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Lead Data Architect

Forward Air

This is a Full-time position in Irving, TX posted March 3, 2021.

nn Position: Lead Data Architect nn nn Job Description: nn nnForward Air is currently seeking a hands-on Data Architect who can translate business requirements into specific systems, applications, or process designs for large complex IT solutions while integrating I.T.

and business architectures.

This individual is expected to participate and contribute in the areas of data usage and governance, information management, data analytics and visualization, information modeling, and big data.nn nnThis individual will be part of a dynamic team that builds and implements Data Analytic solutions that serve as key decision support systems for the leadership of the company.  A key for success in this role is a unique blend of technical skills, business knowledge and working with and influencing multiple cross functional teams within IT and business on the right solutions.nn nn Core Responsibilities & Duties: nn nn Strategy & Planning nn Develop and deliver long-term strategic goals for data architecture vision and standards in conjunction with data users, and other key stakeholders.

Create short-term tactical solutions to achieve long-term objectives and an overall data management roadmap.

Create end-to-end vision on how logical design translates into one or more physical databases, and how the data will flow through the successive stages.  Establish methods and procedures for tracking data quality, completeness, redundancy, compliance and improvement.

Assess and determine governance, stewardship, and frameworks for managing data across the enterprise.

Create strategies and plans for data capacity planning, data security, life cycle data management, scalability, backup, disaster recovery, business continuity, and archiving.

nn Project Related Deliverables and Tasks nn Select and implement the appropriate tools, software, applications, and systems to support data technology goals.

Oversee the mapping of data sources, data movement, interfaces, and analytics, with the goal of ensuring data quality.

Collaborate with project leads and consultants and business unit leaders for all projects involving enterprise data and analytics.

Create and maintain data model and metadata policies and procedures for functional design Provide technical recommendations and engage with Business SMEs and other stakeholders throughout the Solution/Data Architecture and implementation lifecycle and recommend effective solutions to develop high performance and highly scalable data solutions (data marts/warehouse and data mining and advanced analytics) Address data-related problems with regard to systems integration, compatibility, and multiple-platform integration.

Develop and implement key components as needed to create testing criteria in order to guarantee the fidelity and performance of data architecture.

Document the project and programs data architecture and environment in order to maintain a current and accurate view of the larger data picture, an environment that supports a single version of the truth and is scalable to support future analytical needs Identify and develop opportunities for data reuse, migration, or retirement and platform upgrades.

Communicate with customer, project team in a timely manner and escalates issues & risks appropriately.

nn  Qualifications: nn Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, or equivalent formal training; required 10 or more years of IT experience nn Skills: nn Expertise in Data Architecture, Data Strategy and Roadmap for large and complex organization and systems and implemented large scale end-to-end Data Management & Analytics solutions for more than one large client Expertise with normalized OLTP, MDM and DW Dimensional modeling techniques, Star & Snowflake schemas, modeling slowly changing dimensions and role-playing dimensions, dimensional hierarchies, and data classification Expertise in Data Quality, Data Profiling, Data Governance, Data Security, Metadata Management, MDM, Data Archival and Data Migration strategies using appropriate tools Expertise in Data ingestion and integration approaches.

Hands-on experience with ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) tools like Talend Hands-on experience with BI tools and reporting software  like Tableau Hands-on experience with analytical tools, languages, or libraries (e.g.

SAS, SPSS, R, Mahout) Experience with high-scale or distributed RDBMS (Teradata, Netezza, Greenplum, Aster Data, Vertica) Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced and changing environment with short deadlines, interruptions, and multiple tasks/projects occurring simultaneously Must be able to work independently and have skills in planning, strategy, estimation, scheduling and leading data and reporting team to deliver solutions to meet business needs.

Strong problem solving, influencing, communication, and presentation skills, self-starter Knowledge of cloud computing infrastructure (e.g.

Amazon Web Services EC2, Elastic MapReduce) and considerations for scalable, distributed systems Knowledge of NoSQL platforms (e.g.

key-value stores, graph databases, RDF triple stores) Experience in migrating from on-premise data architecture to cloud based architecture.

Ability to mentor / coach Senior Developers, and Peers in a domain or technical area Must be highly organized, motivated, and capable of working with minimum supervision nn nn nn                                                                                         Forward Air is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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