Principal Data Architect

28 March 2024
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£160000 - £400000 / year

Job Description

 Work Location Type: Hybrid 


Grainger is a leading broad line distributor with operations in North America, Japan and the United Kingdom. We achieve our purpose, We Keep the World Working®, by serving more than 4.5 million customers with a wide range of products that keep their operations running and their people safe. Grainger also delivers services and solutions, such as technical support and inventory management, to save customers time and money.

We’re looking for passionate people who can move our company forward. We have a welcoming workplace where you can build a career for yourself while fulfilling our purpose to keep the world working. We embrace new ways of thinking and recognize everyone is an individual. Find your way with Grainger today.



Position Details:

Grainger is looking for a Senior Technical Data Architect (Director Level).  You will influence data architecture across different applications, partner with product teams on data strategies, manage architectural elements of our cloud-based data platform, strengthen data governance, and establish a data mesh architecture.   You have experience building data solutions on the public cloud, establishing data governance, treating data as a product, ensuring machine learning use cases, and success influencing data professionals, software engineers, and product managers. 

You will be reporting to the Sr. Director Technical Architecture Leader. This can be a hybrid/remote role based in our Chicago office.

This position is salaried and will pay $160,100 to $267,100.  Total compensation will include annual bonus and long-term incentive.  Target total compensation will be in the range of $275,000 – $400,000.

The range provided is a guideline and not a guarantee of compensation. Other factors that are involved in offer decisions include, and are not limited to: a candidate’s experience, qualifications, geographical area, and internal equity of the team.


You Will:

  • Establish, and enforce, best practices for data architecture and data governance among a variety of product teams that produce data which feeds Grainger’s corporate data lake and data ecosystem. 
  • Partner with source system owners and data professionals to establish singular versions of the truth for given data domains. 
  • Aid in the acceleration of data product creation by resolving architectural challenges and establishing governance processes. 
  • Resolve cross cutting concerns, such as, when to integrate data from different product domains, where, and by whom. 
  • Help to promote ownership for data by proposing ownership solutions to data with otherwise unclear owners.   
  • Partner with domain-based software engineering teams to evolve toward a self-service data mesh.     
  • Partner with product teams to provide guidance on their underlying data models. 
  • Establish and oversee the architectural roadmaps for our data and analytic applications.   


You Have:

  • 10+ years of related experience in information technology.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, related field, or equivalent experience 
  • Experience architecting end-to-end data solutions from source applications and products through transformation layers and into final states of storage and use. 
  • Hands-on experience building on the public cloud. 
  • Prior experience using data governance to establish data ownership, discoverability, and singular versions of the truth. 
  • Meaningful experience employing modern data technologies, such as, Snowflake, Airflow, Databricks, Spark, Kafka, S3. 
  • Meaningful experience creating logical and physical data models and an understanding of relational modeling principles.
  • Expertise in modern data engineering approaches and best practices 
  • Experience implementing machine learning/data science enabled use cases. 
  • Code in at least one modern programming language (Python, Scala, JavaScript, Java.) 


Rewards and Benefits:

With benefits starting day one, Grainger is committed to your safety, health and wellbeing. Our programs provide choice to meet our team members’ individual needs. Check out some of the rewards available to you at Grainger.

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage starts day one
  • Paid time off (PTO) days and 6 company holidays per year
  • 6% 401(k) company contribution each pay period
  • Education assistance, including financial counseling, tuition reimbursement and low-cost degree options
  • Employee discounts, parental leave, and more

Grainger is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, disability status, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. Our commitment to inclusivity includes offering reasonable accommodations during the hiring process. If you require an accommodation during interviews, please let us know and we will provide the appropriate assistance.