Data Architect
Kohler Co.

Kohler, Wisconsin

Data Architect 

Work Mode: Remote

Specific Job Content

The Data Architect at Kohler is responsible for the design, development and lifecycle maintenance and big data solutions including requirement analysis, reference architecture development and platform/tool selection. The Data Architect will also be responsible for overseeing development and ensuring the architecture design is implemented. The data architect will also participate in incidents and enhancements related to the system, advise on short term fixes as well as modify the architecture for long term stability. The Architect will also design and develop adequate monitoring and alerts to proactively identify problems in quality and performance of the data platform/product. The data architect will also work with data and analytics leaders to identify solutions that meet the changing data needs of the company and assist with prototype development of such solutions. The individual is expected to have deep expertise with big data solutions and diverse data needs of the company in analytics and data science. It is expected that the individual stay current with new technologies and vendor solutions in the marketplace today. This position provides opportunities for domestic and international travel.

General Objective 

Technical advisor of the design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems and/or programs to increase business effectiveness, solve problems and create new opportunities to assist in achievement of business goals.  Prepare business strategy material and capable of presenting to upper management.  Develop and monitor policies, procedures, and standards documents.  Provide 24X7 on-call escalation support of systems.  Establish service level agreements with customers.  Establish and review capacity, utilization and other performance.  Capable of participating in multiple concurrent development projects.  Subject matter expert in many disciplines within many functional systems areas.  Collaborates directly with all management levels and project leaders to determine system objectives and solutions.  Provides updates to Change Management Team.  May act as a mentor.  Provides technical direction to IT staff in the performance of assigned projects.  Direct interaction with business unit's senior/executive management on technical matters. 

Functional Skills

1.      Provide spirited positive leadership in the design and implementation of systems projects.  Challenge obsolete practices, question accepted truths, and eliminate non-value-added processes. Develop practical systems scope that enhances the business function.  Control the project scope, resources, and quality within budget and schedule to meet objectives.

2.      Provide analysis, counsel, and direction to management and personnel of operating units to analyze problems and develop solutions, as well as assure efficient operation of existing systems.  Maintain an understanding of business processes and the implications of computer systems on these processes. 

3.      Direct, schedule, coordinate, and evaluate the efforts of information technology, user and vendor personnel assigned to a specific systems project.  May directly supervise and be accountable for a small team.

4.      Prepare and conduct project review meetings and management presentations including general design review, project scheduling, test plan, system and program tactics and methods, system controls, procedures, systems documentation, and system implementation plan.

5.      Prepare and publish systems project status reports.  Comply with systems development methodology, standards, procedures, guidelines, priorities, and schedules.

6.      Develop high-level system specifications.  Assist in developing system documentation.  Advise on user procedures.  Assist in the preparation of general test plan.  Coordinate system tests.

7.      Participate in educational programs and professional societies involving supervisory skills, computing technology and systems methodologies.  Seek ways to expand business knowledge.

8.      Conduct educational programs involving company personnel relating to computing technology and specific projects.

9.      Perform other related duties as assigned.


Competency Requirements:


1.     Collaboration / Team Work

o   Acts as an integral part of respective team.

o   Potentially assigned as a mentor to another team member (Data Engineer) for project leader work.

o   Contributes ideas being respectful and understanding of individual experience and knowledge as compared to others

o   Willingly takes direction from a variety of other team members

o   Supports the team through meeting of commitments on assignments.

o   Takes lead roles for multiple minor and major project work within functional team

o   Fosters effective relationships within assigned team, enhancing overall team collaboration and communication.

o  Seeks out information from other team members and alternative sources regarding industry trends relevant to functional assignments

o   Successfully establishes and maintains partnership with others.

o   Thoughtful consideration of others ideas and concerns (empathetic thinking).

o   Sought after for team membership and leadership.

o   Develops and maintains networks of decision-makers and key influencers.

o   During performance of assigned tasks, watch for any missed opportunities in defined business process, making adjustments as required.  Communicates scope changes with other team members.

o   Challenge questionable business process changes with the business unit when experience raises questions/doubts.  Keep team and program management informed of these situations.

o   Provides feedback to team and program management regarding customer relationships.

2.     Problem Solving and Analysis

o  Detail oriented in work and analysis.

o  Exhibits strong initiative and strong analytical thinking

o  Ability to achieve goals despite obstacles through innovative thinking.

o  Develop practical systems scope that enhances the business function.

o  When developing project scope, challenge obsolete practices, question accepted truths, and eliminate non-value-added processes.

o  Provide spirited, positive leadership of systems projects.

o  Control project scope, resources, and quality within budget and schedule to meet objectives and achieve benefits.

3.     Decision Making

o  Takes ownership for assigned tasks, working to complete them on time with targeted results towards end objectives.

o  Willingly accepts joint ownership for tasks within a project where they are assigned in lead role.

o  Possesses a knowledge and skill level sufficient to naturally make them a 'go to' individual for other team members to get advise and counsel.

o  High quality of work in support of team initiatives.

o  Exhibits strong, diverse technical systems skills and a complete knowledge of IT processes, and solid project management skills.

4.     Business Acumen

o  Exhibits a solid, diverse knowledge of business processes for assigned functional team and a strong willingness to continue expansion of this knowledge.

o  Challenge questionable business process changes with the business unit when experience raises questions/doubts

5.     Communication / Influence

o   Uses speaking and writing skills to effectively convey information, express opinions and motivate others to act.

o   Listens actively.

o   Tailors presentations to the needs of the audience.

o   Demonstrates mastery of information and is persuasive.

o   Willingly shares information with team members and user management.

o   Able to meet and present to corporate upper and executive management.

6.     Adaptability

o   Ability to react and be successful in an ever changing landscape.

o   Ability to deal with ambiguity.

7.     Continuous Learning

o  Learns from assigned tasks and through mistakes made, keeping a positive attitude throughout.


1.      Bachelors degree in Information Technology strongly preferred.

2.      8-10 years IT experience including 4 - 6 years showing success as a technical lead in a Big Data or Data Warehousing Environment.

3.      Significant depth of expertise and track record of accomplishments in multiple IT technology areas.

4.      Experience utilizing the following:  Azure (Data Factory, Data Lake, Machine Learning, SQL Warehouse, Data Bricks, Power BI), SAP (SAP Business Warehouse, Business Objects (WEBI, Data Services, Excel Analysis)

5.      Experience in Logical, Conceptual and Physical modeling and solution architecture for Business Analytics Environments

6.      Preferred: Experience in Devops/Data Ops, Monitoring of Cloud Environments and developing alerts using solutions such as Azure Logic Apps

7.      Preferred: Experience with event driven data environments using Streaming Data from websites, sensors etc as well as architecting real time analytics and data pipelines

8.      Preferred: Experience implementing and managing master data solutions and data governance

9.      The ability to read, write, and speak Mandarin or French is a strong plus.

We will consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this opportunity.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates' development to make that happen.  So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual's personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.  

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities.  We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at

It is Kohler's policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or veteran status.  If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact  Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the Federal EEO is the Law and the EEO is the Law Supplement .

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