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Data Architect

Would you like to play a key role in defining Data Architectures for a range of projects in one of the UK's leading defence companies? We currently have a vacancy for a Data Architect at our site in Portsmouth - Broad Oak.

As a Data Architect, you will be overseeing the development and maintenance of a Data (Information) Architecture to serve the operation of the Maritime Services Businesses, ensuring that this architecture is realised within the processes and systems operated by Maritime Systems and their partners in support of the fleet.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work in the growing Digital Services sector of the BAE Systems business and with recent contract wins in the UK and Australia you will be joining and expanding team working on a range of new and exciting data projects. Due to the team expansion this role could also lead to progressing within the team or wider BAE Systems Business.

Your main responsibilities as a Data Architect will involve:

Condense and encapsulate the characteristics of data, making it easier to surface opportunities, identify risks and analyse trends to drive effective decision making.

Present findings and data insights in creative ways to facilitate the understanding of data for both technical and non-technical audiences.

Work with the Data Management discipline lead to define and deliver a foundation for Data Management in Maritime Services.

Review existing high level process and system architectures and propose a data architecture to support them

Review existing data flows: where data is created, read, updated and deleted across all value streams and capture where realised in supporting systems

Create and maintain a top level model of the information scope mapped to the existing process and systems that provide and manipulate the data

Identify 'quick wins' for optimising the processes to reduce duplication, manual rework, known shortfalls or blind spots

Recommend areas of the architecture where efficient optimisation of the business should be achieved

Propose solutions to improve the flow of accurate information around the business

Support the development of the FMSS bid by showing how good data management can contribute to efficiency and identifying specific target areas to deliver benefits.

Your skills and qualifications:


Knowledge of the business needs that drive the requirements for Information and Data Architecture.

Breadth of technical knowledge that includes:

  • IT security protocols and accreditation relevant to business operations
  • An advanced knowledge of data access and database management technologies. (e.g. Oracle, SQLServer, PL-SQL)


Experience working within a defence environment

What we're looking for in you:

You will have excellent communication skills both written and verbal to allow you to build relationships within the team and with stakeholders at all level. You will also be a proactive and self-driven individual with strong leadership skills. Being customer focused will also be key to success within this role.

Location: Portsmouth - Board Oak

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This role can be undertaken either full time, part time, job share, flexible hours or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy's complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there's Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you'll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.

Job type
Job Sector
Information Technology
Job Position
Database Developer
Estimated Salary
£50,000.00 - £65,000.00 / year
Postal Code
Portsmouth PO3 5PQ, UK Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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