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Managing Director, Head of Data Strategy and Architecture

Company: A.M. Best
Location: Oldwick
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


  • The Managing Director, Head of Data Strategy and Architecture will be responsible for building out a new centralized data architecture that stores all company data, ingests data from all the incoming data sources and becomes the golden source of data across the organization. The position will play a key role in designing and shaping the company's overarching data strategy globally.


Data Architecture:

Develop a comprehensive data strategy that evidences a thorough understanding of the insurance industry and rating agency concerns and provides an enterprise-wide data governance and control framework.

  • Provide Architectural leadership and vision for AM Best Data Platform by developing a solid understanding across the business and design an enterprise-wide data model.
  • Define data architecture standards and structures
  • Collaborate with our Consultants as part of the evolution in a global effort to improve existing fragmented and legacy database. Assess, advise and improve our technology and data capabilities, helping to identify solutions to issues as appropriate.
  • Work with internal stakeholders, including our quantitative analysis team, and consultants to identify technology and/or data strategy goals and objectives, including technology recommendations, roadmaps associated with technology and data architecture designs
  • Develop, present and explain the value and vision of proposed architectures and solutions to a wide range of audience.
  • Build processes and tools to maintain high data availability, quality and maintainability.
  • Oversee and sign off key architecture artifacts in the group.
  • Play an active role in leading the discussion and planning for future innovation and technology solutions.
  • Articulate technology solutions as well as explain the competitive advantages of various technology alternatives.

Data Management:

Oversee the collection, storage, management, quality and protection of data on an ongoing daily basis.

  • Increase data transparency and accessibility to users, facilitate self-service data access.
  • Lead, motivate and manage the global data management team, ensuring the team has the requisite skills requirements and that emerging skills needs are appropriately identified and addressed.
  • Lead and facilitate initiatives to improve the way AM Best maximizes opportunities provided by data, such as effective data management and movement, data warehousing and reporting.

Data Governance:

Develop and implement an enterprise-wide data governance and control framework based on business objectives and values.

  • Design and implement data governance organizational capabilities (steering committee, data councils, etc.), identifying roles (e.g. data owners, stewards, etc.) and defining responsibilities
  • Establish data governance policies and procedures, and ensure adherence to those policies throughout the Data Lifecycle including aspects of: creation, capture, storage, movement, maintenance, usage, archive and destruction.
  • Define indicators of performance and quality metrics and ensure compliance with data related policies, standards, roles and responsibilities, and adoption requirements.
  • Work closely with senior management on data concerns and effectively communicate the status, value and importance of data controls and processes at AM Best to internal and external parties.
  • Ensure data governance and compliance within projects, managing effective transition from project to the business as usual operation.
  • Have an awareness of the various data protection legislation across the geographies that AM Best operate in.


  • Held a Director/Head of role within Data Architecture, Strategy or Governance in an enterprise level business
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field, Master's Degree preferred
  • 10 plus years' experience in information technology designing, implementing and/or supporting analytic platforms, data warehouse, data hub and/or Business Intelligence
  • TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) certified
  • Strong leadership experience managing large teams ideally across multiple geographies
  • Experience working with insurance industry financial data and a fundamental understanding of insurance industry business models and strategic / operational concerns
  • Experience in designing or delivering large-scale data migrations to the cloud from legacy technology
  • Experience designing complex data architectures across multiple geographies with regulated data
  • Solid experience across all areas of data governance


  • Solid experience working with cloud technologies (AWS/Azure/GCP) Excellent understanding of available data warehouse and database technology to be able to select the best fit tools and technology for AM Best Vendor selection experience Experience in delivering solutions working with Consultants Hands on data architecture design experience Experience in logical, physical and conceptual data modeling Enterprise level data architecture experience Ability to operate at the most senior level of the organization while still being able to interact with key technology staff Strong leadership skills and ability to develop more junior staff Experience in taking solutions to board level and being able to explain costs/benefits to non-technical stakeholders Ability to influence at all levels Strong matrix management experience Experience in working with international stakeholders

Keywords: A.M. Best, Newark , Managing Director, Head of Data Strategy and Architecture, Other , Oldwick, New Jersey

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