Senior Data Management Associate

  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • London, UK
  • 14/12/2021
Full time Data Engineering Data Analytics Business Intelligence Data Management

Job Description

The Role

The FCA has three core objectives. It is responsible for ensuring that markets operate with integrity; promoting effective competition; and protecting consumers of financial services. We have a wide range of rule-making, supervisory and enforcement powers to support the discharge of these objectives.

The Innovation directorate sits within Strategy & Competition (S&C) and is responsible for taking the organisation forward in its use of data and technological capabilities. This includes the delivery of better technology, improved analytic capabilities and processes to drive efficiency and effectiveness of our regulation of the markets.

The Central Data Services (CDS) department, within the Innovation Division, supports the FCA’s Data Strategy by enhancing the value of data through data management activities and providing central co-ordination of all data-related activities.

The departments key responsibilities include:

  • Management and collection of ad-hoc data

  • Providing a Data Management offering to govern business-critical datasets

  • Delivering insightful analysis using data, information and intelligence

  • Driving forward business system changes which support data management activities

The Senior Data Management Associate role provides a great opportunity to develop and drive implementation of the Data Management agenda, offering critical Data Management services to the FCA, whilst contributing to the development and delivery of the FCA’s data agenda as part of the wider departmental activities.

Read more about our Data Strategy here .

What does the role involve? What are the key responsibilities?

  • Play a critical role in educating and driving stakeholders to collect and define business metadata and building an understanding of how data is being used in the organisation

  • Support the development and delivery of Data Management principles and services to govern data across the FCA, providing support and guidance to business areas where required

  • Play an active part in the development of data management processes

  • Problem solving, understanding complex data landscapes and ensuring this is documented in our enterprise tools

  • Play ambassador role in championing effective Data Governance within the organisation

What will the candidate get from the role?

  • Play a key role in the FCA Data Strategy and in delivering the Data Management agenda

  • You will have the opportunity to work with and influence a wide range of internal stakeholders

Skills/Experience Required


We’re a signatory to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable from reviewing a candidate’s CV. Exceptions may apply if due to the volume of applications we are not able to interview all eligible candidates who qualify under the scheme.

  • Exposure to, and understanding of, Data Management tooling (either in house tools or off the shelf)

  • Experience of Data Management practices and approaches

  • Experience of driving Data Management implementations within complex organisations. This includes (but is not limited to), metadata management, data ownership, data lineage, data quality, and reference and master data management.

  • Experience in extracting and manipulating raw data, gathering appropriate insights (perhaps using languages such as SQL)

  • Strong stakeholder management skills: the individual will need to be able to work with a range of stakeholders at all levels, influencing and delivering credible findings to achieve positive outcomes.


  • Understanding and experience of Data Management concepts such as metadata management, reference and master data, data quality, and more…

  • Ability to produce concise and persuasive written outputs and verbally convey any issues in a manner that is easy to understand

  • Experience with Data Governance implementations and work products (such as data dictionaries, business glossary, lineage diagrams, etc.)

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, contributing to both team-level as well as departmental-wide priorities

  • Able to demonstrate confidence in using sound judgment to reach conclusions

  • Experience of troubleshooting data issues and providing solutions


  • Experience of projects/programmes that deliver data management work products or improvements

  • Able to converse in both technical (data systems) and business (data management/governance) language.

  • Experience within the financial services industry in Data Management and/or relevant regulations (such as BCBS 239)

  • An appreciation of how data can be utilised as an asset to the organisation to drive the corporate data strategy

  • Having experience of working with Data Management best practice frameworks (such as EDM Council and DAMA)

  • Familiarity with one, or more, Data Quality tools

About the FCA

At the FCA, we’re creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We’re establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable consumers.

The FCA's Values & Diversity

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator.
As an inclusive employer, we are open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please contact our recruiter if you wish to apply for this role on a flexible basis.

Useful Information

  • This role is graded as Senior Associate (REG C)

  • The salary range will be approximately £46,000 TO £62,000 GBP plus a competitive benefits package and non-contributory pension

  • Applications for this role close on 3rd January 2022.

Additional Information

  • We are currently consulting with colleagues about changes to our grading, pay structure and benefits. We’re proposing a move to a more consistent and simpler approach that supports our changing role, accelerates career development, and better incentivises strong performance

  • The proposed changes will also ensure that we are able to continue to offer one of the best employment packages of any regulator or enforcement agency in the UK.

  • The consultation opened on 21 September and finishes on 20 December 2021. We will finalise the changes in February ahead of implementing from 1 April 2022. Those joining before 20 December will be able to participate in the consultation.

  • If you have any questions about what this might mean for you, speak to your recruiter

If you are interested learning more about the role please contact Daniel Dowling on

Please note – Applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applications sent via email will not be accepted.