Data Architect (Data Governance SME)


In-person, hybrid, and remote options are available. Our offices are located in Baltimore and Montgomery. Oct 24
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The Data Architect coordinates the development of large-scale, data-centric platforms by applying a wide range of big data and cloud technologies. They lead the development of data models, policies, rules or standards that govern which data is collected, and how it is stored, arranged, integrated, and put to use in data systems and in organizations. They participate in a hands-on manner within a team and operate with the contextual knowledge of the full portfolio.


  • At least 5 years of experience in a data governance role.

Responsibilities and Contributions 

Organizational and Leadership Role 

  • Leads the program or portfolio’s data architecture, working in close collaboration with the Practice Director(s) and Portfolio Director to align with the portfolio’s strategy and vision.
  • Guides the strategy for data solutions and plans, navigating strict regulatory landscapes and addressing key risks and controls.
  • Strengthens strategic relationships with peers, leaders, customers, users, and stakeholders, interfacing directly with our customers as a technical SME.
  • Guides the planning and development of new features in collaboration with Designers, Product Managers, Data Scientists, and Engineers to ensure alignment with the product vision.
  • Grows portfolio stakeholders’ technical understanding through coaching and mentorship.

Functional Role 

  • Sets appropriate high-level architecture direction, keeping in mind scale, portfolio strategy, and technical reusability.
  • Advises on and provides independent verification and validation of data management related activities, including data architecture, systems integration, data migration, data quality and data technologies
  • Supports customers in defining a data roadmap that considers business, technical and functional requirements, and budget constraints.
  • Oversees the migration of data from legacy applications to new system solutions, keeping the data accurate and in sync throughout the migration.
  • Provides technical, strategic advice to clients and develops technical resources that support the creation and implementation of new data standards and data storage mechanisms.
  • Develops, implements, and manages effective data governance models, processes, procedures, and documentation and promotes these policies.
  • Develops and recommends data management policies, standards, practices and security measures to ensure effective and consistent data management operations.

Essential Skills, Experience, or Competencies  

Must-Have Skills

  • Proven ability to understand and respond to customer needs and collaborate as part of a cross-functional team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of large databases, data warehousing environments.
  • Experience with agile software development processes, especially as they relate to data movement and data integration.
  • Expert in data architecture, data warehousing/lakes, and data governance.
  • Proficient in creating conceptual, logical data models, data flows, and data management specifications.
  • Proficient in leading data operations teams to develop architecture, policies, extract-transform-load (ETL) data pipelines, and data models.
  • Ability to effectively diagnose, isolate and expediently resolve complex problems pertaining to data infrastructure.
  • Expert in relational and non-relational databases.
  • Proficient in working with real-time and batch centric Big Data patterns and solutions on the cloud.

Icing-on-the-Cake Skills 

  • Certified Data Governance Professional (CDGP)
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Snacks Provided
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • PTO
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Health Insurance
  • HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Fully Remote Options
  • Hybrid Work Options
Professional Development
  • Tuition Reimbursement
What is Fearless’ workplace culture like in general? We’ve built a world-class team of value-driven, experienced people who are aligned under our mission. We want our people to be excited to come into work every day, and we encourage members of the Fearless team to explore their passions both in and out of the office. Our people make us who we are, and we recruit talented individuals who believe in our mission and are excited to be part of our unique team.   What are some of the benefits you offer? Here are a few highlights of our benefits package: ● Flexible schedule ● Family-friendly workplace ● 14 days of PTO allowance (not accrued so you get it up front!) PTO + 8.75 days sick leave + 11 federal holidays + your birthday off! ● 100% coverage of the employee-only premium for HSA, HMO, or PPO plan and Employee Wellness Plan ● Tech, education / training, and snack allowances ● Free parking in downtown Baltimore / public transit coverage ● Safe Harbor 401(k) plan with employer contributions and immediate vesting   What opportunities are there for career development and professional advancement at Fearless Digital? We take your career seriously. Fearless’ digital division offers an annual education budget. Whether it’s learning the latest technologies for a project, taking classes to learn new skills or working toward your next role, we support you beyond just the role you currently fill.   What is Fearless Digital’s approach to work-life balance? Life doesn't contain itself to the hours after 9am and before 5pm. As long as you meet the core hours your team agrees to work together, you typically have a lot of freedom in setting your own schedule.   What social responsibility initiatives is Fearless involved with? Our vision is to create a world where good software powers the things that matter. But real change begins at home, so to get started, we're focusing on giving back to our local community. We believe that one of the biggest ways you can impact a community is by creating jobs and opportunities, and that's a huge focus of our work in Baltimore. We're helping build and connect a technically skilled, empathetic workforce that can solve any problem. Because together, we can change the world.