CareFirst Careers

Lead Enterprise Data Architect

Resp & Qualifications

Working at both the project and enterprise-wide levels, the incumbent is responsible for working on research, development and implementation of complex data architecture aspects of engineering projects. The incumbent is accountable for deep understanding of business data and processes and for translating business needs into data designs supporting project, department and enterprise perspectives. This individual provides leadership for data architecture design, problem solving and technology solutions  on an enterprise level by ensuring project compliance with enterprise data strategy and enterprise architecture principles  as well as supporting enterprise efforts such as profiling, metadata, data quality, and master data management. The incumbent assists the Data Architecture Manager and other Enterprise Lead Data Architects with establishing data architecture standards and practices and ensures that project data designs meet business needs and adhere to standards.  The incumbent is skilled in translating business strategy/drivers into IT requirements with a proven ability to solve complex problems or situations as a subject matter expert.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: Under the direction of the Data Architecture Manager, the incumbent’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Serves as subject matter expert for one or more data subject areas including deep technical expertise in data processing across multiple applications and business flows.
  • Provides data architecture expertise and input to project solutions and designs ensuing appropriate sourcing, storage, exchange, and consumption patterns of data across a complex data ecosystem involving a variety of technical platforms and inter-related business processes.
  • Act as an integral team member, partnering collaboratively with various roles and departments, on multiple projects involving Data Architecture and assume accountabilities associated therein.
  • Reviews, interprets, and translates requirements and use cases into data model designs.
  • Supports and contributes to data sourcing, flow, conversion and migration strategies.
  • Completes logical and physical data designs/models conforming to data architecture and modeling standards; reviews with Business stakeholders and technical teams. 
  • Creates DDL for database deployment and partners with Database Administration team in traditional and DevOps processes for database maintenance.
  • Participates in research and resolution of production data-related issues which may require urgent and immediate attention.
  • Creates data architecture artifacts and documentation including entity relationship diagrams, data dictionaries, external interface documentation, business process and enterprise modeling/mapping artifacts.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to Data Modelers and technical teams in the development of data models, processes, and artifacts including review and approval of artifacts and designs.
  • Leads working groups or teams in discovery or assessment efforts to address gaps and improvement opportunities in data processes and repositories.
  • Provides deep understanding of data architectural issues, database technology and platforms, and best-practice data designs.
  • Provides thought leadership and education across data, technical, and business teams with respect to data processing best practices and uses influence to drive collaborative solutions accordingly.
  • Develops project estimates (time and effort) for data architecture and data modeling activities in new development and support projects.
  • Supports and participates in Data Governance processes and forums including Data Architecture Working Group and Data Stewardship Forum.
  • Participates in and supports data governance efforts in data quality, metadata, and reference data management.
  • Defines, maintains and enforces data standards and guidelines including enterprise data element names, abbreviations, definitions, and characteristics.
  • Works closely with and supports business and data governance teams on business naming standards, developing and maintaining consistent data definitions, determining data aliases, documenting standard calculations and derivations, and documenting the business rules of the enterprise.
  • Serves in a role for the enforcement and maintenance of data related policies, processes, roles and responsibilities relative to enterprise and industry best practice.

  This position requires Graduate Degree in Computer Science / Engineering / related IT Field with a minimum of 5 years of experience OR  a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science / Engineering / related IT field with a minimum of 7 years of experience OR equivalent experience. Proven ability to distinguish data and architectural requirements at system level, project level, department level and enterprise level; must be able to perform requirements definition, analysis, data pattern analysis and design in support of enterprise data integration efforts.   Demonstrated competency in strategic thinking and leadership with strong abilities in relationship management in multi-discipline environments.  Demonstrated knowledge of data architecture concepts and industry trends.  Experience leading the design, development and delivery of an enterprise-wide data architecture and blueprint.

Abilities/Skills:  Position requires very strong written and oral communications skills, including some presentation skills. Works well under general supervision, with regular review of work needed. Candidate must be able to work with a broad range of users, business management, and IT management and project leaders. Candidate must possess professional and negotiating skills as well as the ability to function successfully in a team and results oriented environment.
Enterprise Lead Data Architect is expected to guide more junior-level Data Architects
Use joint application development techniques (JAD) to assist clients with the translation of business rules into data models: Conduct data definition sessions with users; Assist with the implementation and maintenance of the data repository; Participate and/or assist Management in driving the development, implementation and use of an enterprise data warehouse; Provide guidance, education and assistance to the IT and user communities in support of their data access and usage activities.
Subject Matter Expert of Conceptual (ER Diagrams), logical and physical database design, data acquisition analysis and design.
Subject Matter Expert of multiple RDBMS (DB2, Oracle, Sybase) and the architectural implications associated with each platform.
Demonstrated experience in the creation of work plans that lead to consolidation of legacy systems.
Demonstrated experience with data profiling and quality assessments with some experience in implementation of a enterprise quality program.
Demonstrated experience with metadata creation and implementation of an enterprise wide metadata strategy.
Demonstrated ability to distinguish data and architectural requirements at project level; must be able to perform requirements definition, analysis, data pattern analysis and design in support of enterprise data integration efforts.  


Knowledge and experience in healthcare industry data and business processes strongly preferred.

Deep expertise in Data Architecture best practices.

Experience in large and complex data environments involving multiple technology platforms.

Experience with big data environments, NoSQL databases, JSON and XML.

Knowledge and experience with ErWin, data warehouse tools, and the integration of OLAP and OLTP environments.


Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire Range Disclaimer

Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

Please visit our website to apply:

Closing Date

Please apply before: 12/8/2020

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The associate must frequently talk and hear.  Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

Learn more about Information Technology