Data Solutions Architect (Remote)
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This is a rare opportunity to join a start-up hub built within a major multinational with the goal to build a world class data platform / data mesh network for the division.
The Data Platform team at our Animal Health Intelligence division of our company (MAHI) provides the development, support, and roadmap for the advanced analytics data platform. The team’s area of responsibilities is the capture, ingestion, transformation, storage, architecture, implementation of ML models and end user consumption end points such as self-service and APIs. The platform provides deep analytical insights for reporting and development of products for the market to aid in animal traceability, monitoring, well-being, actions, and other features based on descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.
About the Role:
Working at the cutting edge of the Animal Health Intelligence division of our company (MAHI), we seek a self-motivated, well communicative, experienced active hands-on Data Architect that will design, establish, and review architectures with new and existing data sources for ingestion as well as design for both internal an external consumption via self-serve analytics, developed APIs, and consumption layers and monitoring egress. Engineer enterprise-class, large scale deployments, and deliver Cloud-based data solutions to our customers.
You will work closely with engineering, ML Ops, data science, technical and business stakeholders, cloud engineers, data engineers, enterprise architecture, cloud teams, and foundational teams to architect the optimal platform for the Data Platform Team including cost efficiency. There will be a mixture of various environments, which are both within private and public subnets as well as infrastructures and regions.
You would bring your energy and skills to:
Data Architecture – Drive the architecture for the platform including best models for ingress and egress, ingestion, and microservices based APIs
Adaptation – Formulate the architectural strategy for ease of use for data consumers via data catalogs.
Optimizations of Models – Design and suggest the best models to use for both structured and unstructured data in the global data mesh architecture.
Communications - Manage timely and succinct communications to leadership and across teams to ensure accountability.
Agility - Lead with an agile first mindset while balancing urgency and prioritizations
We love to know more about you because:
You are great at modeling – You can easily take each use case and find the correct model for all sorts of data via batch or streaming capabilities and evaluate various data storage systems and propose plans for optimization, including RDS, Dynamo, S3, Mongo, DynamoDB, and others.
You are super confident in your skills – You have designed and implemented modern data platforms with self-serve federated mesh concepts preferably on Delta
You can evangelize – Define and evangelize the adoption of Data Architecture capabilities and standards and build architectural data processes that create repeatable and reusable capabilities to transform how the company collects, curates and consumes data
You see the vision – You understand both the big picture and the details.
You deal easy with change – You can demonstrate adaptability, resilience, and ability to thrive with changes and in ambiguity
You really understand agile – You have a firm understanding and have led true IT agile process
You are pragmatic – You know the right balance between progress and perfection.
You find your own work – You possess a strong sense of self-motivation, proactivity, takes initiatives and works independently with minimum direction.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Hand on experience designing and developing micro-services-based architectures and APIs
Present regular demos to stakeholders based on the features for each release
Identify risks both technical and functional as they pertain to the build-out of both the foundational ecosystem as well as the customer-facing features within
Design, develop, enhance, and help maintain an end-to-end micro-services for every main category of an modern data platform and application environment
What you need to have:
5+ years of working experience in Cloud Data Architecture with implementation
Significant working experience in the realm of data management consulting or industry experience in driving Architecture, Data Engineering, Data Catalogs and Lineage, Data Modeling, Data Governance, Data Quality and Master Data Management
Extensive hands-on experience implementing Lakehouse architecture using Databricks Data Engineering platform, SQL Analytics, Delta Lake, and Unity Catalog
Extensive hands-on experience implementing serverless real-time/near real-time architecture using Cloud native services (i.e., Azure, AWS or GCP Tech Stack), and Spark technologies (e.g., Spark Streaming, Spark ML)
Deep understanding of modern data architecture including processes for both batch and streaming (CDC + IoT) data as well as modern cloud-based data technology (e.g. Databricks / Spark, Snowflake)
Demonstrated experience designing for enterprise-class applications and delivering highly available distributed, fault tolerant, globally accessible services at scale.
Create great technical documentation and present on demand
Expert technologies like Big Data, Data Lakes, Cloud Native Architecture, Cloud Security, Data Architecture, Data Orchestration, and Data Ingestion Production support experience with full regard to SLAs.
Deep understanding of structured and unstructured data architectures, data lakes, data warehousing, data orchestration as well as tools for data gathering and processing
Data modeling experience working with various types of data models (RDBMS, NoSQL, Graph, Columnar, Document)
Experience in implementation and performance tuning MPP databases (Snowflake, Redshift, EMR, Databricks)
Strong Knowledge and architecting for Data Governance, privacy, and regulations, GDPR
Experience with tools like Airflow and data storage formats such as JSON, Parquet, etc
Proficiency with AWS cloud services such as: EC2, EMR, RDS, Lambda, Glue, S3, Redshift
Programming Languages: Strong hands-on Python, Shell, Scala, Go, or other language
Outstanding verbal and written communication
Outstanding presenting skills to both technical and executive audiences whether impromptu on a whiteboard or using presentations and demos.
Additional things that would make you a superstar:
Extensive hands-on experience in data warehousing design, tuning and ETL/ELT process development
Experience building and deploying with container technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes and leveraging them throughout the CICD process
Current understanding of best practices regarding system security measures
2+ years as a solutions architect
Strong API development
Experience as a Data Engineer
Education Minimum Requirements:
High School Diploma
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