Data Design and Compliance lead

  • Job Reference: 149970
  • Date Posted: 11 October 2021
  • Recruiter: HM Revenue and Customs
  • Location: Liverpool
  • Salary: £52,000 to £59,000
  • Sector: Government, Data and Analytics, Product and Design
  • Job Type: Full Time Flex, Part Time Flex, Super Flex
  • Duration: Happy to talk flexible working
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

The Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence (KAI) Directorate in HMRC is one of the largest analytical teams in the Civil Service. We aim to put analysis at the heart of decision-making.

We are a friendly and supportive directorate of around 500 people providing analysis, research and statistics to inform policy and operational decisions.

We have a key role in the Budget and Spring Statement process, working closely with HMRC and HM Treasury policy partners and the Office for Budget Responsibility.

To support quality assurance in KAI, a new SCS1-led Data Quality, Assurance and Technology team (DQAT) has been created. The team will be around 40 FTE in total combining technology management, data and analytical quality assurance (QA), business critical models and related model development activities, the production of cross-cutting tax statistics for publication and leading KAI's engagement with Corporate Finance.

The role provides a great opportunity to be part of a new team which is central to KAI’s ongoing success. There is renewed ministerial and HMRC senior leaders’ interest in and support for the role of KAI and the work KAI delivers, particularly following the recent Office for Statistics Regulation review ‘Strengthening the quality of HMRC’s statistics’. The new team will have a high profile within KAI and more widely.

Job description

This post will lead a new team responsible for ensuring KAI’s data is suitably optimized for use, documented and compliant with data legislation (UK GDPR) enabling KAI to maximize its impact when exploiting data

The team uses their knowledge of KAI user needs and current data and IT to act as subject matter experts agreeing the design and prioritized improvement of data, coordinating input and agreement from KAI experts and data owners. The team act as change agents within KAI encouraging and embedding positive attitudes towards data protection and continuous data improvement.

The team builds working partnerships with HMRC’s IT function and wider data science communities, whilst utilising knowledge and experience from across KAI and DQAT especially in Technology Management, Data Lab, Quality Assurance and the new Standardisation and Optimisation teams.

The post holder will act as a KAI lead for several high-profile, in flight projects, including:

•Use of enterprise data catalogue and improved documentation

•UK GDPR Compliance of three warehouses

•UK GDPR awareness and culture within KAI

•KAI IT futures data optimization

Whilst providing a consultation service to KAI analysts working with large change programmes such as Making Tax Digital, to acquire new data and establish new analytical processes. This will include understanding current analytical business deliveries and legacy systems, supporting analysts to communicate requirements to projects and agreeing suitable database designs

10% Line Management/Leadership

• The postholder will be expected to manage people in line with the Civil Service Behaviours framework, to support diversity and create an inclusive working environment, they will also support the capability build of their team.

• The postholder will be expected to be an active member of the DQAT senior management group and to deputise where required for the G6 in the wider DQAT team. The postholder will line manage 1 x SO/Band T and 1 x HO and 1 x EO, who will support on all the
above activities, subject to their skills and experience.

40% Business/user analysis

• Researching and understanding KAI user behaviour, requirements, internal business drivers and priorities. Bringing insight and expertise in data and data structures to define user data needs.

• Leading their team to maintain a strategic view of data usage across KAI, identifying opportunities and risks.

• Developing where required proposals for improvements to data or acquisition of more data

20% Legislative and cyber security expertise

• Together with team and experts across HMRC maintain a strategic understanding of current data legislation (eg. UK GDPR) and its application to KAi processes.

• Together security experts across HMRC maintain a knowledge of key cyber security risks relating to data and suitable mitigations

• Through team maintain risk registers on data legislation and security and embed data legislation and security best practice in KAI teams,

20% Data design

• Together with team and experts across HMRC utilize knowledge of database principles to refine and agree business focused data designs of database designs

• Assess and assure database documentation, dictionaries and catalogues as required to ensure consistent approach for new data.

10 % Project Management

• Engaging with multiple change programmes across HMRC, identifying where data experts are required and through team ensuring KAI are suitably represented

• Engaging with KAI to embed data protection processes and continuous improvement activities



•Experience of working with large, complex structured datasets and/or relational databases

•Experience of designing suitable data formats/structures for analytical work

•Knowledge of risks and limitations of data minimisation techniques such as aggregation, minimisation, encryption anonymisation etc

•Understand the impacts different data structures, database types, analytical tools and solution designs have on analytical work that can be undertaken and the impact on processing performance and analytical ways of working;

•Ability to establish and communicate analytical business requirements and refine and translate those into solutions to be delivered by suppliers


• Experience of designing services and making decisions to meet user needs;

• Experience and in depth knowledge of UK GDPR legislation

• Advanced knowledge of relevant analytical IT software (R, SAS, SPSS, Python), warehouse technologies (Oracle, SQL, DB2) and coding. Advanced Excel skills would also be beneficial;

• Knowledge of the use of GIT, SharePoint and other collaboration and knowledge management tools an advantage;

• A sustained interest in Data Science and analytical trends.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras booklet'  for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a 250 word personal statement. aligning to how you meet the essential criteria listed above. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Sift on essential criteria and lead behaviour if a large number of application are received

At full sift and interview all behaviours an essential criteria will be assessed.

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than 48hours before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is: Use subject line to insert appropriate wording eg Please re-open my application - 149970 & vacancy closing date 25th October.
Security Update
If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

HMRC transformation

HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.

HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 13 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.

These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. Our Regional Centres in Croydon, Bristol and Belfast are already operational.

In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.

If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site.

If you are a current HM Revenue and Customs employee and you joined us through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to a regional centre, a transitional site or a specialist one. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HM Revenue and Customs.

Terms and Conditions

We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 – 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. We’ve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.


If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information. (Please note the attached document could also be called “Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”)

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Further Information

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to HMRC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here

HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Reasonable adjustment

We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. Please see our Disability Matters: How we can support you during our selection process booklet for more details.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.