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The Economist Head of Data Architecture in London, United Kingdom


This is an exciting time to be joining the Economist Group. The person will join the team as a new business and growth strategy unfolds and the need for technology excellence and digital customer experience driven by insights from our data becomes paramount in our ability to deliver.

The Economist Group has recently moved to a matrix structure with one Group Chief Information Officer (CIO), as functional lead working collaboratively with the Managing Directors/Presidents of its four business units as well as the wider group leadership team. The CIO and other functional leaders are responsible for functional excellence, career paths, incentive structures as well as consistency in tone, platforms and tools.

To align with the matrix business structure, we have defined a new technology matrix structure leveraging functional excellence to support delivery leaders responsible for designing, changing and supporting technology within specific technical domains and on behalf of multiple business units.

The Head of Data Architecture will report directly to the Group CIO, be a member of the Group Technology Leadership Team and is responsible for defining the technology roadmap and architectural design for the group’s data platform as well as enabling technology delivery of continual improvements to the platform through our Gurgaon based data engineering team.

This role will be key to extending and increasing our functional architecture capability to our data platform to drive best-practice and functional excellence within this key, strategic growth area for the group. They will work closely with the Head of Data Product Management (in London) and Head of Data Engineering (in Gurgaon) to enable delivery of ongoing improvements to our data platform and suite of tools, to support the requirements of all business units and the data strategy set by our new Chief Data Officer.

This is the time to be joining a profitable, responsible business with a brand and culture that you can be proud of and with every opportunity to deliver success for the Group and yourself. You will have the opportunity to set the technical direction and to make your mark on a global brand's data platform and we’re looking for someone who has not only done this before but is excited to join us and do it again.

Key Internal Relationships

  • The Economist Group Technology Leadership Team (Global Team)

  • Head of Data Engineering (Gurgaon Based)

  • Head of Data Product Management (UK Based)

  • Head of PMO Delivery (Data) (UK Based)

  • Head of Architecture (Product) & Head of Architecture (Platform) (both UK Based)


The Head of Data Architecture will define and drive technology strategy, architecture and the multi-year technical roadmap for the Group data platform to deliver on the Group’s growth strategy. Working closely in collaboration with all delivery and functional leadership teams across the newly defined group-wide technology matrix organisation you will partner with our soon to be appointed Technology Director and their data platform engineering team in Gurgaon to action the technical changes required to deliver your roadmap

How you will contribute:

  • Define and enable (including governing the best-practice) delivery of a technical data platform roadmap partnering with our Chief Data Officer and their newly forming data focussed product management team and programme delivery functions and covering all data lifecycle stages (sourcing, enhancing, persisting and using data), environments, and development operations

  • Work collaboratively with global technology delivery leaders and domain architecture specialists to define, implement and deliver an ambitious digital strategy. Ensure this is delivered against P&L goals

  • Establish strong, group-wide matrix relationships and provide leadership and deep functional expertise based on best practice in the area of data and technology

  • Ensure our data platform and ecosystem support our technology led objectives pertaining to: performance, availability, security, velocity, quality and cost optimisation

  • Quality assure the engineered code adheres to best practices and your defined architectural principles

  • Ensure a culture of accountability, high performance and ethical behaviour

  • Deliver on agreed group-wide technology objectives and KPIs for the function

  • Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are:

  • Extensive experience in data platform technology through all data lifecycle stages covering: sourcing, enhancing, persisting and using data

  • Has defined and delivered a data technology roadmap to achieve the strategic goals of a content led, digital media business

  • Has worked effectively in a global, matrix environment and demonstrated experience of satisfying internal customers for their data needs

  • Has worked effectively in a global data team with delivery team located in a different geographical location

  • Has worked effectively in an agile, sprint based delivery model

  • Has automated deployment of data platform technology changes in a cloud-based environment

  • Can assess and conduct cost benefit analysis of various technologies related to this field and ability to assess new ones coming in the market

  • In depth domain experience building high performing data platform architectures in the following domains:

  • Data Platform (Redshift or Snowflake or equivalent)

  • ETL Tools (Talend or SSIS or equivalent)

  • BI Tools (Qlikview or Looker or equivalent)

  • Usage Analytics (Google Analytics or Adobe Analytics or equivalent)

Attributes required for the role:

  • Results Oriented

  • Motivation to perform and succeed

  • High-energy, robust and resilient

  • Analytical and driven by insight and understanding

  • Able to motivate, influence and empower others within a multidisciplinary and multi-geography team

  • Collaborative, hands-on as required, direct and open in approach (no architecture ivory towers)

  • Agile mentality - to achieve high-quality iterative delivery (including deployment automation) as we evolve along the roadmap

  • Job LocationsUnited Kingdom-London | United Kingdom-London