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Aetna Senior Data Architect in Burlington, Massachusetts

Req ID: 55739BR

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Aetna Digital is looking for a Senior Data Architect who will help lead the architecture and design of our health and wellness digital platform. In this role you will interface with engineering teams, product management, and business units to define and deliver robust, scalable and agile architectures in support of the rapidly growing portfolio of digital wellness capabilities. This platform will include massive big data capabilities and analytics, machine learning, and sophisticated decision logic that will power Aetna s next generation digital health and wellness offerings.

This role focuses on the architecture of the big data and machine learning infrastructure and services that will power our next generation health and wellness platform. This includes architecting highly scalable distributed data lakes and data brokerage capabilities that securely and compliantly allow data scientists to generate insights from various types of health-related data; designing data flow and ingestion capabilities that can handle a wide range of needs, from standard ETL of customer health data from internal business systems, to retail and clinical data loads, to high volume IoT data streams produced by health related wearable devices; and defining machine learning workflows, provenance, and predictive model generation, so that ingested data can quickly be translated into health and wellness insights.

This role will require strategic thinking and vision, excellent coalition building skills, solid technical knowledge up and down the stack, outstanding communication skills.

In this role you will:

Lead the architecture for a technical domain or initiative, working with multiple scrum teams, engineering managers and architects to deliver a well-architected, principled technology platform;

Provide deep domain knowledge on the technical domain and a range of technologies within that technical area;

Drive the creation of technical roadmaps and vision for the technology platform, in alignment with product vision, while working with Product Management to ensure that larger-scale feature roadmaps are aligned with the technical vision and roadmap;

Build and nurture an effective architecture community of practice, and drive the definition of design principles and best practices across the technical platform; Mentor and manage technical architects;

Guide and develop communication strategies for persuading executive stakeholders and driving adoption of architectural patterns and technology roadmaps;

Support vendor management activities with key vendors such as cloud providers, and drive early adoption activities and vendor technology roadmap discussions;

Management the relationship between Enterprise Architecture and Aetna Digital for services related to the technical domain;

Facilitate technical training and learning opportunities for architects and engineers within the technical domain

Technologies and Experience

10+ years of recent and related experience working with big data and large scale data installations;

Deep knowledge of frameworks and methodologies for working with large data sets, such as HADOOP, Apache Spark, and NoSQL databases;

Deep knowledge of architectures and technologies for ingestion, transformation, indexing, and tracking large data streams from disparate sources and formats;

Experience delivering data solutions that meet HIPAA or similar compliance requirements, and deep insight into the enterprise security and compliance infrastructure and processes needed to meet those requirements;

Knowledge and experience with data brokering and provenance architectures that unify data access and management across data lakes in different regions and in different types and formats;

Experience with machine learning architectures and technologies, and designing systems that transform machine learning insights into production ready decision capabilities; Vendor assessment and choice; Agile methods and practices, including scaled agile frameworks;

Success persuading and influencing senior stakeholders on vendor choice and technical roadmaps;

A proven track record of driving effective, secure and scalable architectures into production through leadership and collaboration.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience; graduate degree in engineering or business strongly preferred.


Aetna is about more than just doing a job. This is our opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

We care about each other, our customers and our communities. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence.

Together we will empower people to live healthier lives.

Aetna is an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of personal characteristics or status. We take affirmative action to recruit, select and develop women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We are a company built on excellence. We have a culture that values growth, achievement and diversity and a workplace where your voice can be heard.

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Aetna takes our candidates data privacy seriously. At no time will any Aetna recruiter or employee request any financial or personal information (Social Security Number, Credit card information for direct deposit, etc.) from you via e-mail. Any requests for information will be discussed prior and will be conducted through a secure website provided by the recruiter. Should you be asked for such information, please notify us immediately.


Aetna is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veterans status.

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