BI Strategy, Architecture & Data Manager

Network Rail

We offer an optional compressed 4 day work week (35hrs)

Only considering candidates who are eligible to work in Manchester, UK ⚠️

BI Strategy, Architecture & Data Manager


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About Network Rail

About Network Rail…

🌟 Join Our Team at Network Rail! 🌟

Are you ready to make a difference in people's lives? At Network Rail, we connect people and goods with where they need to be. Click here to watch our inspiring video to learn more about us!

We want to build a diverse and inclusive organisation that reflects the passengers we serve. To achieve this, we aim to make the most of the skills and expertise of our talented workforce. Together, we intend to create a safe and accessible railway for everyone. Discover more about the importance of diversity and inclusion at Network Rail by clicking here.

About our people and the recruitment process: we're an inclusive employer of choice and we welcome applications from everyone. We encourage our colleagues to work flexibly, If you want to consider working flexibly, just let us know and we'll do our best to help and invest in your career with us, whilst you have a healthy work life balance.

We're also a Disability Confident Leader employer and we'll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles.

Brief Description

Who are we looking for?

Join our dynamic team as a BI Strategy, Architecture & Data Manager at Network Rail!

Your role will be pivotal in setting and ensuring the adherence to our BI service roadmap and standards, fostering a consistent framework for all customers. By empowering individuals to self-serve and access data, you'll play a crucial part in amplifying analysis and facilitating informed decision-making across our diverse business landscape.

About the role (External)

What does the average day look like?

Your responsibilities will be diverse and impactful, ranging from owning and developing our BI service roadmap to ensuring alignment with corporate standards and policies. You'll provide invaluable guidance to customers on their BI and data strategies, fostering efficiency and consistency across our enterprise-wide BI delivery. Additionally, you'll spearhead the development of strategic architecture and warehousing strategies, ensuring core data sources are readily accessible for self-service. Your expertise will be crucial in directing the operation of automated BI data access processes, safeguarding data integrity while adhering to security frameworks and legislation.

As a key influencer on our IT Design Board, you'll champion effective management of enterprise data interfaces. Staying ahead of legislative changes, collaborating with Information Management, and ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Moreover, you’ll take ownership of BI applications, establishing strong links with technology partners for continuous improvement. With your keen eye for problem-solving, you'll assess and architect solutions to enhance the performance of our BI platform.

What essential skills and experiences are required?

We're seeking someone with a proven track record in enterprise strategy development and execution, coupled with extensive knowledge of system and business architectural concepts. Your substantial experience as an Enterprise Architect, Solution Architect, or similar role will be invaluable. Proficiency in databases, data warehouse design, coupled with hands-on expertise in ETL technologies along with various BI toolsets like Microsoft Azure Technologies, including Data Factory (ADF), Power BI and Fabric, Oracle OBIEE, or Essbase, is essential. Your adept negotiation skills and ability to secure buy-in from stakeholders will be key in driving our initiatives forward. Demonstrated leadership in managing BI teams and building quick credibility is a must. You'll navigate complex environments effortlessly, influencing senior stakeholders and effectively communicating strategic direction. Additionally, your experience in designing and implementing policies and standards will be highly valued.

If you're ready to make a significant impact and drive innovation in BI at Network Rail, we want to hear from you!

For a full list of the key accountabilities and criteria for this role, please refer to the Network Rail job description attached to the vacancy.

How to apply (External)

Key Vacancy Information

Duration: Permanent

This role is a full-time opportunity, but flexible working patterns will be considered.

Location: This role can be based at Manchester Square One or The Quadrant:MK.

For Roles based at The Quadrant:MK, you must live within 90 minutes.

Closing date: 28th April 2024 On occasions, we may need to close the advert early based upon application volumes. Late applications may not be accepted. Interviews will be held W/C 6th May 2024

Band & Salary: Band 3C £55,596 - £62,546. Depending on experience.

A message from our Chief Executive, Andrew Haines:

“We want to be on the side of the passengers and demonstrate our leadership across the rail industry. We will be an organisation that is easy to do business with, and one where our people are proud to work.

To achieve these ambitions, we will work to increase the diversity of our workforce so that we represent the passengers that we serve up and down the country – because everyone matters.” (2020)

“We’re delighted to have been named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Gender Equality 2023.”

🌞 Generous annual leave (28 days plus statutory days), with the option to buy/sell days.

Defined benefit pension scheme

🚂 75% subsidy on train tickets.

🎟️ Interest-free travel loan for train and car park season tickets.

🎁 Discounts at stations with your Network Rail pass.

🌍 Flexible/hybrid working arrangements.

🕊️ Volunteer leave to make a positive impact.

Plus more….

Drugs and Alcohol Standard:

All successful candidates will be required to undergo and pass a drugs and alcohol test. Your application will be rescinded if you record a positive test. All positive drugs and alcohol test results for prospective candidates will be securely held on Sentinel database and a 5 year suspension from applying for a safety critical role, a role which requires PTS certification or a Key Safety role on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure will be enforced.

We're an inclusive employer of choice, Disability Confident Leader employer, encourage people to work flexibly and we welcome applications from everyone (Click here for more information).



We own, repair and develop the railway infrastructure in England, Scotland and Wales.

Working Week

We offer an optional compressed 4 day work week (35hrs)

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 28 days annual leave, plus public holidays

  • 37 days
  • 52 Fridays
  • 89 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

Some staff work fully on-site with other teams working hybrid remotely.

  • United Kingdom

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Childcare support
  • Equipment allowance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 43k across 19 departments:

  • engineering
  • business development
  • information technology
  • operations
  • finance
  • support
  • education
  • human resources
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