Securian Financial Group

Chief Data Architect, Director (Hybrid)

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Job Description

*At Securian Financial Groups internal position title is Architecture Senior Manager*

Position Overview

The Chief Data Architect, Director, will report to the Chief Data and Analytics Officer and will head the Enterprise Data and Analytics Architecture COE at Securian Financial.  The Chief Data Architect, Director brings a modern cloud data architecture approach and provides leadership direction and guidance in defining and executing Securian’s data and analytics strategy; leads the charge of implementing next generation Cloud enabled Big Data and Analytic solutions and related data management capabilities; combines engineering expertise with innovation to deliver robust, enterprise-scale data platforms that serve our transformative programs; and manages a team of high-impact data and reporting architects, data modelers and partner with our other COEs and Business and Technology partners to modernize our architecture capabilities and transform us to be a data-driven organization.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Provide architectural direction and oversight on the initiatives in enterprise data and analytics.

Collaborate with Product Managers/Owners, end-users, operational leadership, and subject matter experts to understand current and future goals/requirements.

Defining the data architecture framework, standards, and best practices, principles, and patterns.

Recommend modern technology stacks and enable adoption to meet business objectives

Collaborate and coordinate with enterprise architecture teams and solution architects within the organization.

Guides team to transform the business requirements into technical architectures/specifications.

Communicate stakeholder business, functional, and non-functional requirements and supporting design to technical teams

Develop architectural blueprints and strategies for the current state, transition, and future state with the pragmatic approach that aligns with the data strategy

Produce key technical architecture deliverables such as technical requirements documentation and conceptual, technical architecture

Demonstrate the ability to work with different architects and establish the relationship to build a robust architecture framework

Manage solution architects and provide direction in defining solution architecture by defining the framework and data flows.

Adapt and work with team members of various experience levels and mentor/coach the team

Define solution level architecture for project teams including guidance on development tools, target platforms, operations, and security.

Act as the Technical Product Owner and partner with our Business Product Owners to define the technical strategy and solutions for our data and analytics products

Acts as the point of escalation and serves as an expert on Data as well as assisting in the identification, analysis and resolution of data driven problems

Conduct proof of concept activities with key business users in support of advanced use cases.

Stay up to date on new tools & techniques in the data space.

Participates in the development of procurement documents (RFP’s, RFI’s, SOW’s, etc.).

Participates as an evaluator and negotiator for procurements related to data and analytics activities

Lead the charge of periodic Architecture related Capability Assessments and provide reports and recommendations to leadership to continuously advance our architecture


Thought leader with 15+ years of experience in Data Architecture, Data Engineering and Governance

Minimum 10 years of previous management experience required

Experience in leading data architecture initiatives and develop transformation architecture for the project/product initiatives.

Proven experience to demonstrate/present the data architecture to the leadership/executives, enterprise architects, and solution developers.

Ability to influence the architecture decisions to solve for the business problems/needs.

Ability to work in a competing and transformational environment.

Experience in facilitating discussions and get consensus with enterprise architects and solution architects. 

Expert in defining data strategy and building data architectures

Solid understanding of the cloud providers options for data pipelines , data management, data streaming, and data analytics (e.g. AWS solutions and platforms )

Solid understanding of architecture concepts like Data Lakes, Data Mesh and Data Lakehouse

Strong implementation experience in implementing Enterprise Data Foundation Solutions and Master Data Management Capabilities

Expert knowledge of database solutions, including Relational and NoSQL concepts and platforms (e.g. Cassandra)

Familiarity with API, microservice, and integration concepts and technologies, such as REST, SOAP, JSON, XML, message queues, and integration patterns/frameworks

Experience in defining integration patterns, standards and best practices

Strong communication and people skills with proven experience in leading the teams , mentoring team members.

Self-starter that can challenge the status quo and their team

Familiarity with current trends on technologies and solutions related to cloud data offerings , data frameworks/methodology and data security .

Knowledge and experience in developing software using Agile/Scrum methodology

**This position will be in a hybrid working arrangement.**


Physical job requirements:

New hire associates, regardless of work location or job responsibilities, must be vaccinated before beginning employment; exceptions considered for medical or religious reasons provided alternative reasonable accommodations do not create an undue hardship on the business.

Ability to utilize keyboard, mouse and computer for up to 8 hours per day

Ability to work at least 40 hours per week

Ability to utilize telephone for up to 8 hours per day

Ability to perform grasping tasks throughout the entire work day (examples: handwriting, grasping of equipment/machines, paper manipulation, sorting, folding, handling stacks of paper)

The physical job requirements described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of jobs.

Securian Financial has been around for 140 years. We’re committed to giving back to our community, donating 15,000 employee volunteer hours this past year. We also provide extensive resources to our employees for professional development and growth and a number of diverse professional and social opportunities throughout the company. There’s a reason our employees have voted us as a best place to work year after year! In addition:

  Generous paid time off. We want you to take time off for whatever matters most to you!
  Tuition reimbursement program. We value continuous learning at Securian!
  Company-funded pension plan as well as 401K retirement plan – great resources to secure your financial future.
  Continuous opportunities for new challenges.
  Variety of health plan options as well as dental and vision plans.
  Paid maternity/paternity leaves.

Securian Financial Group, Inc. does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital or familial status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, veteran status, status in regard to public assistance, status in a local human rights commission, or any other status or condition protected by local, state or federal law. If you are a job seeker with a disability and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact us by telephone 651-665-5522 (voice), 711 (telecommunications relay), or by email at

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