Data Migration Specialist (18 months Fixed Term Contract)

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Hybrid- remote working and London

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

In 2016 it was identified that to support consistent safeguarding practice, improve the quality of recording and to effectively manage the tracking of those who posed a safeguarding risk, the Church of England needed to operate using a common casework management system. This came about in response to findings identified in the SCIE independent safeguarding audits of Dioceses, and in preparing for the Independent Inquiry into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) investigation into sexual abuse in the Anglican Church.

The Archbishops Council has committed to creating a national safeguarding Casework Management System, which will be adopted by the National Safeguarding Team (NST) and ultimately all dioceses, cathedrals and TEI’s of the Church of England. To date, there are 14 users of the new system; MyConcern, supplied by The Safeguarding Company. These early adopters were included in an initial rollout phase which will complete in the first quarter of 2023. Phase 2 includes around 35 more instances of the system and is due to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2023.

Currently, case management is handled in different systems and recorded in a variety of formats. The scope of this project includes capturing, cleansing, validating and migrating case related data into a new system and establishing a standardised data management process.

There is now a requirement for a Data Migration Specialist to lead the Church of England forward into Phase 2 of the rollout and complete outstanding migrations for Phase 1.

You will be a confident, trusted expert with bags of initiative and drive. This role will suit someone who thrives in complex environments with lots of change and challenge. You should have a proven track record of stakeholder management, supporting projects and leading / implementing change.

  • Leading on the data migration needs for the new solution
  • Overseeing and ensuring delivery of all aspects of data analysis, mapping and transfer
  • Owning the quality of the migrated data and the validity of the migration processes and operation

This is a hands on role that will need both a strategic and operational approach: planning and making things happen.

The main responsibilities for this role are:

  • Meet with stakeholders to understand data migration requirements and needs
  • Liaise with system owners, system delivery partner, data stewards, information governance and data protection and Technology team to understand data migration risks, limitations and governance requirements
  • Strategize, plan, and manage an end-to-end data migration process, including moving the data and converting/transforming content as necessary, whilst considering risks and potential impacts
  • Review gaps and propose a solution for data migration during the solution design phase
  • Devise and get approval for the data migration strategy for the implementation
  • Oversee and ensure the production of a mapping matrix for all data
  • Oversee and ensure a gap analysis for any missing or archive data
  • Review the system provider’s migration approach, methodology and tools and ensure this is fit for purpose or recommend changes or alternatives.
  • Identify data that cannot be migrated, with recommendations for where and how this data will be stored/accessed.
  • Review as is data quality and put in place plans to address any required data quality improvements
  • Audit existing data systems and deployments and identify areas for improvement
  • Cleanse or transform data so that it can be effectively moved between systems
  • Oversee the direct migration of data, which may require minor adjustments
  • Test the migration approach and methodology before and after the migration process including the production of data validation scripts and managing error reports and/or points of corruption
  • Support the UAT for the new system to ensure that users can find and access the data.
  • Provide documentation on the strategy, the exact migration processes, risks, testing etc.
  • Develop and propose data migration best practices for this project
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and guidelines for all migrated data

The ideal candidate must have:


  • Degree in IT or computer science (or at least 5 years’ experience of working in a complex, multi-priority organisation)
  • Understanding of Data Quality best practice
  • Full life cycle experience of the data migration process, from strategy and planning, through to testing, execution, go-live and aftercare
  • Experience in working with data migration in major projects
  • Experience of managing migration error reporting and mitigation
  • Experience of using a variety of migration tools and able to recommend the best solution
  • Strong attention to detail in order to evaluate data for accuracy and errors
  • Understanding of data mapping and modelling
  • The ability to problem-solve under pressure and in complex situations
  • A methodical and logical approach to planning and organisation
  • The ability to clearly communicate with team members
  • Excellent time management skills and a goal-oriented personality
  • A strong understanding of data protection and data governance
  • A commitment to growth and an interest in professional development as the IT industry grows
  • A thorough understanding of database systems and software
  • Proactive approach to problem solving
  • Experience with Master Data, understanding MDM domains, data structure (hierarchy & groups), fields and the business definitions of these

Desirable criteria:

  • Previous experience in doing similar role in relation to Safeguarding and/or Casework Management System
  • Experience of working in an integrated environment
  • Knowledge of Dell Boomi integration and master data management


  • Occasional travel required

In the National Church Institutions (NCIs), we support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. We work with parishes, dioceses, schools, chaplaincies and other ministries, and with national and international partners including mission agencies, and other denominations and faith groups.-.

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