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Job ID: 51556

Data Architect 
Our client is seeking an API & Data Architect to join their team. As the API & Data Architect, you will focus on data architecture for the AWS platform. This position requires a strong background in AWS technologies for data pipeline, data lake, and data warehousing as well as experience in REST API design and data modeling for relational and NoSQL stores. In this key role, you will help design the data pipeline, data lake and reporting architecture, defining how data will be stored, consumed, integrated, and managed by different data consumers. Note: This is a full-time opportunity with competitive compensation and an outstanding benefits package. This role can be 100% remote and is open to candidates who currently reside anywhere in the United States.

Data architecture and design for the platform's data pipeline:
Transform from classic data warehouse and ETL architecture to continuous stream-based analysis.
Enable customers to extend application and reporting needs with self-service APIs and Data Models
Serve as a trusted technical advisor for business and technical departments by providing practical and relevant advice.
Create architecture artifacts (Logical Architecture Diagrams, Workflows, Data Flow Diagrams, etc.) to effectively communicate solutions to varied audiences.
Work with business stakeholders to understand business strategy and requirements and align solutions to business strategy.
Prototype, as needed, to engage with other technical minds and vet solutions.
Participate in making build vs. buy decisions based upon business capability model, resource capacity, and risk.
Partner with other architects and lead developers to form detailed designs on new projects.

Provide organization and governance of all data storage strategies for internal applications:
Creating, defining, or choosing consistent data storage solutions for applications.
Provide continuity in all major application solution decisions.
Advise on the use of emerging technology for maximizing business benefits; research, prototype, and document the organization’s best practices based on industry standards for new technology usage.

Provide design guidance, standards, and governance of all data models:
Support platform consolidation efforts in migrating to common foundational data models.
Lead organization-wide effort to create artifacts which show their enterprise data model.

Provide oversight over REST API design:
Bring forward API management, versioning, and technology that strengthens the API platform.
Cultivate organizational partnerships to ensure comprehensive capabilities are developed with proper input from subject matter experts.
Partner with product management to ensure platform APIs and data is technically solid, consumable, consistent and best meets the needs of customers.
Grow knowledge on the Education domain from a data perspective.

Support delivery teams:
Provide support to development teams for solving enterprise wide challenging technical problems through application of prototypes and knowledge of industry best practices.
Provide mentoring on software design, construction and development methodologies through one-on-one interaction, meetings, and brown bag sessions.
Skills and Abilities
Depth in data modeling and database design for both relational and NoSQL data stores.
Ability to design REST APIs, canonical data models, versioning and how to design for longevity/extensibility.
Ability to conceive and portray the big data picture: When the data architect initiates, evaluates, and influences projects he or she does so from the perspective of the entire organization.
Able to articulate and advocate strategy and direction for technology and architecture throughout the organization.
Ability to communicate well with development teams, product managers, project managers, and partners.
Experience developing enterprise solutions for fast paced organization.
5+ years of experience as a software architect using AWS technologies (e.g., Kinesis, Redshift, Lambda) and knowledge of current AWS best practices in data storage and processing.
4+ years of experience designing solutions that run highly concurrent workloads in production on modern data warehouses such as AWS Redshift and Snowflake.
4+ years’ experience designing REST APIs for multiple industries.
Experience with API management technologies.
Significant experience with modern data pipeline tools for batch and streaming.
Experience with data pipeline orchestration and scheduling.
Experience with modern tools for testing data pipelines.
Strong experience in developing within a microservice architecture.
10+ years of experience in developing software in a fast-paced company or technology consulting environment.
Minimum B.S. degree in computer science or a related field; Master’s degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

About VanderHouwen 
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.  Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws. 


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