Data Analytics Platform Architect (80-100%)

  • Swiss Re
  • Zürich, ZH, Switzerland
  • 24/08/2023
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Data Management Biostatistics DevOps

Job Description

About the role

Are you an energetic customer-obsessed professional? Passionate about big data and machine learning who loves working with teams to design and deliver exceptional products? In this role you will focus on architecting Swiss Re's Stargate platform, the largest implementation of Palantir Foundry in the insurance industry. You will empower delivery of complex data assets and applications driving key business processes across the entire company.

Your main responsibilities:

  • Make architecture decisions encompassing integration of Stargate platform within Swiss Re's IT landscape and implementation of individual applications on the platform.
  • Analyze architecture of existing solutions developed on or integrated with Stargate.
  • Ensure compliance of Stargate's architecture with agreed guidelines, standards, Swiss Re architectural principles, security, and governance requirements
  • Conceive of, update and otherwise lead creation of new standards and guidelines applicable to the usage and implementation of Stargate.
  • Stay up to date with the latest trends in distributed computing, machine learning and Palantir Foundry product to ensure that Stargate's architecture evolves with them.
  • Coordinate technical implementation of individual solutions, occasionally perform code reviews of existing applications and lead end-to-end development.
  • Co-design/architect interoperability between our core platforms and third-party providers by consistently applying internal standards or formulating their externally facing equivalent.
  • Guide junior members of the team through a process of formulating and proposing of solution architectures.

We expect a good solid understanding of cloud data platforms engineering, as well as some full-stack development experience, allowing to assess interoperability and integration scenarios. Additionally, candidate should have strong leadership skills to lead activities, projects and changes across multiple user groups and stakeholders. We expect a client-oriented and service-driven attitude. To round it up, very strong communication skills in English and at multiple levels of the organization are required.

About the team

You will join the Stargate Center of Expertise (CoE) which is a part of Group Data Services (GDS) organization. The Stargate CoE consists of a team of enthusiastic data strategists, data engineers, architects and platform specialists dedicated to realizing the full potential of Swiss Re's data. We engage with all parts of the company, enabling them to formulate and implement data ambitions, to develop group-wide data assets and to provide data-driven products and services to our clients. Stargate is a fully democratized platform that enables the Swiss Re group to perform data driven analysis and create data driven solutions across all spectrums of complexity and required technical expertise, based on Palantir Foundry.

About you


  • Minimum 5+ years of working experience
  • Proven track record in engineering leadership, either as a technical lead or a line manager of engineering teams
  • Expert knowledge of data engineering concepts
  • Experience with Spark and Python
  • Experience with cloud-based services from major cloud providers including, but not limited to, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services
  • Experience in developing interoperability concepts between platforms and components to achieve a cohesive and consistent set of analytics capabilities
  • Experience working with and understanding the needs of customers or clients (internal or external)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in English

Nice to have:

  • Experience in insurance/reinsurance or financial industry is a strong advantage
  • Experience with Palantir Foundry
  • Bachelor or MSc degree in Computer Science, Information Systems (or similar)

If you are up to the challenge, we are looking forward to your application!

About Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime. Combining experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise, we create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 14,000 employees across the world.
Our success depends on our ability to build an inclusive culture encouraging fresh perspectives and innovative thinking. We embrace a workplace where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and develop professionally regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, skillset, thought or other characteristics. In our inclusive and flexible environment everyone can bring their authentic selves to work and their passion for sustainability.

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