Principal Architect – Data & Analytics

At TUI, we never stop looking ahead, seeking new ways to delight our customers and grow our business. We recognise the power of digital and the massive contribution this brings to creating a truly unique and differentiated customer experience.

We have embarked on an exciting, large scale digital transformation programme and are looking for talented and dedicated people to join the Group Marketing Platform part of TUI’s international Digital Transformation team.

Playing a pivotal role the Principal Architect will rationalise, identify & exploit existing and new technologies and develop the Platform Architecture Blueprints, Strategy and Roadmap in line with the wider Digital Customer Platforms Strategies.

This is a great opportunity to join a team of high-quality, innovative and like-minded people, who are driving the development of compelling cloud based solutions to leapfrog TUIs capabilities in the Analytics, Reporting and Personalised Marketing.

  • Experience of End to end Big Data oriented projects - inception to go-live
  • Experience of Customer and Marketing oriented projects – inception to go-live
  • Proven experience as Senior Solution Architect for large scale data solutions leveraging Big Data technology
  • Proven experience as a senior solution architect delivering solutions incorporating relevant marketing technologies e.g. IBM Campaign/Marketing Cloud, Saleforce, Adobe Marketing Cloud
  • In depth knowledge of Hadoop technology ecosystem - HDFS, Spark, Impala, Hbase, Kafka, Flume, Sqoop, Oozie, SPARK, Avro, Parquet
  • In depth knowledge of AWS Big Data / Analytics services – S3, EMR, Glue, Redshift, QuickSight, Kinesis
  • Solid knowledge in cloud infrastructure sizing and capacity planning
  • Experience in architectures for converged analytics and operational Big Data platform solutions
  • Understanding of CRM and Customer 360 concepts
  • Beneficial with experience in Customer centric (CRM, Insight, Personalisation) projects
  • In depth knowledge and experience in IaaS/PaaS solutions (e.g. AWS Infrastructure hosting and managed services)
  • Understanding of Data Science concepts e.g. Machine Learning, predictive models, recommendations systems.
  • Understanding of Data and Information Security core concepts, principles and best practices
  • A highly flexible, adaptable and resilient personality, with the ability to work in an international team environment
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels of the organisation and external 3rd parties / suppliers
  • Ability to translate and document complex architectural issues to non-technical staff within the business.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership to a group of solution designers, engineers and developers
  • Effectively interact with product managers and other organisational units such as Testing and Operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective collaborator to facilitate joint understanding of the outcomes of technology change and eliciting clear statements of requirements; be able to work with ambiguity and being able to solicit key information from project team members; demonstrate the ability to learn quickly and take on board a significant scale of technical and industry knowledge in a short period of time; and have consultative approach to work and able to give and receive constructive fact based criticism where necessary

You will act as the technical design and architecture authority for the area and provide technical leadership during the development, build, test and deployment phases, assuring the solution adheres to the planned architecture and all functional and non-functional requirements are satisfied. You will also continuously look for opportunities to simplify and rationalise the platform technology stack.

As a Principal Architect you will be responsible for working with and leading a multi-skilled design and engineering team for the function and be accountable for overall design quality as well as assuring solutions are designed with efficiency in regards to total cost of ownership (TCO).

You will in collaboration with business and technical delivery leads analyse functional and non-functional business and technical requirements and be responsible for translating it into architectural blueprints that outline solutions to achieve business objectives. Within the role you will assess the long-term benefits and impact of proposals and perform solution options analysis and technology selections as well as technical impact analysis.

Furthermore, you will liaise with specialist architects, business leads, product owners and key suppliers and participate in associated programme and product delivery governance, steering boards and strategy forums, focusing on and contributing to the long-term business objectives and strategic targets for the Group Marketing domains. You will also be expected to present complex architectural decisions in simple, non-technical terms for senior stakeholders within the business teams. Generating wide buy-in and acceptance of your architectural decisions is a key responsibility.

An important part of the role to lead a diverse team of Solutions Architects and Technical Specialists operating in this domain, providing a consistent and strategically aligned approach for all design activities.

You will also support the Director of Architecture in creating and presenting strategic initiative work material to various senior leadership forums like IT Steering Committees and boards.