AVP Data Engeineering

Aviva - Markham, IL (30+ days ago)

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This senior role will lead the big data delivery team to develop, support and maintain high quality IT software applications that deliver and align to business and architecture data strategies. A passionate leader who will design, shape and execute the data delivery platform transformation with best in class data management tools, data platforms and data integration solutions aligning with global architecture.

We are looking for an individual who will lead and manage the operations of a development team, embed engineering disciplines, lead and manage supply and demand and vendor relationships, and develop required capability and talent within internal and partner teams.

This is an exciting role at Aviva Canada. The ideal candidate will be a progressive and innovative leader who has the passion and ambition to transform and implement a Data Delivery Centre of Excellence operating model.


Leading the cross functional team to ensure that delivery achieves approved budget, schedule and required functionality with high quality.

Provide support with the development of medium to long term data roadmap

Ensure the advancement of delivery standards and documentation across data programs and projects.

Provide support to Operations to ensure applications are stable, efficient, and supportable

Develop and refresh data development and delivery practices

Delivery of relevant data management tools, data platforms and data integration solutions aligned with business demand and data architecture and delivery strategies

Provide leadership, mentoring, and coaching. Manage and coordinate strategic direction for staff. Attract, retain, develop, and motivate top talent. Conduct regular one-on-one meetings with direct reports reviewing individual development plans and providing performance feedback.

Implementation of Hadoop, Agile, Software Engineering and Systems Thinking in line with software delivery

Build strong relationships with customers, suppliers and key partners

Accountability for third party supplier resource utilization to ensure efficient and cost effective delivery of services to Solutions Delivery and the wider Aviva Group

Accountability for appropriate measures on performance of third parties and clear cost control of current and forecasted resource costs

Lead contractual governance of outsource partners

Lead, influence and contribute to the technical capability of our products to ensure they are best fit for our customers

Lead and work with a team of technical experts on Cloudera, Informatica (BDM, PowerExchange and PowerCentre), Oracle, Teradata, SAP Business Objects, QlikSense, etc.

Lead and manage the team within allowable budget with accurate and timely management of reporting against performance

Collaborate with Finance to ensure budget and financial performance of the department aligns with corporate objectives.

Create a high-performance team that has a culture of continuous learning, collaboration, and is focused on business outcomes

Be a thought leader and organizational change agent who can help foster a data-driven culture while simplifying the data ecosystem and improving the organizational speed-to-insight



  • Degree in Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent

Minimum 10 years’ experience successfully leading Data organizations with expertise in building large-scale enterprise data assets

Experience with Hadoop stack and PostgreSQL, understanding of Scrum and running Agile Teams in a fast paced dynamic environment

Experience with Informatica product suite (BDM, PowerCenter, Metadata manager, MDM, etc.) and Business

Intelligence tools (QlikSense, SAP Business Objects)

Strong leadership and influencing skills at the senior management level

Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills

Experience establishing frameworks for data quality, data governance, stewardship and metadata management

Expereience with building data lakes/warehouses/marts that are downstream from packaged applications such as Guidewire

Action oriented with a willingness to challenge the status quo

Experience embedding strong engineering standards and systems thinking


Strong stakeholder management

Strong operational management of large internal and outsourced IT delivery

Excellent supplier and commercial management

Solid understanding of Project and Program Management processes

High level consultancy skills

Technical expertise with design and implementation of enterprise data warehouse, big data analytics platforms, master data management and data integration solutions (e.g. Cloudera, Informatica, Oracle, Teradata)

Ability to lead large data-related portfolio that includes transformational initiatives

In depth knowledge of data management strategies, practices, and principles

Advanced knowledge and experience with ETL mapping and scripts and SQL

Strong intellectual curiosity to keep pace with evolving data landscape and technologies in emerging areas: Big Data, Hadoop, Visualization tools, Advanced Analytics, BI Virtualization, Cloud, etc.

Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills

Possess a combination of solid business knowledge and technical expertise with strong leadership skills

Insurance experience an asset

Additional Information

Aviva Canada is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities during all phases of the hiring process including the application process. If you require an accommodation because of a disability, we will work with you to meet your needs. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. If you are selected for an interview and require an accommodation, you are encouraged to advise the Talent Acquisition Partner who will consult with you to determine an appropriate accommodation