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Director of Architecture

Orlando, FL 32835

Posted: 10/22/19 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: IT Job Number: 16187

We have an exciting role for a Director of Architecture. The Director of Architecture manages the people, processes, information, and technology required to express business strategy within enterprise systems in a way that ensures maximum business value is derived from enterprise IT investment and achieves the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation.  To fulfill this function, the Director of Architecture performs a strategic blend of multiple intertwined roles; Lead Enterprise Architect (EA), Senior EA Process Owner, and Lead Architect for strategic programs.  This director leads the formal Architecture program, managing a team of architects (application, solution, integration, and other) in a direct capacity (solid-line reporting relationship). The Director of Architecture will also help foster a larger architectural community of “deputized” architects across development and operations teams (e.g., Technical Delivery Leads, Infrastructure, Security, etc.).  The Director of Architecture also serves as the hands-on process owner to translate enterprise vision into enabling architectural roadmaps. Also, in this role, the Director of Architecture is responsible to communicate architectural decisions, plans, goals, and strategies, and to gain organizational commitment from IT and business leaders for enterprise-level architecture and infrastructure initiatives.

  • As Lead Enterprise Architect, this role serves as a senior IT technologist in the enterprise, driving sound decision-making across EA domains.  He/she is thus responsible for ensuring exceptionally architected IT solutions and services in accordance with an enterprise-wide IT strategy.
  • The role must develop and maintain a broad strategic perspective that requires both business and technical knowledge, and holistically applies this knowledge within both internal and external dimensions. With regard to the internal dimension, he/she must maintain in-depth knowledge of the organization's strategies and business processes, architectures, and technologies. Externally, he/she must stay current with established industry architectures and best practices, and continuously evaluate emerging marketplace technologies, trends, and/or disruptive innovations for potentially relevant impact. 
  • As a consultative resource to enterprise leaders, the Director of Architecture may also occasionally support business planning activities, influence business strategy, as well as consult on the structural and cultural changes required to achieve strategic objectives.
  • This role must ensure that sound recommendations for IT investments are presented to financial decision makers and provide critical traceability between technology investments and business outcomes.
  • As Senior EA Process Owner, this role (in partnership with other IT leaders) participates in overseeing the development, evolution, and performance of processes involving architecture.
  • As Lead Architect for strategic programs, this role provides architecture support and oversight on large, complex, and/or strategically critical programs.
  • Lead the continual evolution of the architecture program/function.
  • Promote the business value of the architecture program/function and its process, and the results of the architecture program to business and IT leaders/executives.
  • Lead the definition and continual refinement 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Determine the relationship between people, processes, information, technology, and things of the enterprise, and their relationships to one another and to the external environment and disruptive forces. Work with business peers to develop and present business capability models and roadmaps to facilitate discussion and decision making with stakeholders across the enterprise.
  • 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.
  • Present a gap analysis and/or IT investment roadmap that reflects the status of the existing IT, namely, its ability to contribute to future-state business capabilities around ecosystems and digital platforms.
  • Lead the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business requirements and IT strategies.
  • Lead and facilitate the on-going improvements of governance, assurance, and standards to guide architecture decision making.
  • Ensure that the optimal governance structure and compliance activities are associated with architecture compliance.
  • Oversee the evaluation and selection of architecture standards, as necessary.
  • Oversee architecture 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.
  • Lead the development and execution of a communication and education plan for the enterprise architecture.
  • Communicate the value of the enterprise architecture to the organization.
  • Perform annual architectural maturity assessments and produce regular architecture status reports.
  • Lead team of enterprise domain architects to include federated architects from the Build and Run teams, and work closely with Data Architecture.
  • 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.
  • Participate in assessing innovative and existing technologies using use rapid prototyping approaches to evaluate innovations and ensure new products and services can integrate into steady state operations.
  • Guide and advise stakeholders about disruptive technologies and trends.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience
  • 5-7 years of experience in information, solution or technical architecture, application development, middleware, information analysis, database management or operations in a multitier environment
  • 3-5 more years of business experience in strategic and operations planning and/or business analysis
  • 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, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics
  • Exposure and understanding of existing, new, and emerging technologies, and processing environments
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master'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 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
  • Knowledge of business models, operating models, financial models, cost-benefit analysis, budgeting and risk management
  • Direct experience with Microsoft Azure cloud environments

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