Lead Data Engineering & Architect, Atlanta, Georgia

Agency GroupM
Created 10/08/2021
Reference oPBLgfwb_0
Category Analytics
Job type Full-time
Country United States
State Georgia
City Atlanta

Position at Acceleration


Acceleration is WPP's specialist practice for Google Marketing & Cloud Platforms. We are a curious team of highly skilled data and technology practitioners, inspired by experimentation and new ideas. This is the lifeblood of the future-forward solutions we deliver, that empower our clients to compete every day, in a dynamic environment. And it is the reason we have become trusted advisors to CEOs, strategic partners to CMOs, and operational partners to CIOs, around the globe.

We help clients leverage the power of Google's Marketing and Cloud platforms to transform their marketing organizations and accelerate growth. With access to expert consultancy services and a deep bench of specialized skills, we deliver what marketers need to compete effectively, increase efficiency, and drive growth. We are well known for our open, transparent, and honest relationships with clients. We identify opportunities for innovation while remaining firmly grounded in business reality. We demystify complex tasks and impart knowledge without hype or pretense, and we shape marketing ecosystems to drive growth through the intelligent application of data and technology. Most importantly, we speak in specifics and get the job done.

Our contribution is measured by our clients' success. We understand that speed to value is critical. This is why we release value at every step of the process. Every day we build our skills and hone our craft to get our clients the results they deserve.

We are Acceleration: We turn bold ambition into business reality.


Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer - North America, the Data Engineer/Architect Lead plays a critical role in scoping and delivering cloud consulting engagements with our clients. You will work collaboratively with our experienced Google Cloud and Google Marketing Platform experts to deliver sustainable solutions for our customers. From time to time, you will engage with our partners to unlock cloud delivery opportunities by showcasing our expertise.

The Data Engineer/Architect Lead will be responsible for building scalable and reliable ETL systems to pull large and complex data together from different systems efficiently within the GCP environment. They will collaborate with other data engineers and architects to build the most optimal and efficient ETL and database code as well as align with GCP best practices. This role will be able to explain the design and resolve technical or design conflicts that may arise.


Acceleration is part of WPP, the world's largest advertising and marketing services group. Clients come to us to solve today's biggest challenges, surrounding the use of data and technology, to support the delivery of improved digital marketing experiences for their customers, across paid, owned, and earned environments. Typically, their biggest area of investment in media, and using data and technology, to un-lock value in this area is critical. You will display a distinctive level of subject matter expertise on how to architect and deliver advertising/marketing technology and data strategies that accelerate client value, by increasing customer engagement and personalization in this area. Google is a key partner of ours, and a primary route to market - knowledge of the Google Marketing Platform as well as how Google Cloud can improve marketing efforts is a strong bonus.


This is an excellent opportunity for a Data Engineer/Architect Lead to join the Data, Insight and Analytics team. You will work with customers to unlock the value of Google's Cloud Platform to create powerful systems able to accomplish vast business use cases, to be innovative on behalf of clients, and to enhance the measurement and activation of media. You will work closely with Data Analysts, Google Cloud, and Google Media experts to deliver ambitious projects for our customers. As part of the role, you will lead the Cloud Engineers and be the core escalation point on projects. You will also have a key role in developing deep relationships with our core partners and showcase our technical capabilities.

  • Liaise with customers to propose modern production solutions from customer requirements
  • Liaise with partners to demonstrate Cloud technical capabilities
  • Contribute to advanced systems planning, scheduling, and implementation
  • Architect scalable data pipelines across cloud data repositories
  • Execute on proof of concepts with new technologies as they roll out from Google
  • Understand and be able to connect GCP to other third party data systems and sources
  • Core escalation point for Cloud Engineers
  • Review and oversee platform enhancements
  • Execute implementations to tight deadlines, working well both independently and as part of a team
  • Communicate technical concepts to non-technical staff and the business
  • Govern our technologies to ensure security standards are met
  • Managing large Cloud projects for our clients across multiple regions globally
  • Work closely with the in-house developers to help share knowledge and improve the quality of practices
  • Taking ownership of projects, gaining personal satisfaction in achieving high performing environments
  • Working in a DevOps capacity with a desire to automate everything
  • Design and build data pipelines using a Cloud platform
  • Manage and provision the cloud solution infrastructure
  • Design for data security and compliance
  • Manage and automate ETL and cloud deployment implementations
  • Ensure solution and operations reliability
  • Design and implement Big Data and Data Warehousing solutions with their corresponding Data Governance processes
  • Able to manage Cloud databases
  • Present core architectural concepts to team and client technical teams
  • Produce presentations to clearly articulate the proposed solution and how they will work together
  • Work with broader consulting teams to produce content on how Cloud solutions can deliver on customer objectives
  • Provide domain expertise around public Cloud and Enterprise technology.
  • Educate internal teams on existing/new features and capabilities on Google Cloud Platform to support fulfillment; train employees and offer platform expertise; define a roadmap for long-term Customer Google Cloud Platform needs

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with Google Cloud Platform or other cloud-based environments (Azure, AWS, etc.)
  • 4-year college degree in a quantitative or related field or relevant work experience
  • Master's in a quantitative field a plus
  • Demonstrable deep knowledge and experience in Cloud migration, Cloud strategy, and transformation, Cloud architecture, and engineering.
  • Broad knowledge of the major Cloud vendors, with deep knowledge in GCP
  • Team lead, management experience
  • A set of certifications in (GCP): Cloud Architect, Data Engineer, or Cloud Engineer
  • Cost-effective Cloud delivery
  • Deep hands-on experience, building, scalable ETL pipelines (Apache Beam, Airflow)
  • Hands-on programming experience in Python and JavaScript
  • Technical depth and experience with SQL
  • Strong problem solving or analytics experience
  • Experience in leveraging Google Analytics data within GCP
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Passionate about working in an extremely fast-paced, demanding, and fluid start-up environment as well as having a desire to build a company up from an early stage


GroupM is the world's leading media investment company responsible for more than $63B in annual media investment through agencies Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, Essence and m/SIX, as well as the outcomes-driven programmatic audience company, Xaxis. GroupM's portfolio includes Data & Technology, Investment, and Services, all united in vision to shape the next era of media where advertising works better for people. By leveraging all the benefits of scale, the company innovates, differentiates and generates sustained value for our clients wherever they do business.

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