About us

The Oakland Group is a fast growing, modern consulting company who operate at the intersection of people, process and technology. As data specialists, we work across the full data ecosystem including: Strategy & Governance, Architecture, Engineering and Advanced Analytics.

We’re on a mission to create the best data consultancy in the UK, where our brilliant people can create the ingenious solutions that are powering our growth.  

Founded in 1986 out of our Leeds HQ, we work with a wonderful range of clients ranging from FTSE 100 Telcos to Series-A funded start-ups, regularly punching above our weight due to our obsession with quality and client satisfaction.

Oakland has been named one of the Top Small Businesses and Top Consultancies to work for in the UK. We’re committed to ensuring our employees are given opportunities to grow both personally and professionally and are rewarded for their incredible work.

Our obsession with quality and client satisfaction had led to rapid growth in the last year and we work with some of the UK’s biggest and best-known brands along with a number of newer tech disruptors. 

Due to exponential growth over the past 18 months, we have a number of opportunities across each of our talented and passionate teams. We’re still small enough for everyone’s voice to be heard whilst working with some of the worlds most recognised companies.

What does it mean to be an Data Solution Architect at Oakland?

We’re problem solvers. At Oakland, our Architects work with a range of clients, to help them solve complex operational problems with innovative data solutions.

We’re proudly tech agnostic. Our clients come to us with a range of challenges, non-two of which are the same. This means as an Oakland Architect you’ll need to be adaptable, and in return you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of tech stacks across Azure, AWS and GCP.

We’re collaborative. Our teams are made up of T-shaped individuals who are either fantastic generalists or specialists in one or more area across the full engineering stack: Databases & Storage, DevOps & Cloud, Analytics & Data Science, Data Acquisition & Processing (ETL/Pipelines), Data Architecture, Solution Architecture. No one knows everything so we challenge our teams to share knowledge and ideas.

We’re always learning. As consultants, our clients look to us as experts, so we push our teams to be the best they can be through annual time allocated L&D plans, funded by Oakland throughout your career.

The role

As a Data Solutions Architect at Oakland, you’ll work closely with Oakland customers to create innovative Data-centric solutions to unpick their most difficult operational problems.

In this role you will work with some of the most exciting brands in the UK to help them drive insights and harness the value of data.  You’ll work as the initial technical engagement lead on new projects, using your expert knowledge to define, architect and manage the build of working solutions in line with the client requirement. You’ll gain an understanding of clients business problems and help articulate how they can get the most value from their data.

In this role you’ll focus on the design and delivery of innovative data solutions across a wide variety of clients, each with a unique challenge. As an Oakland Data Solutions Architect, you will understand the end-to-end data lifecycle and commonly used technologies across the major cloud stacks (e.g. Azure, AWS, GCP) and be able to create technically excellent solutions which are easily adopted by clients into current working practices.  You will need to be equally confident working at a 10,000 foot view, informing data strategy and roadmaps as well as working down in the detail, designing and assuring the architecture for specific projects.

In order to be successful, you’ll quickly understand client requirements and make recommendations based on own expertise, both around technology choices (best tool for the job) and architectural principles and articulate the benefits to both technical and non-technical audiences.  You will have an appreciation and passion for the inherent business value of data and a desire to ensure this is not degraded by the technology chosen, or its implementation.

The primary focus in this role will be the design and delivery of Technical Solutions for our clients, however there are also opportunities to work across the Oakland value proposition including aspects of Technical pre-sales and internal strategic input to our Oakland offering.

The person

As we specialise in data and analytics, we are looking for data experts who are excited by the ability to work across different problems, projects, and clients and who genuinely cares about the end-to-end data space (including data acquisition, standardisation, consolidation, conformity, and presentation).

You’ll be (or have been) a technologist at heart with a passion for moving and structuring data as well as an understanding of architectures that promote reporting and analytics solutions.

You will also have proven experience in communicating technical solutions to non-technical audience and bring ideas and concepts to life through storytelling.  Often part of the role will be convincing senior stakeholders on the approach to take and assuring them that our plan will be successful. Experience of conducting this with senior management / CxO level is highly desirable.

The technology we use varies between clients so although we value specialists, we encourage our team to become technology polyglots and provide training and mentoring to support with this. This means an appetite to learn is a must!

You will have hands on delivery experience across multiple sectors and wider understanding of underpinning business processes. Our teams work closely with Oakland clients so experience working with business stakeholders is hugely advantageous.

The skills

We always pick the right tool for the job, so you will have experience with some, but not all of the below skills:

  • Expertise in the full lifecycle of data-centric solutions in a cloud environment
  • Expertise in the cloud landscape, including data warehouse, data lake, data lakehouse, acquisition pipelines, tenant & subscription admin, security and networking
  • Experience in the development of data models (both enterprise and domain) at a conceptual, logical, and physical level with expertise in Kimball, Inmon, and/or non-dimensional modelling
  • Experience architecting data-centric solutions at a conceptual, logical and physical level
  • Familiarity with architecture frameworks e.g., TOGAF, Zachmann, PEAF, PCF, etc
  • Familiarity with relational database systems e.g., SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, etc
  • Familiarity with big data technologies e.g., Kafka, Spark, Synapse, DataBricks, etc
  • Familiarity with analytics & visualisation technologies e.g., PowerBI, Qlik, R, Python, etc
  • An general understanding and appreciation of data governance and data quality as well as good operational processes and practices for data and analytics organisations

Oakland is an equal opportunities employer, committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a diverse workforce. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they fit the essential requirements of the job advertised.

Oakland is an equal opportunities employer, committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a diverse workforce. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they fit the essential requirements of the job advertised.

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