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Principal Enterprise Data Architect
KANSAS CITY, MO (USA)
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Company: H&R Block Contact:
Post Date: 06/09/21 Phone:
Job Type: Full Time Fax:
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What you'll do...

At H&R Block we are modernizing our software architecture which is generating a need for more talent. We are looking for problem-solving difference-makers to help us with new approaches, challenges, and designs working on complex systems.

We are investing heavily in our technology transformation moving to serverless infrastructure and cloud-native applications, as well as a continuous everything approach - improvement, development, testing, implementation, delivery, and learning; we are innovating faster.

Our people are the key to our success, and we are investing in talent opportunities. We encourage learning, experimenting, and exploration. If this type of innovation and learning is enticing to you and if you embrace and implement Agile practices, we are looking for you.

The Principal Data Architect is primarily responsible for defining the technology direction and Architectural Strategy, Vision and Goals for the Data and Information domain. They will define and execute the architecture process for technology solutions with guidance from the Director of Enterprise Architecture and Chief Architect. This role is a Subject Matter Expert in the Data and Information domain and contributes to the development of the domain as a companywide authority.
  • Creates, maintains and oversees portions of the Enterprise Architecture Strategy by applying deep expertise in the Data and Information area and is responsible for defining the Enterprise Data Management Strategy and Framework.
  • Develops and establishes architectural best practices, standards and guidelines for the Data and Information domain that guide the design of technology solutions and educates others throughout the organization on the function of architecture
  • Guide the technical implementation of the Data and Information domain by solving complex problems; escalating issues or risks, as appropriate; recognizing and capitalizing on improvement opportunities; evaluating recommendations made; and influencing the completion of project tasks by others.
  • Responsible for time sequencing, prioritization and managing the growth of the data environments of all SQL, NoSQL and clickstream data from Transactional Systems.
  • Assist the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the determination of data security, data Encryption and privacy requirements related to SOX, CCPA, GDPR and PCI Compliance.
  • Facilitate the creation of a metadata catalog of all Enterprise datasets and ensure that governance of said catalog is executed throughout dataset lifecycles.
  • Guide the full lifecycle of a Big Data solution, including requirements analysis, platform selection, technical architecture design, application design and development, testing, and Test and Deployment in Cloud Infrastructures Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Bricks (Spark), Azure HDInsight, Synapse.
  • Explores emerging business functions and technology and serves as a champion for new ideas and technologies that have potential benefit either to increase revenue or improve efficiencies.
  • Participates in the adoption of new technologies by researching technical trends and developments in the Data and Information domain.
  • Work with external vendors to establish a pipeline into emerging technologies.
  • Evaluates the impact and feasibility of new technologies within their domain before incorporating them into their domain technical architectures.
  • Lead the creation of proof of concept and prototype development using internal and external resources.
  • Provides expertise and shares an understanding of current capability gaps, architectural gaps, and market and industry trends that can be used to set future direction.
  • Works side-by-side with other IT groups such as Development and Enterprise Technology to closely align strategy with delivery and drive adoption.
  • Designs, models and implements new systems architectures.
  • Conduct technical walk-through sessions, participate in pre- and post- implementation project reviews, and ensure that architecture designs are developed, maintained, and accessible.
  • Consult with customers to solve business problems by adapting current technology and/or capitalizing on emerging technology for competitive advantage to meet the strategic objectives of the customer.
  • Drive adoption by evangelizing technologies that have applicability and benefit to HR Block.
  • Conduct demonstrations and presentations to executive management of prototypes and proof-of-concepts.
  • Conduct presentations to large audiences both internal as well as external to HR Block.
  • Conduct technical walk-through sessions.
  • Participate in pre and post implementation project review.


About H&R Block...

We're here to live our purpose-to provide help and inspire confidence in our clients and communities everywhere. We take our work personally, because we know what it represents: Families and homes. Livelihoods and lives.

We've been true to that purpose since brothers Henry and Richard Bloch founded our company in 1955. Since then, we've grown to approximately 12,000 tax offices throughout the United States and around the world. When you join our team, you'll add to the momentum of a forward-thinking company-one that defined an industry and is now leading its transformation.

It would be even better if you also had...

Preferred Qualifications
  • AZ900 Certification
  • A deep understanding of MS Azure cloud environment
  • A deep understanding of Azure Database and Storage technologies
  • Experience and expertise designing, implementing or maintaining the following:
    • Master Data Management solutions
    • Data Marketplace solutions
    • Data Science Platforms and Productizing Data
    • Enterprise Analytics solutions


What you'll bring to the team...

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or the equivalent through a combination of education and related work experience
  • 12 years' experience in architecture, technology design, development, implementation and support functions
  • Ability to work with limited direct supervision
  • Ability to work creatively and analytically in meeting team needs
  • Ability to mentor architects in overall architectural best practices and depth within their domain
  • Team lead experience
  • Proficiency in one or more RDBMS and NoSQL platforms
  • Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective presentation skills
  • High degree of technical and business acumen
  • Proven experience and expertise in the following:
    • Define Enterprise Data vision, strategy and principles for data management
    • Effectively liaise between the Business (product teams) and data solution development, integration and governance teams
    • Strong ability to understand the implication of data on people, processes, products and technology
  • Proof points of successfully accomplishing following Enterprise Data Architecture tasks:
    • Enterprise Data Modeling
    • Information Architecture Modeling
    • Information Analysis Modeling
    • Physical Data Modeling
    • Enterprise Data Governance Functions and Frameworks - Standards, Policies, Processes, QA
    • Enterprise Data Technology Landscape
    • Enterprise Information Analysis Maps
    • Reference, Master, Meta Data and Document Practices
    • Data Virtualization, Data Streaming, Operational Data Store, Data Warehouse, etc.
    • Data Management Practice including Stewardship and Life Cycle Management
    • Data Architecture and Management in the Cloud (Azure knowledge is preferred)
  • Experience with a diverse set of platforms and technologies, as well as, experience with structured methods and the software development life cycle
  • Data Architecture experience related to Cloud infrastructure and technology components
  • Familiarity with Microservices Architecture and development patterns
  • An understanding of DevOps concepts and principles
  • A willingness to value progress over perfection


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