Solution Architect - Data Lake in Windsor, CT at Voya

Date Posted: 1/6/2020

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Profile Summary:

The Solution Architect – Data Lake is accountable for proactively and holistically leading or supporting architecture activities within the Cloudera Hadoop technology stack, creating deliverables that guide technology investments in response to disruptive forces to achieve targeted business outcomes. The role focuses on technology strategy - clarifying strategic intentions; identifying outcomes; exploring implications, impacts and risks; and addressing stakeholder questions.   This role is responsible for facilitating the success of IT development efforts within the Big Data/ Hadoop environment.  The Architect will support IT and business efforts which may include business capabilities, functions and processes and organization design, as well as work collaboratively with Enterprise Architects, Project Managers, highly skilled technologists, process owners and subject matter experts.

Profile Description:

The ideal candidate is an expert at administration, installation and best practice use of the following technologies:

  • Apache Hadoop
  • Cloudera Manager
  • Experience with a Kerberized Cluster
  • Oracle Big Data Appliance
  • Apache Sqoop
  • Syncsort DMX-h
  • AtScale
  • CDSW

The Solution Architect will lead technology evaluations, market research and product proof of concept efforts.  The position is responsible for platform design, architecture and security assessments.  The requirements of the position also include the following:

  • Support business and technology innovation that drives the organization's top and bottom lines.
  • Detail potential competitive threats from external challenges that are generally considered outside of your traditional realm of competition.
  • Engage key business stakeholders to facilitate both strategy and innovation planning.
  • Work with stakeholders involved in business technology strategy and innovation to develop an IT investment roadmap.
  • Review the organization's business technology strategy and how the organization currently approaches innovation.
  • Create deliverables that illustrate how to strategically move the business forward.
  • Work with enterprise architecture to define a clear plan and governance for ensuring the business architecture work is in lock step with the other enterprise architecture viewpoints.
  • Provide strategic consultation to assigned line-of-business (LOB) or business unit (BU) partners in defining or designing business capabilities, processes, functions and organizational structures, as well as in researching, identifying and internally marketing, selling and enabling technologies based on business and end-user requirements.
  • Work on enterprise architecture development, including business architecture, information architecture, application portfolio and technical architecture.
  • Facilitate agreement on organizational work models and processes to meet business requirements.
  • Consult on business-facing programs and large projects, and maintain knowledge of their progress.
  • Work with the enterprise program management office on reporting program and large project status, issues, risks and benefits.
  • Seek ways to apply new technology to, and reuse existing technology for, business processes. Research and provide information on technical trends and competitors' practices relevant to assigned line-of-business (LOB) or business unit (BU) partners.
  • Assess near-term needs, using structured interview processes, to establish business priorities. Consult with technical subject matter experts, and develop alternative technical solutions. Advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities.
  • Work with other IT functional areas to remain apprised of program and large project status, and inform line-of-business (LOB) or business unit (BU partner management of progress. Conversely, keep IT's technology and service managers aware of key line-of-business (LOB) or business unit (BU) partner issues, identifying and resolving potential problems and conflicts.

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, computer science, information systems or related discipline, or equivalent and extensive related project experience.
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience as an architect.
  • 5+ years of business or IT experience with a direct responsibility for strategy formulation and/or translation, business analytics, and program management, application development , middleware, database management or operations.
  • Working knowledge of relational database technologies, particularly Oracle, preferred.

Critical Skills
At Voya, we have identified the following critical skills which are key to success in our culture: 

  • Customer Focused: Passionate drive to delight our customers and offer unique solutions that deliver on their expectations.
  • Critical Thinking: Thoughtful process of analyzing data and problem solving data to reach a well-reasoned solution.
  • Team Mentality: Partnering effectively to drive our culture and execute on our common goals. 
  • Business Acumen: Appreciation and understanding of the financial services industry in order to make sound business decisions. 
  • Learning Agility: Openness to new ways of thinking and acquiring new skills to retain a competitive advantage.

Learn more about Critical Skills.