Principal Data Architect Amsterdam

Principal Data Architect

The ideal candidate for this Principal Data Architect

For our client we are looking for a Principal Data Architect. The Data Architect works within our Data Hub, reporting to the VP of Data and will be responsible for working with a portfolio of internal clients to define and implement our Data Architecture and Management processes and systems.

The goal is to govern, access and distribute key information to business users and, applications to support our company strategic objectives. This position is a highly technical focusing on Big Data technologies like streaming data ingestion, storage, data processing and advanced analytics across Azure and Google clouds as well as on-prem environments.

The ideal candidate will be a data specialist responsible for driving innovation and process improvements through the use of traditional and Big Data technologies with focused on key companywide strategic implementations. This function includes the development and maintenance of enterprise data architecture, within the context of all enterprise architecture, and its connection with the application system solutions and projects that implement enterprise architecture. The position will work closely with IT leaders, data delivery team, business managers and SMEs, and technology partners to plan, prototype, and build innovative data management and analytical solutions.

Results to be achieved

Results to be achieved
  • Implementation of Big Data initiatives
  • Define, design and build Data Platforms
  • Monitor performance of entire landscape


  • Deep understanding of Big Data platforms
  • Development experience with Data Lakes
  • Hands-on, Curious and pro-active


  • A large FMCG matrix organisation
  • Dynamic, flexible, complex environment
  • Self-starting and taking responsibility

Location and conditions

Location and conditions
  • Amsterdam
  • Permanent
  • Fulltime

Results to be achieved for this Principal Data Architect

  • Define, design and build Data Platforms and Components and create a roadmap with milestones to achieve the architecture;
  • Monitor performance of the entire landscape and adjust architecture accordingly. You have to keep up with the latest and greatest in the arena of data capability suppliers and introduce proper governance models for data security and innovation. You will manage expectations with stakeholders proactively and plan and develop procedures, standards and KPI to improve data quality;
  • Interact proactively with Domain, Security, Integration and Enterprise Architects and work with necessary technical and business teams to enable data extraction, analysis and delivery. You will work closely with the Devops team to deliver the business needs by defining the data flow, velocity & architecture.

The requirements for this position

  • You have deep understanding of Big Data platforms and applications Knowledge of cloud and hybrid solutions (Azure and Google). You have sound development experience with Data Lake technologies for stream ingestion, storage and processing and an expert knowledge of SQL and ability to implement advanced queries to extract information from very large datasets;
  • You have years of experience implementing software and/or solutions in the enterprise Linux or Unix environment and has a strong understanding of various security requirements around integration such as exchanging certificates, using tokens/keys or simply password based. You have strong understanding on mapping and identifying the appropriate level of trust for different data elements aligned to analytics and data governance initiatives;
  • You are responsible to drive the design, development and implementation of our Big Data initiatives. You will monitor the performance of the entire landscape and adjust architecture accordingly. You work closely with the Devops team to deliver the business needs by defining the data flow, velocity & architecture and communicate with Supervisors, Managers, and other leaders on issues, risks and mitigation plans for existing systems.

Work environment Principal Data Architect

  • Our client is a large FMCG Matrix organistion with a complex Data Architecture, Management processes and systems;
  • The colleagues have a can Do approach. They are curious, proactive, fast learners able to quickly picking up new areas of expertise. The organisation is very experienced with agile methodologies;
  • Our client is an open, transparant company with an open communication mindset. They work in small agile teams with a hands-on mindset.