top of page

Data Strategy Lead (Data & Information)

Grade 7

Architecture and Data, Digital, Information Technology

Salary Range:

£49,403 - £61,392 National: £49,403 - £55,823 London: £54,328 - £61,392 plus industry leading pension plus Benefits. For details of our pay on appointment policy, please see below under the heading ‘Salary

Department and Location:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Our main Defra DDTS hubs are in York, Warrington, Newcastle, Reading and Bristol, however the successful candidate may be contractually based at any Defra office. Please be aware that space within the London office is restricted and it may not be possible to be based in this location.

Advert Closing Date:


Contract Type:


Available Working Pattern:

Flexible Working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Civil Service Jobs Reference:


Job Description:

The Data Strategy Lead is a new role within the Data & Information function of the Digital, Data and Technology Services (DDTS).

In the Defra group, we deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards.

Our data, spanning environmental, scientific, and operational activities, forms the foundation of our expertise of the environment, our organisation, our services, and our stakeholders.

In this role you will have a significant influence across digital and data service delivery, lines of business; and the access and sharing of quality data to the public, wider government, and internal users. You will be responsible for assessing the data landscape, eliciting business requirements, and developing roadmaps, business cases and operating models to enable the development and delivery of the data transformation strategy.

If you want to be part of these changes and you want your work to have a real effect on your life and the lives of others, don’t wait and apply now.

We’re seeking a proficient data professional who enjoys problem solving, partnering across functional boundaries, and fast-paced delivery. They will join our new, diverse team and shape strategic data thinking and delivery approaches from the start.

We encourage applications from candidates who demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning, even in instances where there might be gaps in experience or knowledge or skills. We believe that a genuine willingness to learn and acquire new capabilities can lead to valuable contributions and personal growth.

Person Specification:

Person specification

Assist the development of a data transformation strategy that resonates with diverse Defra public bodies and business domains, with shared ambitions and varying levels of data maturity.
Conduct thorough assessments of the existing data capabilities. Identify high-value use cases and tactical and strategic interventions related to data management and exploitation.
Develop a roadmap that translate the data transformation strategy, providing clear guidance for Defra's journey towards becoming a data-driven organisation. Define milestones, deliverables, dependencies, risks, and timeframes to foster collaboration and instil ownership.
Build strong relationships and collaborative partnerships with wide-ranging specialist and business stakeholders to ensure the alignment of data strategy with organisational objectives.
Develop business cases using quantitative and qualitative techniques to secure investments in data-related initiatives. Present business cases to cross-functional decision-makers, utilising persuasive communication skills.
Contribute to the design and implementation of an operating model that optimises data exploitation. Work collaboratively with stakeholders across Defra to understand needs, ambitions, and potential risks.
Monitor progress towards data transformation strategy implementation. Adapt and refine strategy and monitoring and reporting methods as needed based on evolving organisational needs and changes in the data landscape.

bottom of page