Director, Data Engineering

Staples   •  

Seattle, WA

Industry: Retail & Consumer Goods


11 - 15 years

Posted 25 days ago

Position Summary

This is a leadership role accountable for architecture, engineering, testing and product management for the end to end data pipeline including data products. The primary platform is DWC (Data Warehouse Central) which is the data platform for Staples 2.0 to support reporting and analytics for decisions. He / she will interface with internal stakeholders to understand business priorities and ensure deliverables are aligned to the prioritized roadmap. This individual will also help drive the migration of all data assets to the Azure cloud. He / she will manage a team of passionate data engineers and product managers to support the transformation journey to consolidate into a single data platform (DWC) and sunset several fragment data warehouses and data marts. This is one of top 5 priorities for SDS.


  • This is a critical leadership role to drive engineering for DWC with significant financial savings
  • Establish a single view of customer as the foundation to support several strategic engagements across Staples (Sales, Marketing, Promotions, Integrated Online Experience, Pricing)
  • This role will lead the data transformation for Staples 2.0 including supporting vendor data access and compliance
  • Primary data liaison for stakeholders to drive transformation and to democratize use of data
  • Sunset multiple redundant data warehouses / data marts with significant cost savings (EBITDA) and support new integration (Hi-Touch, Essendent) and SBA modernization
  • Simplify and modernize the architecture and how data is used across Staples to support new campaign management system, experience management system, salesforce and leads management, new pricing engine, new personalization engine
  • Consolidate the fragmented data across the company and provide a simplified access to data for the stakeholders, internal users as well as external vendors
  • Support easier compliance and auditing through a single gateway for data exchange
  • Stay abreast of technology development in retail and other industries
  • This is a very collaborative role that requires interaction with SDS LT and multiple leaders across Staples that includes SLT members
  • Communication within SDS LT is critical due to dependency on various high priority commitment
  • Negotiate with vendors for support and data needs
  • Manage a team of data engineers and product managers
  • Accountable for hiring, training and performance reviews
  • Providing mentoring and career growth opportunities and advise to team
  • Support the transformation from product centric business model to customer first model
  • Establish the core data foundation to enable data driven decisions

QualificationsRequired Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Computer Science, Math, Physics or Statistics
  • At least 10 years experience in software development role
  • SAFe, SW development
  • Software development leader with 10 years experience in delivering mission critical customer solution
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies
  • Management of onshore and offshore resources
  • Distributed architecture experience
  • Experience with building SAAS solutions
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and ability to present complex technical/analytical concepts to executive audience
  • Strong business mindset with customer obsession; ability to collaborate with business partners to identify needs and opportunities for improved data management and delivery
  • Agile SW development, Product Management, SW Engineering, Business Acumen
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership, People Management
  • Excellent planning, prioritization, problem solving skills
  • Experience with data science and visualization tools such as Tableau, Looker, PowerBI