Details:

Location:

South Kensington

Category:

IT

Salary:

£39,952 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Contract

Hours:

Full time

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Data Architect

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

About the role

This is a unique chance to use your skills in data architecture to help shape collections management in the Natural Sciences sector!

Due to its taxonomic, geographical, and historical breadth, the NHM’s collection is widely considered to be one of the most important natural history resources in the world. Digital records describing the collection are critical for discovery, processes such as loans of items for research or exhibition, and regulatory compliance, as well as global bio- and geodiversity research.

The Collection Management System (CMS) is a vital component in supporting the data, processes and integrations involved in a complex data ecosystem, and as such is core to the Museum’s collections management and digital science missions. A new programme has been initiated to define the detailed requirements and specifications for a next generation CMS, with the intention to tender for a progressive digital solution that will meet our strategic needs for the future. We intend this to be an open process, sharing requirements, models, and specifications with our peers in the global collections community.

As a part of this, you will play a key role in delivering this project in line with the Museum’s ambitious digital strategy. You will design the data models and specifications for the new CMS, in alignment with Museum processes and community standards, and work with a wide spectrum of stakeholders within the Museum to analyse requirements and build documented data models and prototype datasets.

During the programme’s initial phase, you will contribute to tender documentation, and work with suppliers in the discovery phase on detailed specifications.

The role will also involve collaboration with peers in the collections data community to research, apply, and if appropriate develop community data standards. You will work within a multidisciplinary team, collaborating closely with a business analyst and project managers, and supported by colleagues including a senior data architect with existing knowledge of the Museum’s collections data and functions.

Please note that the 12-month duration of this contract is for the initial requirements building, modelling, specification, and tender phase. The contract may have potential for extension into a next phase of system implementation and migration, but this is dependent on the approval of ongoing funding for the programme.

About you

For this role, you will have experience in analysing user and system requirements, translating them into data architecture specifications, and using software tools to create, document and display conceptual and logical data models. You will understand the application of best practice and data standards for data architecture. You will have strong all-round data skills, able to analyse, manipulate and manage data in various forms, and have a wide understanding of data formats and database technologies.

While experience in the field of natural history collections data is beneficial, the main focus is on the ability to analyse requirements, construct clear, robust, and practical data models and definitions, and interpret and apply data standards. We encourage applications from candidates who fulfil most of the key competencies and are willing to use training (both internal and external) and personal development opportunities to fill any gaps in knowledge.

12-month Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 22 September
Interviews expected from 1st October

To apply, please visit https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/ and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

Museum Website: https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/templates/CIPHR/jobdetail_1939.aspx