Architect & Design Manager

Job description

JOB TITLE: Architect & Design Manager, D&A

LOCATION: UniOps, Bangalore

About Unilever

Be part of the world’s most successful, purpose-led business. Work with brands that are well-loved around the world, that improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. We promote innovation, big and small, to make our business win and grow; and we believe in business as a force for good. Unleash your curiosity, challenge ideas and disrupt processes; use your energy to make this happen. Our brilliant business leaders and colleagues provide mentorship and inspiration, so you can be at your best. Every day, nine out of ten Indian households use our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life – giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.

Every individual here can bring their purpose to life through their work. Join us and you’ll be surrounded by inspiring leaders and supportive peers. Among them, you’ll channel your purpose, bring fresh ideas to the table, and simply be you. As you work to make a real impact on the business and the world, we’ll work to help you become a better you.

About Uniops

Unilever Operations (UniOps) is the global technology and operations engine of Unilever offering business services, technology, and enterprise solutions. UniOps serves over 190 locations and through a network of specialized service lines and partners delivers insights and innovations, user experiences and end-to-end seamless delivery making Unilever Purpose Led and Future Fit.

UniOps’ purpose unleashes the power of people, experiences, technology, data, and performance to deliver experiences that grow, fuel, and protect Unilever and our stakeholders.

The Data and Analytics (D&A) team plays a critical role in driving Unilever’s Growth and Fuel for Growth, empowering our people to make smarter and faster decisions to unlock value. Our vision is to transform Unilever to become truly Data Intelligent, delivering superior performance through data-driven decisions.

About D&A – Context And Vision

Digital technology is transforming business, creating huge amounts of data. Our belief is that those companies that can truly harness data and deploy analytics at scale, will be those that succeed in the future.

Our vision is to elevate data and data use across Unilever, to transform Unilever into a Data-Intelligent enterprise, where every decision and action is powered by the best data and advanced analytics (AI) to deliver on our business goals. It’s about empowering our employees, helping them to make smarter and faster decisions and freeing up their capacity to focus on growth and the decisions that matter. Decisions about our categories, brands, channels, key markets, and our people.

We are helping to lead Unilever into the Future of Work, combining the best of human intelligence and machine through data-intelligent decision-making.

Who We Are And What We Do

We are a passionate team of over 350 data experts, data scientists, information experts, technical specialists, and business analysts. We operate as ‘One D&A’, made up of Global engagement and expertise teams, based in our key hubs including India, the UK, and US, and local UniOps in Market D&A teams, based in our key markets. Together, we combine the best of global for scale and efficiency, and local for intimacy and impact.

‘We are in the midst of a paradigm shift where the intelligence of machines will complement human ingenuity to do good, do better and smarter” – Sanjiv Mehta, Unilever President, South Asia

Our Key Objectives As D&A Are To

Set the Unilever data strategy and lay the foundations to maximise the value of our data . Deliver the connected Data Platform to accelerate access to integrated and trusted data at scale across the company for analytics and decisions . Embed core data and analytics capabilities, leading to automation, AI, and Big Data to boost Unilever’s decision intelligence. Lead the Data and Analytics Culture to build a future-fit workforce that values and adopts data-intelligent decision-making across all levels.

We are also passionate about powering our growth with purpose, building a diverse and inclusive team and culture, for example through our #WomenInData program, and continuing to innovate in the use of data and AI to meet our sustainability goals.

Role Profile

As part of D&A Technical Design and Advisory, senior solution architect will be responsible for evaluation, design, and deployment of next gen solutions to enhance existing data lake house, and AI capabilities. You will also be responsible for maintaining azure solution architecture guidelines for use by data & analytics community. You will be working on technologies such as Azure OpenAI, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Cloud, Azure Modern data platform, Azure Databricks, Azure Purview, and Python.

This role will focus on designing, building, and implementing a strong solution architecture capability in a consistent way. You will be responsible for ensuring technical standards established as part of D&A solution architecture guidelines are implemented and adhered to during design and implementation across all Unilever D&A capabilities. You will work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to deliver innovative solutions that drive business success.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to understand and gather data requirements.
  • Analyse requirements and translate them into technical architecture.
  • Designing and implementing data solutions to meet business requirements.
  • Design and implement state-of-the-art AI and ML solutions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define AI project requirements and objectives, ensuring alignment with overall business goals and providing standard building block architecture
  • Research the latest advancements in data & analytics, AI, and machine learning technologies and identify opportunities to integrate them into our products and services.

Key Accountabilities

Data and AI Architecture

  • Collaborate with business and other IT teams to understand requirements and convert those to technical solution design.
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance in area of data, AI/ML technologies.
  • Stay up to date with the emerging technology trends in the field of AI, ML, and Data Science
  • Drive research, evaluation and documentation of new data, AI/ML technologies, techniques and processes.
  • Evaluate and implement latest data governance tooling/feature using Microsoft purview.
  • Evaluate and document technical best practices documentation for data solutions.
  • Develop reusable code blocks for commonly used AI patterns. E.g.: Azure OpenAI on Azure SQL or Azure OpenAI on unstructured data in azure storage
  • Provide training to other team members and stakeholders on architecture principles and best practices.
  • Setting up and managing the governance mechanisms for vendor delivery including periodic reviews as per the defined governance mechanism.

All About You

Essential Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or Master of computer applications.
  • 10+ years of experience in design and delivery of data and AI/ML solution
  • Self-starter with strong analytical skills who can independently work with business teams to understand requirement and provide solution guidance.
  • Exhibit a high level of expertise in the field of solution architecture.
  • Hands-on experience developing solution using Azure Cloud, Azure OpenAI, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Databricks, Azure Purview, python.
  • Expertise in architecting and developing scalable data warehouse & AI solutions.
  • Experience in working with geographically diverse team.
  • Exposure to Retail and CPG industry is a plus.

Desirable Experience

  • Experience in developing AI solutions using Azure OpenAI
  • Developing with Python web framework
  • Robust mastery of Azure DevOps and CI/CD

Key Skills Required

Professional Skills

  • Architecture design – Practitioner
  • Analytics Solution Design - Practitioner
  • Data Warehousing - mentor
  • Gen AI - Practitioner
  • Coding - Practitioner

Leadership Skills

  • Demonstrates strong Inner game:
    • Strong Design Thinking/Agility and innovation mindset – intellectually curious, constantly looking to develop, embraces change with sense of urgency and enjoys positively challenging status quo
    • Personal drive and ability to inspire and engage others towards action
    • Personal mastery –emotionally resilient; always bringing the best of themselves
  • Demonstrates great Outer game:
    • Credible business acumen – shows understanding of business, commercials and performance metrics. Has gravitas to effectively influence senior stakeholder within a functional and business context
    • Encourages experimentation, bringing the outside in, and intelligent risk taking
    • Brings the voice of the consumer and internal customer into everything they do
    • Passion for high performance – creating motivation and focus to drive execution at speed
    • A talent catalyst – encouraging collaboration and inclusivity, empowering teams to be their best
What Do We Offer

From our foundation, Unilever has been a purpose-driven company. Today, our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace. We are working to create a brighter future every day with brands and services that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. That includes us – the people who work for Unilever, as well as the world around us. Unilever’s flexible rewards and benefits are designed to help us all have sustainable households, for whatever life stage you are at now and in the future.

These Include

  • Great work environment
  • Flexible work environment built on trust and autonomy
  • Pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Program for you and your family
  • Well-being hub with access to benefits such as Healthcare, eye tests, health checks, occupational physio

We are a key advocate of well-being and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes, and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

And last but certainly not least - the chance to be a part of a dynamic team with the backing of the globally renowned Unilever brand.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

At HUL, we believe that every individual irrespective of their race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, nationality, caste, disability or marital status can bring their purpose to life. So apply to us, to unleash your curiosity, challenge ideas and disrupt processes; use your energy to make the world a better place. As you work to make a real impact on the business and the world, we’ll work to help you become a better you!

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