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Interim Global Finance Database Architect Job in South Africa
Dentons Global , South Africa

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Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Apr 3, 2021
Last Date
Jul 3, 2021

Job Description

Dentons is currently recruiting an Interim Global Finance Database Architect; to support the implementation of a significant global Finance transformation program. This position will be reporting into the Global Cloud Architect. Across the program the Interim Global Finance Database Architect’s will interface with key stakeholders and teams to ensure successful implementation of this program; delivering business benefits identified in the business case, within agreed budget and program implementation timeframes.

The Interim Global Database Finance Architect’s primary responsibility is building Dentons’ global transformation initiatives. Working alongside Business Technology team members (global and regional) and transformation project teams, the Cloud Engineer is accountable for the delivery of cloud based database infrastructure to meet all project requirements.

The Database Architect has experience in working cloud environments within an agile framework. This includes knowledge of Microsoft SQL, Azure SQL, Azure SQL Managed instances, Azure Data Factory, Azure monitor and storage accounts. The architect should also be an expert with supporting Azure Database Warehouses, Data Lakes, and Analysis Services, alongside integration into reporting platforms such as Power BI. Working alongside other team members, the individual will be responsible for helping to ensure global database environments are designed, deployed, and operated according to industry and platform best practices. Working closely with the Interim Global Cloud Architect, and other technology and transformation project team members, the individual will participate in the development of global platforms to meet business requirements. Ensuring that database platforms are resilient, secure, cost effective, and perform well are critical to the success of the architect.

The individual is also responsible for collaborating closely with all Dentons regions with an objective of ensuring the successful technical integration and continued alignment with evolving Firm standards.

The Finance Transformation program is a truly global program designed to transform Dentons' finance function into the business partnering function of the future. It will build the business by offering true business insight, efficient and effective processes while maintaining the necessary compliance and controls.

As a polycentric organization Dentons requires this role to drive the development of globally harmonized technical designs through leading a team of Global Technical roles and working with the regional subject matter experts and regional leadership, and then subsequently to support regional alignment and adoption.

Why Dentons is different

The legal profession is changing rapidly and Dentons is leading the way in advancing change for the benefit of clients. We are driven to challenge the status quo, delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value to our clients in new and innovative ways. With over 17,000 individuals in more than 179 offices the opportunity is huge.

Dentons continues to receive external awards and recognition, including for our continued international expansion over the last 12 months; for ground-breaking innovation through the development of Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Global Referral Network; and for success in advising clients across multiple regions. Dentons is also a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index and a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner.

Against such rapid growth and change, this role offers the successful individual the chance to play a lead role and make their mark in driving the successful implementation of this global program.

Key Deliverables

  • Architecture and design of database platforms to deliver transformation and integration initiatives.
  • Development and ongoing management of database related budgets specific to platforms.
  • Coordination of activities to ensure on time and on budget delivery of database platforms
  • Effective and timely status reports to Business Technology and transformation team leadership.
  • Maintain knowledge of Dentons’ strategic business objectives to help ensure that database designs are aligned with overarching firm objectives.
  • Work alongside transformation project teams, vendors, and Dentons experts to develop and document innovative platform architectures.
  • Challenge the status-quo to help develop innovative approaches to systems delivery. Think out of the box, and challenge others (vendors and team members) to do the same to come up with the best solutions.
  • Develop budgets that align with designs, inclusive of all aspects of the delivery.
  • Ensure designs are highly resilient to ensure the availability of systems and to meet defined business requirements.
  • Ensure designs take advantage of cloud capabilities for auto-scaling and platform automation.

Design, Strategy, and Planning

Key Responsibilities

Build, Test, Deploy

  • Provide hands on leadership during the build, testing, and deployment of solutions.
  • Develop automation templates, scripts, and processes to enable the efficient delivery of database platforms.
  • Manage and coordinate vendors activities to ensure the successful delivery of solutions.
  • Ensure solutions are deployed according to defined architectures, aligned with budgets, and fully tested.

About You

  • Business international level of English both written and oral;
  • Highly collaborative and able to work in a global environment, accommodating the different time zones. Only team players will be considered;
  • Particularly strong written communication skills;
  • Particularly strong organizational skills;
  • Knowledge and experience with Devops/IT/Finance practices;
  • Knowledge with finance systems, including: TRE 3E,
  • Experience of multinational IT and Finance operations;
  • Experience of transformation programs;
  • Significant experience and a proven track record in/as:
    • Ability to clarify complex problems and communicate these issues towards both DevOps and business teams;
    • Strong situational analysis and decision-making abilities with experience in balancing technical trade-offs;
    • Be a team player, able to work effectively at all levels of an organization with the ability to influence others to move toward consensus;
    • Drive out decisions and recommendations;
    • Independent, pro-active way of working.
    • Working experience with implementation life cycles, methodologies, tools and practices.
    • Formal IT qualifications or accreditations (for instance, ITIL, Prince 2, MCSE).
    • A good understanding of standards and frameworks (for instance, ISO 27001, Cyber Essentials).
    • Demonstrable experience of managing effective relationships with third party suppliers.
    • Strong understanding of the cloud with a focus on Microsoft Azure PaaS database technologies, including Azure SQL, SQL Managed Instances, Data Warehouses, Data Lakes, Analysis Services, and Power BI.
    • Significant working experience with traditional Microsoft SQL database technologies in a global environment.
    • Strong understanding and experience of business continuity requirements and implementations.
    • Experience with administration and support of Microsoft Azure IaaS and PaaS, and Office 365 SaaS services.
    • Minimum of 8 years progressive experience with infrastructure across a broad spectrum of technologies.
  • You will possess:

Essential Qualifications / Experience

Applications from current residents in the following countries, will be considered:

South Africa / Toronto, Canada / Warsaw, Poland / London, UK

Disclaimer: Please ensure when applying for this role you are legally eligible to work/live in your location. Visa sponsorship or relocation costs will not be provided.

Diversity amp; Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved.

Equal Opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all.

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