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Career area
United States
Work Location(s)
500 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, 601 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
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Posted Date
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
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Ally and Your Career

Ally Financial only succeeds when its people do - and that’s more than some cliché people put on job postings. We live this stuff! We see our people as, well, people - with interests, families, friends, dreams, and causes that are all important to them. Our focus is on the health and safety of our teammates as well as work-life balance and diversity and inclusion. From generous benefits to a variety of employee resource groups, we strive to build paths that encourage employees to stretch themselves professionally. We want to help you grow, develop, and learn new things. You’re constantly evolving, so shouldn’t your opportunities be, too?

The Opportunity

Ally is looking to hire a Senior level Cloud data architect. The Cloud Architect is responsible for architecting developing and maintaining the Enterprise Data Platform including a Serverless Data Lake, Cloud Data Warehouse and core data/application pipelines. You will play a vital role in designing and developing our next generation data platform. If you are a critical thinker with a solid track record of building high performing teams, developing world-class data solutions and solving complex problems, we want you to join our team!

You will serve as the highest-level technical application and/or business architecture expert for software development / infrastructure teams. Acts as SME for project teams in the planning, design, and delivery of technology solutions. In application architecture, designs the inter-system/application structures, advises teams of Ally standard requirements, security standards, methodology and processes. In business architecture: defines cross-business function processes, advises teams of consistent processes and common business functions. Drives short- and long-term architecture strategy for the overall technology project portfolio for key business segments. Participates in proof of concepts to assist in defining technology direction and process improvement to enable business strategy. Communicates and validates program architecture with technical leadership, program management, business line leadership, and executive level stakeholders. 

The Work Itself

  • Develop and drive the short- and long-term architecture strategy and portfolio needs for key business segments.
  • Ensures that all relevant project teams follow a common set of principles and patterns and utilize a standard set of technology frameworks and libraries. Applies architecture best practices that helps increase execution velocity.
  • Provides leadership across the architecture community to ensure solutions are built in alignment with platform principles and standards.
  • Develops architectures that are inherently secure, robust, scalable, modular, API-centric and global.
  • Drives the architecture for key cross team / cross product development projects (via architecture/design documents and developing code key modules).
  • Defines deployment topology by working with peers across the technology organization.
  • Optimizes use of Ally’s Platform and technologies.
  • Consult with Business to understand future requirements and implications for architecture
  • Identify architecture solution alternatives, driving business requirements, and availability of new technologies
  • Identify emerging technologies and tools to support architecture(s) and determine architectural roadmaps
  • Encourage early adoption of tools and architecture across the organization
  • Review solutions and projects to ensure they are consistent with best practices in data and analytics
  • Work with other Data Science and Analytics leads to manage the Data Science and Analytics priorities

The Skills You Bring

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (Computer Science, Business Administration or similar) or equivalent experience.
  • 5 or more years of IT and business/industry work experience in the Financial services industry developing and executing strategic plans and/or project portfolios
  • Ability to guide, mentor, and coach technical teams
  • Expert knowledge of standards in IT architecture and infrastructure
  • Ability to develop enterprise guidelines and standards
  • Ability to lead multiple projects under moving deadlines
  • Works effectively with technical and non-technical staff. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in the Development of Data Strategy and associated policies
  • Experience with Hadoop and NO SQL databases.
  • Proven knowledge of successful design, architecture and development using Hadoop with large data volumes and AWS Cloud technologies.
  • Experience with AWS Serverless technologies including Athena, S3, Kinesis, LAMBDA, and GLUE.
  • Experience with Snowflake, Redshift or other MPP databases
  • Experience with One or more data Integration Technologies (Nifi, Pentaho, Talend, Informatica, etc.
  • Continuous delivery and Dev Ops experience - infrastructure automation, monitoring, logging, auditing and security implementation and practices.
  • Collaborate with Agile teams to recommend the right architectures with high quality and software best practices
  • Develops tools and processes to enable automated deployment and monitoring of cloud infrastructure and applications.
  • Expertise in R, Python and predictive analytics.
  • Integration / Messaging platforms: SNS, SQS, Active MQ, Apache Kafka, Lambda, Kinesis etc.
  • Containers: Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, Ansible, Nexus, Software defined networking.
  • DevOps/DevSecOps: Bitbucket, Jenkins, Gitlab

How We'll Have Your Back

Ally's compensation program offers market-competitive base pay and pay-for-performance incentives (bonuses) based on achieving personal and company goals. But Ally’s total compensation – or total rewards – extends beyond your paycheck and is designed to support and enrich your personal and professional life, including:

  • Time Away: competitive holiday and flexible paid-time-off, including time off for volunteering and voting.
  • Planning for the Future: plan for the near and long term with an industry-leading 401K retirement savings plan with matching and company contributions, student loan and 529 educational assistance programs, tuition reimbursement, and other financial well-being programs.
  • Supporting your Health & Well-being: flexible health and insurance options including dental and vision, pre-tax Health Savings Account with employer contributions and a total well-being program that helps you and your family stay on track physically, socially, emotionally, and financially.
  • Building a Family: adoption, surrogacy, and fertility support as well as parental and caregiver leave, back-up child and adult/elder day care program and childcare discounts.
  • Work-Life Integration: other benefits including LifeMatters® Employee Assistance Program, subsidized and discounted Weight Watchers® program and other employee discount programs.

Who We Are:

Ally Financial is a customer-centric, leading digital financial services company with passionate customer service and innovative financial solutions. We are relentlessly focused on "Doing it Right" and being a trusted financial-services provider to our consumer, commercial, and corporate customers. For more information, visit

Ally is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic disposition or any other reason protected by law.

Where permitted by applicable law, must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered, if not currently employed by Ally.   

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. For accommodation requests, email us at Ally will not discriminate against any qualified individual who is capable of performing the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.  #LI-Hybrid