Senior Data Architect

Our client is looking for a Senior Data Architect for a contract position, remote working available (regular travel to Aberdeen).
• Responsible for the support, development and delivery of cloud-based data engineering solutions.
• Reference (Technical Authority) for cloud data architecture within the company (Centre of Excellence)
• Provide support & guidance on data and technology subjects for the Digital development squads across the business
• Act as consultant for the Data Engineers to ensure best practice for data architecture is applied consistently across the company

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Key Responsibilities

  • The IS Data Architect will lead the development and design of cloud data solutions required to support the long term goals of the company and the wider company group.
  • The IS Data Architect will be responsible for the specification, build and maintenance of new requirements for the company digital projects.
  • The IS Data Architect will ensure robust move to run procedures and process are established to assist in the ongoing support of digital solutions.
  • The IS Data Architect must be able to effectively work with key business users and IS colleagues to provide high-quality solution designs
  • The IS Data Architect shall provide subject matter expert (SME) best practice guidance across the domain.
  • The IS Data Architect must work effectively with centralised teams to ensure that solutions delivered within the affiliate align to Group standards, security rules and procedures


Data Architect / Strategy:

  • Analyse and define data architecture requirements by evaluating business processes and existing data structures and applications.
  • Design and implement data models to document the data architecture in its AS-IS and TO-BE states.
  • Assist in the definition of a Cloud Data strategy, solutions and roadmaps, ensuring they meet both business and performance goals in line with the company IT strategy and Data Governance guidelines.
  • Identification of new digital techniques, tools or best practices and assist in integrating them into the Digital & Data department’s ways of working.
  • Make recommendations on IS expenditure for digital enhancements and projects


Functional Expertise:

  • Provide functional expertise and guidance around leveraging the capabilities of cloud platforms to business stakeholders.
  • Act as liaison between business key users and the IS Department - for investigating, analyzing, and implementing cloud-based solutions (including documenting, data mapping, analytical processing and source system modifications).
  • Identify and promote ways in which processes, procedures and IS can be changed or adapted to achieve improvements in the cost effectiveness and quality of its operation.


Solution Development:

  • Assist in the development of end-to-end solutions for new and existing digital projects.
  • Run proof of concepts and investigate opportunities for use of innovative cloud solutions.
  • Review change/enhancements requests to ensure there is a business justification and that they are cost effective and technically sound


Solution Support:

  • Support incident resolution on productionised digital solutions.
  • Responsible for ensuring the production services are optimally configured and aligned to best practices to protect production data.
  • Support the development of automated data pipelines (ETL, ELT) in conjunction with business stakeholders and IS teams.
  • Work in close collaboration with IT to define and develop the industrialised digital support process which will be managed and administered by IT.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • A numerate honours degree (e.g. Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering) with professional experience.
  • Ability to develop technical solutions and functional specifications based on business requirements.

Knowledge of leading technologies including:

o          Enterprise data modelling

o          Data ingestion and integration

o          Data storage and security

o          Data processing and distributed computing

  • Extensive experience working with relational databases, including database administration.
  • Proven production experience and best practice knowledge of cloud platforms, features, and capabilities (Microsoft Azure components)
  • Experience integrating cloud services to securely work with on premise data sources.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills, written and verbal combined with effective technical presentation skills.
  • Organised, methodical and able to multi-task whilst working under tight deadlines.



  • An understanding of the Upstream industry and knowledge of Upstream companies main strategic drivers.
  • Knowledge of multi-tier, high availability, cloud and on premise data engineering solutions in a complex multi-site enterprise environment.
  • Experience of working within the Microsoft Azure tech stack
  • Experience of working within a dynamic Agile based team.



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