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Responsible for a wide range of system design activities. Works at a high level in identifying systems requirements to meet user needs. Designs and maintains multiple systems across multiple platforms. The Director, Enterprise Architecture helps establish the IT strategy, translates strategic intent into actions that bring about business and technology change. This role is one of a leader who understands the insurance domains, understands how information technology enables these business domains, and is able to guide in business and technology changes needed to transform the business. The ideal candidate will have the ability to influence stakeholders throughout the organization, will have in depth experience in business change initiatives having a significant technology component, and will be an innovative self-starter who is able to translate business needs into attainable plans. This individual will be able to understand the complexities of the organization, processes, information, and technologies then built future-state models to best realize the organization strategy. This individual will be able to act autonomously and actively bring forward ideas and recommendations to further the success of company and the Strategy and Enterprise Application Architecture area. The Architect works with all business & technology stakeholders—both leadership and subject matter experts—to build a holistic, technology agnostic view of the organization's strategy, business processes and information assets. The candidate takes this knowledge and ensures that the Business and IT strategies remain in alignment. The Architect’s role is to link the business mission, st rategy, and processes of the organization to its IT strategy, and document this using architectural models that show how the current and future needs of an organization will be met in an efficient, sustainable, agile, and adaptable manner.
Essential Job Functions
Responsible for translating client business requirements into specific systems, applications or process designs. Requires knowledge across multiple platforms, processes and architectures, as well as broad knowledge of new technologies, and will include directing the design efforts of less experienced architects. Works with client personnel and executives to identify functional requirements and subsequently works with and leads others in the identification, justification and design of client solutions. Responsible for a wide range of design activities from requirement analysis through systems, applications and/or process design specification • Project and program management planning and organization • Financial modeling as it pertains to IT investment • Customer service orientation • Time management and prioritization • Alignment of IT strategy and planning with the company's business goals • Optimization of information management approaches through an understanding of evolving business needs and technology capabilities • Long-term strategic responsibility for the company's IT systems • Promotion of shared infrastructure and applications to reduce costs and improve information flows • Ensuring that projects do not duplicate functionality or diverge from each other and business & IT strategies • Working with Software or Solution Architects to construct a repeatable enterprise solution that is scalable, adaptable, and in synch with ever-changing business needs • Management of the risks associated with information and IT assets through appropriate standards and security policies • Direct or indirect involvement in the development of policies, standards and guidelines that influence the selection, development, implementation, and use of Information Technology within the enterprise • Building employee knowledge and skills in specific areas of expertise • Creating enterprise architectures that are repeatable for future re-use Assess the business and enterprise technology landscape, then guide on the best use of technology to attain the desired results • Build enterprise-level business & technology models • Understand the business and IT strategic direction and help establish annual organization plans • Build future-state IT roadmaps • Review industry and technology trends offering recommendations and input to the strategic planning process • Provide governance and architectural guidance for key initiatives • Establish relationships and build credibility within IT and across the company • Create and deliver recommendations to senior company management • Establish enterprise architecture standards • Work with solution architects to ensure support for enterprise architecture standards and practices • Guide in the selection of technology vendors and solutions • Develop and supervise integration plans for various technology sets: Strategies and Technology Roadmaps, • Enterprise Application Component Architectures, and Standards • Maintain knowledge of the IT industry, analyze the abilities of tools and technologies and compare with the needs of the business, recommend potential solutions to managers within the business • Systems Thinking - the ability to see how parts interact with the whole (big picture thinking) • Interpersonal & leadership skills - servant leadership, collaboration, facilitation, and negotiation skills • Emotional intelligence – self-awareness, confidence, ability to manage conflict, empathy • Knowledge of corporate, industry and regulatory data security guidelines • Knowledge of hardware, software, application, and systems engineering • Understanding of financial industry solutions and market trends • Subject matter expertise on solution definition process, methodologies and tools • Ability to balance between ideal solution and the business/ customer needs – short- and long-term • Understanding of technical/infrastructure aspects and their relationship with functional and business aspects of a solution, espec ially for areas where the two cannot be separated for any meaningful discussion, e.g. PCI and other compliance issues, IT Security, DR/BCP strategies. • Demonstrated ability to work independently & complete assigned project responsibilities under limited supervision. • Self-disciplined, self-motivated with ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes • Work in fast paced environment with ability to adapt & change priorities as business needs change
4 year degree. IT background or emphasis. MBA, Master's degree preferred. Architecture, and/or process improvement certifications preferred
The Enterprise Data Architect should have over 12+ years of experience in enterprise and business information system architectures, system engineering, project management, and information application design and development. This individual will be focused on developing assets that are repeatable by the enterprise thereby increasing speed to market, reducing costs, and mitigating risk. Transformational and systems integration background and experiences
Special Skill Requirement
. Master Data Management (MDM) concepts and tools. Meta Data Management concepts and tools. Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) concepts and tools. Industry standard financial information models. Over seven (7+) years of SQL development. Database Management Systems (DBMS) (e.g., Oracle, DB2, MS SQL, etc.). Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Developing large scale, transaction systems
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