Data Solutions Architect

Ipswich, Suffolk
13 Jul 2017
12 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you an experienced Data Solutions Architect who can contribute to the vision, strategy and principles across AXA Insurance Data Services? Then this is the role for you....

What you will be doing

You will be tasked with:

  • Conceiving and portraying the big data picture – across data service platforms and interfaces – analysing current state and contributing to the realisation of a desired future state.
  • Identifying current initiatives capable of closing the gap between current state and future goals – and ones that may lead to further deviation.
  • Defining standards for naming, governing, modeling, managing, transforming, cleansing, enriching, storing, and delivering data across AXA Insurance.
  • Highlighting how data is and will be with a clear explanation of impacts on people and organisation, business processes and technology.

What we can offer you

As you’d expect from a global leader, our reward package is a world-beater – here’s a small selection of our current benefits

  • Bonus Scheme linked to yours and the company’s performance
  • Pension scheme with employer contributions as well as your own
  • 28 days holiday plus option to purchase extra days
  • Car allowance of £4,000 for business travel
  • Interest free season ticket loan scheme
  • Share Plan Scheme
  • Discount on all AXA Insurance products, including insurance, breakdown cover & healthcare

Who are we looking for?


  • Thorough understanding of the workings of AXA Insurance and / or Financial Services
  • Strong familiarity with data services disciplines and tooling
  • Data modelling, object modelling, Big data technologies, design patterns
  • Hosting specification, cloud computing, SOA and web / mobile / social technologies experience
  • Demonstrable experience across traditional database platforms (preferably Oracle & SQL Server), emerging technologies (preferably across Azure and / or AWS), MPP, NoSQL and Columnar data stores
  • Innovative data organisation approaches – beyond legacy data warehouse paradigms (such as Kimball & Inmon)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of hybrid and transition architectures
  • Data acquisition, transformation and forwarding techniques, platforms and services (on premise and/or cloud based) – such as informatica, SSIS, Kalido and bespoke metadata driven approaches
  • Broad range of reporting, analytics and visualisation platforms and /or services
  • Background across data services – from operational administration, through integration, to provisioning
  • Agile delivery lifecycle and active architecture interactions on inflight initiatives
  • Costing, estimation and risk identification / mitigation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to present information concisely and to clearly identify key issues
  • Ability to manage a demanding workload
  • Thought Leadership and self sufficiency
  • Preferably Degree Level Education or relevant Professional Qualification


  • Previous IT experience of which a significant level of experience has been IT strategy/architecture experience, both in a large commercial organisation
  • Strong thought leadership, visioning and influencing skills
  • Track record of successful definition and oversight of complex architectures using a wide range of products and packages
  • Track record of technical delivery in a project environment
  • Up to date knowledge of leading edge technology options and vendors
  • Good understanding of architecture theory and application
  • Understanding of systems life cycles and system integration
  • Track record of collaboration and re-use of solutions in global organisations
  • Understanding of corporate and global IT strategy and infrastructure
  • Strategic and functional planning skills