Head of IT & Data Architecture
Guildford, United Kingdom
2d ago

Applications are invited for a Head of IT & Data Architecture to join an expanding science-based SME reporting directly to the CTO.

The successful candidate will lead the software development of all in-house developed services and configuration of procured systems.

The successful candidate will manage the IT internal business, data & technology architecture by defining the 12-18 month technology roadmaps and managing all of RFP vendor selections.

The role is also responsible for managing the internal data architecture for all of our scientific systems and for bringing together a coherent data strategy across multiple platforms.

Applicants should have experience as a Head of Architecture, Data Architect or Head of Products with a technology orientation within a start-up or science organisation ideally within the life-sciences or healthcare industries.

Any background in software development would be beneficial. Our IT stack is predominantly JavaScript (Angular & React) at the front end and Microsoft technologies at the back-end.

Our stack currently runs on AWS and Azure. Any software experience with Geospatial technologies would also be beneficial.

This is a stakeholder facing role and requires stakeholder management skills for understanding the customer's needs and prioritising major architectural deliverables The role requires close working with the digital business owners in-building a transformational science platform and presenting the technologies to our stakeholders on a regular basis.

We follow an Agile framework so experience of managing architecture led Epics and conducting research in an architecture environment would be beneficial.

The successful applicant will be comfortable working independently and as part of a wider team. They will be required to work closely with all members of NatureMetrics and suppliers in managing continuation of internal IT service.

NatureMetrics is a high growth SME leading the revolution in molecular biodiversity monitoring, enabling environmental managers to measure and monitor biodiversity with DNA-based tools.

NatureMetrics has grown rapidly over the last five years and validated our technology in multiple industry sectors and regions of the world.

We now have an exciting scale up plan backed by ambitious and supportive investors. We are a team of bright, enthusiastic individuals who are excited to be breaking new ground and disrupting the world of biodiversity monitoring.

We take great pride in our work and are seeking new team members who will do the same.

The full specification can be found below. There is no fixed deadline for applications, and the position will be held open until we find the right candidate.

Roles & responsibilities


  • Lead IT Architecture capability for the whole organisation, including business, process, systems, data and technology architecture.
  • Manage the IT Architecture decision log, design authority meetings,
  • Research new technologies for Nature Metrics including front-end & back-end systems and all Data components
  • Run all RFPs or vendor selections
  • Manage whole IT estate and governance of systems
  • Represent IT team on all ITIL and ISO 9001 & 27001 / 2 certifications and processes as necessary
  • Understanding of how Machine Learning can be leverage in NatureMetrics and how we can build a data pipeline of technologies from data ingestion through to insights on a Data Lake
  • Put in place processes which ensure code and infrastructure best practice security, with at least OWASP top 10 vulnerabilities covered.
  • Documentation

  • Responsible for maintaining document repositories
  • Responsible for maintaining ISO certifications relating to IT functions
  • Reporting

    This role reports to Charles Gibbons, CTO


  • Update wider company, management or board on progress as required
  • Run all organisation Design Authority sessions and manage all internal IT system vendor selection processes
  • Person Specification

    Specialist knowledge, skills & experience

  • Experience in Data based pipeline solutions like ETL, Streaming, XML, Rest & Graph based technologies
  • Experience with Data Warehouse and Data Lake solutions
  • Experience with managing an IT Architecture function
  • Experience with at least one programming language
  • Experience with designing optimal IT and operational processes
  • Interpersonal & communication skills

  • NatureMetrics is a collaborative fast-growing organisation so requires a self-motivated Head of Engineering who can independently run the engineering capability and also have strong interpersonal skills capable of working well across the organisation.
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work / permission to work in the UK.

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