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Platform Architect /Technical Architect
Grainger | Mettawa, Illinois
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Job Description

This position is responsible for working across the architecture practice to develop the understanding of the technical capabilities in Grainger's Data & Analytics platform. Identifying gaps in the platform and working with enterprise and solution architects to close the gaps.


  • Ensure that the functional and non-functional capabilities of the platform are understood, through a Technical Reference Model
  • Work with Solution Architects and Senior Engineers to develop Standards that ensures that the set of technical capabilities of the platform are appropriately used
  • Analyze current platform technologies for fit-for-purpose and fit-for-future metrics
  • Perform Gap Analysis of current needs against the current platform and work with Enterprise and Solution architects to close any gaps
  • Perform Impact Analysis to ensure the maximum benefit is realized on the investments in the platform
  • Provide consultation on appropriate use of the platform
  • Identify what data is available across the platform and how data moves in, out and around the platform
  • Identify and explore emerging technology capabilities and requirements
  • Facilitation of Proof of Concepts, working with Senior Engineers (potentially hands-on)


  • BA/BS in Computer Science or similar subject or equivalent preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in related field preferred
  • Experience implementing a variety of data and analytics technologies
    • Data Warehouse (e.g. Teradata, SAP BW)
    • Big Data (e.g. Hadoop)
    • Data Exploration (e.g. Tableau, SAP Business Objects)
    • Master Data Management (e.g. IBM MDM)
  • Demonstrated experience with cloud based data and analytics technologies (e.g. AWS Redshift, Google BigTable, etc.) preferred
  • Understanding current data modelling and architecture techniques (e.g. TOGAF)
  • Proficient interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Demonstrated excellence with written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills


About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger) distributes facilities maintenance products, and provides services and related information used by businesses and institutions primarily in the United States, Canada and Mexico to keep their facilities and equipment running. Grainger is the supplier of facilities maintenance and other related products in North America. Its operations are managed in three segments: Grainger Branch-based, Acklands - Grainger Branch-based (Acklands - Grainger), and Lab Safety Supply, Inc. (Lab Safety). Grainger Branch-based is an aggregation of the Grainger Industrial Supply (Industrial Supply), Grainger, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico), Grainger Caribe Inc. (Puerto Rico), Grainger China LLC (China) and Grainger Panama S.A. (Panama). Acklands - Grainger is the Company's Canadian branch-based distribution business. Lab Safety is a direct marketer of safety and other industrial products. (Source: 10-K)

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