Data Architect

Application Deadline: 
28 Jan 2018
Data Architect
• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Contract: 1 year
• Salary: £35,000 to £40,000 per annum plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
We are seeking an experienced data architect to lead on the design and implementation of a new database to support BirdLife’s global data management responsibilities. These include redeveloping our existing World Bird and Biodiversity Database in order to support the new Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) standard, integrating geospatial information into the new database and effectively utilising external datasets that are often available through web APIs.  You will be responsible for ensuring that BirdLife’s next generation database meets our needs and those of our partner organisations whilst benefiting a wide variety of internal and external end-users. 
You will play a central part in all the phases of the project, from initial planning and scoping, through a requirements collection exercise and onto the database design itself (conceptual, logical and physical). Based on requirements, you will recommend a suitable database management system, implement the database design and load existing data. You will test your design to ensure it meets user needs and monitor the system to ensure it meets performance and security criteria. You will assist other team members in designing data applications that will allow data input from web-based forms, GIS software and external APIs. 
Most of our current data applications are based on LAMP platforms using the Laravel framework. In addition to the MySQL database that hosts the current World Bird and Biodiversity Database we also maintain a number of PostgreSQL databases, primarily to hold and serve geospatial data originally created and managed in ESRI geodatabases.  
You will deliver high quality work with minimal supervision and you will have a proven ability to manage and prioritise workloads in a changing environment with competing demands. You will be a highly motivated and focused individual who knows that the provision of data and information is central to supporting the ambitious conservation goals of BirdLife International.
You will be a key part of a small but growing data and information team and you will be working with colleagues who are passionate about conserving global biodiversity.
The ideal candidate will have: 
• BSc qualification in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.
• Substantial and demonstrable experience of designing databases and implementing these designs in a previous role.
• Extensive knowledge of Relational Database Management Systems and proficiency in SQL.
• Experience of collecting and analysing user requirements.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills targeting a range of different stakeholders.
• Project management experience.
Closing date: Sunday 28th January 2018
Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising your suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to you in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to:    
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held week commencing 5th February 2018