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Chief Data Architect in McLean, VA at Pentagon Federal Credit Union

Date Posted: 1/17/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Chief Data Architect

PenFed is hiring a Chief Data Architect at our headquarters in McLean, Virginia. The primary purpose of this job is to lead and own the overall Data Architecture at PenFed. This position will coordinate the architecture vision for Data Lake, Enterprise Data Warehouse, Data sourcing/integration/consumption in advanced analytics, machine learning, data management, data archiving, storage and access.

Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of job duties and the position will perform other duties as assigned. Most roles require working in an office setting with moderate noise and the ability to lift 25 pounds.

  • Establish Data Architecture and Data Transformation Roadmap.
  • Lead data architecture for the enterprise-wide Data Transformation.
  • Partner with Lines of Business and Technology teams to define and deliver Enterprise data solutions to enable easy access to data that has a consistent usage for core data (customers, accounts, products) and can be easily scaled to meet anticipated data growth.
  • Establish peer level relationships and with senior leaders across technical, product and business lines to become a trusted advisor on all aspects of Data Architecture.
  • Must be able to quickly understand as is state of data architecture at PenFed and will be able to design data solutions, identify improvements, options-tradeoffs, define target state solutions and propose investment roadmaps, including recommendations to retire, build or enhance data platforms.
  • Clearly articulates documents and sell architectural targets, recommendations and reusable patterns to leaders and engineers.
  • Comfortably advantages learn and apply a wide variety of modern technologies and tools for PenFed’s data transformation journey.
  • Must be able to consolidate consumption patterns to consume governed data from certified data access points at the Enterprise

*This role is responsible for ensuring business continuity.*


Education and Experience
Equivalent combination of education and experience is considered.
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is preferred.

  • Advanced technology-focused degree is a plus.
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of experience working in banking or financial as head of Data Architecture or as a Chief Data Architect is required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of Data Modeling, Data Integration, Data Warehouse, Data Governance, Data Design, Data Quality Assurance and Cloud Technology is required.
  • Experience with developing multi-year Data Architecture roadmaps or plans.
  • Experience with analyzing the factors required to rationalize or consolidate legacy data systems and introducing new and emerging data capabilities – Big Data, Hadoop, AI, MLL, Python, etc.
  • Possess deep experience in multiple aspects of data supply chain at a financial institute - producing, consuming, managing and utilizing data for analytical and operational needs.
  • Proven record of accomplishment for setting a target state vision, engineering data solutions and moving organizations iteratively toward targets built on modern technologies such as Big Data, Deep Analytics, MLL, AI.
  • Must be well versed with balancing data needs for Run the Business (Risk, Regulatory, balance sheet, Finance, etc.) and Grow the Business (customer analytics, cross sell, up sell, etc.) initiatives.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills.
  • Exhibit mastery of facilitation and influence across teams, departments and divisions, with a record of accomplishment of building relationships with diverse groups of leaders and engineers.
  • Knowledge of Data Modeling, Data Integration, Data Warehousing, Data Governance, Database Design, Data Quality Assurance, Big Data experience and Cloud Technology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, such as meeting facilitation, presentation documentation, and interpersonal communications skills.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position will not supervise employees. 

Licenses and Certifications
There are no additional certifications required.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to an indoor office setting with moderate noise.


Ability to travel to various worksites and be on-call is required.

About Us

Established in 1935, PenFed today is one of the country’s strongest and most stable financial institutions with over 1.6 million members and over $23 billion in assets. We serve members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico, Okinawa, and Portugal. We are federally insured by NCUA and we are an Equal Housing Lender. We are available to members worldwide, via the web, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

Our mission isn’t simply to help our members get by. We exist to help them realize every ounce of their potential. We exist to educate, and to encourage. We exist to usher their dreams into the land of reality.

We provide our employees with a lucrative benefits package including robust medical, dental and vision plan options, plenty of paid time off, 401k with employer match, on-site fitness facilities at our larger locations, and more.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PenFed management will maintain and observe personnel policies which will not discriminate or permit harassment or retaliation against a person because of race, color, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, military or veteran status or obligation, the presence of a physical and/or mental disability or medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, and all statuses protected by applicable state or local law in all recruiting, hiring, training, compensation, overtime, position classifications, work assignments, facilities, promotions, transfers, employee treatment, and in all other terms and conditions of employment. PenFed will also prohibit retaliation against individuals for raising a complaint of discrimination or harassment or participating in an investigation of same.

PenFed will also reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability so that they can apply for a job or perform the essential functions of a job unless doing so causes a direct threat to these individuals or others in the workplace and the threat cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation or if the accommodation creates an undue hardship to PenFed. Contact human resources (HR) with any questions or requests for accommodation at 571-289-4710.