IT Enterprise Architect
Location: Lowell, Massachusetts
Posted: August 23, 2017
Reference ID: 201700906
Create, maintain and enforce a system, integration, infrastructure and organizational architecture model that reflects our strategies and goals
Take our business strategy and define an IT systems architecture to support that strategy.
The Enterprise Architect must define, implement and enforce an overall architecture practice, principles, and standards. Must be able to understand our current and future business process and strategy and align it to the current and future technology roadmap. Must be able to balance the ability to explain high-level technology strategies and goals with the ability to dive deeply into technology issues.
Must be able to align our business goals with the IT applications and infrastructure that supports the business to help achieve those goals. Must also make sure our technology objectives are aligned with our business goals. The scope of the job includes business objectives, functions and processes and IT strategy, organization, operations, budgeting, objectives, functions, processes, resourcing, and structure.
Establish architecture review board and other vehicles for ensuring adherence to architectural principles
Evaluate our systems (applications and infrastructure) and recommend operational and/or technical efficiencies, cost savings and alignment with business and technology goals
Identify ways to increase employee knowledge and skills to support future growth and technology changes and advances
Create and implement a systems and organizational vision and multi-year plan, including budgeting
Motivate and inspire business and IT personnel. A large part of the job is to influence or evangelize a set of ideals to the enterprise
Negotiation. The ability to get things accomplished at the decision-making table.
Problem solving: Problems will sometimes be complex or unique - the EA must be able to evaluate and solve them.
Big Picture thinking: Must be able to look at a problem or situation from multiple angles; avoid tunnel vision.
Process orientation: Thinking in terms of process is essential. The ability to build repeatable, reusable processes is a key skill.
People skills: Interacting with people is a constant with this job. Having great people skills is a must.
Portfolio management: while not directly responsible for this the EA will be a key contributor to the plan and how many of the core elements come together.
Strategic project support: The ability to "jump in" and help during a major systems project to ensure its success is a key capability.
Ensure that solutions to complex requirements align with long term technology roadmap
Responsible for the development and presentation of the overall vision that underlies the proposed solution and then assists in transforming that vision through execution into the solution.
Responsible for understanding internal and external customer needs/requirements and designing systems that allow business users to transform themselves through the creative and cutting edge use of technology. This involves performing modeling, analysis and planning in order to implement solutions that will meet business needs within financial budget guidelines. This may include researching software and hardware products or services, and defining the best, most cost effective solutions to meet the business requirements.
Presents and translates the design to leadership and stakeholders for solution approval.
Act as visionary and strategist for technology solutions
Provide expertise to identify and translate system requirements into solution design and architecture documentation
Translate business strategies and requirements into tangible IT requirements
Collaborate with Project Managers, IT managers, domain architects, and others to provide estimates, develop overall implementation solution plan, and serve as a leader as required, to ensure the solution gets implemented and that customization, and integration efforts are completed correctly.
Mentor and guide more junior resources.
Provide architectural design thought leadership and collaboration.
Present back to stakeholders how architectural options will meet their needs.
Collaborative brainstorming and selling of ideas to Senior Leadership team.
Collaboratively participate in presenting and substantiating designs, pros and cons, budgets and timelines.
Maintain a future view of technology trends, aligning and evolving the technology roadmap accordingly.
Desired Skills and Experience
Communication is a key skill; The ability to match technologies to business objectives and explain it in layman's terms is mandatory
Must be current on technologies and systems and be able to explain them to audiences of all levels and functions
Must be organized and analytical, adept at working in a team environment, able to design and implement a project schedule, and able to handle multiple priorities.
Additional preferred qualifications are:
Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, MIS or equivalent preferred
Experience with CRM (Salesforce), ERP (Oracle EBS) configuration, integration and custom development
Experience with enterprise integration tools (SOA) and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools
Strong presentation and communication skills
Good knowledge and understanding of Web Service API's for integration purposes
Ability to understand the business requirements and converting them into solution designs
Knowledge in web-based systems architecture, service-based architecture, enterprise application architecture as well as experience managing expectations when balancing alternatives against business and financial constraints
Must demonstrate good judgment and pragmatic approach to delivering software that optimizes architecture activities across company needs, business constraints and technological realities
Must maintain professional knowledge and relationships
5+ years of relevant Architecture experience
5+ years of systems integration and/or implementation experience
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