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Data Capability Lead

Date:  05-Jan-2022
City:  London
Company:  GFT Technologies SE

Data Capability Lead 

About GFT
GFT is driving the digital transformation of the world’s leading companies in the financial and insurance sectors, as well as in the manufacturing industry. As an IT services and software engineering provider, GFT offers strong consulting and development skills across all aspects of pioneering technologies, such as cloud engineering, artificial intelligence, mainframe modernisation and the Internet of Things for Industry 4.0.

With its in-depth technological expertise, profound market know-how and strong partnerships, GFT implements scalable IT solutions to increase productivity. This provides clients with faster access to new IT applications and innovative business models, while also reducing risk.

Role Summary 

An opportunity has arisen to bring a Data Capability Lead into our growing team based in London. This is a role that has visibility to the CEO, and a large part of GFT’s expansion strategy is dependent on successfully growing the Data team. As we are an international company with a client base of large global companies, some travel will be expected.

We are looking for an energetic, visionary Lead to grow our UK data consultancy business. The role will be a billable role (i.e. you will be expected to be able to bill your time to projects), and therefore will require you to have the ability to be hands on. As you grow your team, your billable time can be decreased. You will be expected to be comfortable presenting within a pre-sales environment, and have the confidence to be a trusted advisor to demanding clients. You will need to have a vision and opinion for where the market is moving and to be able to convey that to different audiences. We have Premier partner relationships with both AWS and Google, and we are winning many projects on both platforms. We have deep level contacts into the engineering teams at both cloud providers.

The Data Capability Lead will be a true hands-on leader. You will have the capability to get your hands dirty, ask of others what you are prepared to do and lead by example. You will manage a team of Data professionals, will be someone who has come up the ranks and is maybe already a leader or ready to take that next step. You will inspire, coach and be a respected presence. You will have the power to recruit, train and grow your team.

We would expect you to either be blogging and/or to be active on speaking circuits. We expect you to be forward thinking and highly structured. We require you to have excellent team building, mentoring and hiring skills. We expect you to be very entrepreneurial with a desire to build a significant part of our business.

You are likely to already have experience within a specialised consultancy data practice and have a strong understanding of the key performance measures that drive a consultancy business – such as managing a bench, margins, project delivery and offering development.

Apart from the engineering teams, you will work closely with colleagues in HR, Recruitment, Sales, Deliver Ops & Financial Control.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create offerings that can be taken to market
  • Build the onshore capability to deliver projects
  • Hire and manage exceptional people
  • Provide an exciting dynamic work environment
  • Oversee the project portfolio to ensure consistent delivery
  • Report monthly to the management team against Key Performance Indicators

Technical Skills

  • We expect you to have a deep technical knowledge of Big Data, Streaming Data, Data Management concepts in both Hybrid and Multi-cloud environments
  • You will have extensive knowledge of at least one of the main public clouds; GCP, Azure or AWS, however you will be a true Cloud Hybrid.
  • Whilst there are of course certain skills you must possess; it is very important for you to understand that this is not a role for ticking boxes. It is about the overall package, skills, personality and culture fit. You will need to have an extensive Data management background with some of the following areas being preferable:
  • API's
  • Streaming technologies e.g. Confluent Kafka
  • Data Engineering on the cloud
  • Data Management; Security, Quality, Lineage
  • Containerisation & Kubernetes
  • Data Warehousing; Snowflake, Redshift, Synapse or BigQuery
  • Spark, Deltalake & Databricks

Essential Skills Required - Soft

  • Ability to assist program and project managers in the design, planning, and governance of solutions
  • Ability to manage high stakes relationships, influence senior stakeholders and have excellent negotiation skills
  • Ability to shape offering, proposals and solutions
  • Financial acumen and the ability to identify sales opportunities
  • People management skills including motivation, relationships, interpersonal skills, coaching, conflict resolution
  • Strong communicator and be able to interface at any level and add value. Excellent oral and written communications skills to meet high standards of consulting business.
  • Self-motivated and self-driven individual who is able to work autonomously as well as a member of a team, including the ability to multitask
  • Ability to take ownership of deliverables
  • Motivated to take ownership of own professional development

What we offer you:
You will be working with some of the brightest people in business and technology on challenging and rewarding projects in a team of likeminded individuals. GFT prides itself on its international environment that promotes professional and cultural exchange and encourages further individual development.

Founded in 1987, the company is now represented with a global team of around 5,500 employees in Europe and North and South America. The GFT share is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange’s Prime Standard (ISIN: DE0005800601).


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