Database Architect - Grand Rapids, MI
Gordon Food Service - Grand Rapids, MI

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Database Architect

Grand Rapids, MI

Are you looking for a new opportunity with a strong, stable and financially smart company? Do you want the opportunity for advancement in your career? If so, Gordon Food Service could be the place for you; for more than a century we have been honoring our promises to our customers and employees. As one of the largest privately held foodservice distributors in North America, our family-owned company has a history of pursuing innovative ideas and building strong relationships.

The continued growth of current and new markets allows for the addition of new talent to join our team. We’re seeking great people looking for professional and personal growth and a place to make a difference in people’s lives. If you are interested in joining an innovative, supportive, values-driven company, we invite you to consider a career with Gordon Food Service.

As part of our Infrastructure Data Services team, the Data Architect defines the enterprise data architecture vision, strategy, principles, and standards for Gordon Food Service. This strategic position also includes the maintenance documentation of the data architecture elements, including metadata as it pertains to information resources. In addition this role participates in efforts where data architecture knowledge is required or requested by other IS teams.

Here are the essential functions performed in this role:
Define enterprise data architecture vision, strategy, principles, and standards for all of Gordon Food Service

Design relational database logical data models in collaboration with development teams, promoting data sharing and integration

Provide data modeling tool expertise

Establish and maintain system metadata related to enterprise information resources

Approve all changes to data structures so as to ensure that data structures maintain design consistency throughout their lifecycle

Understand the meaning of the data model elements and how they support GFS business processes

Actively participates in GFS IS activities that will benefit from the understanding of data architecture, data models, or meaning of data elements (development projects, package application evaluations, architecture and engineering councils, data integration mapping, planning discussions, etc.)

Promotes data quality across all data domains

Collaborates with Business Intelligence team to ensure appropriate data architecture consistencies are maintained across OLAP, ODS, and OLTP data domains

Key requirements for this position include:
Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or related field

5+ years Information Systems experience or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Ability to analyze and interpret the business requirements is critical to this role

Understanding of SQL server and Oracle database technology

Strong communication and collaboration experiences within both IS and business teams

Effective leadership skills, including the art of influence and coaching

Track record of success in establishing architecture vision, strategy, principles and standards within a large organization

Experience in designing relational databases, logical data models and data sharing integration

Data modeling tool expertise is essential

System metadata experience related to enterprise information resources

Data quality experience

Here's what we offer you in return:
A rewarding, fast-paced, collaborative place to work

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance

Short/Long-Term Disability

Time-off Benefits

Generous 401k matching program

Flexible spending

Profit Sharing

Tuition aid reimbursement

Career advancement opportunities

Gordon Food Service is an equal opportunity employer.

All Gordon Food Service locations are tobacco free.