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Head of Data Architecture

Job Introduction


Main Responsibilities 

  • Set the technology direction and roadmap underpinning the Bank’s Data Strategy and define then maintain the UK target data architecture and roadmap  (including the build out of enterprise data platforms and increased use of cloud technologies) 
  • Work with senior stakeholder across the business to both educate and drive adoption of the target data architecture
  • Establish data architecture frameworks, standards and patterns that ensure consistent Bank-wide storage, consumption, and distribution of data 
  • Establish and lead the Bank-wide approach and standards for data modelling  
  • As a key member of the  Architecture Council, establish effective governance processes which as a minimum; Monitors and ensures Bank-wide compliance with approved data architecture standard and patterns and Gathers input and manages changes to the target data architecture and roadmap 
  • Develop and own key data architecture outputs, including the catalogue of authorative sources 
  • Recruit and lead a small but high performing team of data architects and modellers 
  • Provide data architecture and data technology related subject matter expertise. Perform regular horizon scanning to identify and raise awareness of new and emerging data–related industry trends, technologies and regulatory changes 
  • Collaborate with stakeholders at all levels to educate and raise awareness of the Bank’s target data architecture and helping to champion the move to a data-centric culture 

Ideal Candidate

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  • Previous experience of either running a data architecture function, or as a lead data architect within a significant business or architectural area
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of designing and implementing target data architectures, standing up data architecture design and governance processes, Developing metadata frameworks, standard and approaches, Developing and implementing enterprise data catalogues and models
  • Practical experience of designing and architecting data solutions using a mix of Batch and real time data sourcing, big data and traditional warehousing, business intelligence and analytics tooling, and MDM technologies
  • Strong understanding and experience of cloud native data architectures, preferably Microsoft Azure
  • Background in financial services and a robust knowledge and experience of banking data sets. Understanding of data related regulation including BCBS239 is preferred 

Company Information 

Handelsbanken is a relationship bank with a decentralised way of working, a strong local presence thanks to a nationwide network of branches, and a long-term approach to customer relations. Each Handelsbanken branch operates as a local business enabling it to make decisions at a local level and provide a bespoke service. The focus is always on the need of the individual customer and not on the sale of specific products. 

We are embarking on an exciting Business Transformation journey. This transformation will significantly enhance our technology system systems, processes and services, bringing evolution to our ways of working. Join us in this transformative journey, where your dedication, adaptability and commitment will play a crucial role in shaping the future of banking for our valued customers. 

The Bank is deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities. This is so that we are an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work that encourages everyone to apply, regardless of socio-economic background, age, disability, pregnancy and/or parental status, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), veteran status, marital and civil partnership status, religion or belief, sex, gender reassignment or sexual orientation. 


Check our Handelsbanken website for further information



At Handelsbanken, we deeply value our unique culture and values including trust in and respect for each individual. We take pride in nurturing a work environment where people flourish, and where they are empowered to take decisions in their areas of expertise. We take a long term perspective in everything we do and want each employee who joins us to build a long terms successful career with the Bank.  


What is in it for you?

  • We have a wide range of learning and development available, empowering and enabling our colleagues to take ownership of their own development. 
  • Competitive Salary and an extensive range of benefits is provided, including private medical insurance, income protection and life assurance
  • A market-leading pension contribution of 15% paid by the bank, which can be invested in a wide range of funds (including ESG and Shariah funds)

Application next steps

Your journey with us begins once you have submitted your application. One of our Handelsbanken recruiters will be reviewing your details and will later organise a phone conversation if you match the role requirements. If there is a mutual fit, we will extend an invitation for you to participate in an interview.  

We pride ourselves on our inclusive and swift interview process. There will be a three stage interview process with a mix of competency based questioning and scenario based questions. 

How can we support you to be your best self? Our Talent Acquisition team will be happy to provide support e.g. if you need additional time to prepare for an interview or you have any requirements for any part of the interview/hiring process – just let us know by email


We encourage all candidates to inform their line managers of their intention to apply. References will not be sought until after an interview has been conducted. For any information please feel free to contact the Talent Acquisition Partner  Billy Hazeltine on

This advert will be live for a minimum of two weeks. However, please note that after the two weeks, the closing date could change at any time depending on the number of responses received.


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