Data Architect

Hastings Direct
Bexhill, United Kingdom
Job Type
Hybrid Working Opportunity


At Hastings Direct, Data is key to everything we do – from pricing through to claims. This role is at the forefront of delivering an ambitious data transformation strategy as we move from legacy systems to modern data platforms, including Snowflake and Databricks.  

An integral part of the Chief Data Office, you will be supporting the data engineering function as well as working with key partners and vendors to deliver a leading data capability and help Hastings achieve their digital and data ambitions.

Role purpose

  • Work with the CDO leadership to define the organisation’s data strategy and build the target infrastructure to deliver the strategy
  • To collaborate with key business stakeholders to understand strategic capability requirements, translate these into actionable strategy and advocate for change
  • To understand core principles of our key platforms and ensure that solutions are a good fit with chosen technology  
  • Support selection of appropriate technologies to fulfil capability gaps
  • To deliver high level architectures and proof of concepts
  • Work with teams to articulate principles, practices and guidelines; to continuously influence and support teams in adopting these
  • To stay continuously up to date with the market and our vendors roadmap – and ensure these are reflected both in our strategy and delivery
  • Support internal teams by sharing your technical expertise – mentoring engineering staff to become the best at what they do
  • To promote agile ways of working and supporting the teams to continuously improve by identifying new delivery approaches
  • Represent data in the broader architecture community – influencing and supporting wider company architectural strategy and ensuring that Data Office


  • Data architectures and principles
  • Technology selection and use case fit
  • High level architecture for major initiatives and leadership of proof of concepts
  • Input into risk management and process quality
  • Partnership with Data Engineering; supporting our people, processes and systems to deliver excellent outcomes

 Skills Knowledge & Experience 

  • Willingness to be “hands on” when needed while ensuring that the team remains autonomous 
  • 3+ years experience with an MPP database system (Snowflake preferable)
  • Agile mentality
  • Dimensional modelling experience
  • Strong leadership, influencing and decision making skills 
  • Strong organisational, communication and presentation skills
  • Storing prioritisation skills and be flexible enough to adapt plans

 Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks.

**Flexible working opportunities**

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