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210000N6 Requisition #

Data Manager

The role will be based at the BGS Offices in The Lyell Centre in Edinburgh on the Heriot-Watt University campus

Salary: £25,702 - £27,938 per annum (depending on experience)

Full-time – 37 hours a week (a range of flexible working options may be available – if you wish to explore the possibility of introducing a hybrid working arrangement (part on site and part from home) this will be considered, where the role is suitable)

Permanent appointment

Closing Date: 26th July 2021

The primary duties of the role will involve:

  • Working with the Corporate Data Manager and the Data & Accessions Pipeline Manager to ingest new data into corporate databases and manage existing datasets
  • Working with staff to ensure that data stored on the network drives is controlled with data management planning, managing the lifecycle of the data and ensure data is deposited within corporate systems at the appropriate point in its lifecycle
  • Actively engaging and collaborating with discipline specific BGS scientists and IT staff on data management
  • Providing a response service to requests for paper records from the Edinburgh Archive held in the George Bruce Building
  • Gathering, processing, quality checking and delivering geoscience information
  • Employing an innovative, forward thinking approach to problem solving whilst being a team player with a good attention to detail
  • Evaluating records against the data value checklist and assessing if data should be retained or rejected
  • Data entry tasks involving some copy typing from analogue records onto databases, also some individual evaluation and decision-making based on the data
  • Carrying out data conservation/migration activities as required.

Other information about the role:

  • Database tasks can be repetitive, however they require a high-level of judgement and decision making on a case-by-case basis, as input includes a wide scope of geoscientific data
  • Tasks require good attention to detail, ensuring that quality is maintained and errors are not introduced due to loss of concentration
  • Regular manual handling activities will be involved related to removing boxes and records from stores
  • Collaboration across the Digital area is an important aspect of this role as is Continuous Professional/Personal Development.

Data Manager: Skills Specification - Criteria to be assessed at Shortlist – ‘S’ and Interview - ‘I’ Stage



  • Intermediate Level 2 Apprentice equivalent to 5 National 5s or an Advanced Level 3 Apprentice equivalent to 2 Highers and significant experience in a data management or records management role (S)


  • Degree or Masters in geoscience or information/data management discipline (S)


  • Project Management training (S)
  • Data Management training (S)
  • Information Management Training (S)



  • Proven ability to work individually but be flexible to work in a team as and when required (S&I)
  • Proven ability to follow instructions and to carry out repetitive tasks (S&I)
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely to answer questions (S)
  • Experience of creating metadata to manage data (S&I)


  • Significant data management or records management experience (S)
  • Experience of managing records and data (S&I)



  • Knowledge of current thinking and practice in data and information management, with a focus upon the geosciences (S&I)
  • Knowledge of data management including, including the purpose and benefits of: (S&I)

- metadata 

- Data types 

- OPEN, FAIR, TRUST and other data initiatives

- Data Management planning and archiving


  • Knowledge of relational database management systems and formulating queries to interrogate databases (S&I)
  • Knowledge of BGS Data (S)
  • Knowledge of data management including: (S&I)

- Data workflows, validation and verification
- Technology solutions to manage and store scientific data 
- Data and Information management systems and processes (DM planning, Archiving)
- Data extraction from legacy digital and analogue data assets

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to input data quickly and accurately (S&I)
  • Ability to follow and create a complex workflow and do this effectively (S&I)
  • Ability to work on repetitive tasks (S&I)
  • Good attention to detail (S)
  • Ability to work unsupervised (S&I)
  • Ability to work with other teams and to participate as a team member (S&I)
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written (S&I)
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities (I)
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines (S&I)

Personal Qualities


  • Approachable (I)
  • Able to travel to Keyworth, Nottingham occasionally for training and team building (S&I)
  • Alignment to BGS Core values (S&I)



  • Demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC (S&I)
  • Demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development (S&I)
  • Demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems (S&I)

About The British Geological Survey (BGS)

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally.  It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts. 

BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people.  It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.  BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year. 

How to Apply  

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for BGS and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.  You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

About UKRI  

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  
Disability Confident Employer 

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 
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