Data Architect

Financial Engines’ mission is to bring financial wellness and financial help to every American. With nearly 10 Million customers, Financial Engines is the leading provider for retirement advice, building personalized financial plans powered by our software. Financial Engines made an acquisition earlier this year, and we are entering a high growth trajectory on our product offerings and are growing our engineering team.

If you are looking for an exciting, high energy, challenging opportunity in designing our data strategy and move to cloud native technologies, we have an opening for you. We are seeking a talented hands-on Data Architect to set the vision, direction and development of our Data Platform for the next period of hyper growth. You will be adept in leveraging the capabilities of AWS to structure, scale, and service business-critical data needs. The ideal candidate will bring in proven experience in defining the data roadmap, including data modeling, implementation and data management. The Data Architect will chart a path towards future cloud based and data driven Machine Learning based solutions. This full-time position is based in our Sunnyvale office.


  • Lead the design and development of relational (such as MS SQL Server), non-relational (cloud native NoSQL) databases, leveraging and enhancing our data models.
  • Apply knowledge and experience with AWS technologies (or equivalent) to develop batch and realtime ETL solutions realized through microservices architecture and use cases.
  • Define, influence, develop and deploy data management architecture and solutions covering data lifecycle management, data quality, metadata capture, and implement data governance strategy to manage and track data changes.
  • Collaborate with Platform Architect, Product Managers and Software Engineers to develop data architecture for our mission critical product offering.


  • 7+ years of industry experience working in the data architecture, data modelling, data analysis, and data lifecycle management
  • Expert level understanding of MS SQL Server, Apache Spark, and AWS technologies such as EMR, Kinesis Firehose, Redshift, Athena + S3, Lambda, DynamoDB, SQS
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to influence highly technical stakeholders with architectural proposals.
  • Excellent debugging and problem solving skills, including ability to diagnose and fix performance and scalability issues.
  • Working experience in SCRUM Agile development process
  • Self-motivated, passionate, innovative and driven to succeed.
  • BS in Computer Science or a related field


  • FinTech domain knowledge
  • AWS Solutions Architect

About Financial Engines
Financial Engines is America’s largest independent investment advisor1. We help people achieve greater financial clarity by providing comprehensive financial planning and professional investment management and advice. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Financial Engines was co-founded in 1996 by Nobel Prize-winning economist William F. Sharpe. We currently offer financial help to more than 9.5 million people across over 700 companies (including 146 of the Fortune 500). Our unique approach, combined with powerful online services, dedicated advisors and personal attention, promotes greater financial wellness and helps more Americans to meet their financial goals.

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1 For independence methodology and ranking, see InvestmentNews Center (

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