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Solution Architect BI

Job Title: Solution Architect BI
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Den Haag, South Holland
Industry:
Salary: £100000 - £120000 per annum + pension + healthcare + bonus
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH5685
Contact Name: Tom Healy
Contact Email: thealy@venquis.com
Job Published: December 06, 2016 11:57

Job Description

EUROPEAN VISA

Business Intelligence Senior Solution Architect

Business Unit: Division or Section:
Global Conglomerate Global IT

Job classification & JG: Reports to: To be Confirmed
(tbd)


Purpose:
The Senior Solution Architect BI acts as a primary contributor to the BI Strategy/Vision. Has accountability for the technical integrity of and scalability of the various parts of the BI domain, ensuring design and implementation in accordance with enterprise guidelines, standards and best practice.


PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
(IPE Factors: Impact & Innovation)
  • Provides leadership and expertise to multiple teams across the various technical areas of BI, DWH and Advanced Analytics on complex organisation-wide projects
  • Works closely with project teams on their solution designs to ensure effective translation of the solution architecture into solutions
  • Architects and designs solutions to complex business requirements in accordance with enterprise application and technology roadmaps, principles, standards and guidelines
  • Identifies, discusses and decides on exceptions to EA principles and standards during solution design and development; being the design authority that defines best practice
  • Acts as escalation layer for architectural issues in related projects
  • Designs, reviews and maintains the corporate data models and data processing logic for analytical functions
  • Give advice and training around data governance, data quality, BI/analytics and big data.


By safeguarding the availability and continuously improving the data processing capabilities within the organisation, the Senior Solution Architect BI will help the organisation in making data driven decisions.
Although it is hard to quantify the direct contribution to company results, the Senior Solution Architect BI enables the development and operation of IT systems, through appropriate leadership, governance and business and vendor relationships.

It is expected of the Senior Solution Architect BI to create the overall application and infrastructure vision to support the organisation's goals. This includes continuous improvement of data collection and processing processes, enforcing standardisation and consolidation of these capabilities throughout the organisation. The role also encompasses supporting users with activities regarding data quality and master data management.

The nature of these improvements is mainly on the operational and technical level, focusing on processes and tooling. As it concerns the application of data from a multitude of sources, tailored to specific business functions, it is not easily understood and will require both a creative and an analytical mind.


REPORTING AND SCOPE:
(IPE Factor: Knowledge/teams & breadth/)

There will be no direct reports to this position.
The Senior Solution Architect BI will report to the Head of BI Competence Center.
There are no indirect or matrix reporting lines, but strong interaction with the Enterprise Architecture team is expected.
The Senior Solution Architect BI will focus on sustainable design of BI solutions across all functions and locations (across the globe, but based in The Hague, NL). He/she also needs to engage with technical teams in the USA and India. This engagement will require travel.


WORK/BUSINESS CONTACTS AND AUTHORITY:
(IPE Factor: Communication)

The Senior Solution Architect BI will align with key stakeholders in various areas and functions to understand business processes and the corresponding solution requirements. He will support business analysts and reporting specialists in detailing the information model for user requirements.

The Senior Solution Architect BI will coordinate with technical teams at global and terminal level to establish and maintain platforms and solutions for business intelligence and analytics.

The Senior Solution Architect BI will communicate with the (external or group-level) parties that provide operational platform support, to address operational issues and plan maintenance activities.

The Senior Solution Architect BI will align with information security regarding issues of data ownership and data protection.

Most of the communication will be with parties that work directly or specifically for the business, as well as specific software vendors.


CRITICAL QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE
(IPE Factor: Knowledge)
  • Bachelor or master degree in a relevant discipline;
  • 7+ year of experience in the field of information analysis, data modelling tools and modelling methodologies;
  • A combination of technical and business skills in business intelligence, data warehousing and big data;
  • Strong analytical skills backed by strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Strong experience with a multitude of big data, data warehousing and business intelligence architectures (data vault, data lake, connected world, governed self-service)
  • Strong experience with Informatica suite and one or more leading database environments (Oracle, IBM, Microsoft or other vendors);
  • Strong SQL skills & experienced in SQL development tooling;
  • Strong experience with Microstrategy;
  • Experience with Big Data Analytics platforms;
  • Experience with Cloud environments;
  • Experience with federated BI architectures;
  • Experience with ERwin or similar data modelling tools
  • Experience with data quality and master data management tooling
  • Experience with Agile development;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Self-starting, strong drive and detail orientation;
  • Team player able to work effectively at all levels of the organization;
  • Experience with off-shore dev/ops is a plus.


Relevant next career steps might be:

  • Enterprise Architect
  • Solution Delivery Manager



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