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Functional Data Governance Manager -HM Treasury-G7

Government Digital & Data -

Full-time (Permanent)
£52,960 - £59,190
Published on
21 June 2024
7 July 2024

Functional Data Governance Manager

HM Treasury

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 7th July 2024


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£52,960 - £59,190

If the successful candidate is a current Civil Servant joining on level transfer, HM Treasury will honour their current substantive salary if higher.

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

HMT - Public Spending

Type of role

Architecture and Data

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

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About the job

Job summary

HM Treasury

If you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives, the Treasury can offer you an exciting opportunity to influence decision making that affects the whole of the UK. Working at the heart of government, we collaborate across government to promote responsible public spending and drive strong and sustainable economic growth.  

Our work ranges from protecting customers through the regulation of the financial sector, helping to reduce carbon emissions and creating a greener economy, to promoting British trade around the world and supporting people across the country on jobs, growth and more.  

We are part of the Darlington Economic Campus, a pioneering new cross-government hub which brings people together to play an active role in the most important issues of the day whilst working closer to the communities we serve. The campus provides the opportunity for people from all over the UK to help shape the future of the country, and our flexible working practices ensure you can collaborate effectively with our partners. It’s central government, made more accessible to you! 

Job description

Public Spending Group

The Public Spending Group is a high-profile and rewarding place to work.  We help the Chancellor decide what to spend £1.2trillion a year on and ensure government delivers value for money for the taxpayer. We are responsible for reporting to Parliament and the public on how taxpayers’ money is spent. We drive forward improved outcomes and efficiency in public services and make sure value for money is at the centre of decision-making through better evaluation, data and analysis. 

We advise on overall government policy on public sector pay and pensions, the biggest single driver of public spending. We collaborate with and directly support departments to deliver the Government Finance Function strategy, building finance, debt and risk capability across government and developing the management information, tools and frameworks to better understand and ensure value for money.

The Group is committed to being an excellent place to work, with a relentless focus on good management, learning and development and continuous improvement in everything we do. 

About the Team

The Finance Performance & Improvement Team is one of the central Government Finance Function (GFF) teams, responsible for driving finance performance, standards (GovS006: Finance) and leading practice to achieve a vision of a modern digital finance function that delivers quality services more effectively and efficiently.

For the last 3 years the team has also been responsible for the Functional Convergence Programme - a cross-government programme that has brought together Finance (GFF), Civil Service HR, Government Grants Management Function (GGMF) and Government Commercial Function (GCF) to deliver a single interoperable functional design - the NOVA Functional Reference Model - for adoption by departments, Arms Length Bodies and wider civil service organisations - particularly through the deployment of systems, Enterprise Resource Platforms (ERPs) and shared services.

A critical part of the model is a new suite of over 600 functional data standards hosted in a single integrated Data Dictionary. Looking ahead, we are passionate about driving data standardisation and supporting the functions in departments to adhere to leading practice data governance and drive significant interoperability benefits across the back office of government.

We are a twelve-person team working across a wide range of partners, providing the individual with the opportunity to be part of creating positive and long-lasting change across functional communities. The role offers exposure across government, including the chance to work and influence at the highest levels of the Civil Service. The team prides itself on providing an encouraging working environment, which role models flexible working and inclusivity, with opportunities to build networks within the finance, HR, grants, and commercial functions and beyond.

About the job:

The Functional Data Governance Manager is an exciting role for an experienced data professional, to own, govern and develop the newly created data standards and their attributes for four government functions. Working with data owners in the individual functions and a large cross-government group of functional (Finance, HR, Grants, Commercial) SMEs and digital professionals to drive consensus and adoption of the standards across all Government Departments.

You will be part of a growing community of data professionals and would be supported to undertake professional development opportunities by the HM Treasury Chief Data Officer, based in Darlington, with the expectation that you would promote excellence in data governance; and grow data and digital skills across HM Treasury.

Key Accountabilities for this role include:

  1. Define the strategy, vision, and development roadmap for Data Assets (Data Dictionary, Data Standards and Data Attributes) contained in the NOVA Functional Reference Model. Including, promoting inclusion of additional Data Standards from other functions, evolving, and enhancing the Data Asset’s scope and benefits.
  2. Act as the custodian for both the structure and content of the Data Dictionary (mastered in MS Excel), delivering excellent change control processes as the single point of accountability for changes to data standards and their attributes.
  3. Showcase excellent metadata management (as applicable) and embed adequate processes and procedures in product lifecycles to drive high quality outputs and standards, utilising Project, and Programme Management best practice methodologies (e.g. Agile).
  4. Proactively set and lead a development roadmap of changes to the Data Dictionary in collaboration with the NOVA Senior Product Manager; including, change impact assessments (to Data Dictionary as well as other NOVA Assets), sprint development planning, Unit Testing, User Acceptance Testing, release management, and issue/defect management.
  5. Encouraging, supporting, and challenging data owners in the development and use of standards across the functions and government departments, including providing training, guidance, and support to technical, data, function and department users as well as communicating the vision, value and benefits to senior partners.
  6. Establish a clear data standards ownership model across central functions, chairing cross-function data standards change boards and growing a data-literate community of practice to improve the benefits of data standardisation across the functions.
  7. Engage regularly with the Cabinet Office, Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), and other leading government data functions and groups to align on Data Strategy, Data Principles, and Data Standards.
  8. Lead on Extract-Translate-Load (ETL) processes in collaboration with external supplier for data mined from ERPs/Enterprise Performance Management.

Candidate Drop-In Session

We will be running a candidate drop-in session for this role to give you greater insight about the role as well as the chance to learn more about HM Treasury and the recruitment process. If you would like to join us, then use the appropriate link below to join the call at the right time.

Wednesday 19 June 16:00 - 16:25 Join the meeting now

Friday 28 June 14:00 - 14:25 Join the meeting now

Wednesday 03 July 13:30 - 13:55 Join the meeting now

If you would like to speak to the hiring manager informally prior to the closing date for applications to find out more about the job, please contact Lorraine Dick

Person specification

We are looking for the below skills, experience and behaviours and we will ask you to demonstrate these in your application form. Please review the Candidate FAQ document that is attached to the advert for guidance on how to complete your application form.

  • Proven experience of establishing data standards, metadata management, data structures, and expertise in data analysis [Experience].
  • Excellent at delivering in large and complex environments and providing high-quality leadership and management of agile projects and products [Managing a Quality Service].
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of translating, in an accessible way, technical and complex information, with a track record of influencing a broad range of partners and audiences [Communicating and influencing].
  • Anticipate and understand internal and external trends and practices, and encourage and share innovative ideas from diverse range of colleagues and partners to generate continuous improvement [Changing and improving].

The lead criterion is: Experience

If we receive large volumes of applications, we will conduct an initial sift on the lead criterion only.

Candidate Guidance Support Session

We will be running an overview of Success Profiles and the STAR approach including top tips for the application and interview process and an opportunity to ask general questions around our recruitment practices. Please note that this session is not role specific, so we will be unable to answer specific questions about roles we are advertising. If you would like to join us, please use the link below to join the call at the right time.

19 June 2024 – 12:30 – 13:15


Agile Project Management Foundation & Practitioner OR-APM Project Management Qualification / Prince2 Foundation & Practitioner or equivalent.

Data Architecture, Technical Architecture or Service Management qualifications, ITILv4 Edition; TOGAF; or equivalent.

Applicants who are part-qualified or with sufficient relevant experience against the Required Qualifications, who are willing to study towards these qualifications are encouraged to apply.

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