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Data Architect, Enterprise Data Management At British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

Location: Victoria, British Columbia

Job Description

BCI offers an exceptional opportunity to work at a world-class organization while living in a west coast setting. We are a significant institutional investor whose investments span the world. Our major clients are pension plans, and the work that we do helps to secure the retirements of hundreds of thousands of people. Our success depends on our high-performing employees. The people who work at BCI are committed, passionate, and approachable. They aim for continuous improvement and share BCI's core values of accountability, transparency, integrity, and team cohesiveness. We are currently expanding our team and our skill base to equip BCI for the future.


This position reports to the Manager, Data Governance and has very close interactions with members of the Enterprise Data Management branch and the broader Information Technology department to ensure alignment, coordination, and physical technology implementation.

The Data Architect leads the design, definition, and management of the data structures and models required to support the overall data program at BCI in partnership with colleagues across various stakeholder departments. The role will place emphasis on the concept of managing 'data as meaning' – where primary focus is on ensuring that the meaning of data is precise, unambiguous, consistent, and transparent throughout the organization. The Data Architect will be accountable for ensuring that corporate data sets have well-defined characteristics and metadata, and that they are included in an overall taxonomy that appropriately represents our data assets in the context of our business activities.

A key challenge for the Data Architect will be establishing a framework to ensure that these activities are incorporated into existing and future state workflows and that the data architecture function emphasizes application over theory while also aligning to broader data and architectural strategies at BCI. The incumbent will also demonstrate leadership in improving overall data accessibility for end users and integration teams.

A role in data management requires strong organizational skills, acute attention to detail, and the ability to conceptualize the sometimes-abstract areas of data management and governance. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in data management with an emphasis on conceptual and logical data modeling of common domains such as financial instruments, portfolio structures, holdings, benchmarks, and derivatives. An in-depth understanding of data and technology trends within asset management is highly desirable.

The Data Architect will be providing significant support to Enterprise Data Management's efforts around data governance and project delivery. The incumbent will work very closely with business analysts, data analysts, developers, and both data producers and consumers to ensure that data requirements are captured and modeled appropriately to enable efficient processes, high data quality, and appropriate data accessibility.


Must have:

  • Applicable university degree and/or relevant professional designation

  • 7+ years direct experience in a similar role within the investment industry or 10+ years of data modeling and architecture in a closely related industry supported by strong foundations in capital markets

  • Strong previous experience where the candidate has applied leadership skills

  • Familiarity with data modeling tools such as ER Studio

  • Familiarity with data management frameworks such as DCAM or DAMA

  • Demonstrated knowledge of business glossaries, data dictionaries, data lineage, data taxonomy, business ontologies, and semantic, descriptive, structured and administrative metadata

  • Strong knowledge on the implementation of a Master Data Management solution

  • Demonstrated experience in business analysis, data modeling, and metadata management

  • Experience developing and maintaining enterprise data models with exposure across a broad range of data domains including financial instruments, indices & constituents, pricing & valuations, and other market and reference data

  • Working knowledge of both normalized and dimensional model design and development

  • Expert level knowledge of conceptual and logical modeling principles and techniques

  • Demonstrated experience working in an environment that blends both customized and application defined data models

  • Strong team player focused on cross-departmental collaboration with both technical and non-technical teams


  • Demonstrated experience contributing to the design and execution of a corporate data dictionary with complex business transformations and lineage

  • Working knowledge of the Markit Enterprise Data Management platform and other industry specific application suites

  • Working knowledge of common data integration methods and patterns

  • Advanced degree or relevant professional designation

Closing Date: October 25, 2018

To learn more about this position and apply, go to

BCI provides employees with a productive and fast-paced work environment, competitive compensation, a performance incentive plan, four weeks of vacation, employer-funded health & wellness plans, and a defined benefit pension plan.

Our recruitment process requires that the successful candidate agrees to undergo a criminal record search, education and designation verification; to provide a declaration of no previous or current criminal status; and to comply with our corporate Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct.

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