Data Architect

Waste Management Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

The Enterprise Analytics & Data Management team is part of the Waste Management's Digital organization. Our mission is to accelerate business growth and drive operational efficiencies by extracting insights from data, predicting business outcomes and embedding intelligence into business processes. As a member of EADM you will deliver insights and solutions across the organization in areas such as routing, logistics, revenue management, customer experience, people analytics, business operations and more.

We are currently seeking a Data Architect.

I. Job Summary

The Data Architect will coordinate the movement, enhancement, integration, quality and availability of data throughout the Enterprise. Working closely with the business and application teams including BI, the Data Architect will analyze and translate business needs into appropriate data deliverables, and design and develop solutions for Master, Reference and Transaction data to create single versions of the truth. The candidate will oversee creation of data models, data flow diagrams, data mappings, and data dictionaries and will maintain all data artifacts. S/he will develop an understanding of data processes and data dependencies; facilitate the creation of data strategies emphasizing the use of modern technologies and frameworks and own strategic roadmaps and ensure they remain in sync with business strategy goals; assist in the development, execution, and supervision of plans, policies, programs, and practices.

The Data Architect will also assist in issue resolution, in operationalizing Data Governance, in assessing, measuring and tracking data quality issues, in creating and maintaining data SOP's, standards and guidelines, and control processes for audits.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create conceptual, logical, and physical data models for both relational and dimensional solutions.

  • Integrate disparate data models into coherent enterprise data models.

  • Create data dictionaries and business glossaries to document data lineages, data definitions and metadata for all business-critical data domains.

  • Identify and reconcile inconsistencies in data definitions, e.g., synonyms and homonyms.

  • Work with business stakeholders to identify critical data (entities and attributes) and capture how data is interpreted by users in various parts of the organization.

  • Draft and communicate future data integration strategy and vision.

  • Advance data strategy and architecture through execution of proofs of concept.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

III. Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A.A. Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field.

  • 10+ years of experience with information modeling, information visualization, data modeling, data management technologies, data integration, data sourcing, data analytics, data warehousing, metadata, semantics and ontologies.

  • Familiarity with modern data management concepts including Big Data stack, NoSQL, in-memory DBMS and data caching; graph databases, RDF/triple stores, and Wiki-based solutions.

  • Familiarity and experience in data protection and information security.

  • Strong understanding of large scale system, information and technology architectures, including application integration patterns, messaging, service-oriented architecture, information models, and data lineage.

  • Hands-on experience with data and process modeling tools (e.g., ERWin, ProVision, MagicDraw, PowerDesigner), and working knowledge of programming languages such as: Python, PERL, Java, JavaScript, C++, shell.

  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and as a part of the team in a collaborative manner.

  • Demonstrated experience in Conceptual, Logical, Physical and Dimensional Modeling.

  • Working knowledge of Talend ETL and other utilities such as, MDM a definite plus.

  • Experience with Agile/Scrum is valuable.

  • Knowledge of data governance practices, business and technology issues related to management of enterprise information assets and approaches related to data protection .

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

  • None required.

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

  • Ability to work with business as well as IT stakeholders.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills with ability to work with users, peers and management.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to successfully execute projects.

  • Highly motivated, self-starter with problem solving skills.

  • Ability to multitask and meet aggressive deadlines efficiently and effectively.

  • Extraordinary attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Demonstrate ability to learn and understand business processes quickly.

V. Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) most of the work day;

  • Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds occasionally;

  • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) rare;

  • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements rare;

  • Travel up to 5%

  • Normal setting for this job is: office setting.


At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for, please click "Apply."

I understand that applying to this job indicates that I have the legal right to work in the United States. I agree to perform physical duties of this position as outlined in the job with or without reasonable accommodations. I understand that if offered the position, I will be required to pass a drug screen.

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Data Architect

Waste Management