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Data Domain Architect

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St. Louis, Missouri


Monsanto is passionate about using science and technology to improve agriculture. Monsanto scientists are conducting research and development (R&D) to revolutionize plant breeding and biotechnology. The Technology Pipeline Solutions (TPS) team within IT works directly with the Monsanto scientists to develop software platforms that enable these research and development efforts. The accepted candidate will leverage their data architecture expertise to play a key role in defining and delivering breakthrough science in high throughput R&D platforms for Monsanto.



Responsibilities include:



Be the subject matter expert for assigned data domain/subject area (e.g. Product, Customer, Location, etc)


Define relationships and touch points between data domains


Cross train on at least one other domain area within Data Architecture team


Lead requirements gathering sessions to build canonical model for assigned subject area


Requirements mapping and gap analysis


Analyze complex data structures to build a common data model


Mine existing systems to derive source to target to canonical models


Assist with data integration during M&A and divestitures


Establish policy for building semantic transformation specifications


Composition of accurate and complete definitions for entities and attributes


Work with business and workflow analysts to understand and define subject area data usage patterns and desired business functionality.


Work with build teams to socialize concepts in the canonical model, to ensure user stories move toward implementation of the vision, revising the subject area as needed.


Ensure quality metadata is captured


The candidate must be capable of understanding data strategy at the enterprise level, implement the data architecture on the project level, and have the excellent communication skills necessary to successfully interact with solution architects, product owners, project managers, developers, business analysts, and testers.


Investigate source systems to locate and understand existing data domain areas and integration points across the research pipeline


Develop integration designs consistent with Information Management principles, collaborating with key IT stakeholders to ensure that solutions meet project requirements and fit within the broader enterprise architecture context.


Provide thought leadership in data management strategies, governance, and design.


Required Skills:



Undergraduate degree in applicable area of expertise or equivalent work experience


+3 years of Enterprise Data Architect experience


+5 years of data modeling experience


Experience in building complex, large scale logical data models with PowerDesigner, ERwin or E/R Studio


Experience with SQL and NoSQL database technologies (e.g. Oracle RAC, PureData, BigTable, Hadoop/HBase, Splunk, Neo4j, Cassandra, etc.) and enterprise Information Integration


Experience with Agile Data Modeling concepts


Understanding of master data concepts (e.g., System Of Record), data governance principles


Must have a proven track record of working independently and collaboratively


Must be able to communicate very well, both verbally and in writing


Experience describing abstract concepts, designs and relationships within a data domain as it applies to many applications and products.


Engage with project teams to ensure their solutions are consistent with the defined future state enterprise architecture.


Able to communicate clearly with peers as well as with management, and provide technical leadership to more junior team members.


Flexibility to adjust to changing requirements, schedules, and priorities.


The ability to socialize ideas, make recommendations, and gather team consensus to move forward.


Ability to perform in a loosely-structured environment identifies opportunities for improvement, proactively solicit stakeholder input, and drive development of a solution.



Preferred Skills:



Experience in formal delivery methodologies and platforms as they relate to enterprise data architecture, including hands on technology experience


Experience with public Ontologies and Taxonomies (e.g. GO, SO, PATO, GEO, TO, KEGG, etc)


Active member in DAMA or other professional groups


Experience in data quality and data integration


Experience with large scale data remediation projects


Experience with Life Sciences industry









Job ID: 00Q2Q
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Location Information

St. Louis, Missouri
USA

About Information Technology

At Monsanto, we integrate information technology and scientific expertise to achieve our business success. As you can imagine, this can lead to some amazing information technology careers. Every day, we invest over $2.6 million into research and development and depend on information technology to provide the applications and systems that lead to scientific breakthroughs. In this fast-paced, dynamic environment, the work you perform will be both interesting and challenging, and you’ll have the opportunity to grow your skills while making a global impact.

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