Software Developer/ Engineer/ Architect

Enterprise Architect

Purpose of the Role

  • Maintain a holistic view of enterprise IT capabilities, through the strategic definition of enterprise-wide business and application architecture, ensuring it supports the strategic requirements of the business.
  • Ensure strategic transformational change is embedded within the company aligned with the Tech, influencing and leveraging relationships to gain buy-in of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Drive the enterprise architecture thought leadership, effectively navigating through the conflicting stakeholder requirements of business strategy, transformation and technology direction to define the future state.
  • Establish robust enterprise governance, leveraging key relationships to underpin the successful delivery of major architectural initiatives.
  • Management of key supplier relationships, ensuring any third-party deliverables meet strategic, technical and cost requirements. Understand the product roadmap, identifying opportunities to enhance business capability, managing agreed deliverables.
  • Identification and execution of continual improvement opportunities, ensuring the best outcomes for the business, driving optimal solutions through the implementation of the architecture roadmap.
  • Develop and maintain relationships within the Group and externally to identify and promote best practice and industry trends, translating these into strategy, policies, standards and best practice.
  • As required as the team grows, provide leadership to a team of Architects.

Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities

  • Provide architecture expertise to drive the enterprise domain architecture vision and direction.
  • Provide direction to enterprise and solution architects to help ensure best in class solutions minimising customisation, seeking alignment with the business and leveraging the support of Tech resources.
  • Ensure consistency of the enterprise architecture through breadth (and where necessary depth) of knowledge. Identification of opportunities for strategic business, information and technology change.
  • Partner with enterprise and solution architects to ensure adherence to architectural principles, standards, best practice and roadmaps.
  • Act as the bridge between Business Enterprise Architecture, Business Capabilities/Cloud & Platforms & Delivery/Product managers to ensure business, information and technology architecture are consistent. Identify cross portfolio dependencies and issues and act to resolve them.
  • Co-ordinate activity to help deliver transformational change through the major overhaul of architectural domains, applications and services in line with Tech.
  • Support with major transformational change projects across the company and Tech, influencing to ensure the right enterprise architecture solutions.
  • Collaborate through a trusted business partnering approach, proactively leveraging key relationships to ensure business, information and technology enterprise architecture is strategically aligned
  • Ensure project/product designs are consistent with the architecture and meet both functional and non-functional requirements. Drive resolution of architecture issues throughout the project or product lifecycle.
  • Build key supplier relationships, where third-party work or packages involve significant architectural design decisions.
  • Provide leadership and coaching to other architects
  • Deliver across a number of business/technical domains and value-streams, the breadth and complexity of which will vary depending on experience.

Essential Qualifications/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science or equivalent formal training; required.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading complex enterprise architecture solutions.
  • Senior level IT leadership, gained in a complex global organisation
  • Senior business partnering, providing design support to major projects, working as a valued partner with senior stakeholders and strategic third parties across a diverse operation
  • Proven track record of successful stakeholder management at a senior level, with the ability to influence and persuade across the Group or in a diverse global environment.
  • Broad exposure to the full application lifecycle, ensuring effective use of industry best practice and/or methodologies.
  • Awareness of and involvement in the evolution of worldwide architecture trends and practice.
  • Experience of, and contribution to, applicable industry best practice, leading and shaping further development.
  • Experience of operating across multiple countries and cultures is desirable.

Essential competencies/skills

  • Strong leadership with a proven ability of influencing and persuading internally and externally
  • Effective senior stakeholder management, balancing and finding compromises between opposing views and opinions
  • Business partnering influencing, using architectural artefacts and enterprise/domain knowledge and expertise.
  • Problem solving & and understanding of the broader business context (business acumen)
  • Flexibility in a rapidly changing and developing environment, with the ability to work under pressure
  • Innovation - transforming industry trends into practical, cost effective, secure, scalable and supportable solutions
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Eligible to live and work in the EU
  • Be in possession of or be able to obtain an airside security pass
  • Hold a current unrestricted worldwide passport

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working within Architectural frameworks and standards such as TOGAF, IASA, ArchiMate or hold equivalent certifications
  • Previous experience or knowledge of cloud-based technologies in particular AWS
  • Experience with applying architecture in an agile/product-centric environment. E.g., SAFe