Enterprise Data Architect, OCLC

OCLC, a worldwide library services organization headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, is a leader in information technologies and innovative online services. With office locations around the globe, OCLC employees are dedicated to offering premier services and software to help libraries cut costs while keeping pace with the demands of our information-driven society.

We are seeking an Enterprise Data Architect with background in several of the following: Big Data, Linked Data, Data Science, Relational Databases, Data Architecture, Data Strategy. The primary function of the role is to engage in rigorous identification, facilitation, documentation and transformation of data architecture across the enterprise. This will be achieved through participation in a variety of activities including gathering information, analyzing business needs, collaborating on strategy, communicating the transition, and ongoing maintenance of the architecture. While this position will have a heavy focus on data, additional background in the other disciplines of architecture (Business, Application, Technology) would be desirable. The right candidate will work with the existing enterprise architects, domain architects and business lines, reporting to the Global Head of Architecture.

 Major Responsibilities:

  • Act as a primary interface between both technical and business stakeholders and the Enterprise Architecture Office (EAO) for matters related to data
  • Produce and maintain an Enterprise Data Strategy, incorporating corporate data, analytics, linked data among others
  • Work directly with key stakeholders to capture and maintain existing elements of the enterprise architecture (AS IS)
  • Facilitate the production of transitional and target state architectures (TO BE)
  • Effectively map business strategy into rational architectural roadmaps
  • Evaluate proposed initiatives to ensure they meet business and technology goals and adhere to governance standards
  • Acts as a key stakeholder and exerts influence on major company initiatives to help teams achieve successful outcomes
  • Perform architecture reviews for OCLC products, initiatives and RFPs as needed
  • Negotiate conflicts between stakeholders
  • Author Decisions, Roadmaps and Strategies on behalf of the EAO
  • Contribute to domain-level architecture activities when the need arises
  • Participate in setting overall technology strategy
  • Enable the product and technology teams to increase pace and efficiency through the enterprise architecture
  • Assess architectural impacts to all aspects of architecture, including security
  • Evaluates risk, costs and ROI against business objectives
  • Communicates current and future plans around EAO activity to stakeholders
  • Establish and apply measurement to EAO activities to illustrate value
  • Acquire deep knowledge of OCLC systems and products
  • Uses a consultative and enabling approach when requests for expertise are raised
  • Evaluates emerging technology in consideration of future use
  • Contributes artifacts to the architectural repository


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, MIS, or related field of study
  • 8 or more years of demonstrated success as a Data Architect with an international company
  • 3 or more years as an Enterprise Architect
  • Experience in business analysis or strategic planning a plus
  • Proficient in two or more disciplines of Enterprise Architecture (Business, Application, Data, Technology)
  • Experience with Data Architecture required
  • Exceptional business acumen and interpersonal skills required
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills, including decision making, planning, organizing, influencing, mentoring, facilitating, collaborating and negotiating
  • Ability to translate business needs into requirements and discuss technical solutions and merits with business/executive level individuals and groups
  • Capable of balancing long-term (“big picture”) and short-term implications of decisions
  • Ability to operate in a fluid and ambiguous environment
  • Proven ability to adapt to a dynamic environment and contribute to multiple efforts at once and adapt to unpredictable change
  • Solid data background is required with understanding of application development and infrastructure technology services
  • Experience with successfully dealing with ambiguity and ability to bring clarity to situations by developing decision matrices, presenting pro’s and con’s and/or risk vs. reward analyses, to name a few techniques

Apply online at: https://jobs-oclc.icims.com/jobs/2636/enterprise-data-architect/job

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