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TIAA Sr Director, Data & Analytics Technology Architect in Iselin, New Jersey

The Data Technology Architect is responsible for leading the data technology strategy, architecture, design and best practices of TIAA’s (and its affiliates/subsidiaries) data platforms and related solutions, with overarching goals of reducing time to market of data products, reducing risks related to data, incorporate observability and telemetry, develop insights of sales, marketing and operations and improving agility of the organization – all towards transforming TIAA into a Data and Analytics driven organization.

This will include partnership with the various federated data organizations, data store, data engineering, global infrastructure, cyber and cloud support organizations and will require an in-depth understanding of the tools and services available in the market to develop actionable business insights and scale data platforms effectively and efficiently to solve the most demanding data and analytics needs.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead data technology strategy, architecture, design and best practices of TIAA’s (and it’s affiliates/subsidiaries) data platforms and related solutions.

  • Lead the development of patterns, standards and best practices in the data engineering and solutions space.

  • Review and identify data solutions by evaluating client operations, applications, and programming.

  • Assess data implementation procedures to ensure they comply with internal and external regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Oversee the migration of data and services from legacy systems to new solutions.

  • Review current data platforms and solutions and recommend solutions to improve new and existing data capabilities.

  • Expand data center of excellence and leverage it to upskill the organization towards next gen data platforms and solutions.

  • Ensure data platform and solutions implement observability and telemetry features to be able to measure system and business performance.

  • Lead data platforms and solutions retirement, migration and end of life efforts.

  • Ensure data platforms and solutions are properly documented and updated periodically.


  • 8 Years Required; 10 Years Preferred

  • University (Degree), Preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Physical Requirements: Sedentary Work

Preferred Education

  • University (Degree)

Career Level


Required Qualifications

  • 8+ years of leading architecture, engineering, development and deployment of data platforms and related solutions in modern data technologies (e.g. cloud databases, lakehouse, data virtualization, ELT etc) .

  • 5+ years of working experience in architecting modern data platforms like Hadoop (Cloudera), Snowflake, EMR, Redshift, Databricks, BigQuery, MongoDB etc.) and develop solutions by integrating/migrating legacy data sources to those platforms.

  • 5+ years experience with traditional data technologies like RDBMS (such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Postgre), Data Warehouses (such as Teradata, OBIEE).

  • 2+ years experience with ETL tools like Datastage, Talend etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of the overall cloud architecture and platforms, distributed computing (SOA, Microservices), networking fundamentals as well as software engineering best practices.

  • Familiarity with data management and governance platforms like Collibra, WKC and how to integrate those with various data sources

  • Understanding of real time data processing systems like CEPs and messaging platforms like Kafka

  • Experience with Data Ops tools like Zaloni or DataIQ

  • Architecture level understanding of Data Analytics platforms like Jupiter, Sagemaker etc and reporting platforms (Tableau, PowerBI etc.).

  • Understanding and appreciation of balance between perfect architecture, cost, time, resources and other parameters to develop solutions within those constraints.

  • Experience with open source data technologies beyond the core Hadoop stack (like Apache Atlas, Superset, Airflow, Druid, Presto, GraphQL, open telemetry)

  • Experience with query optimization and performance improvement of data platforms and solutions

  • Understanding of policies and controls and their implementation around data privacy and security (such as data lifecycle, encryption, access controls etc.)

  • Understanding of infrastructure and their implication to security, scalability, resilience, recovery and performance of data platforms and solutions

  • Bachelors in computer science or information systems

  • A master in computer science or engineering field is highly desired, ideally with specialization in data related field (e.g. large scale data processing).

  • Experience partnering with various internal organizations as well as external ecosystems (such as vendors, startups, VC firms, universities etc.)

  • Experience with DevOps or CI/CD process - build/deploy tools (Git/ANT/Maven /ElectricFlow/Jenkins)

  • Experience with project management and reporting activities

Potential Salary: $173,900.00 USD

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, time in role, base salary of internal peers, prior performance, business sector, and geographic location. In addition to base salary, the competitive compensation package may include, depending on the role, participation in an incentive program linked to performance (for example, annual discretionary incentive programs, non-annual sales incentive plans, or other non-annual incentive plans).

Company Overview

TIAA is the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields. We offer a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and education, and retirement services.

Benefits and Total Rewards

The organization is committed to making financial well-being possible for its clients, and is equally committed to the well-being of our associates. That’s why we offer a comprehensive Total Rewards package designed to make a positive difference in the lives of our associates and their loved ones. Our benefits include a superior retirement program and highly competitive health, wellness and work life offerings that can help you achieve and maintain your best possible physical, emotional and financial well-being. To learn more about your benefits, please review our Benefits Summary ( .

Equal Opportunity

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.

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TIAA started out over 100 years ago to help ensure teachers could retire with dignity. Today, many people who work at not-for-profits rely on our wide range of financial products and services to support and strengthen their financial well-being.