Senior Data Architect

London, UK

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DESCRIPTION


Currently we are looking for a Senior Data Architect for our London office to make our team even stronger.

EPAM is looking to build and strengthen its Solutions Architecture teams across the UK. In this role, you will be the leading subject matter expert driving the business enablement both on the client side defining the architectural choices during all stages of exciting presales opportunities for world leading companies and on delivery side implementing them, as well as providing thought leadership within the fast-growing BI and Big Data Solution Practice and Competency Center.

Responsibilities

  • Business Enablement:
    • Lead the strategic planning, development and implementation of medium-to-large BI/DW solutions or a component of a larger solution, including Master Data Management, segments of Data Governance programs, and Enterprise BI Roadmap consultations. Lead on all stages of presales activities for such projects, owning the whole presale process from the Competency Center perspective when required. Manage the delivery of architectural POCs, where required;
    • Interact with clients, advise and drive the translation of business requirements and models into appropriate architectural designs to ensure that business needs are met;
    • Work directly and collaboratively with clients, external data providers, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the solution’s concept/vision is understood and agreed upon;
    • Actively participate in project review and planning sessions. As needed, lead the solution development, drive and supervise end-to-end development cycle (SDLC) or participate in the projects start-up;
    • Accountable for applications-related quality, performance, availability, scalability, security, and integrity, ensuring application usability, for instance, through a high-quality functional interface to applications. Identify and mitigate risks associated with specific solution in known contexts;
    • Accountable for ensuring architectural consistency of recommended technology and its integration with the client’s applications and infrastructure. Identify and mitigate risks associated the implemented solution in all relevant contexts of the project and wider program;
    • Manage the architectural knowledge transfer from the project development team to the post-go-live support team. Oversea or effect the creation of architectural case study for EPAM’s repository of reusable assets.
  • Technology Vision, Thought Leadership, and Depth:
    • Drive the strategic visioning activities for the practice and competency center. Develop reusable assets, development methods, processes, best practices to accelerate delivery. Coordinate SA pool on those activities;
    • Drive the program of evaluating the hardware and software platforms, benchmarking of alternative solution architectures, supervise a defined process for provision of structured, reusable results. Coordinate the direction of R&D activities by SA pool;
    • Keep pace with the innovative technologies and consider possibilities of creating relevant solution offerings. Coordinate architects in developmental direction choice;
    • Consult and supervise all team members, share knowledge. Participate in the assessment of the candidates for SA position. Mentor other Solution Architects in practical SA activities. Provide technical guidance and career-planning assistance;
    • Write broad topic and strategic white papers in the course of industry and technology research. Maintain high competency visibility by regular posting in internal newsletters, blogs as well as speaking at internal and external conferences and other events;
    • Create blueprints on customer request. Create technology road map for Competency/domain;
    • Work to acquire Enterprise Architecture theoretical knowledge.

Requirements

  • Capable of leadership (influence management) and pragmatism;
  • Theoretical knowledge of multiple application design patterns outside of primary technology domain (major BI vendor stack, such as Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, SAS, etc.) context bounds, practical experience in 3+ BI solution design patterns;
  • Experience in Data Architecture, Data modeling, and Database design, with hands-on development of all logical layers of a solution (Data Integration/ETL, Data Warehousing, Reporting, Analytics, OLAP) and solution cross-cutting concerns (security, scalability, performance, etc.), for the whole solution;
  • Ability to work with multiple and various business intelligence tools and applications, including deep expertise in two or more of the tools in EACH of the solution components: Data Integration/ETL, Data Warehousing, Reporting, Analytics, OLAP;
  • Knowledge of business domains (Travel and Hospitality, Finance, Retail, etc.);
  • Track record (4+ projects) of working directly with the customer (i.e. regularly facing customer directly) both remotely and on-site;
  • Presale activities with exposure to customers on billable accounts;
  • Solution architecture with 2+ technological domains/platforms at the same time (all involving a major BI vendor stack, such as Oracle + Microsoft, Informatica + IBM Cognos, with possibly one stack outside of BI: Oracle BI + Java, SSIS +.NET, etc.);
  • Demonstrated experience with full life cycle of software development processes like RUP or "Waterfall", Agile (SCRUM, XP, etc.). Experience advocating and establishing an appropriate implementation methodology to successfully develop and deploy the solution;
  • Demonstrated experience in solution cost estimation (including tools, tasks, complexity, labor and time) at coarse grain and fine grain levels, with supporting material evidence;
  • Demonstrated experience in validating the overall solution from the perspective of performance, scalability, security and capacity.