Head of Data Platform

  • Financial Services
  • Cirencester
  • 09/02/2024
  • Fixed Term Contract

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Job Description

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St. James's Place (SJP) works in partnership to plan, grow and protect our clients’ financial futures. We deliver personalised, face-to-face financial advice to our clients, who trust us to manage their money to reach their goals. We provide this service via the Partnership, a network of qualified, expert advisors. We put financial wellbeing and responsible business choices at the heart of everything we do. We believe in the value of difference and know that diverse teams can help us problem solve and innovate for clients.

We look for people to join SJP to make an impact and to contribute to our culture which is based around long term relationships, doing the right thing, and being the best version of ourselves.

Location: Cirencester Office

Workplace Type: Hybrid

Employment Type: 6 month Fixed-Term Contract 

Seniority: Mid-Senior Level

We are looking for a strategic and experienced Head of Data Platform to join the Central Data Office(CDO) in the Data Quality Division. This role is a pivotal part of the CDO team setting the Vision for the Data Platform in line with SJP’s Data Strategy and working to evolve it over time.

Data has the potential to become one of SJP’s most important assets. As with most assets, data is only truly useful if it’s trusted and quick and easy to access, which means building and operating a well-managed, well governed, and scalable data platform.

If you are a hardworking senior data professional with a keen interest in data platforms, we would love you hear from you!

What you’ll be doing

  • Designing and building a Modern Data Stack to support SJPs Hub & Spoke Self Service data strategy.
  • Understanding SJP’s data needs across the whole business and ensuring the Data Platform can provide the right data to the right individuals at the right time
  • Maintaining and making sure the Data Platform meets agreed service levels by establishing an Operating Model
  • Ensuring the Data Platform delivers data to an agreed Data Quality Standard
  • Governing and ensuring that an appropriate level of oversight is in place to ensure that the platform delivers what it needs to in a way that is safe and secure.
  • Communicating data platform capabilities to stakeholders and explaining how the data platform can be used to solve business problems.

Who are we looking for?

  • Strong maturity and knowledge of end-to-end data lifecycle management including the challenges of using data to facilitate analytics.
  • Deep understanding of the how Data Teams deliver Data Products using Software Development Lifecycle and Agile and Waterfall methodologies
  • A data enthusiast, passionate about business insight and is skilled at using narration and storytelling to drive decisions at all business levels including executive and board.
  • A highly proficient stakeholder and relationship manager, capable of fostering mutually beneficial relationships across multiple business areas
  • The ability to deal and overcome ambiguity, thriving on autonomy, and working to challenging timescales to realise tangible outcomes.
  • Proven leader, who mentors, leads by example, steers, encourages and provides feedback to develop team and others around them.

Special requirements:

Please be aware that this position is a Certification role under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime.

What's in it for you?

  • Non-Contributory Pension – 10% (increasing with length of service up to 15%) with further pension matching.
  • Parental leave – 6 months full pay
  • 28 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (based on full-time equivalent) with the option to buy up to an additional 5 days holiday

Flexible Working

We know that everyone works best in different ways, at different times and in different environments. We have introduced a hybrid working policy to provide greater flexibility for part-time work, job-sharing, remote working, and flexibility on hours. Our people are encouraged to work in a flexible way that suits their lifestyle, so please ask the question and start a conversation!

Research tells us that applicants (especially those from underrepresented groups) can be put off from applying for a role if they do not meet all the criteria or have been on an extended career-break. If you think you would be a good match for this role and can demonstrate some transferable experience please apply, regardless of whether you tick every box.

What's next?

Our team will be in touch. As a business regulated by the FCA we would advise you to familiarise yourself with the conduct regulations and in particular consumer duty obligations prior to an interview with SJP.

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