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Azure Data Architect

  • Job reference: 935915
  • Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester
  • Salary: GBP400 - GBP480 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: IT & Telecoms
  • Date posted: 08/06/2021


Azure Data Architect

About the opportunity:

All major programmes and projects need to collect, collate, manage, report and analyse data. The industry generally addresses this through excel based and bespoke solutions. Beyond slow and inconsistent set up, costs and poor data quality the latent value in data is untapped, not used or lost by close out.

This is an opportunity to work on an ambitious yet delivery focused Programme Data Services (PDS) initiative and service to effectively capture, manage and visualize data for our clients.

Typically, you will work within the Data Capture and Management workstream, leading on implementing Data Platforms. You will work with SMEs, Enterprise Architects, Product Managerss, the Digital Factory, and support teams to produce designs that fit into the technology vision of the business. You will incorporate a secure first mindset into every aspect of your work, understanding and validating the cost implications of your designs.

This will be a hands on role implementing the agreed architecture.


  • Defining data architecture framework, standards and principles, including modelling, dimensional data modelling, metadata, security, 'data coding', reference data to support our Major Projects & Programmes
  • Defining a reference architecture, as pattern that others can follow to create and improve data systems;
  • Defining data flows, source to target mapping, i.e., which parts of the organization generate data, which require data to function, how data flows are managed, and how data changes in transition;
  • Hands on design, build and configuration of data platforms to an agreed reference architecture, including decentralised architectures (data mesh), leveraging cloud services to deliver against customer need in an Lean-agile manner

Essential Skills

  • Exhibit a deep understanding of the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform, with applied hands on experience in implementing architectural designs in Azure
  • Experience of designing and implementing Data and Analytics platforms using Azure PaaS services such as Blob Storage, ADLS, ADF, Azure Databricks, Azure Synapse, Azure Analysis Services, Cosmos DB, Power BI
  • Experience in implementing Master Data Management & Data Quality solutions and integrating these into enterprise data architectures and solutions.
  • Experience of defining data analytics, data reporting and business insight solutions.
  • Understanding of varied architectural patterns, including API and microservice, containerisation etc

Desirable Skills

  • Experience relevant to the engineering sector is a bonus; though you don't need to be an engineer to succeed here. Living and breathing digital is a must.
  • Detailed knowledge of architecture and data Frameworks (e.g. DAMA, TOGAF, ZACHMAN, DoDAF)
  • Experience in applying data compliance and data regulatory frameworks to data architectures and solutions
  • Experience in using one or more of the following: ASP.NET, ASP.NET Core, AWS and/or Google Cloud
  • Strong experience with modern data warehouse architectures
  • Good experience with advanced analytics on big data architectures
  • Experience with real time streaming architectures (lamda)
  • Experience with containerisation
  • Experience and understanding around product and platform commercialisation beyond technical depth
  • Expertise in shaping Data Strategy & Enterprise Data Architecture for large organisations

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.