Senior Data Solutions Architect


Senior Data Solutions Architect (Associate Director, Data Strategy) – Job Ad.




Position: Senior Data Solutions Architect (Associate Director, Data Strategy)

Craft: Strategy

Reports directly to: Director, Data & Analytics




Isobar, a leading global digital transformation agency, is looking for a key hire in its growing Data and Analytics practice. We live our values; the Senior Data Solutions Architect will “Respect the craft” and leverage their enterprise data engineering and architecture knowledge to help our big, brand name clients solve complex data management needs. In a position of influence, “Be excellent to each other” across the wider Dentsu group and also with our diverse client portfolio. Challenges and opportunities will vary with each engagement and we need you to bring your positive attitude to “Make it happen”. If you want to work with leaders that “Give a damn” we have the role for you!


As a senior contributor in the Data & Analytics team, you will be responsible for:


●       consulting with stakeholders to understand their vision, strategy, and business objectives

●       technical engagements, discovery, pre-sales support and authoring statements of work

●       influencing stakeholders to guide senior enterprise technology investment decision making

●       scoping and requirements gathering for enterprise data & technology architecture strategies

●       capture of current state data management architecture, gap & technical debt assessment

●       define / design the end to end, future state technical data architecture & delivery roadmap

●       articulate the features of future state architecture and sequence delivery to extract value

●       communicate benefits & limitations of data architecture design to non-technical stakeholders

●       write service impact assessments & risks mitigation plans for migrations to future state

●       orchestrate delivery across teams, tools, architecture frameworks and design principles

●       support engineering & implementation of data management & analytics solution / platforms

●       collaborate with architecture & engineering counterparts for on time delivery of target state

●       ownership of data architecture domain practices to achieve agency & client objectives

●       provide thought leadership in Data Architecture practice & represent the agency publicly




●       4+ years of demonstrable Data Architecture capability and deliverables including:

○       Data management platform solution design, both on-prem and cloud deployments

○       Data model and warehouse design, including ingestion & ETL from source to storage

○       Data integration, transformation, curation, conformance and feature engineering

○       Data reliability engineering, security and syndication, governance and stewardship

●       2+ years of demonstrable, on the tools, delivery focused Data Engineering practice

●       2+ years experience with data mining, BI and analytics, and data science platforms/solutions

●       2+ years in technology consulting (internal or external), pre-sales support and delivery

●       Development of data management strategies, architecture frameworks and roadmaps

●       Strong familiarity with enterprise architecture standards (ie. TOGAF), and best practice

●       Requirements gathering, solutions design, engineering delivery in complex environments

●       Developed cross-functional winning proposals, project estimates and statements of work

●       Has lead platform vendor assessments, selection, management and contract negotiations

●       Digital marketing, martech/adtech, and big data platform experience are highly desirable





After some years building your skills in data engineering, you levelled up and gained the creds you needed to become a data architect. Now, having delivered a number of key data architecture designs and solutions implementations for large enterprise clients, or internally within a large enterprise, you are seeking a new challenge. You want a senior architecture role that blends your technical prowess with your entrepreneurial spirit; an opportunity to demonstrate your broad product and solutions knowledge in highly consultative engagements with senior stakeholders across multiple clients.


You are energised by some pretty geeky topics of debate, and have balanced views on subjects like:


- what are the advantages and disadvantages of open source versus proprietary solutions

- which cloud storage and data warehousing options suit best for which client situations

- how to balance the need for regulatory compliance, data governance and data science agility

- the pros / cons of various reporting, BI, analytics and data science tools and platforms

- how businesses can surface and consume unstructured data to better serve their customers


Tell us what you believe the main reasons that businesses fail to deliver on their data and analytics strategy are, and what you would do differently to help clients avoid those mistakes?


You are able to interrogate business requirements deeply, and form a view as to how best to ingest, integrate, curate and conform streams from multiple data sources into cloud storage ready for syndication. You design data models in readiness for analysts and data scientists to extract insight and business value from the data you have surfaced, appreciating the nuance in how that data must be prepared, used, and made available between BI and ML workloads.


You know you are a craft leader and domain expert, and now you are looking for that rare opportunity to prove your craft and grow your creds across multiple industry categories.




●       Tertiary qualification(s) in a computer science, information technology or related

●       Professional qualification(s) or credentials in enterprise and/or data architecture

●       Vendor certifications (ie. GCP, AWS, IBM, AZURE) are highly regarded

●       Ability to demonstrate strategic thinking, agile planning and tactical delivery

●       A strong communicator who can distill complex technology concepts into digestible, action-oriented narratives and recommendations for a non-technical audience

●       An authentic relationship builder, with the confidence to engagement c-suite stakeholders

●       A hunger to always be learning, and a passion for educating others about the job you love

●       A broad understanding of digital ecosystems, platforms and channels, as well as other supporting technologies that may be affected by (or become part of) data solutions recommended

●       An understanding of media strategy, planning and measurement is an added bonus


As a global organisation, we offer amazing opportunities for our employees to succeed and advance within their profession, both in Australia and New Zealand, and around the world.


Here are some of the great benefits enjoyed by all Dentsu Aegis Network employees:


●       Extra week of annual leave per year after 2 years with the business

●       4x summer half days, 3x winter half days

●       Wellness perks including, free counselling, flu vaccinations, health-checks, and more

●       Free fruit, coffee and monthly themed lunches

●       Exclusive discounts to amazing products from our client partners

●       Fantastic office environment in great locations

●       Collaborative team environment across the network

●       Access to insights, research and information about the industry

●       Access to development courses and additional training from our internal Learning & Development team

●       Participate as a team, and give back to those in need in our annual One Day for Change, volunteering day


Great, just send us your CV, a covering letter that highlights why you think you are suitable and anything else that you think we would find interesting – and if we think we would like working together then we will give you a call.


“At DAN, a diverse and inclusive culture enables our employees to bring their whole selves to work, and be proud of doing so.  For us, this is the foundation for great innovation which, in turn, generates better outcomes for our people, partners and communities. This is why we encourage applications from people with disabilities, and of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds and cultures”



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