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£64,175 - £82,500

About The Role

We’re looking for a Principal Data Architect to join our Data Engineering and Analytics practice. 

A Principal Data Architect is responsible for setting the vision of a project or client’s use of data through data design and data standards to ensure that data is managed properly and meet the project and client’s needs.

In this role, you will:

  • Oversee the design of multiple data models and have a broad understanding of how each model fulfils the needs of a project/client.
  • Be accountable for supporting and aligning to client’s data strategy
  • Champion data architecture 
  • Set standards and ways of working for data architecture
  • Provide advice to project team and oversee the management of the full data product life cycle.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the client’s systems are designed in accordance with the overall client’s data architecture.


  • Provide your extensive capability and sector expertise through strategic direction and/or accountability for the delivery and growth of our work, demonstrating the organisation’s ways. 
  • Lead teams and/or specific strands of work and outcomes within our most complex and challenging projects, including being able to own commercial responsibilities. You hold and manage uncertainty and ambiguity on behalf of clients and our teams.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring teams and projects are inclusive through how you lead and/or manage others. 
  • Effectively own and hold the story of our work, ensuring we measure progress against client goals and our organisation missions. 
  • Work with our teams to influence and own how we deliver more value to clients, working with time and budget constraints. 
  • Demonstrably share work with wider audiences, specifically around your own area of expertise and experience, elevating ideas through how you write, speak and present. 


Professional Knowledge and Experience

  • Essential: Proven experience in data architecture, governance, modelling and data standards.
  • Essential: Experience presenting technical concepts and recommendations to a non-technical audience in a clear, engaging way using a variety of artefacts
  • Essentia: Successful delivery of complex projects in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Essential: Experience influencing and advising senior stakeholders and building trust with teams and clients
  • Desirable: Experience in a consultancy environment, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability to client needs.

Behaviours and PACT values

  • Contribute to the learning and development plans of others in your teams, drawing on your significant domain expertise and experience. To help deepen the knowledge of others, you are able to bring developing or innovative practices and/or latest trends into your practice area and projects (including drawing from your own work).
  • Lead by example in how tasks are planned and delivered, as well as managing and providing clear expectations for how others in your project teams deliver work. You demonstrate our values in ways that ensure a great employee experience.  
  • Proactively seek and give timely, actionable feedback to others. Your feedback has a positive impact on the overall contribution of others and the people around you.
  • Consistently demonstrate how those around you should act together in a confident and effective manner, leading and managing how those in your teams persist and act appropriately when facing challenges or difficulties.
  • Lead others through challenging situations and collaborate effectively to solve issues or blockers. You own the escalation of problems that have a wider scope than your team or work.

About You


  • Expertise in communicating between technical and non-technical 
  • Expertise in communicating data and turn complex data into clear and well understood solutions.
  • Commitment in investigating emerging trends in data-related approaches, perform horizon-scanning for the organisation and introduce innovative ways of working.
  • Strong understanding of a range of techniques for data analysis and profiling
  • Expert understanding of developing and promoting governance processes for metadata management.

Expertise in Data Governance

  • Ensuring data governance supports changes to the organisational strategy
  • Aligning data governance with wider governance (for example, budget)
  • Assuring corporate services by understanding important risks and providing mitigation through assurance mechanisms.

Expertise in Data Modelling

  • Understanding the concepts and principles of data modelling and can produce relevant data models
  • Working across the company and industry, recognising opportunities for the reuse and alignment of data models in different organisations
  • Designing the method to categorise data models within an organisation


Expertise in Data Standards

  • Developing and set data standards for an organisation
  • Communicating the business benefit of data standards, championing and governing them across the organisation
  • Understanding where standards need to be set across an organisation, and how to set the standards within an organisation taking into account the wider context
  • Strong experience with cloud-based data solutions and big data technologies.

Strengths, Drivers and Traits 

  • Strategic thinker with a strong data architecture mindset.
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team towards achieving data-driven goals.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve excellence.
  • A commitment to personal and professional development.

About Us

People-Powered Transformation

We're a purpose driven organisation, supporting organisations to build a better future for people, places and the planet. Combining vast experience in the public, private and third sectors and expertise in human-centred design, data, experience and technology, we’re creating sustainable solutions ready for an ever-evolving world.

At the heart of TPXimpact, we’re collaborative and empathetic. We’re a team of passionate people who care deeply about the work we do and the impact we have in the world. We know that change happens through people, with people and for people. That’s why we believe in people-powered transformation.

Working in close collaboration with our clients, we seek to understand their unique challenges, questioning assumptions and building in their teams the capabilities and confidence to continue learning, iterating and adapting.


Benefits Include:

  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • 2 volunteer days for causes that you are passionate about
  • Maternity/paternity - 6 months Maternity Leave, 3 months Paternity Leave
  • Life assurance 
  • Employer pension contribution of 5%
  • Health cash plan
  • Personal learning and development budget
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to equity in the business through a Share Incentive Plan
  • Green incentive programmes including Electric Vehicle Leasing and the Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Financial advice
  • Health assessments

About TPXimpact - Digital Transformation

We drive fundamental change in approaches to product and service development, delivery and technology. Our agile, multidisciplinary teams use technology, design and data to deliver better results, improving outcomes for individuals, organisations and communities.

By working in the open, in partnership with our clients, we not only transform their systems and services but also build the capability of their teams, so work can continue without us in the longer term. Our focus is sustainable change, always delivered with positive impact.

We’re an inclusive employer, and we care about diversity in our teams. Let us know in your application if you have accessibility requirements during the interview.

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