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Principal Data Strategy Lead

Date:  07-Sep-2022
City:  London
Company:  GFT Technologies SE

Principal Data Strategy Lead


As a pioneer for digital transformation GFT develops sustainable solutions across new technologies – from cloud engineering and artificial intelligence to blockchain/DLT. With its deep technological expertise, strong partnerships and comprehensive market know-how GFT offers advice to the financial and insurance sectors, as well as in the manufacturing industry.


We have been recognised for our engineering excellence and work side by side with our clients in an agile way to solve their most challenging problems. Companies gain easy and safe access to scalable IT applications and innovative business models.


Who are we?

GFT is a modern company with a passion for technology that thrives on collaboration with our clients and celebrates success with our team.  We are an organisation that empowers you to not only explore but raise your potential and seek out opportunities that add value. You will work in a supportive environment with a diverse and inclusive team that is always learning and developing whilst working closely with our colleagues across the globe. Most importantly we care about people, cultures and opinions, and show everyone equal respect.



Role Summary 


As part of the Data & Artificial Intelligence team, we are looking for a senior leader who can work with clients to define their data strategy aligned to their business goal. This client facing role will be a people person, and enjoy working on the ground with customers, to understand their end to end data solutions, and highlight gaps in their maturity, by using the frameworks and tools which GFT have as offerings. We are looking for someone with a consultancy background, who is a seller\doer, and can help find the team new opportunities.



Role Responsibilities

  • The role will be responsible for creating Data Strategies, and Solution Designs across multiple projects
  • They will need to work both from home, and onsite if and when needed.
  • You would have lead RFP or RFI responses, from low to high complexity, working across multiple disciplines
  • They will need to present proposals to clients, be that proactive solutions, to RFP or RFI submissions.
  • This role will also need to prepare material for presentation where existing material isn’t best placed.
  • As the leader on engagements, they should comfortable matrix managing multiple projects, and overseeing multiple solution designs and deliveries.


Competencies and Skills Needed

Behavioural Skills:

  • We are looking for an outgoing, consultant, who is happy to talk to a wide range of clients.
  • Ability to work in a modern and agile organisation with a start-up mindset
  • Ability to lead a dispersed team allocated to a variety of projects
  • Sets clear goals and consistently delivers against them
  • Be naturally a collaborative member of the team


Technical Skills:

  • As a technical consultant, you will need to understand good from poor solution designs, and understand the differences between key technologies in the market.
  • That includes understanding how to create data solution designs across all major clouds (AWS, GCP, Azure), and be able to note the pros and cons of the technologies you have selected.
  • You need to be well-versed in good Data Management and Data Governance standards
  • You will be an SME in at least one area of data solutions, whether it be Data Storage and Processing (Data warehousing, Data Lakes etc), streaming capabilities (Kafka, Event Architectures), Machine Learning etc.
  • You need to be well versed on new architectural methodologies and concepts, e.g. Data Mesh, Data Fabrics, etc.



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 and located in 15 countries to ensure close proximity to its clients, GFT employs over 10,000 people. GFT provides our people with career opportunities in all areas of software engineering and innovation. The GFT Technologies SE share is listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.




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