Principal Data Architect – Information Technology

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There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path towards becoming the best airline in the history of aviation. Our shared purpose – Connecting People, Uniting the World – is about more than getting people from one place to another. It also means that as a global company that operates in hundreds of locations around the world with millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees, we have a unique responsibility to uplift and provide opportunities in the places where we work, live and fly, and we can only do that with a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. And we’re growing – in the years ahead, we’ll hire tens of thousands of people across every area of the airline. Our careers include a competitive benefits package aimed at keeping you happy, healthy and well-traveled. From employee-run “Business Resource Group” communities to world-class benefits like parental leave, 401k and privileges like space available travel, United is truly a one-of-a-kind place to work. Are you ready to travel the world?

We believe that inclusion propels innovation and is the foundation of all that we do. United’s Digital Technology team spans the globe and is made up of diverse individuals all working together with cutting-edge technology to build the best airline in the history of aviation. Our team designs, develops and maintains massively scaling technology solutions brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics, and digital solutions.

Key Responsibilities:

United’s Digital Technology team designs, develops, and maintains massively scaling technology solutions brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics, and digital solutions.

We’re seeking a top-tier Principal Data Architect to be a key leader in shaping our organization’s data strategy and infrastructure. You will be responsible for the overall vision, design, and implementation of our data architecture, ensuring it aligns with our business goals and drives maximum value.

  • Design and implement secure, scalable, and cost-effective cloud data architectures on platforms like AWS
  • Develop data pipelines for data ingestion, transformation, and loading into cloud data warehouses and data lakes
  • Collaborate with data engineers, data scientists, and business stakeholders to understand data requirements and translate them into technical solutions
  • Select and implement appropriate data governance and security practices to ensure data privacy and compliance
  • Monitor and optimize the performance of the cloud data infrastructure
  • Innovate with latest cloud data technologies and trends
  • Document and communicate complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Build analytical data models and products that makes analytics consumption easier and faster

United values diverse experiences, perspectives, and we encourage everyone who meets the minimum qualifications to apply. While having the “desired” qualifications make for a stronger candidate, we encourage applicants who may not feel they check ALL of those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table!


What’s needed to succeed (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field
  • 7+ years of experience in designing and implementing data architectures
  • 7+ years of experience in data warehousing, data lakes, and data governance concepts
  • 5+ years of experience working with cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, or GCP)
  • 5+ years of experience with data pipeline tools and technologies (e.g., Apache Spark, Kafka)
  • Superb communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

What will help you propel from the pack (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Master’s degree
  • Airline Experience
  • Experience with data modeling techniques.
  • Experience with big data technologies like Databricks
  • Experience with BI, AI and GenAI tools and technologies
  • Experience with cloud security best practices.
  • Certifications in cloud platforms (e.g., AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Azure Data Solutions Architect).

United Airlines is an equal opportunity employer. United Airlines recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

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Chicago, IL Location
Full Time Job Type

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