Data Architect

As the leader of the Data Team, you will be responsible for building a culture of Data Driven Value at Shieldpay. This role needs to champion high-quality and high-value data.

This role can be based out of our London or Haywards Heath office - with flexibility for remote working arrangements.

What you’ll be doing:

  • As the leader of the Data Team within Architecture, you will be responsible for building a culture of Data Driven Value at Shieldpay. This role needs to champion high-quality and high-value data through collection, storage, and use. This is a lead-from-the-front position to establish Data Governance principles throughout the growing organisation and own usable Data Models, Definitions, Lineage and Glossaries for both lines of business.
  • The first task will be overseeing the initial design, implementation, and development of data and information within a new technology platform for the Paycast Product. This will include both the operational platform and the planned Data Lake-House. You will work with the Engineering, Business and Product teams to define the use of data in production and the Lake-House capability to support priority business needs.
  • As an experienced Data Architect, you will work closely with your Data Engineer, and Data Analyst to ensure that the launch product has correct and complete data/information to produce reports and statements and other information-objects of high business value.  Subsequent releases will extend the Data Lake-House into Dashboards, Machine Learning and Predictive Modelling. This is an opportunity to build the new foundation for a financial technology data platform in an organisation that has gone from start-up to billions of pounds of turnover in only a few short years.
  • A successful first 3 months will see a full Data Lineage from all external actors, through the event-driven production services and into a production-ready Data Lake-House, with an analytic platform capable of producing predefined structured data outputs. The Lake-House design is expected to include AWS Glue and QuickSight. Data will be Ingested from the production platform sources including the Event Bus (SNS), Postgres Databases, CloudWatch and various flat files in S3 buckets.

What are we looking for in you:

  • Believe in the importance of high-quality Data.
  • Inspire the company towards excellence in Information Architecture.
  • Have outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be a strong self-organiser with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt and prioritise, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to think ahead and anticipate problems, issues, and solutions.

Necessary technical skills and experience required:

  • At least 4 years’ experience in working with or implementing Data Governance and Data Architecture for Data Lake and/or Data Warehouse solutions.
  • Degree in Computer Science or related discipline, or demonstrable Industry experience.
  • Data modelling, profiling, and ensuring quality in production systems.
  • Data Lineage and Data Lifecycle as a Governance capability.
  • Financial services industry experience.
  • Understanding of Serverless and Event Driven concepts.

Advantage to have experience/certifications in the following areas:

  • Demonstrable experience of designing, building or operating Data Warehouse, Data Lake or Lake-House solutions including data ingestion and replication, transformation from T1 through to T3 and implementing solutions that use the resulting data for reporting and analytics.
  • The AWS Ecosystem including S3, AWS GLUE, Postgres, DynamoDB, Athena, Lake Formation, Lambda, Python, Redshift, Kinesis, CloudWatch, DMS/CDC, QuickSight, SNS and SQS.
  • Work management through Agile/Scrum methodologies.
  • Software development using CI/CD.


Shieldpay is an equal opportunities employer. For Shieldpay building a fair and transparent workforce begins with the recruitment process that does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age 

Additional information

  • Remote status

    Flexible remote

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We’re proud that we are able to offer a package of benefits that is above the UK fintech average, designed to look after our people at every stage of their journey with SPG. But don’t think we are resting on our laurels, we are constantly reviewing our offering, and listening to feedback, to make sure we are able to help and support our team…

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Our team is filled with ambitious, curious and entrepreneurial people. We hire and nurture inquisitive, creative minds looking to flourish in a supportive and collaborative environment, recognised by being placed within the top 50 startups to work for in 2021 by Tempo. 

We don’t like old fashioned corporate hierarchy. Instead we like to empower our people to make a change and be autonomous in their role with all the support you need with the other teams around you.

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