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Principal Data Engineer- Risk and Finance

Data Analytics

Phoenix, Arizona; Johnston, Rhode Island


As the Principal Data Engineer for the Risk and Finance Technology team, you will be responsible for defining and leading the strategic direction for transforming Citizens’ Finance, Risk and Compliance Technology platforms. You will be working with our business partners, analysts and engineers to execute against the strategy. You will also represent the technology strategy and influence across the Enterprise Core Line of Businesses in investing on innovative products and solutions. In addition, you will:

  • Create the architecture and drive design, build and implementation of data solutions that power Risk and Finance
  • Identify pain points in the current ecosystem and build the target state technology footprint for both operational and data platforms
  • Influence the data management framework and ecosystem of the Big Data Platform; ensure departmental data needs are met and are consistent with the organizations architectural integrated design.
  • Actively participate in/Lead design sessions and, where applicable, apply industry best practices
  • Collaborate with technical colleagues, such as Architecture & Engineering colleagues and software engineers, to determine and translate user requirements into actionable data delivery
  • Produce data patterns, solution design documents and create Architecture as Code in alignment with business objectives
  • Contribute to support and enable automated data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence projects
  • Practice “Architecture as Code” and be hands-on, build working prototypes to demonstrate value and seek buy-in

Qualifications - External

  • 10+ years of working experience in data engineering / data transformation / big data and solution architecture / other related
  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, statistics, or related disciplines; Masters’ degree(s) preferred
  • Strong understanding of risk and finance principles and business functions
  • Experience handling big data, designing integrated data solutions using public cloud, AWS preferred
  • Strong data domain knowledge and ability to translate business concepts into data solutions
  • Proven track record of leveraging open-source capabilities such as Apache Spark, Apache Kafka or other streaming/messaging platforms
  • Proven track record of connecting operational platforms to data capabilities
  • Experience in building AI/ML solutions for Risk and Finance functions highly preferred


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Equal Employment Opportunity

At Citizens we value diversity, equity and inclusion, and treat everyone with respect and professionalism. Employment decisions are based solely on experience, performance, and ability. Citizens, its parent, subsidiaries, and related companies (Citizens) provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all colleagues and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, citizenship, physical or mental disability, perceived disability or history or record of a disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), genetic information, genetic characteristic, marital or domestic partner status, victim of domestic violence, family status/parenthood, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, pregnancy/childbirth/lactation, colleague’s or a dependent’s reproductive health decision making, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state and/or local laws.

Equal Employment and Opportunity Employer

Citizens is a brand name of Citizens Bank, N.A. and each of its respective affiliates.

Background Check

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the candidate successfully passing a background check, which may include initial credit, motor vehicle record, public record, prior employment verification, and criminal background checks. Results of the background check are individually reviewed based upon legal requirements imposed by our regulators and with consideration of the nature and gravity of the background history and the job offered. Any offer of employment will include further information.


We offer competitive pay, comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement benefits, maternity/paternity leave, flexible work arrangements, education reimbursement, wellness programs and more.

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