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Senior Data Solution Architect

Department name: Information Technology
Business unit: TOPS
Position ID: J1120-1928

A little about us

At Shaw, we’re proud to be leaders in a movement that brings Canadians the connectivity they need to fuel their lives. We’re making bold moves to connect Canadians and we’re always on the lookout for go-getters that are committed to disrupting the status quo. Does that sound like you? We’d love to meet you.

The role

As a Sr. Data Solution Architect, you will be considered a “go-to” data resource, an expert in understanding our data, including knowledge of the upstream systems and the business activities and logic that influence the way data flows through them. Daily partnership will occur, supporting peers internal to Data Strategy and the data citizens across the company embedded into various Business Units, being called upon to dive in to learn and connect systems, business understanding and their combined impact on data.
Constantly problem solving, you will be challenged to hear a data need and to find the ideal technical solution, considering the appropriate data and tool(s) for the task, including providing the support and training your stakeholder requires to support the solution long term. In hearing a need, it will be crucial to understand the business impact and actionable insight that will be taken, allowing the recommended solutions (ranging from simple workflows or queries, to complex architecture models designed to support enterprise projects) to be fit for purpose. The successful candidate is one who is passionate about exploring the options that a challenge brings and providing creative solutions to them.

A typical day

This role is a “thinker-doer”, with each day bringing a diverse combination of:
• answering questions/solutioning with data users (pointing people towards the data they’re looking for, helping them with their workflows, providing suggestions on improving accuracy or efficiency of queries)
• working with those same stakeholders to encourage and support them in building and maintaining the solutions themselves
• investigating our data (hunting down the cause of anomalies, diving into connecting business processes with their corresponding data, self-learning), with the goal of having a broad understanding of upstream and downstream systems, being able to quickly investigate, identify and solve problems across the environment
• partnering with other Data Strategy team members to build reusable data layers (tables/views) in our data warehouse in support of our target architecture and enterprise initiatives
• advocating data literacy and building a culture of data driven decisions within our data community
• treating every interaction as a chance to further the knowledge and understanding of those they work with


You will be challenged to be a leader on the projects you’re assigned to, and your recommendations and summaries of the things that you learn will be trusted.

Your skills/experience

• 10+ years and a solid understanding of SQL, and other DB constructs including stored procedures, functions, views, and execution plans/tasks. Advanced knowledge of code optimization, including development/coding best practices
• 8+ years, a solid understanding, and demonstrated ability to apply Data Warehouse and Data Modeling methodologies into practice. With a focus on the ability to understand the underlying data sources and translating that knowledge into logic which builds out the data ecosystem
• Experience with cloud technologies, and the associated data science, data management, and data visualization tools (Alteryx, SAS, PowerBI, Tableau, etc.)
• Broad experience understanding large, complex, inter-dependent systems in big corporations
• Demonstrated business acumen. Ability to obtain essential information about a situation, focus on the key objectives, recognize the relevant options available, select an appropriate course of action and set in motion a plan to ‘get the job done’
• Have a track record of delivering outputs that set the bar for quality, delivering complete solutions which are thoughtful, forward thinking (considering future impacts) and follows all internal processes perfectly
• Exceptional critical thinking, passionate about understanding ‘Why’ and getting to the root of a problem
• Have a passion for leadership, not shying away from being a key decision maker on technical solutions
• Experience acting as a mentor to peers, providing guidance on technical solutions, critical thinking, and relating the data (‘What’ and ‘When’) to the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ parts of our business
• Comfort working intimately with resources from both technical and non-technical backgrounds
• Solid command of the English language
• Expert technical writing, and data flow documentation skills
• Expert written and verbal communication skills, with experience pivoting communication styles based on the audience
• Demonstrated ability to build strong, cooperative intradepartmental and interdepartmental relationships
• Consistently able to work under pressure, multi-task and meet challenging deadlines, all while focusing on quality and proactive communication
If you value a workplace that promotes accountability, exemplifies loyalty, never compromises integrity, and has a strong social conscience then start your career with us by applying now.

Experience in the following technologies would be considered an asset:
• Snowflake, AWS, and PostgreSQL
• Familiarity with Alteryx, Tableau, and Power BI
• Experience and familiarity with data science competencies such as application of algorithms and modeling with tools (R, Python etc.)

Other details

This position requires the successful completion of a criminal and credit background check.

Posting closing date: December 7, 2020

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