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Data Integration Specialist, a Database Designer skill set

Date: Jul 3, 2019

Location: Ipswich, MA, US, 01938

Company: EBSCO Industries Inc

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.


Note that while working at our EBSCO headquarters in Ipswich MA is highly preferred, the manager will consider someone to be off site/remote based on qualifications.  There will be some required onsite time in Ipswich to include for 2-3 days per quarter for Agile planning sessions and the occasional training or development workshops.



The Data Integration Specialist uses a blend of technical acumen and interpersonal communication to support a growing portfolio of research database products. As part of a cross-functional team, this role is responsible for contributing to all aspects of the value stream and product life cycle, from data acquisition to specification development and production. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced Agile environment and uses their penchant for fact-based learning to constantly seek ways to improve. This role is a great fit for a motivated problem solver who has a history of working with diverse stakeholders, driving improvement initiatives, and who demonstrates operational excellence.


Primary Responsibilities

-       Collaborate with product managers and external publishers on requirements for

manipulating data to support key features for new and existing products within the EBSCOhost environment; this includes support for display and searching features 

-       Write detailed technical database design specifications that describe how to

manipulate bibliographic data sources to EBSCO’s proprietary format; includes writing instructions for mapping data to XML formats 

-       Use ETL tools to solve problems that help deliver value to our research databases

-       Work closely with software developers and quality analysts on product configurations

and complex data transformations to ensure accurate technical implementation of database functionality and appearance according to specifications 

-       Provide leadership to peers and vendor teams by collaborating with others; articulating

ideas and viewpoints to senior management, peers and others; identifying and initiating projects; managing resources; driving the resolution of issues; and holding self and team accountable for results.

-       Support a mix of planned projects and operational responsibilities by monitoring

product health, managing vendor worklists, and analyzing metadata from third party partners

-       Analyze third-party data sources to guide licensing decisions and advise EBSCO’s data


-       Provide insight into metadata best practices to help guide company-wide data

normalization efforts 

-       Ability to work independently on complex projects 

-       Identify trends that impact our workflows and the health of research database products

and contribute to fact gathering and/or delivering solutions

-       Serve as primary level two escalation point for requests coming from offshore teams

-       Document procedures and ensure compliance


Objectives to accomplish within 30 days:

-       Learn the current state of the value stream, attend stand-ups and be able to accurately describe the overall workflow

-       Assume responsibility for day-to-day communications with offshore Designers

-       Learn Design Specifications and other documentation: how to write them and how they are stored 

-       Onboard and train on the publisher environment

-       Identify two areas of opportunity/improvement within the value stream

-       Obtain an understanding of SLS


Objectives to accomplish within 90 days:

-       Establish a process for identifying key opportunities for improvement, implement one idea for continuous improvement 

-       Learn Design principles and practices, shown by one correctly completed design 

-       Learn how SLS works and complete one mapping as an exercise in familiarity with the tool 

-       Be positioned to support NES, making sure they have proper training and tools needed to handle their tasks, able to answer questions about using SLS, etc. 

-       Drive and implement improvements identified

-       Share industry trends and best practice recommendations regularly

-       Contribute to and/or own internal documentation

-       Assist with special projects as needed


Objectives to accomplish within 180 days:

-       Establish a process for identifying key opportunities for improvement, implement one idea for continuous improvement

-       Review at least 1 emerging technology (either one newly adopted within EBSCO or something totally new) and propose ways it could be leveraged to improve operational efficiencies

-       Become sought after, welcomed experts in requirements elicitation and communication for product and feature development by all members of the value stream. 

-       Represent the interests of data and contribute data history/design strategy in company-wide efforts to create a more normalized content repository. 

-       Represent the interests of data in discussions with outside parties, including other EBSCO companies and industry standards organizations. 

-       Contribute to and implement a normalized strategy for transforming/loading/searching/displaying data, building on what has already been achieved for EDS data partners, and following the strategy for the normalized Content Repository. 

-       Accomplish at least three high-impact quality or process improvements per year 



Communication:               Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative.  Maintains this standard in all forms of written communications, including email. 

Presentation:                     Ability to present product details to PM and stakeholders; able to explain options clearly; creates clear documentation and design specs.

Continuous Improvement:           Continually focused on improving the responsiveness and quality of the solutions delivered.  Constantly looking for ways to improve. Providing practical ways to apply these changes and inspiring teams to embrace them.

Attention to detail:                          Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.  Understanding of metadata best practices. Ability to assess metadata quickly, or make a complete, in-depth survey.  In-depth understanding of the details/impact of eHost and Admin in database projects. 

Collaboration:                                    Works effectively with team members and cross functional teams to accomplish individual, team and organization goals. 

Multi-Tasking:                                    Thrives in fast paced environment that works on multiple projects and priorities. 

Organization and planning:          Plans, organizes, and schedules work in an efficient, productive manner. Focuses on key priorities. Ability to work independently on complex research projects. 

Problem Solver:                                Applies critical thinking, troubleshooting and structured problem solving to address root causes.  Proactively identifies and mitigates issues before they arise. 

Results Driven:                                  Focuses on desired results. Sets and achieves challenging goals. 


Required Qualifications

  • Master of Library Science degree, or comparable experience 
  • Minimum of one year demonstrated understanding of MARC21 bibliographic format 
  • Minimum of one year demonstrated experience reading and understanding documents in XML format 
  • Minimum of one year demonstrated ability to balance multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment 
  • Excellent technical communication skills, both verbal and written 
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Business analysis experience preferred, including project analysis, requirements production and management, process flow documentation 
  • Experience reading or writing XSLT preferred 
  • Ability to work well in a team environment 
  • Familiarity with standard bibliographic format standards (e.g. Dublin Core, JSON, NLM XML, JATS, MARC21) preferred 


Important things that you will bring to our culture, but things that we can’t teach:

Drive - Positive Attitude - Good Judgement - Open Communication – Collaboration – A Desire to Make an Impact - Eager to Understand – Accountability – Decisiveness – You’re a Team Player


EBSCO Industries, an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws.  EBSCO strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment.


EBSCO complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable state or local law.


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