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Director, Data Technology at Prudential

Posted in Information Technology 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Iselin, New Jersey

Job Description:

Prudential’s Retirement business is seeking an accomplished Data Platform Architecture & Delivery leader with strategic mindset and significant practical hands-on experience, to lead the architecture and drive the design as well as implementation of the state of the art data processing, analytics, and reporting capabilities across multiple technology domains. The Data leader will have the opportunity to influence, differentiate, and guide our business and technology strategies by establishing the robust data capabilities that will enable Retirement to deploy solutions in a rapidly changing ecosystem. This position will report to Retirement’s Chief Enterprise Architect, collaborate with Enterprise and other lines of business technology stakeholders and may have the opportunity to influence global enterprise data initiatives.

Prudential Retirement’s business is embarking on a multi-year program to build customer-centric platform utilizing contemporary technologies and innovative techniques to deliver employee benefit, employer, and advisor experiences that create and protect financial wellness. We are committed to making the investment to enable large scale business and technology projects to adopt cloud-based products and solutions to increase operational efficiency and enable revenue growth. The multi-program also focuses on leveraging cross-business capabilities within Prudential and partnering with Enterprise groups to enable common technology capabilities for global use across national boundaries. The Data leader will have the ability to collaborate across businesses within and outside of Prudential.

As we continue to transform and improve experiences of our existing individual customers, institutional clients, and business partners, we aspire to attract and retain top talent to create a diverse, engaged and fulfilled workforce, as well as maintain our top-tier, rock solid marketplace reputation. We prioritize continuous improvement and adapt practices that enable agility and customer-centricity. The Data Architect will be expected to showcase and utilize their experience to assist with the transformation creating positive outcomes.

Job Responsibilities:

• Build and lead a Data practice to help drive legacy modernization, cloud enablement, client & partner data exchange capabilities, and operational efficiency solutions to evolve our systems of interaction, systems of integration and systems of records

• Develop Retirement Data Architecture framework including blueprints, solutions, principles, design patterns and standards as well as coach, train, and develop other technical staff on data best practices and solutions

• Lead and influence Data initiative discussions and decisions with key stakeholders including Prudential Technology Teams, Enterprise Architecture groups, Cloud Enablement Partners, and service providers

• Leverage experience and perform appropriate due diligence to make well informed build or buy decisions for Data management platform capabilities in our rapidly growing and evolving environment considering speed to market and customer needs in mind to deliver business outcomes

• Assist in the development and maintain a metadata management and repository strategy to manage all enterprise information architecture project artifacts

• Collaborate, co-create and develop relationships with business, technology and enterprise teams across the organization by partnering, sharing and leveraging best practices and solutions

• Work with and foster an "outcome-based" mindset where outcomes are well-defined, understood, actionable, and measurable

• Mentor and guide peers and junior talent to help create a pool of technically strong subject matter experts and improve talent in the company

Required Capabilities:

• Demonstrates a customer-centric engineering mindset with outside-in perspective

• Established success working in a "test and learn environment" with proven learning agility

• Exhibits strategic thinking capabilities, strong execution, and accountability for outcomes

• Embraces emerging technologies with the ability to recommend innovative solutions that drive business value

• Is a change advocate; demonstrates the capabilities required to thrive in a nimble, fast-paced, often ambiguous environment

• Creates collaborative working relationships with colleagues quickly, is an active listener; is skilled in crucial conversations, demonstrates courage and curiosity – is not afraid to fail


• Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Computer Science or a related discipline OR equivalent relevant experience

• 10+ years of demonstrated technology leadership experience implementing large scale data management and exchange projects with at least 7 years of experience as a Data Architect or deep involvement in Applications and Integrations Architecture

• Must possess an engineering mind-set and have experience with Operational Data Stores, Enterprise Data Warehousing, Data Marts and iPaaS products

• Strong design and implementation background enabling data exchange with customer facing Web and Mobile applications

• 5+ years proven experience architecting solutions related to distributed applications, monolithic solutions, legacy databases (DB2, SQL Server, Oracle, etc.)

• 2-3 years of implementing unstructured data solutions (Hadoop or equivalent products) data streaming capabilities (Kafka or similar) and unstructured data cloud-based solutions (AWS - RDS, Aurora, Dynamo DB, Redshift, Elasticache, etc. or Azure – SQL)

• Deep knowledge of on-premise and cloud data security patterns and standards

• Proven experience driving legacy modernization including decomposition and modularization of monolithic platforms

• Experience delivering Data evolution roadmaps and technology blueprints for large programs and transformations

• Experience in leveraging data for machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing use cases

• Solid understanding of reporting capabilities and knowledge of reporting products (Cognos, Tableau, etc.) preferred

• Solid understanding of the full application development life cycle and practical operations support experience

• Demonstrated success in working in an Agile, Waterfall and hybrid environments

• Experience in leading or collaborating with teams of architects and/or developers

• Successful track record in leading and implementing across cross-functional teams to deliver on project outcomes

• Business and technical background in the Financial Services or Employee Benefits industry is a plus

• Ability to lead and influence small to large teams of technical experts is required

• Experience interfacing with senior leaders in the organization and fluency in simplifying technical complexities required

• Strong communication, presentation and articulation skills is needed