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Metadata Analyst

Are you the Metadata Analyst Cirium (formerly FlightGlobal) is looking for? Cirium has grown its portfolio significantly through the acquisition of leading data intelligence companies, including Ascend, Innovata, Diio and FlightStats. We are seeking a metadata analyst to help us build out our data lake and create the foundation for the company's future.

This Metadata Analyst will work in a cross-functional agile team with the charter of bringing all of the company's existing data assets into a structured, well-organized, and governed data lake. You will work in the Portland office alongside skilled engineers, program managers, architects, and subject matter experts with the goal of facilitating the adaptation of the data lake among the long-lived teams throughout the company and across several time zones. You will collaborate with teams with the objective of building and owning a metadata taxonomy that allows for the discoverability of data within the data lake. You will be a key member of this team, shepherding the design, implementation, and enforcement of the metadata and governance strategies for the data lake. Your knowledge and expertise will help build the framework for a democratic, discoverable, and future-ready core platform for the entire company.

You will bring with you a solid understanding of the challenges of metadata management and governance. Ideally, you've worked in the cloud organizing data lakes or with the Hadoop ecosystem before and have an understanding of Apache Hive or one of its derivatives.

This is an exciting time at Cirium and this role has the potential to help shape the future of the company.

  • Design and maintain metadata taxonomies to facilitate discovery and governance processes
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of a largely automated, democratic governance model
  • Interface with other technical and non-technical personnel or team members to finalize requirements
  • Collaborate with personnel remotely (may require some schedule flexibility)
  • Operate in an agile development environment while collaborating with key stakeholders
  • Resolve technical issues as necessary
  • Keep abreast of new technology developments
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Information Management, Library Science, Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent experience
  • 3 years of experience in this field; 1 year of experience in a similar role
  • Demonstrated expertise in metadata management and taxonomy design
  • Experience with data governance and stewardship
  • Experience in data/information architecture or related discipline (solution architecture, data engineering)
  • Strong interpersonal and written communications skills

Desired Skills

  • Experience interacting with AWS big data stack (such as S3, Glue, Athena, EMR)
  • Experience with the Hadoop ecosystem

Cirium employs a team of over 400 technologists, analysts, data scientists and market experts in the UK, US, Europe, India and Asia-Pacific. In 1909 we were the first to record the earliest days of flight and now in 2019, as Cirium, we are uniquely positioned to reshape the wider travel industry with our data intelligence solutions. Our people are at the center of who we are. Whatever your background you are welcome. We are looking for talented and dynamic team players who focus on delivering successful outcomes.

We are a business where three out of our seven leaders are women, over 20 languages are spoken, where some leaders have grey hair and some have purple. Where our sales teams take time out to support local schools and our product teams champion local women back into the workplace. We are a flexible employer and happy to accommodate different working solutions for the right talent.

Cirium analyzes the huge volume of data generated from the millions of flights a year to help keep the travel industry in motion:

  • 35 million airline flights are tracked and 70 million passenger itineraries processed each year to alert corporate travel companies, travel agencies and airlines, so that travelers stay up-to-date with flight status and airlines minimize disruption
  • Over US$300 billion worth of airline tickets are analyzed for market insights
  • Over 3.3 million flights are tracked per month covering over 97% of scheduled flights worldwide and more than 80% of tracked flights, matched to aircraft registration numbers so engine efficiency can be optimized per hour
  • US$5.3 trillion worth of aircraft assets are valued by Cirium each year, as part of strategy and pricing partnerships with the world's top 50 lessors and tier one investment banks
  • Cirium has 10 offices worldwide and we celebrate our global diversity through events and networks throughout the year
  • Cirium is part of RBI, which is part of RELX, a FTSE 100 traded company (which was just named by Forbes as one of the world's most innovative companies)
  • Our benefits stand out (they even include two days a year for you to dedicate to the charitable activity of your choice)
  • Cirium and RBI are founding members of the Tech Talent Charter, committed to increasing the ratio of women and under-represented groups working in technology

RBI is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. If a qualified individual with a disability or disabled veteran needs a reasonable accommodation to use or access our online system, that individual should please contact 1.877.734.1938 or accommodations@relx.com.

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