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Senior Data Architect Lead

Guardian Life

Guardian Life

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Guardian is seeking a Senior Data Architect Lead to join the team responsible for establishing and maintaining an adaptable data infrastructure to provide access to high quality, consistent data in an easy and convenient manner to all authorized end users and applications of Guardian and its subsidiaries. The Senior Data Architect Lead is responsible for leading the development and delivery of data software products, managing the flow of work using Kanban and / or SAFe Agile methodologies, and designing and implementing data architecture solutions to support business objectives. The candidate will be responsible for assisting in the design, development and implementation of enterprise level data integrations that enable state of the art data access patterns by utilizing a disciplined software development methodology and leading-edge technologies. The candidate will display technical and functional competence in data management standards.

You will

  • Responsible for defining and prioritizing the team backlog, identifying and managing stakeholders, and ensuring that the team delivers value to customers.
  • Work with Head of Data Architecture to collaborate with stakeholders to define requirements and set priorities with the team.
  • Lead the implementation of data software development methodologies, including designing and implementing visual workflows, managing work-in-progress limits, and optimizing the flow of work through the system.
  • Work with an agile team to deliver and evolve data engineering & services.
  • Collaborate with team members, IT colleagues and business partners to ensure functional and business specifications are converted into flexible, scalable, and maintainable data solution designs.
  • Perform data analysis activities including data profiling, creation of data dictionaries, data transformation rules and integration requirements.
  • Design, deliver, and document multi-platform architecture with a focus on data architectural standards, growth, performance, flexibility, reliability, scalability, and security.
  • Develop, document, and maintain logical and physical data models for supported applications.
  • Coordinate across organizations as required to support data integration efforts.
  • Support and apply data standardization policies.
  • Establish and maintain the quality, supportability, and performance of all processes.
  • Play an active role in quality assurance (QA) and user acceptance testing (UAT) for data and solution initiatives by reviewing test plan, attending team meetings, and providing necessary documentation.
  • Continue to look for innovative and next generation solutions for solving data challenges.

You are

A self-starter who is fueled by collaboration, able to transform conceptual designs into reliable, scalable processes that meet or exceed customer needs. An individual who works closely with IT and business leaders across the enterprise to drive and embed the Enterprise Data Strategy into transformational roadmaps ensuring key principles of Data Governance, Data Management, Data Analytics and Architecture are implemented.

You have

  • 15+ Years of IT experience, with 10+ years of experience as a Data Architect, data engineer or other data professional.
  • Solid grasp of data architecture principles, patterns, data modeling and data governance.
  • Knowledgeable on best practices to managing data in large environments.
  • Expert Relational database concepts and experience across multiple database technologies (e.g., SQL, NoSQL, Oracle, Hadoop, Postgres) environments.
  • Expert Proficiency in data modelling tools -- preferably Erwin and strong Logical and Physical Data Modelling experience.
  • Hands on experience in data engineering desired with extensive knowledge of SQL and PySpark, on Databricks Platform.
  • Hands on experience designing, building, and optimizing data pipelines, architecture for large scale data warehousing projects.
  • Experience with cloud data services such as Redshift, Relational database services (RDS), Snowflake and Databricks.
  • Demonstrated expertise with data sourcing, profiling, data mapping and data analysis.
  • Strong SQL, PL/SQL experience and skilled in creating and optimizing queries and data structures.
  • Knowledge of ETL concepts, preferably Informatica or Syncsort.
  • Experience with one or more SQL-on-Hadoop technology (HIVE, Presto, Spark SQL, Databricks) and Hadoop ecosystem.
  • Ability to design cloud and on premise data solutions and provide guidance across storage, big data platform services, Big Data ecosystem, vendor SaaS integrations, RDBMS and NoSQL databases is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to adapt to changing business priorities and experience with effectively communicating change across different levels in the organization.
  • Communication Skills: Articulate the vision and goals, both to the team members and other stakeholders.
  • Emotional Intelligence & Empathy: Motivate, inspire, and resolve conflicts with others while building a positive rapport with team members and partners.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate effectively with the Product Manager and your leadership and keep appraised with key updates and planning. Encourage partnership between team members to create a more dynamic and effective work environment.
  • Strong listeners and able to provide constructive feedback.
  • SAFe experience and the ability to work on a cross functional, self-organizing development teams is a plus.
  • Significant experience interfacing with both customers and management across business and IT.


  • Up to 10% travel within the NY/NJ/PA locations

Salary Range

$114,080.00 - $187,415.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Our Promise

At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits

  • Dental plan

  • Vision plan

  • Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts

  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage

  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable

  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)

  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement

  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days

  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health

  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement

  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons

  • Adoption assistance

  • College planning

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Student loan assistance

  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Equity & Inclusion

Opportunities to build inclusive and meaningful connections through involvement in colleague-led affinity groups:

  • Employee Resource Groups:

  • Colleague Connection Committees

  • Community Involvement Committees

A culture that encourages colleagues to bring their authentic selves to work

  • Voluntary self-ID

  • Pronunciation and phonetic spelling of names

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. Guardian also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants (and employees) to accommodate the individual's known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact applicant_accommodation@glic.com.