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Lead, BI Platform Architect

Date: Nov 17, 2020

Location: Davidson, NC, US

Company: MSC Industrial Supply

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Requisition ID : 5460 

Employment Type : Full Time         

Job Category : Information Technology                                             

Work Location :  Davidson, NC (CSC) 

State or Province : North Carolina (US-NC)     

Potential Work Location : United States : North Carolina : Davidson 


JOB TITLE: BI Platform Architect Lead

At MSC, we are growing our Analytics team and investing in forward-thinking BI and Data Analytics solutions. As we build out the team, we are looking for a smart and innovative leader who is self-sufficient and thrives in ambiguity, has experience in Analytics, and can drive results across MSC bridging business and technical areas. This is an opportunity to be a part of a special milestone, help us build the future of Analytics at MSC, and ignite a data-driven culture.
The BI Platform Architect will provide platform and application administration, engineering, operational support and problem resolution for enterprise systems covering multiple cloud technologies such as data warehousing, BI analytics, and data science tools. This is an agile environment which requires the role to be flexible, self-driven and remain hyper-focused. Additionally, this role will have direct reports in their squad consisting of on and offshore team members.



  • Provides platform and application administration, engineering, operational support and problem resolution for large systems covering multiple cloud technologies such as data warehousing, BI analytics, and data science tools.
  • Contributes and implements ideas and processes to enhance system and platform stability and reliability through automation. Contribute technical guidance and design to future state architecture and cloud initiatives.
  • Provides technical leadership for the multiple environments including:
  • Reviewing current system's health and recommending and implementing enhancements
  • Conducting regular system tests and ensuring continuous monitoring of all prod and non-pro
  • Developing project timelines for ongoing system upgrades
  • Ensuring all personnel have access to the IT system limited by need and role
  • Automating processes using powershell, batch scripts, or similar.
  • Establishing disaster recovery procedures and conducting breach of security drills
  • Promptly responding to all security incidents and providing thorough post-event analyses
  • Document standards and operating procedures for a large systems and act as a technical resource to IT staff and systems users.
  • Stays current with latest cloud technologies, patterns, and methodologies; share knowledge by clearly articulating results and ideas to key stakeholders. May be required to present ideas to larger audience for review and buy-in.
  • Fosters the MSC Culture in the department and throughout the company to ensure fulfillment of MSC’s vision and unity of purpose.
  • Participation in special projects and performs additional duties as required

JOB TITLE: BI Platform Architect Lead

To perform this job successfully an associate must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, experience level and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Systems Analysis or a related study. Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of seven years of wide-ranging analytics experience, in areas such as SQL based analytics, business intelligence and reporting, (machine learning/ statistical modeling is a plus)
  • Minimum three years of experience as a cloud systems administrator/application administrator required
  • Experienced in cloud technology and cloud capacity management
  • Strong BI/Analytic skills in at least one toolset (e.g. Tableau, MicroStrategy, Looker, SAS, Power BI, etc.)
  • Experience in large volume data warehouse and/or big data
  • Experience with implementing cloud based (multicloud, intercloud) and on-premise business software solutions
  • Working knowledge of Docker and/or Packer(preferred)
  • Splunk - experience developing and understanding dashboards or equivalent (preferred)
  • Experience with DevOps process (exposure to GitHub, Jenkins or other CI/CD tools) (preferred)



  • End user experience testing skills Strong SQL skills (T-SQL, PL/SQL, MySQL, Redshift) and/or Python coding or scripting skills
  • GCP/Azure cloud administrative/engineering experience •
  • Strong Knowledge about Agile techniques: User Stories, Continuous Integration, Test Driven Development, Continuous Testing, Pairing, Automated Testing, Burn Down Metrics, Velocity etc.
  • Strong knowledge of software development processes and procedures to understand team needs includes fundamentals of iterative and incremental development



  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel up to 15% of the time may be required.


Why MSC  
People. Collaboration. Insight. That’s how you build something that works.

Built on a foundation of trust, MSC works side by side with our customers to help them drive business results. With more than one million product offerings and 75+ years of experience across industries, MSC strives to help our customers achieve greater productivity, profitability, and growth through inventory management and other innovative supply chain solutions. 

We care about our associates and have programs in place to help our 6,500+ team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future.

If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build a better career at MSC.

Equal Opportunity Statement 
At MSC, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all qualified applicants and our associates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any category protected by applicable law.                    


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