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UNUM Data Architect in Carlow, United States

Job Posting End Date: 10/30

Unum is a company of people serving people. As one of the world’s leading employee benefits providers and a Fortune 500 company, Unum financial protection benefits help protect more than 33 million working people and their families from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three distinct, but similarly focused US businesses – Unum US, Colonial Life, and Starmount Life – are each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision insurance accessible in the workplace. Unum Ireland based in Carlow is a strategic software development and services centre for Unum, specialising in the creation of innovative and customer centric software solutions. Our culture embraces a continuous improvement philosophy that permeates everything we do, from meeting the needs of our customers quickly and efficiently to developing the skills and expertise of our employees. Using leading-edge technology and information systems, Unum Ireland offers excellent career opportunities in IT.

General Summary:The Data Architect is responsible for the overall design of EDW and ODS, including the ETL/ELT processes to deliver a trusted data platform for business analytics. This role will lead the advancement of data solutions within Unum to next generation data services. The candidate will be knowledgeable in 3rd party/cloud CRM solutions (Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics) and lead successful integration of various source systems across Unum through modern technologies. The data architect role plays a critical role in leading data and analytics teams, mentoring engineers of all levels and help grow future talent within the organization. This role will play a leading role in improving the interaction between the business and IT by identifying and developing strategic applications of IT. The role will be critical in the advancement of the architecture roadmap through innovative solutions.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates on the creation and application of technical road maps, standards, tooling and frameworks required to create a modern, high quality, rich application suite

  • Recognizes potential strategic application of IT, and initiates investigation and development of innovative methods of exploiting IT assets, to the benefit of organizations and the community. Plays a leading role in improving the interaction and understanding between the business and IT

  • Build solid understanding of the key business applications, to extract and integrate the data to build the data lineage through the customer journey

  • Establish strong foundation for EDW and ODS, with best practices for data life-cycle management

  • Resolves architectural uncertainties through prioritization, planning, and execution of architectural sprints and re-prioritizes technology Road map and portfolio backlogs based on outcomes

  • Establish the process to acquire, persist and publish metadata for business consumers

  • Responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of new and existing features for the existing portfolio of applications for a business area and recommending areas where new investment is merited.

  • Leverage cloud solution to accelerate the data management and analytics processes

  • Collaborates with the agile team to establish the definition of done for each of the stages of production within the team

  • Ensures that the latest project progress is known to the agile team by ensuring Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) tools are up to date and participating in daily stand ups outlining progress made, progress planned and detailing impediments

Job Specifications

  • Bachelor of Computer Science, a Master degree is preferred, or equivalent relevant experience

  • ETL (Data Stage and/or Informatica preferred), Integration (MuleSoft and/or IIB preferred); CRM concepts or structures (Microsoft Dynamics or Salesforce)

  • 8+ years of successfully delivering data solutions in a complex, enterprise environment.

  • High focus on quality; holds self and others to high standards of delivery

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; experience leading groups of people through discussions, or otherwise.

  • Expert in Agile development/methodologies, Test Automation and TDD, CI/CD, DevOps

  • Experience completing code reviews and/or having architectural oversight on a solution

  • Experience delivering data architecture that complies with global data governance policies

Unum and its family of businesses offer competitive pay and an excellent benefits package, world-class training and development, and a culture built on employee ideas. Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to person’s race, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, family status, membership of the travelling community, gender or sexual orientation. Come join us if you’re interested in working in an exciting and challenging environment for a company that is on the move!



A Fortune 500 company, Unum’s family of 10,000 employees spans three countries and dozens of office locations. Our employees focus each day on delivering financial protection benefits to millions of workers and their families when they need it most.

The Unum enterprise includes Unum in the U.S. and U.K., Colonial Life and Starmount Life Insurance – each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.