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Job Title: Enterprise Architect Remote role City: Jacksonville, Florida - 32202-3105 W2 subs only, due to MSA clause. The Chief Enterprise Architect (CEA) is hired in a management capacity to lead the formal EA practice, managing a core team of Enterprise architects as well as a distributed team of domain architects (information, solution, technical, security and other) in an indirect capacity via an Architecture Center of Practice. Skills ● 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. ● Specific knowledge about Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud preferred. ● Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, agile and lean methodologies, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks. ● Exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation. Strong leadership skills. ● Excellent analytical and technical skills, as well as planning and organizational skills. ● Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills with the ability to articulate new ideas and concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences. ● Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture, and of business engineering principles and processes. ● Working knowledge of Business Process Modeling preferred. Competencies ● Knowledge of business models, operating models, financial models, cost-benefit analysis, budgeting and risk management. ● Understanding of the different types of agile principles, methodologies and frameworks, especially those designed to be scaled at the enterprise level. ● Understanding of existing, new and emerging technologies, and processing environments. ● Organizationally savvy, and understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics. ● Balance the long-term (“big picture”) and short-term implications of individual decisions and organization goals. ● Translate business needs into EA requirements. ● Apply multiple solutions to business problems. ● Rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies. ● Capable and comfortable with balancing time between foundational EA (Mode 1: renovating the core of the IT estate, ensuring efficiency and predictability) and vanguard EA efforts (Mode 2: concerned with business and operating model design, technology innovation, speed, agility and flexibility to achieve a unified and flexible EA that meets the organization’s needs). ● Ready to think, behave and act in an innovative consulting manner to drive the organization’s digital business strategies. Characteristics ● Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders. ● Comfortable, experienced and accomplished at working with business executives, and able to push back in a professional and diplomatic way.. ● Highly collaborative and supportive of business and of its ideals and strategies. ● Highly innovative with aptitude for foresight, systems thinking and design thinking. ● Vendor- and technology-neutral - more interested in achieving targeted business outcomes than in personal, or those business and IT leaders with vested personal preferences. ● Composed in the face of opposition to architectural principles, governance and standards. The Chief Enterprise Architect: * proactively and holistically helps guide the enterprise through transformation and optimization initiatives. * will focus on helping the organization plan, design, innovate, orchestrate, facilitate, navigate and operationalize the digital enterprise. * focuses on understanding and applying existing, new and emerging technologies to transform and optimize business and operating models, and help the organization drive targeted business outcomes. * is responsible for helping business and technology leaders enable their future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive the organization’s targeted business outcomes through the choice of initiatives the organization chooses to invest in. * helps business leaders understand and operationalize existing, new and emerging technologies. * builds and motivates the EA team - empowering domain architects - with coaching and mentoring to build a creative and safe learning environment. * responsible for leading and managing the core EA practice, as well as the design, development, and implementation of a distributed architecture practice supported by a Center of Practice model. This includes the organizational design, management and day-to-day running of the EA practice as an internal management consultancy that offers a portfolio of services. * is responsible for defining the advisory process, EA process, and architecture review and governance, and for leading the integration of those processes with related business and IT functions and processes. * leads, prioritizes and develops the overall enterprise architecture approach for the organization, and communicates architectural direction. * has purview into other architecture-related activities and the respective roles (such as business, information, solution and technical). Scope of Activities Manage the EA Practice Leads the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business strategy and requirements. Leads the creation and maturing of the enterprise architecture practice into an internal management consultancy. Plans and manages a talent pool of domain architects that works with EA and non-EA related disciplines to deliver the goals, objectives and outcomes of the organization. Formulate Strategy and Guide Execution Facilitates business and IT alignment through a collaborative, supportive and consultative manner, driving the organization’s digital business strategies. Formulates, translates, advocates, supports and executes business strategy to achieve the organization’s targeted business outcomes. Constructs technology-enabled business and operating models and provides viable options and visibility into execution issues. Facilitate Innovation Assesses disruptive forces impacting the organization and identifies technology-enabled innovation opportunities that enable business strategy (trendspotting). Tracks and applies innovative technologies, anchoring them in the business and operating model to assess their potential, and use agile and lean approaches to evolve and manage innovation. Supports technology proof-of-concepts to create new products and services and integrate the best of these into steady-state operations for the organization. Build and Maintain Relationships Builds the EA practice to become an internal management consultancy, offering services and skills to support the development and execution of business strategy. Develops a portfolio of consulting services, designed to meet business and stakeholder needs, and delivers in an agile and time-boxed way. Develops the skills and competencies of the EA team; in particular, building the business and behavioral competencies needed to support internal management consulting. Orchestrate the Delivery of Business Outcomes Leads analysis of the business’ future-state capabilities and future (and current) IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement to drive the business forward. Works with the CIO and IT leaders to find the right EA organizational design to drive business-outcomes. Ensures EA is providing the services, skills and competencies needed to support the business strategy. Ensure the core EA team works closely with extended EA team members across the organization. Leads a collaborative “guild” of architects and works with IT leadership to resolve conflicts between product and enterprise business outcomes. Plan and Manage the IT Current State Portfolio Presents gap analyses and/or IT investment roadmaps that reflect the status of the existing IT estate, namely, its ability to contribute to future-state business capabilities around ecosystems and digital platforms. Leads analysis of the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement. Develops and applies standards and architectures through the EA governance model. Collaborates with infrastructure and project teams to ensure consistency with the enterprise architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise architecture. Oversees EA implementation, continuous improvement and ongoing refinement activities. Oversees the documentation of all architecture design and analysis work. Experience / Education ● Master’s or bachelor’s degree in business required, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience. ● Ten or more years of business experience in strategic and operations planning and/or business analysis in at least three disciplines, such as business, information, solution or technical architecture, application development, information analysis, or operations in a multitier environment.


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