IT Architect
The Allant Group - Naperville, IL

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THE ALLANT GROUP, INC. POSITION DESCRIPTION

IT Architect

STATUS: Exempt DEPARTMENT: Solutions Delivery

SALARY GRADE: DATE POSTED:
BASIC FUNCTION

The IT Architect advises on, and makes decisions regarding, the overall technical direction of the solution.

This position is responsible for developing and guiding solution designs to meet Allant client needs. These solutions may be a combination of information technologies such as databases, programming languages, ETL techniques, design approaches, software packages and components. In addition to designing specific client solutions, the IT Architect is also responsible for defining and evolving overall IT architecture and standards that maximize the synergy, reuse and value of individual IT solutions and components over time.

The goal is to design practical tailored solutions for Allant clients that balance business cost, expediency and effectiveness with overall IT architectural integrity and technical elegance.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to: Supervises:
IT Manager, IT Director, Solutions Delivery None

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsiblities –

Translate requirements into designs for a solution that incorporates ETL, data warehouse and data mart components.

Design and document conceptual logical and physical data models for the data warehouse and associated data marts.

Evolve data models to meet new, and changing, business requirements.

Adapt ETL processes to accommodate changes in source systems, input data files, and new business user requirements.

Partner with the IT Solution Lead to create specifications for the scripts that will extract, transform, clean and move data in or out of the data warehouse, data marts, or operational data store.

Research and analyze source data systems and data input files.

Ensure system level component reuse and use of inter-project synergies

Map source system data to data warehouse models.

Work with the solution development team to ensure that technical solutions align with the overall IT architecture frameworks and design guidelines.

Partner with the assigned IT Solution Lead to guide the development of the database solution.

Help to oversee and review unit testing

Support QA team during integration and user acceptance testing

Support deployment of solution into production

Follow industry and Allant standards and best practices

Technical Requirements –

Proficient in use of Oracle SQL.

Proficient with Oracle DDL used to create tables, indexes, and foreign keys, partitions, etc.

Proficient in data warehousing concepts and constructs, including star schema data models.

Proficient with data normalization, OLTP, OLAP, Star Schemas, and Kimball data warehouse theory.

Expert in creating detailed technical specifications.

Proficient ETL developer.

Proficient working on UNIX/Linux platforms.

Familiar with the creation and modification of Perl scripts.

Proficient with Oracle Analytic functions.

Proficient with ERwin Data Modeler or similar modeling tool.

Familiarity with the SDLC of database solutions

Familiar with interpreted language development.

Database marketing development or production experience.

Experience with Business Intelligence Tools (e.g. Business Objects, Cognos, Qlikview, Microstrategy).

Experience with Campaign Management Tools (e.g. Unica, Alterian, Neolane).

Proficient working with large data volumes (millions to billions of records).

Proficient with performance tuning SQL, including use of explains plans, partitions, Oracle hints etc.

Proficient in working in a hands-on development environment using custom scripts and in-house technologies, without the aid of third party ETL Tools such as Informatica, IBM Data Stage, Ab Initio and Oracle Warehouse Builder.

Non-Technical Requirements -

Interested in continued studies of data warehousing techniques.

Able to work independently and within small IT teams (5-10 IT professionals)

Self-motivated and self-managing.

Proficient in participating in code reviews.

Proficient in identifying and communicating scope changes.

Proficient in educating and mentoring production staff on technical issues.

Proficient in creating reasonable and accurate time estimates for assigned tasks.

Strong interpersonal and verbal communications skills

Strong presentation skills

Ability to effectively interact with non-technical people

Strong documentation skills; must have interest in writing technical design documents, including technical process flow diagrams

Must be US Citizen or permanent resident

No travel required

Optional Skills:
Familiar with the creation and modification of Perl scripts

Familiarity with PL/SQL

Familiarity in the creation and modification of web services

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

Proven ability to write and support Allant computer programs/systems.

Demonstrated understanding and use of Unix operating system.

Ability to work productively with minimal supervision.

Strong analysis and problem resolution skills.

Examples of system documentation and user training/turnover .

Proactive and informed participation in team meetings and user discussions.

Cooperation and support of Users and Management.

Management of multiple concurrent projects and making full use of work time.

Good track record showing that work is on time and correct.

Demonstrated actions that indicate mentoring, training, and assistance.

MENTAL AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to maintain high level of visual attention and mental concentration for significant periods of time.

Ability to manipulate necessary office equipment, computers, and peripherals.

Prolonged periods of sitting and exposure to computer screens.

General mobility to move within office environment.

Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds.

Ability to work with others in a mature, respectable and responsible manner.

Minimal if any travel required.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE

B.S. degree or equivalent work experience in computer programming, analysis, and design is required. Education should include both formal and work related experiences.

5+ years’ experience as a senior developer or junior architect on a team that designed and constructed a large (multi-Terabyte) data warehouse.

6+ years’ experience as an Oracle developer.

6+ years of experience setting up and developing ETL applications and processes.

6+ years’ experience developing on UNIX/Linux platforms.

3+ years developing with interpreted languages (e.g. shell scripts, PL/SQL, Perl, or similar).

Eagerness to continue to learn new skills and technologies as defined by Allant Management.

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