AVP Enterprise Application Architect

 •  Protective Life Birmingham, AL

8 - 10 years experience  •  Financial Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/17/17
Birmingham, AL
8 - 10 years experience
Financial Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/17/17

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Enterprise Application Architect, responsible for working with stakeholders, both leadership and subject matter experts, to build a holistic view of the organization’s strategy, processes, and technology assets. This individual will utilize knowledge and experience to link the business mission, strategy, and processes of the organization to the IT strategy, and document this utilizing multiple architectural models or views that show how the current and future needs of the organization will be met in an efficient, sustainable, agile, and adaptable manner.

Key Accountabilities:

• Recommends and participates in activities related to the design, development and maintenance of the Enterprise Architecture (EA).

• Align the Information Technology (IT) strategy and solutions with the Company’s business objectives

• Build, maintain, promote, and evangelize an enterprise view of the IT architectural blueprint and roadmap

• Provide strategic consultation to assigned business customers in designing technology based solutions, functions and organizational structures, as well as in researching and identifying enabling technologies based on customer requirements

• Work closely with PMO, business users, and stakeholders across various projects to understand functional and technical aspects of projects, ensuring adherence to Enterprise Architecture principles

• Analyze the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies, and recommend solutions for improvement

• Develop business case and cost benefit analysis. Define, track, and report accrued value through the life of the solution.

• Orchestrate, design, and architect solutions that leverage the investment made in current heterogeneous IT

• Provide portfolio governance and oversight to drive lifecycle optimization and alignment across all initiatives.

• Present ideas with qualitative and quantitative findings

• Articulate technology solutions and analytical findings to Executive Management, Business leadership, software developers, and end users

• Ensure all projects follow quality and security standards

• Influence and guide implementation best practices at the individual performer level, work through technology challenges faced by the team, and provide solutions

• Contribute to the growth and maturity of the IT department by providing mentorship, fostering development and knowledge transfer, and thought-leading by example

• Develop, manage and publish Technical Reference Architectures.

• Monitor and manage Technical Debt within the environment.

• Shares best practices, lessons learned and constantly updates the Application architecture requirements based on changing technologies, and knowledge related to recent, current and upcoming vendor products and solutions.

• Additional duties as assigned.

Job Requirements Skills/Abilities/Experience & Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or related field required

• 8-10+ years of experience with Enterprise Applications, Databases and Cloud support – Oracle, SAP and others

• 2-5+ years of experience working in an architect capacity, most recent role included

• Solid understanding of interoperability issues and the strengths and weaknesses of platforms and products, with the ability to provide trusted voice at the decision-making table.

• Experience and understanding of Mainframe, Mid-range, Unix and Windows platforms.

• Familiarity with industry standards for architecture domains in the Life Insurance sector.

• Thorough understanding of Cloud platforms and governance.

• Thorough understanding of Cloud based system integration, Enterprise Data Security, and Enterprise Architecture Governance

• Experience with SOA, security and data architecture practices required

• Knowledge of TOGAF, ITSM and ITIL required, certification preferred.

• Excellent design and pattern skills irrespective of technology, and willingness to assume total ownership of technology solutions from inception to delivery.

• Fluency in modern-day IT management concepts, including strategic planning, enterprise architecture, capital planning, business intelligence, cloud computing, and IT portfolio management

• Experience in creating an effective framework and process model for establishing enterprise-wide Application architecture

• Understanding and experience implementing the strategic alignment of business and IT

• Experience creating a common architecture vision between lines of business and IT

• Demonstrated competency in communicating the value of enterprise architecture to stakeholders and senior management

• Understanding of SDLC processes, architectural patterns and development frameworks

• Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to develop and conduct executive-level presentations.

• Ability to collaborate with various levels of individuals – both IT and business.

• Experience with Vendor management and building vendor relationships.

• Self-directed with the ability to work effectively under tight deadlines.

• Experience with Acquisitions and systems conversions is desirable.

• Authorized to work for any employer in the United States

• Ability to pass a thorough background check.

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