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7 Nov 2019

Full-Time Enterprise Architect

RecruitDQ – Posted by RecruitDQ Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The Enterprise Architect is accountable for proactively and holistically leading enterprise responses to disruptive forces by identifying and analyzing the execution of change toward the desired business vision and targeted outcomes. The enterprise architect is responsible for taking a practical approach to supporting the business.

The Enterprise Architect will fulfill the formal EA (Enterprise Architecture) program (business, information, solution, technical and other). The Enterprise Architect is responsible for helping business leaders enable their future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive the organization’s targeted business outcomes through the choice of programs, projects and initiatives the organization chooses to invest in. This function will apply existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models and must be able to understand, monetize and operationalize new technologies.

The Enterprise Architect will support all aspects of the EA program, including:

Business architecture, which is focused on guiding people, process and organizational change.
Information architecture, which is focused on the consistent sharing of information across the enterprise.
Solutions architecture, which is focused on developing a direction for managing the portfolio of to-be solutions.
Technical architecture, which is focused on evolving the technical infrastructure.
Security architecture, which is focused on managing IT risk through the exchange of information between people, systems and things inside and outside the organization.
The Enterprise Architect is accountable for balancing a bimodal EA program — one EA team, with two modes of operating — to run, grow and transform the business. Mode 1 is foundational EA (tactical), which maintains and evolves future-state business capabilities with a focus on efficiency and predictability of the existing IT estate. Mode 2 is vanguard EA (strategic), which designs and enables future-state business capabilities with a focus on technology disruption, speed, agility, and flexibility that enables and drives new business models and designs, while meeting today’s business needs with an optimized Mode 1 strategy.

The Enterprise Architect will support the EA program and its efforts to develop, maintain and govern the enterprise architecture across the organization. They are responsible for defining the EA process and architecture review and advisory process, and for integrating those processes with related business and IT processes.


Lead and Influence

Support the creation or evolution of the enterprise architecture program/function.
Promote the business value of the EA program/function and its process, and the results of the EA program to business and IT leaders/executives.
Support the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business strategy and requirements.
Seek opportunities to highlight how digital business initiatives will potentially impact enterprises’ economic architecture and metrics.
Identify Ecosystems and Develop Business Models

High level overview of applications and data flow (description of systems, functionality, relationships, and interfaces between systems (if relevant).
Understand the business’s economic and financial levers that are susceptible to digital transformation, so as to effectively support and guide technology investment decisions.
Design and construct future- and current-state business models so as to practically apply new and emerging technologies to drive them.
Detail potential competitive threats from digital enterprises that are generally considered outside of your traditional realm of competition.
Focus on Strategy and Execution.
Demonstrate the business value of EA as an enabler of strategy formulation, and as support for technology innovation, which drives the organization’s top and bottom lines.
Formulate, translate, advocate, support and execute business strategy to achieve the organization’s targeted business outcomes.
Construct technology-enabled operating models, and provide viable options and visibility into execution issues.
Research and Understand Technology and Nontechnology Trends

Scan the world for major disruptive technology and nontechnology trends (trendspotting) that affect business. Provide practical advice and best practices to overcome these challenges and successfully deliver the expected business outcomes.
Contextualize the technology trends based on social, economic, political and other nontechnology trends.
Lead the analysis of business and operating models, market trends and the technology industry to determine their potential impact on the enterprise’s business strategy, direction and architecture.
Enable Enterprise Ideation and Innovation

Track and apply innovative and existing technologies, anchoring them in the business model to assess their potential, and use rapid prototyping approaches to evolve innovations.
Run technology experiments, helping to create new products and services and integrating the best of theses into steady-state operations for the organization.
Determine and Help Orchestrate the Delivery of Business Outcomes

Guide and advice stakeholders about disruptive technologies and trends.
Determine the relationship between people, processes, information, technology and things of the enterprise, and their relationships to one another and to the external environment.
Work with business peers to develop and present business capability models and roadmaps to facilitate discussion and decision making with stakeholders across the enterprise.
Work with business peers and lead the identification and analysis of enterprise business outcomes and drivers to derive useful business context, and in response to disruptive forces.
Develop diagnostic and actionable deliverables that help business guide investment decisions in support of executing business strategy.
Lead analysis of the business’ future-state capabilities and future (and current) IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement and driving the business forward.
Lead analysis of the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement.
Lead the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business requirements and IT strategies.
Lead the development and execution of a communication and education plan for the enterprise architecture.
Lead and facilitate the creation of governance, assurance and standards to guide EA decision making.
Provide perspective on the readiness of the organization to change and innovate.
Present a gap analysis and/or IT investment roadmap that reflects the status of the existing IT estate, namely, its ability to contribute to future-state business capabilities around ecosystems and digital platforms.
Ensure that the optimal governance structure and compliance activities are associated with EA compliance.
Oversee the evaluation and selection of EA standards, as necessary.
Oversee EA implementation, continuous improvement and ongoing refinement activities.
Oversee the documentation of all architecture design and analysis work.
Consult with infrastructure, project and product teams to ensure consistency with the enterprise architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise architecture.
Identify organizational requirements for the resources, structures and cultural changes necessary to support the enterprise architecture.
Communicate the value of the enterprise architecture to the organization.


Required Qualifications:

Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience.
7 years’ of experience in at least three disciplines, such as:
Business, information, solution or technical architecture, application development, middleware, information analysis, database management or operations in a multitier environment.
5 years’ of business experience in strategic and operations planning and/or business analysis.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks.
Knowledge of business models, operating models, financial models, cost-benefit analysis, budgeting and risk management.
Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks.
Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, micro services, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
Exposure and understanding of existing, new and emerging technologies, and processing environments.
Exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
Strong leadership skills.
Excellent analytical and technical skills.
Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills.
Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture.
Knowledge of business engineering principles and processes.
Familiarity with basic graphical modeling approaches, tools and model repositories.

Physical Demands:

Ability to work in a traditional professional office setting or remote equivalent.
Work schedule may vary and is determined by project schedules.
Ability to travel as projects dictate.
Ability to efficiently operate all job-related office equipment.
Ability to communicate via telephone and work in virtual teams.
Ability to work in a dynamic environment.

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