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Data Architect

  1. Full Time
  2. Hammersmith
  3. IT
  4. Permanent
VAC- 32608

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We are looking for a Data Architect to join our IT team at Harrods. You will become the go-to person within IT when it comes to knowledge and understanding of Harrods’ data landscape and strategy, and will be responsible for capturing the current state and defining the future state of data architecture for Harrods.

About the Role

Working with the Architecture and Innovation Lead, Data Engineering, and Business and IT Delivery teams, the Data Architect will be responsible for building and maintaining a clear view of the data landscape across the business and the drivers for change. The Data Architect will also lead the solution design for projects with a heavy data emphasis, including: the delivery of solution options and high-level solution design, ensuring they are well documented, adhere to Harrods’ design principles, and have been through appropriate governance.

You will be accountable for identifying opportunities to improve access to information through more timely, accurate and complete data, and work with the Architecture and Innovation Lead to drive these through future landscape and identify their related projects required to deliver the changes.

This role is broader than Business Intelligence (BI). We are looking for someone who has strong data architecture experience across a complex set of applications, including BI platforms. This needs to include migrating data from old to new data models.

The Data Architect will work with key stakeholders to ensure there is alignment between domains in the way data is defined, managed and used. You will keep the Architecture Lead, PMO, and project managers informed of progress against their assigned work. You will be maintaining standards and processes to drive quality and consistency in architecture deliverables. You will be reviewing third-party products and keep abreast of market developments, contribute to preparation of Requests for Proposal, evaluation and selection of tenders.

About You

As Data Architect you will have a strong understanding of how data can be leveraged to optimise business insight and operational performance. You will have the tenacity and influencing skills to be able to drive the roadmap for change to deliver the desired outcomes for the business. You will have a background in data or solution architecture, with a strong data remit and clear understanding of the requirements of an IT Architecture team. You will consistently adopt strong, logical thinking when solving problems and are able to thing conceptually.

You will also:

  • Have a strong understanding of a Retail or similar B2C operating model.
  • Have a strong understanding of modern architecture patterns for business intelligence platforms, master data, reference data, and familiarity with domain driven design principles.
  • Have experience designing complex data models and migrating legacy data to those models.
  • Experience of one or more of the following – AWS Redshift, Azure Synapse, Azure Data Lake, Data Bricks, SAP BW/4HANA or Datasphere, Snowflake.
  • You will maintain an in-depth knowledge of IT best practices, technologies, and emerging technologies, and work with the team to identify continuous improvement opportunities.

About Us

Harrods is one of the world’s leading luxury department stores and we’re becoming a destination for top designers, and the most sought-after brands from around the globe. Our combined mission is to make visiting our iconic Knightsbridge store one of the world’s most inspiring shopping experiences.

Our Promise to You

Help us make the impossible possible for our customers and we’ll do something remarkable for you. As well as offering a friendly environment to inspire your best work, we provide abundant opportunities and support to build an exceptional career across the varied specialisms of our business. 

In return, you’ll receive an excellent benefits package, including a company pension, flexible working, 25 days’ holiday, and your birthday off, up to 33% in-store discount (including across our food hall and restaurants) and a season ticket loan.

Uniquely You

At Harrods we believe the personality and authenticity of our people sets us apart. We celebrate and invite applications from all cultures, backgrounds, tastes, and experiences and are proud of our culture where people from all walks of life can grow and thrive. What makes you unique makes us exceptional.

If you want to know more about our people and our culture, search #TogetherHarrods on LinkedIn, Facebook or follow us on Instagram @togetherharrods

Harrods reserve the right to close applications early if we receive a high number of applications for this role.

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