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How to Write a Data Architect Job Description

Posted on June 2023

How to write a job description

Data architects are highly skilled IT professionals responsible for reviewing and analyzing the data infrastructure of an organization, to oversee the planning of future databases.

Responsible for designing and building data models that meet the strategic data needs of organizations of all shapes and sizes, a data architect designs, supports and provides guidance for all aspects of data management.

The most effective way of hiring and attracting top industry talent is by writing an accurate, well-informed data architect job description. A job description is an essential part of the job application process and will help you determine whether potential candidates are suitable for the role.

View our Data Architect roles available here.

Main responsibilities

As an employer, you should always mention the main responsibilities that the successful candidate would be expected to fulfill in the role.

A data architect’s main responsibilities may include:

  • Developing database solutions to store and retrieve company information

  • Installing and configuring information systems

  • Optimizing new and current database systems

  • Defining security and backup procedures

  • Analyzing structural requirements for new software and applications

  • Designing conceptual and logical data models and flowcharts

  • Improving system performance by conducting tests and troubleshooting

  • Providing operational support for Management Information Systems.

The contracted hours the successful candidate will be required to work each day and week should be clearly mentioned and, if evening and weekend work is required, this should also be stated.

Of course, the main responsibilities of a data architect will vary depending on the organization as well as industry needs and requirements. Clearly stating what your company expects from potential candidates helps streamline the recruitment process and attract applicants that are best suited to your business.

Skill and qualifications

Mentioning the skills and qualifications that your data architect position requires will also help to refine candidate selection.

For example, a competent data architect should typically possess the following skills:

  • An in-depth understanding of database structure principles

  • Familiarity with data visualization tools

  • Experience gathering and analyzing system requirements

  • Knowledge of data mining

  • Proven analytical skills

  • Excellent problem-solving attitude

  • Expertise in SQL and Oracle

  • Proficient in MS Excel.

Depending on the level of expertise you require for the role, you can request candidates apply only if they have relevant degrees or work experience.

The majority of successful have a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s degree in Computer Science, or a related field. Hands-on software development experience is also preferred.

How to write a job description

When writing a job description, always mention the job title and job summary. This information should attract, engage, and appeal to your desired candidate.

Always outline the core responsibilities and daily duties of the position and what you expect from employees. In addition, you should introduce your company and its culture to show why a candidate should want to work for your organization. Highlighting your business also helps the candidate determine if they share mutual synergy, helping to attract the best candidate for the position.

Including a job location and details of work hours and environment will optimize your job search results and applications as candidates will only apply if they are happy to comply.

List the hard and soft skills required by your company to fulfill the vacant role. However, be mindful that too many niche requirements could dissuade potential candidates.

Finally, mentioning a salary range and work benefits helps you stand out among other employers and attract best-fit applicants.

How to hire the best candidate

To hire the best candidate for your data architect position, get in touch with a talent partner today. Talent partners have access to industry-leading talent and are experts in identifying the right candidates for niche positions.

To find the talent you need, submit your open vacancy to the Selby Jennings vacancy page or request a call back to elevate your recruitment process.