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Senior Data Architect

Date: Feb 7, 2021

Location: Dublin, D, IE, D02 R590

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company that aims to change people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world's largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence, and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments, and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH's interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 50 million students in over 150 countries. Readers enjoy our renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books, and reference works throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.hmhco.com/.  


The Opportunity: Sr. Data Architect 

HMH is searching for a Sr. Data Architect to join our talented team of engineering professionals. Your central responsibility as the Sr. Data Architect will be to develop, optimize and oversee our company’s conceptual and logical data systems. Your duties may include preparing architect roadmaps, assessment of both functional and non-functional data platforms, and assist with the planning of system migrations.

To succeed in this role, you should know how to examine new data system requirements and implement migration models. The ideal candidate will also have proven experience in data analysis and management, with excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.  The ability to develop options, and provide comparative analyses is critical.



  • Design and implement effective database solutions and models to store and retrieve company and customer data.
  • Examine and identify database structural necessities by evaluating client operations, applications, and programming.
  • Assess database implementation procedures to ensure they comply with internal and external regulations.
  • Install and organize information systems to guarantee company functionality.
  • Prepare accurate database design and architecture reports for management and executive teams.
  • Oversee the migration of data from legacy systems to new solutions.
  • Monitor the system performance by performing regular tests, troubleshooting and integrating new features.
  • Recommend solutions to improve new and existing database systems.
  • Educate staff members through training and individual support.
  • Offer support by responding to system problems in a timely manner.
  • Develop data platform roadmaps.


Skills and Experience:

  • Exhibit exceptional technical skills in database architecture, database design and ETL.
  • Proven experience in data ingestion tools, data governance, MDM, and data catalogues.
  • Displays knowledge of the proper way to adhere to the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • AWS and/or Amazon Redshift experience is preferred OR equivalent cloud experience.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to quickly recognize, isolate, and resolve technical problems.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks appropriately and adapt quickly to project changes.


Education, Experience, & Certifications:

  • Hands-on experience with implementation and support of a business intelligence reporting suite.
  • Working knowledge of data security frameworks, data quality frameworks, metadata management & data catalogues, and data governance frameworks.
  • Experience in AWS data lake implementations and migrating Datawarehouse data to data lake.
  •  Prior experience in implementation of Data Lake in AWS is desirable.
  • 10 years of IT experience and 5 years in data architect role


What can we offer you?

  • We pay our engineers well.
  • We also offer benefits such as flexible start times, summer hours, pension, healthcare, tuition support, tax saver travel, paid maternity and paternity leave, HMH mentorship and more. 
  • City Centre location, (next to the side entrance to Pearse St. Dart Station) - easy to get to by all public transport and you won’t be stuck for coffee or lunch options.


Ready to help millions of little learners dream big?

  • Hit apply and let’s talk!
  • We regret we cannot offer work permit sponsorship for this role.


Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing) for 4+ hours.
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.
  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is committed to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities and we aim to create a workplace which provides for equal opportunities for all employees and potential employee 



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