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IT Data Architect: Azure

Resource Solutions - AXA

Posted on Apr 9, 2022 by Resource Solutions - AXA

Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

IT Data Architect: Azure

Must be based in Ireland

Job Purpose: Owns, drives and effectively communicates Ireland's target data architecture across ingestion, storage, operational consumption, data warehousing and BI/analytics, and it's migration to Azure. Collaborates effectively with key stakeholders to ensure alignment with strategy, and engages effectively to ensure data and solutions are understood at business and technical levels.

Technical knowledge

  • Design of reliable, resilient scalable, performant, secure production data architectures
  • Traditional principles of Data engineering, operational data storage, data warehousing design, BI and analytics, with appropriate supporting architectures
  • Modern approaches encompassing Big Data, modern analytical methods, machine learning, Data Science
  • Migrating on-premise data architectures to AzurePaaS data services:
    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Data Factory
    • Databricks/Spark
    • Azure ML and Cognitive Services
    • Azure Data Warehouse/Synapse
  • Security concepts (encryption, authentication, privacy-by-design), and mitigation of security threats (sensitive data controls, data leakage, GDPR compliance)
  • Networking, gateway & security infrastructure for on-premise integration and hybrid cloud
  • Microsoft product stack (.NET, associated languages and frameworks, VSTS, ) including Common persistence frameworks for .NET (Entity Framework) would be a distinct advantage
  • Logical Datamodelling experience & engagement/negotiation skills would be a distinct advantage.

Key general accountabilities for this role:

  • Communication of the target architecture & validation with key stakeholders using architecture templates and frameworks
  • Ensures compliance of solution architectural designs with the AXA target architecture and relevant AXA policies, such as security or change management
  • Closely works with all areas of IT (applications, DevOps, I&O, security etc.) and the IT project teams to serve as the central point of communication for all decisions/questions around the architecture of the digital systems.
  • Liaises with business representatives to understand and support both the business strategy and the short term needs of business
  • Supports and enforces the AXA Architecture governance process and is responsible for the production and quality of the key artefacts.
  • Supports the implementation of the AXA-Ireland Cloud strategy and the compliance with Group binding principles.
  • Supports the transition of AXA IT to Agile methodologies.
  • Assesses new technologies or alternate options by conducting proof of concept style investigations
  • Conducts reviews of existing solutions and identifies risks and potential improvements (eg cost, efficiency or simplification)
  • Engages with third parties where required


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to describe solutions both on a technical and business level are critical to this role.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation; self-motivated
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • The ability to translate business needs into IT Architecture requirements
  • Experience architecting in a regulated, financial services environment

Reference: 1559847771

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