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Principal Data Architect

Principal Data Architect

Principal Data Architect

Wood Mackenzie
Houston, TX 77057

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Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in data, analysis and consulting across the energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables sectors.

Founded in 1973, our success has always been underpinned by the simple principle of providing trusted research and advice that makes a difference to our customers. Today we have over 2,000 customers ranging from the largest global energy companies and financial institutions to governments as well as smaller market specialists.

Our teams are located around the world. This enables us to stay closely connected with customers and the markets and sectors we cover. Collectively this allows us to offer a compelling combination of global commodity analysis with detailed local market knowledge.

We are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive. We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment that encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. We are committed to creating a workplace that works for you and encourage everyone to get involved in our Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement initiatives. We actively support flexible working and are happy to consider alternative work patterns, taking into account your needs and the needs of the team or division that you are looking to join.

Hear what our team has to say about working with us:

We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies!

At the heart of what we do is help clients manage risk. Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data and insights to our customers in insurance, energy and the financial services markets so they can make faster and more informed decisions.

Our global team uses AI, machine learning, automation, and other emerging technologies to collect and analyze billions of records. We provide advanced decision-support to prevent credit, lending, and cyber risks. In addition, we monitor and advise companies on complex global matters such as climate change, catastrophes, and geopolitical issues.

But why we do our work is what sets us apart. It stems from a commitment to making the world better, safer and stronger.

It’s the reason Verisk is part of the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative. It’s why we made a commitment to balancing 100 percent of our carbon emissions. It’s the aim of our “returnship” program for experienced professionals rejoining the workforce after time away. And, it’s what drives our annual Innovation Day, where we identify our next first-to-market innovations to solve our customers’ problems.

At its core, Verisk uses data to minimize risk and maximize value. But far bigger, is why we do what we do.

At Verisk you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create positive and lasting impact on business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We have received the Great Place to Work® Certification for the fifth consecutive year. We’ve been recognized by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and a Best Employer for Women, testaments to our culture of engagement and the value we place on an inclusive and diverse workforce. Verisk’s Statement on Racial Equity and Diversity supports our commitment to these values and affecting positive and lasting change in the communities where we live and work.

Job Description

Wood Mackenzie is an industry-leading data analytics company that provides analysis and insight on the world’s natural resources with offices all around the globe. The team is working on a next generation, data analysis & visualization platform utilized by our customers to drive billion-dollar decisions.

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative technical leader to drive how data architecture transforms the way we power the planet.

About this role

This is an influential member of our data team. Working within our Data group, you will be responsible for leading creation of data architecture that produces our data assets to enable our data platform. You will work closely with architects, engineers, and business leaders throughout the organization to build and execute our strategic data architecture vision.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a single-threaded technical owner for data architecture within cross-functional and domain teams
  • Develop and design the overall system of data flows and data models for systems that produce our data assets
  • Scale architectural design work through data engineering, data governance, and solutions architecture
  • Lead development of data architecture best practices, standards, design review processes, and creation of repeatable design documents
  • Cultivate culture of data architecture fluency and technical enablement
  • Serve as technical thought leader and innovator, incorporating new ideas, technologies, and ways of working
  • Develop and implementing quality metrics for data to assess and optimize the current data landscape



About You and How You Can Excel in this Role

You are as comfortable discussing the nuances of a given data platform as you are influencing a room of leaders. You are passionate about breaking down data silos to fuel innovation. You are a proven leader, able to organise and motivate a team to deliver tangible business benefits. You can adapt to new ways of working – and enjoy collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders.


  • Knowledge and Experience
    • A Bachelors/Masters in computer science/engineering or related experience
    • Proven experience leading the development and implementation of cross-functional data architecture projects
    • Hands-on experience of relational, dimensional, and/or analytic data management tools, including RDBMS, dimensional, NoSQL data platform technologies, and ETL and data ingestion protocols
    • Experience working with data warehouses, data lakes, and enterprise big data platforms in multi-data-centre contexts with a focus on energy data sets
    • At least one current AWS or cloud certifications and documented thought leadership related to data architecture
  • Impact
    • Experience designing scalable and repeatable data architectures to address business challenges
    • Recognized data architecture subject matter expert
    • Experience transforming data quality though metrics and measured improvements
  • Collaboration
    • History of mentoring and leading engineering teams focused on growing their architecture capabilities
    • Experience influencing technical decisions across the different stakeholder levels of the business including non-technical audiences
    • Ability to foster a culture around data-driven reliability, observability, monitoring and automation
    • Proven ability to thrive in nebulous environments and make crisp judgement calls to deliver results
  • Depth
    • Mastery of at least one big data technology and the principles of managing them
    • Proficiency of at least one language related to data engineering
    • Master of cloud data architecture and data integration with large scale environments

Additional Information

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

All members of the Verisk Analytics family of companies are equal opportunity employers. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age or disability.

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