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Director, Enterprise Architecture

11212-19G18021
31-Aug-18

*Position location to be determined by home country of the successful candidate within a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Director of Enterprise Architecture role is an influential role which provides technology strategy and architecture leadership for the partnership. This position champions architectural principles, artifacts, and strategic roadmaps to create an environment that is responsive to change and supports the delivery of the business strategy. This role guides the current and long-term technology and architecture choices that cuts across the enterprise. In addition to directly supervising a team of enterprise architects, they are also accountable for working with business and IT leaders in order to successfully deliver on the initiatives for OurPromise2030.

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To be successful, individuals must possess a combination of business, technical and leadership skills and competencies. This requires an understanding of client’s business needs, processes and functions. They also need a solid knowledge of IT infrastructure, architecture, applications development and support, networks, and computer operations. In addition, individuals working in this job family must have excellent communication skills and the ability to influence others.

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KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Business and IT Strategy:

  • Implements the tactical components of the IT strategy at an Enterprise level.

  • Works with business partners to understand business needs.

  • Manages the development and implementation of IT initiatives to support business strategy.

Change Management:

  • Embraces and executes change through frequent, communication to staff and clients about the change and the impact of the change (individual and business).

  • Consistently advocates for the change.

  • Coaches staff through the change.

  • Identifies and removes obstacles to change.

Governance:

  • Provides input into demand management process and executes on plan.

Architecture:

  • Provides input to technology planning within a functional area.

  • Implements solutions consistent within current context of overall architecture.

Process Improvements:

Implements defined process improvements.

Finance:

  • Participates in the development of IT budgets.

  • Tracks and takes appropriate steps to stay within budget.

  • Provides high-quality services at optimal cost to customers.

  • Measures service performance and implements improvements.

IT Technology Development:

  • Develops and implements technologies to improve the performance of a business efficiency and effectiveness.

Service Level Agreements (SLAs):

  • Participates and provides input to the SLA development process.

  • Ensures internal SLAs are met.

Vendor Management:

  • Provides advice and counsel to the vendor relationship decision-making and contract development processes.

  • Reviews service provider performance.

  • Identifies and confirms performance problems and notifies contract managers.

Resource Management:

  • Meets regularly with team to gather work statuses.

  • Discusses work progress and obstacles.

  • Provides advice, guidance, encouragement and constructive feedback.

  • Ensures work, information, ideas, and technology flow freely across teams.

  • Establishes measurable individual and team objectives that are aligned with business and organizational goals.

  • Documents and presents performance assessments.

  • Recognizes and rewards associates commensurate with performance.

  • Implements organizational practices for staffing, EEO, diversity, performance management, development, reward and recognition, and retention.

Workforce Planning:

  • Identifies the roles, skills and knowledge required to achieve goals.

  • Ensures staff has the resources and skills needed to support all work initiatives within the assigned function or Center of Competency (COC).

  • Participates in IT workforce deployment activities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field. Or equivalent work experience.

  • Requires experience in managing high performance teams and building relationships with people at a variety of levels.

  • Strong leadership skills.

  • Typically have 10 or more years of experience in multiple IT areas with 5 - 7 years of relevant architecture (information, solutions, business, technology).

  • Experience with digital transformation initiatives (IAM, data analytics, etc).

  • Expertise in designing best practices and conceptual/logical/business architectures.

  • Effective in excellent written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in technology strategy planning and roadmap creation.

  • Experience in leading big change and influencing others.

  • Requires exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.