The specific role of Data Architect within the data team will be to mature the global data environment across the group by applying standards and LOR conventions across the broad portfolio of information, with specific responsibilities of:

  • Working with the product development team to create data models that fulfil the business requirements while maintaining alignment to the overarching data strategy
  • Guiding the product development team in terms of data integration
  • Organising the data into a usable library based on what the business needs are for that information
  • Implementing best practices around data management
  • Apply architectural standards/principles, global product-specific guidelines, security standards, usability design standards, as appropriate.
  • Developing QA/QC and governance strategies for the data
  • Defining and maintaining data structures, models and frameworks
  • Ensuring reuse and consistency of data models
  • Reconciling information as required and developing data mappings where necessary
  • Recommending ways to improve data reliability, efficiency and quality
  • Researching and acquiring new data sources to verify definition and assess quality of the data
  • Using strategic thinking, consider the art of the possible, compare various options based on feasibility and impact, propose actionable plans and roadmaps that balance tactical and strategic needs
  • To act as a lead in the development of fit for purpose solutions with end-to-end responsibility including solution alignment to business requirements, technology selection, user experience, solution maintainability and ensuring the solution meets non-functional requirements (scale, performance, security).
  • To work in tandem with the Enterprise, Solution & Platform Architects to understand the business goals and vision, and to contribute to the Enterprise Roadmaps.
  • Producing documentation of a high-quality and to a detailed level. Also ensuring all Decision Points, Building Blocks, Design Principles, Design Rationale, and all interdependencies are understood, documented, and communicated across IT, where appropriate


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a business environment with a deep understanding of data architecture, conceptual models, standards and tools across architecture, data flow and business process modelling
  • Qualified experience defining structures and frameworks for data
  • Experience with Microsoft Azure, Synapse, Databricks
  • Proficient in distributed computing principles and familiar with key architectures including Lambda and Kappa architectures, and has a broad experience across a set of data stores (e. g., HDFS, Azure Data Lake Store, Azure Blob Storage, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Apache HBase, Azure DocumentDB), messaging systems (e. g., Apache Kafka, Azure Event Hubs, Azure IoT Hub) and data processing engines (e. g., Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, Azure Data Lake Analytics, Apache Storm, Azure HDInsight).
  • Demonstrate excellent technical & architecture skills in the context of cloud based global platform/product design, service management and product lifecycle management
  • Demonstrated experience with large scale implementations across divisions or enterprise
  • Experience with database technologies (particularly SQL), ETL/ELT and modern integration techniques
  • Experience of working in an agile development environment.
  • Engineering / Computer Science Degree with Masters Preferred or equivalent experience
  • Highly skilled at multi-tasking, prioritization and implementation in complex environments

Additional Skills that will be sought after and valued:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experience facilitating group sessions and driving toward consensus on data design
  • Experience with one or more programming languages, preferably Python

About us:

We are an international engineering and construction company delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure and buildings projects for clients in the UK, Middle East and Australia.

Certainty, reliability, quality – this is what our clients want. And at Laing O’Rourke, we have more than 150 years of experience delivering it.

Laing O’Rourke’s story is one of energy, passion, ambition, people and teamwork. We harness the power of our experience, stretching back over a century and a half to deliver certainty for our clients.

Diversity & Sustainability:

We value and care about difference at Laing O’Rourke and believe a diverse team drives innovation.

We are a global multicultural business committed to the inclusion of all employees, enabling everyone to feel accepted, respected & valued for being themselves.

We have set out far-reaching global sustainability targets including a commitment to achieve equal numbers of men and women amongst our global staff by 2033.


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