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Head of Systems & Data

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The Head of Systems & Data will be responsible for the Systems Ecosystem and lead on strategy for Systems and Data to support the JV deliverables and contractual obligations.

The Head of Systems and Data will maintain and improve appropriate systems & data architecture governance for the state of the project and ensure understanding of the estate is maintained in the IT department and wider project functions. The role will also be the line manager for Systems & Data team.


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility

  • Develop and maintain systems & data architecture governance based on TOGAF to support operations, decision making and cyber/infosec.
  • Be accountable for systems & data activities across SCSJV Ecosystem, supporting technical assurance at all levels.
  • Own technical design authority and ensure relevant technical representatives and suppliers are engaged
  • Work with functional departments to ensure the consistent application of standards and data quality policies across all technology projects, systems, and services.
  • Be accountable for the development of the integration capabilities across core systems
  • Own the development and management for all systems and required integrations to meet project deliverables and contractual obligations.
  • Develop, maintain and foster data quality awareness
  • Work with the customer HS2, parent companies and relevant SCS JV departments to align overall systems & data architecture models and standards against best practice.
  • Mentor other team members in architecture and IT/business leadership

The Ideal Candidate


  • Proficient with solution architecture development and exploitation
  • Good understanding of TOGAF/Solution architecture experience
  • Good understanding of the different architecture domains
  • Background in systems and data domains
  • Proven track record in technical person management
  • Significant supplier management experience of both SME and Global Tech Suppliers
  • Experience in driving data strategy
  • Ability to work with ambiguity or incomplete information (80/20)


  • IT Strategy development
  • Cloud Experience (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) - especially Azure
  • LeanIX experience

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

SCS Railways

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