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The Optima, 58 Robertson Street, G2 8DU
£41,642 - £49,860 per year
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37 hours per week
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We are currently seeking applications for a Data Manager within the Education Scotland based in Glasgow, Livingston, Dundee or Aberdeen. These are permanent and pensionable appointments and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

DDaT Pay Supplement

This post attracts a £5,000 DDaT pay supplement after a 3 months DDaT competency qualifying period. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review.


Are you passionate about improving services and enhancing user experience? This is an exciting opportunity to join Education Scotland’s Digital Services team to analyse the data needs of the organisation and create policies and procedures for data management.

Education Scotland is Scotland's national improvement agency for education. Our role is to provide assurance and promote improvement, from the early years to adult learning. We are committed to embedding our values of excellence, creativity, integrity and respect in everything we do.

The Data Manager is based within the Digital Services division of Education Scotland. The main elements of this work are a Salesforce CRM platform and legacy applications which need to be rationalised and transformed.

You will provide a data architecture perspective whilst recognising the design and technical constraints within a collaborative delivery team. You will facilitate communication between developers, testers, and the business, working closely with Senior Management, policy leads and key internal & external stakeholders.

Using analysis and facilitation skills & techniques, you will ensure the business data needs are properly analysed and correctly reflected in the approach adopted to deliver the solution. You will assess the potential impact of evolving requirements on other areas of the system from a business perspective.

You will be familiar with industry standard project management methodologies (such as PRINCE 2 and Agile).

You will be a central point of focus for all technical matters related to data, having a high level of data access and a strong understanding of data and data management. You will actively liaise with the organisation's data owners to resolve data issues – working alongside the corporate IT support - and provide advice for best practice for the data held within Education Scotland. You will work closely with the Head of Corporate Digital Services on developing and maintaining the data management strategy and data policies. You will also maintain the architectural documentation for the data, such as the data models and data dictionary.

This post has a salary range of £41,642 up to £49,860 with the expectation that all new entrants to the Scottish Government would come in on the entry level salary. There are annual increments (eligibility after probation period and thereafter meeting performance criteria) that will allow for salary to incrementally increase up to the maximum amount for that band.


• The Data Manager would sit across all teams and provide a single point of data stewardship regarding data issues, having a high level of data access and a strong understanding of data and data management. They would have a close relationship with each of the organisation’s data owners and advise on data governance and data management.

• The Data Manager will monitor data quality and advise on strategies to resolve data quality issues.

• The Data Manager will be involved with the Taxonomy & Tagging work to standardise metadata terminology and tags within the organisation.

• The Data Manager will understand data governance and how it works in relation to other organisational governance structures. You participate in or deliver the assurance of a service.

• The Data Manager will understand how to apply basic techniques for analysis of data and synthesis of findings. You know how to involve your team in analysis and synthesis. You can present clear findings that colleagues can understand and use.

• The Data Manager will know to use the most appropriate medium to visualise data to tell compelling and actionable stories relevant for business goals. You can present, communicate, and disseminate data appropriately and with high impact. In addition, you can set up a system to get data ready for use and specify how data should be cleansed and prepared. You can bring data together from different sources and communicate the limitations of data.

• The Data Manager will also be heavily involved and should be an experienced data analyst to create structures, models and artefacts for various reporting demands.


Analysis and Use of Evidence

Improving Performance

Communication and Engagement


DDAT Technical Skill Assessment

Essential Criteria & Qualifications

Essential Criteria

1. Relevant experience in creating logical and physical data models from scratch, whilst possessing knowledge of both transactional and analytical data analysis and modelling, with particular awareness of CRM and CMS systems.

2. Demonstrable experience in creating and handling data quality rules, defining data reconciliation rules, and data migration and integration across various systems, with the ability to identify, collect and migrate data, as well as, manipulate and analyse different data sets.

3. Proven understanding of the processes and tools to support data warehousing, relational and dimensional data structures, and data engineering/ETL.

4. Ability to define, manage and evolve data architecture artefacts across all data domains (Data Modelling, BI, DI) whilst pursuing, understanding and documenting dependencies between data and other domains.

Further Information

To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process.

You must fully complete and submit an online application via the website before the closing date using evidence based examples to demonstrate your knowledge/skills (300 words). Remember, your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below.




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Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to either ‘Microsoft Teams’ or 'Webex' applications by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Should you be invited to interview, you will be told which platform the event will take place on. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

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