Data Architect

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Job Title Data Architect
Job Category IT / Technical Support
Job Description Company Overview

As one of the leading interactive entertainment companies, SEGA cultivates creative talent worldwide with offices in America, Japan and our European HQ in London.  Our acclaimed UK based studios include Sports Interactive and The Creative Assembly who are responsible for award-winning titles and iconic franchises such as Football Manager™, Aliens™, and the Total War™ series. Hardlight, the newest UK studio in the SEGA family, are the talented team behind Sonic the Hedgehog™'s latest adventures on mobile platforms Sonic Jump™ and Sonic Dash™.  SEGA's much loved blue hedgehog mascot is a true global brand crossing over from video games into toys, stationary, apparel and much more.

SEGA is growing and has recently completed an acquisition of Canada based Relic Entertainment Studio, famed for high quality strategy games including “Warhammer 40k Dawn of War” and the “Company of Heroes” series. We are determined to set new standards in interactive entertainment and are excited by the opportunity of welcoming such a talented development studio into the SEGA family.

We are a dedicated bunch with drive, passion and creativity, who enjoy being part of a lively, self-motivated, forward thinking company in an exciting and ever-evolving industry and because we work hard we play hard too.

SEGA also likes to look after its staff’s well being too with discounted gym membership, in-house massage therapy, weekly football tournaments and most importantly a leading benefits package and flexible working environment that make SEGA a relaxed and friendly place to work. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Check out to find out why we are a workplace you’ll never want to leave!

Position Overview

We are looking for a talented and very capable Data Architect to work closely with various departments working to architect, build and support various data solutions for SEGA. In conjunction with these requirements, the role will require the candidate to provide team leadership to the in-house data team, mentoring and support to development teams around best practices and database architecture. 

The position will involve using various flavours of databases as well as using cloud based technologies. It is expected that duties will include Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise, MySQL, NoSQL database performance and capacity planning, troubleshoot database issues, maintain database system availability and scalability as well as develop and optimize database design for new applications.Work closely with the development and online content teams to identify on going; Improvements in tools, processes, procedures, installation, configuration and troubleshooting techniques.


  • Lead the in-house Data Team (2 permanent, 1 contract)
  • Create/Support the data architecture to ensure business objectives can be met
  • Plan, design, & architect enterprise databases both on-premise and in Amazon (AWS)
  • Develop and troubleshoot Microsoft SQL Server 2012/ Analysis Services 2012 (Multidimensional and Tabular), MySQL, NoSQL
  • Develop Data Integration solutions to ensure unity and integration of various data sources using Microsoft Integration Services 2012.
  • Analyse and tune databases for optimal efficiency and performance requirements
  • Work alongside the senior technical team to define strategy
  • Work very closely with various teams to ensure database architectures, standards, security are maintained



  • Extensive knowledge in architecting on premise and cloud based data services.
  • Extensive knowledge designing, maintaining, tuning MS SQL Server 2012 & MySQL databases.
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 BI stack including SSIS/SSAS
  • Solid understanding enterprise database architecture / massively scalable design
  • Appreciation of Data Warehousing methods including Kimball Methodology
  • Proven ability to learn and deploy new systems quickly and reliably
  • SQL Server, maintenance and  installation
  • Security understanding in database design, standard practices, OWASP aware  


  • Team Leadership and task delegation
  • Excellent communication skills are essential to work with other teams and the business
  • Desire to use latest, emerging technologies
  • Able to work independently without supervision - ability to prioritise tasks and work pro-actively
  • Good technical documentation skills
  • Able to work in a team environment.
  • Enthusiastic with a willingness to learn quickly, ability to adapt to change quickly and effectively

This job description is an accurate reflection of the duties and responsibilities of the post as at the time of writing but will be changed from time to time as the job is a career development job which will be adjusted according to the progress of the job holder.  It does not form part of the contract of employment.
Salary Competitive plus benefits
Location London, UK & Europe
Job Category IT / Technical Support
Date posted 20/10/2014
Recruiter This job is advertised on behalf of SEGA Europe using their internal reference .
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