate dependency management and common development. If you have experience with Cloud, Data Manipulation, Data navigation and interrogation, then we would love to hear from you. 


Key Accountabilities:

Change (Project & small BAU Change)


To lead stakeholder engagement for data development, providing a holistic approach to development and realignment of data and reporting systems to meet business requirements, ensuring integrity is maintained.

Support in providing high level solution assessments to change initiatives.

Provide detailed data impact assessments to change initiatives, designing strategic solutions and provide transparency between requirements and solution design

Lead the scheduling, approach and delivery of small change initiatives to ensure business alignment to strategic objectives.

To provide effective technical and professional advice and guidance in relation to data and reporting systems, database and architecture design.

Work across the Bank transformation portfolio, identifying data commonality and development opportunities to centralise and leverage existing developments – in doing so align to strategic roadmap and reduce change delivery costs.


Control (Risk, Finances, and process)

Proactively identify issues, risks, assumptions and dependencies both within, and across projects, formulate mitigating actions and implement measures to reduce, remove or manage them.

Support the improvement and development of standards across Data & MI for all aspects of the development lifecycle and delivery governance, working with the management team where appropriate.

Deputise for other Risk Data SME’s in their absence to ensure development progress is maintained and issues are resolved or escalated.



Build and maintain relationships with a full range of internal stakeholders to enhance and maximise the provision of solutions.

Be able to present and demonstrate technical solutions, issues or risks both internally and to wider stakeholders.

Understand Banking Group data governance policies and strategies and evidence through development work

Demonstrate a solid understanding of the Bank’s RMF

To drive forward the Co-operative Bank’s culture and values.

A senior member of the Data and MI team, supporting the delivery of its business plans and identification of remedial action, where necessary to ensure success

Develop supportive staff relationships to foster a climate of staff development and succession planning  


Technical Capabilities:

Understanding of the regulatory requirements and rules that govern the business activities that you are responsible, accountable or work within.

Knowledge of industry developments in data architecture, solution design, and reporting techniques

Data manipulation tool knowledge and experience (e.g. SAS DI)

Business Analysis experience.

Testing approaches.

Proven documentary skills.

Experience of working in a data environment, including an understanding of data integration principles and best practice in data and reporting solutions. 

Strength in ability to identify solutions, setting expectations and project costing

Proven presentation skills, both written and verbal



Knowledge Skills / Experience Required:

In-depth knowledge and experience of working in a multi-project environment.

Knowledge of business analysis techniques and in particular, good experience of capturing data requirements and the surrounding documentation.

Knowledge of industry developments in Data Management and experience in working to those principles.

Understanding of the regulatory requirements and rules that govern the business activities that you are responsible, accountable or work within.

Knowledge of industry developments in end-to-end change methodologies, specifically relating to capturing business requirements and testing.

Proven presentation skills, both written and verbal 

Led change delivery teams.

Strong stakeholder management skills and ability to influence and deliver through a senior matrix structure of leaders.

Organised and methodical, with attention to detail.


What can you expect from us?

Flexible and remote working

27 days holiday, plus opportunity to buy 5 extra days

Competitive pension / income protection / life assurance

Positive, friendly work culture that promotes work life balance 

Commitment from employers on continued learning & development 

Wellbeing support ‘Help@Hand’ offers mental health support, physiotherapy, GP’s for both you and your family.  

2 paid days for volunteering per year

‘MyReward’ corporate discount for over 800 retailers and Cycle to Work Scheme.  

Family friendly policies and supportive working environment

Recognition scheme and a culture in which we celebrate success 

Colleague network groups committed to inclusion and diversity within our Bank.


This role won’t be around for long, so we would advise to get your application to us as soon as possible by applying today. Unfortunately, we can only consider candidates with the right to work in the UK at this time.  


Our Bank is committed to continuing to create a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment where all colleagues can fulfil their potential. We welcome applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and lifestyles who can work with us in maintaining a culture of belonging, where people are valued and respected. If you have a disability as defined by the 2010 equality act please let us know on your application.


As a reputable employer regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, all offers of employment for this role are subject to a series of background checks, including criminal (DBS) and financial checks.


Please note we may withdraw this vacancy once sufficient applications have been reached.