Data Systems Manager

Comic Relief

  • Team: Technology
  • Grade: Senior Manager / Manager
  • Salary: £57,00 - £62,000
  • Location: London and Currently Remote
  • Closing: 12:00pm, 17th Jan 2022 GMT

Perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Work from home option
Wellness programs
Employee Assistance Programme
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Paid emergency leave
Sabbatical Opportunities
Professional development
Paid volunteer days
Payroll giving
Team social events
Extracurricular clubs
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

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Job Description

The Data Systems Manager is a new role which leads a team of data engineers and works closely with data analysts and stakeholders in the creation and management of Comic Relief’s Enterprise Data Model to deliver insight-driven decision making.  They also play a leading role in the work to transform the organisation into a data- and insight-driven charity. 

This is primarily a team manager role which also delivers some hands-on technical leadership in the implementation of data solutions encompassing collection, processing, enriching and use of data throughout the organisation, using appropriate technologies to build, maintain and support web services/Application Programming Interface (APIs), data integrations, databases and data storage design. 


  • Work with Head of Data & Analytics, consultants and internal stakeholders to define and deliver the data engineering aspects of the data & analytics maturity project

  • Build and lead a motivated, highly effective team of data engineers to deliver best-in-class reporting and analytics platforms for Comic Relief

  • To be a hands-on technical lead for data engineering, partnering with data analysts to deliver data platforms and datasets to meet existing operational needs, resolving issues and  implementing / improving the relevant systems and processes where necessary

  • Assist Head of Data & Analytics in Identification, definition, and implemention of the processes, standards and governance required to allow all users - to use data in an efficient and consistent way.

  • Play a leading role indefining and delivering the data and insight strategy for Comic Relief

  • Lead and manage data engineering projects in collaboration with colleagues in Technology and the wider business using agile, test-and-learn-based approaches.

  • Build strong relationships with data and technology stakeholders, collaborating with them to define and implement the data strategy and initiatives to support organisational objectives.


  • Experience of defining standards, architecting, developing and supporting software systems for data management, reporting and analysis in a complex and challenging business environment, ideally in the not for profit sector

  • Strong technical understanding, skilled in the use of databases / data structures, reporting, analytics and marketing tools; able to communicate effectively with Engineers, Analysts and business stakeholders..

  • Able to engage and motivate a team to deliver a best-in-class data function, using rapid delivery, test-and-learn approaches

  • Strong SQL skills.

  • Demonstrable experience of streamlining and automating operational business processes.

  • Outstanding and solid software engineering skills – the ability to deliver, maintain and support software and help create an evidence-driven data culture.

  • Skilled communicator, able collaborator and committed to continuous improvement.

  • Curious and creative thinker – to create a learning organisation committed to continuous improvement and always striving to do things better.

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself

  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed

  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background

  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 17th Jan 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application