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Data Architect

Company: Ascensus
Location: Harrisburg
Posted on: November 22, 2022

Job Description:

At Ascensus, technology is more than just a solution. It powers the business that helps millions of people save for what matters-retirement, education, and healthcare. Our technology experts tackle exciting challenges in collaborative teams, but work in an environment where individual and career development is always valued. Technology associates leverage their talents and passion, building new and innovative platforms, creating programs founded in automation in agile frameworks, and driving existing and new markets-all of which supports the rapid growth of a dynamic industry leader.

Section 1: Position Summary

Enterprise level role supporting the Enterprise Data Architect and working with business and IT teams on major projects. Actively participates in planning and design sessions for to ensure that we are making both sound and scalable decisions regarding data across the Ascensus ecosystem. Areas of specific focus include data modeling, integration strategy, commonality of data models, data design, data ownership and data architecture. The Data Architect will also support the Ascensus data strategy by the developing, maintaining and evolving Ascensus enterprise-level deliverables listed in Section 2.

Section 2: Job Functions, Essential Duties and Responsibilities

* Works with Enterprise Data Architect, domain/platform Data Architects, Data Engineers, Business and IT teams to ensure that all applications and interfaces that create, maintain, or consume essential/critical enterprise data are catalogued and monitored, inclusive of data models, database design and definitions.

* Actively engages with key project and business initiatives to understand how in-scope data will to be shared across the Ascensus landscape.
* Collaborates with business process and system owners to align around a common data integration model.
* Participates in design and implementation of effective database solutions and models to store and retrieve company data.
* Contributes to and maintains business data architecture standards and policies (i.e. a Strategy Document) that provides a framework for any application architecture decisions for data at Ascensus. This policy document would expect to include key data design principles for enterprise relevant data objects, system(s) of record and maintenance guidance, data integration strategies and rules of engagement, data syndication approaches, governance approaches, and security and controls guardrails. Provides guidance to projects on correct interpretation and implementation of policy during design and execution.
* Responsible for development and maintenance of enterprise Data Flow Diagrams (an approved set of process flows that convey how (critical) data flows throughout the enterprise. Data flow shall start with creation of the data, through various layers of refinement, cleansing, and transformation, to the consumption of the data within processes/systems, on reports/dashboards, and even display screens in some cases. The Data Flow Diagram is key to documenting the overall architecture and should be the starting place for the data design and mapping activities across any project. Applies advanced knowledge of process mapping and process re-engineering
* Partners with the Enterprise Data Strategy, Scrum, Insights & Analytics and Functional teams and other federated data roles to ensure that a consistent data management and governance framework is applied across the organization. While the Data Strategy and business teams ultimately own the standards and business rules, the Data Architect will contribute to the definition and support of data design and integrations decisions that comply with the overall data strategy and applicable policies. Develops and updates/maintains policies, standards, business rules and guidelines in support of this activity to ensure interoperability.
* Supports the Enterprise Data Architect in ensuring data integrity and interoperability by ensuring that the Ascensus application architecture supports the creation, maintenance, integration, syndication, and governance of the critical enterprise and line-of-business data to support both operations and analytics.
* Maintains a Data Application Inventory, which catalogs the critical data (data objects and data sets) that are created, consumed and syndicated across the Ascensus application landscape.
* Documents and maintains standards and best practices for implementing Ascensus Data Models in support of the EIM vision and reference architecture. Contributes to the development of the organization technology roadmap
* Identifies industry trends and encourages the adoption of appropriate new technologies
* Communicates and builds relationships with business stakeholders, project management and Scrum teams across business units to capture and communicate a common vision of the enterprise and how to best to utilize the data application landscape more effectively.
* Our I-Client service philosophy and our Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity Always should be visible in your actions on a daily basis showing support of our organizational culture.
* Assist with other tasks and projects as assigned


* N/A

Section 3: Experience, Skills, Knowledge Requirements

* BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Engineering, Information Science, Data Analytics, or related technical field
* A minimum of 3 years' experience in a similar role. 5-7 years of experience as a Data Engineer, with 2+ years supporting either multiple line of business or cross- business units, prefer some Enterprise level experience.
* Experience with end-to-end data strategy design, development, integration and implementation
* Experience across multiple aspects of data architecture and data modeling, data design, development, and architectural governance at the enterprise level with both on-premise and cloud technologies
* Proficient in data modeling techniques (Data Flows, Conceptual, Logical, Physical, and Metamodels) and usage of complementary enabling tools
* Experience developing data architectural designs and implementing data solutions
* Experience with RDBMS, cloud databases and data warehouse solutions; Strong experience with one or more modern data lake and data warehouse solutions such as Snowflake, Azure SQL, Azure Data Lake, Cloudera and Hadoop; prior working experience with one or modern data integration, data quality and/or data governance solutions
* Experience designing and documenting Data Catalogs, Business Rules, data lineage, usage, handling and protection, Taxonomy; knowledge and hands-on experience with Data Governance, Catalog and Metadata Management tools
* Previous experience with one or more modern CI/CD solutions inclusive of Azure DevOps, Github and Bitbucket along with one or more modern advanced analytics tools for machine learning / AI solutions for example, Spark, DataBricks, Python and R; experience with one or more modern advanced business intelligence & visualization solutions (such as PowerBI, Tableau, amongst others) a plus
* Experienced in Enterprise Data Management, Master Data Management and Data Governance principles / models
* Experience in participating in Integration projects to develop and operationalize Data initiatives, including profiling, data stewardship and issue management workflows while managing a team. Experience with data management, data governance; ability to participate in development of resource plans and structures and influence organizational priorities
* Experience with modern data streaming solutions like Confluent Kafka, Apache Kafka, Azure Event Hub and AWS Kinesi as well as with one or modern data protection solutions
* Drive to keep abreast of developments and trends in data architecture, frequently adds new methods or theories in own IT/Data field and applications
* Project management experience leveraging Agile methodologies and tools
* Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation experience

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Ascensus, we aspire to make a difference for others. We are a technology-enabled services company that helps people save for retirement, education, and healthcare through our network of institutional, financial advisor, and state partners. Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity-housed within our Core Values: People Matter. Quality First. Integrity Always.

As a leading independent recordkeeping services partner, retirement plan third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator, we aim to hire associates who find pride in going to work every day knowing that they help more than 12 million people save for what matters.

Ascensus provides equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants for employment without regard to ancestry, race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, criminal conviction record or any other protected category in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local laws ("Protected Status").

Keywords: Ascensus, Harrisburg , Data Architect, Other , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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