Head of Data Management

Title: Head of Data Management

Salary: €70,399

Grade: Assistant Principal PPC

Location: Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 19th August 2022.


The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is seeking to recruit a Head of Data Management. The Head of Data Management will lead the development of a more integrated approach to data management, analysis & reporting and will be a key stakeholder in the development of a Business Intelligence solution. The Head of Data Management will also oversee the use of data and ensure that all the data systems necessary to support the Authority’s operations and objectives, and statistical reporting are in place.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Have overall responsibility for the further development and implementation of the Authority’s data strategy that aligns with the goals and objectives of the Authority;

  • Lead, manage, and motivate the Data Unit, including setting clear performance targets and establishing a culture that is focused on accountability for delivery and on customer service;

  • Manage all aspects of the data lifecycle such as data processing, data analysis and dissemination, in line with best statistical practice and within specified timeframes;

  • Work with internal and external data users to determine their current and future data needs;

  • Manage the organisation's compliance with open data initiative whilst developing necessary statistical disclosure systems;

  • With the support of the SFPA operations function, play a key role in enabling forward-looking risk-based regulation by the Authority;

  • With the support of the Project Office and the IT and Corporate Services teams ensure a coherent approach to data governance, security, management, and analysis, ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulatory and legislative requirements;

  • Ensure all Data Unit activity is appropriately budgeted for and managed in compliance with all appropriate regulatory and legislative requirements as well as the Authority’s internal financial and governance obligations;

  • Manage all relevant relationships, including those with other public bodies and external contractors on matters pertaining to data analysis and reporting;

  • Represent the Authority as required at national and international level with all relevant external bodies;

  • Contributing effectively to, and taking responsibility for the achievement and implementation in the respective area of responsibility of the corporate objectives set out in various strategic frameworks associated with the SFPA strategy;

  • Performing any other functions as may be assigned individually or collectively from time to time by your direct line manager or other members of the Management Board;

  • Work in conjunction with the Director of IT to ensure that development and implementation of data collection and processing systems optimises statistical efficiency and data quality and to ensure that initiatives in both units are joined-up and complimentary.

Essential Entry Requirements

The successful candidate must have on or before the closing date for the competition:

  • a minimum Level 8 primary degree (2H1 or higher) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) (or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the SFPA) in a relevant discipline with a significant numerate component such as Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science, Data Science/Data Analytics etc.

  • 5 years relevant work experience in data management, data analysis or similar.

  • Possess technical statistical skills e.g., knowledge or experience of data linkage and integration, data collection, data processing, data modelling, geographic information systems (GIS) and quality assurance.

  • Proficiency in using programming/scripting languages associated with statistical computing environment such as R, SAS, SPSS or equivalent, and the capability to learn statistical software packages.

  • Supervisory management and people management capability.

  • Proven leadership and motivation skills together with the ability to allocate work to team members, set performance standards, evaluate work outputs from the team, foster accountability and address any issues of underperformance arising in relation to staff.

  • Excellent management, interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills.

Desirable Entry Requirements

  • Experience using data to evaluate risk.

  • Possess a relevant postgraduate qualification.

  • Possess experience of or a qualification in change management.

  • Possess a strong understanding of public sector and industry environment and context or ability to quickly acquire same.

It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.



How to Apply


To apply, candidates must complete an Online Application Form. We suggest that candidates prepare all their responses for the competencies in advance of completing and submitting the application form.


Only fully completed Application Forms submitted online will be accepted into the campaign. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.


Your online application form must be submitted by noon on Friday the 19th of August 2022.


Applications will not be accepted after this time. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 24 hours of applying, please contact sfpa@sigmar.ie.


The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is an equal opportunities employer



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