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Director, Consumer Data Platforms

Seattle, WA, USA | Disney

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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The Director of Consumer Data is an executive with solution architecture, data governance, service management, and system of record delivery experience. This individual will lead teams accountable for managing complex and scalable data across multiple technology channels and services. This includes data platform capabilities built and operated in-house as well as third party services through vendors partnerships.

He/she will be responsible for providing senior technical leadership and strategic technical direction for enterprise and corporate initiatives. 

The Director, Consumer Data Platforms will partner with business leaders, chief architects, and segment executives to develop a data platform strategy that aligns with industry best practices and TWDC business needs. He/she will be responsible for the development, communication and ongoing governance of architecture blueprints, roadmaps, principles, standards and reference architectures to promote consistent solutions and portfolio rationalization. The candidate will be responsible for managing key vendor relationships in order to ensure ongoing delivery of enterprise capabilities. The candidate should also be experienced in defining and delivering against data governance policies and procedures in a federated and complex organizational construct using a combination of influence and authority to execute broad strategic objectives.

Additional responsibilities will include:

Educate and influence senior IT and business leadership in the data management domain, articulating conceptual ideas and their impact to a widely divergent audience using excellent verbal, written, and listening skills

Manage Data Vendor Enterprise contracts on-behalf of TWDC including strategic partnerships that span all lines of business and domains

Partner with Product management to define the Data Strategy; identify technical solutions and capability gaps against the roadmap of all TWDC data domains, based on the analysis of Disney’s business goals, objectives and needs, and ensures alignment with other key technology functions

Work with business partners to develop and/or evaluate business cases and align the architecture solution to meet stated business requirements

Define architecture strategies and approaches to advance data initiatives

Provide technical leadership to teams that manage sustainment, governance and project teams, clarifying business needs and requirements of highly complex systems

Provide strategic direction and oversee the integration of emerging Big Data platforms and tools for advanced analytics including machine learning/data science

Identify opportunities for common solutions across the enterprise, which span transactional, operational and analytical platforms, collaborating within the architecture and development communities. Partner with enterprise architecture team to ensure consistent, high-quality and repeatable designs.

Provide data management industry insight and guidance. Research, analyze and assess advanced and emerging technology solutions in multiple technology domains, anticipating the impact on architectures and systems

Partner with business executives and senior architects to identify data and process issues, then provides solution options and recommends options.

Provide recommendations on system options, risks, cost/benefit analysis, and impact on cross-domain systems, business strategy, goals and processes.

Define appropriate metrics to measure success and service levels

Manage a team of engineering managers and engineers including recruitment, development and performance management of all direct reports. This position is projected to oversee a team consisting of architects, engineers, developers, and database administrators.

Contribute to security and risk assessment activities and vendor management strategies

Basic Qualifications:

Demonstrated planning, change management, consulting and communication skills, analytical ability, negotiation and management skills

Detail-oriented, self-motivated individual with strong analytical and research skills

Must be a team player with demonstrated customer and delivery focus

12+ years of experience in programming/systems analysis and business experience.

6+ years providing architectural direction to project development teams or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

5+ years of experience designing data architectures with Hadoop and related capabilities, such as Spark, Hive, Storm, Presto, Sqoop, Kafka, Hbase, SQL databases, and HDFS, preferably in a large-scale consumer focused industry.

Expertise in cloud computing and leveraging cloud capabilities within data platforms.

Expertise regarding data architecture, data stewardship, data quality, ETL/ELT, Hadoop, Warehousing, Data Science and business intelligence tools, and techniques. Certifications a plus.

Experience with Python, Java, Scala or similar high level programming language.

Experienced with systems utilizing high volume and complex data processing, database platform selection and optimization, metadata management suites and OLAP technologies.

Solid understanding and experience with formal project life cycle methodologies

Excellent verbal, written, and listening skills across multiple audiences from highly technical team members to business consumers at the highest levels of management.

Proven experience in overall data management, data modeling, metadata management, master-data management and data movement.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with Advertising and Marketing Technology, including Marketing and CRM systems, DMPs, and 3rd party Ad Servers a plus

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree, with equivalent work experience in MIS, Computer Science or related discipline.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree, preferred. In-depth technical training

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