IT Enterprise Architect

  • location: Onalaska, WI
  • type: Permanent
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IT Enterprise Architect

job summary:
The role of the Enterprise Architect is to enable business and IT leaders to make investment decisions that balance and prioritize current operational demands, disruptions, and opportunities with the longer-term strategic vision of the organization. Furthermore the IT Enterprise Architect provides technology guidance, road maps, principles, standards, and best practices.

location: Onalaska, Wisconsin
job type: Permanent
work hours: 8 to 5
education: Bachelors

  • Provides overall direction, guidance, and definition of IT architecture to effectively support the corporate business strategy for the following areas:

    • Business architecture which defines the business strategy, governance, organization, and key business processes of the organization
    • Applications architecture which provides a blueprint for the individual systems to be deployed, the interactions between the application systems, and their relationships to the core business processes of the organization with the frameworks for services to be exposed as business functions for integration
    • Data architecture which describes the structure of an organization's logical and physical data assets and the associated data management resources
    • Technical architecture which describes the hardware, software, and network infrastructure needed to support the deployment of core, mission-critical applications
  • Supports all architectural disciplines and champions' architectural initiatives.
  • Reviews existing business processes and establishes metrics to improve business processes, as well as support of all architectural disciplines under their direction.
  • Establishes and oversees the architecture team, including the recruitment, development, and maintenance of the architecture staff.
  • Leads programs to develop, maintain, and govern the enterprise architecture across the organization.
  • Works on highly complex projects that require in-depth knowledge across multiple specialized architecture domains.
  • Leads the EA review board and ensures that the solutions are compliant with target-state architecture models.
  • Aligns architecture strategy with business goals.
  • Defines, explains, and advocates technology strategy.
  • Develops and communicates architectural policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Promotes the EA process, outcomes, and results to the organization and senior leadership.
  • Leads and facilitates the creation of governing principles to guide EA decision making.
  • Leads the EA governance processes.
  • Manages exceptions to architectural standards at an enterprise level.
  • Reviews and/or analyzes and develops architectural requirements as needed for the organization.
  • Ensures the conceptual completeness of the technical solutions.
  • Leads teams in developing technology plans.
  • Approves modification of the enterprise architecture to accommodate project needs.
  • Provides strategic consultation to business and IT leaders.
  • Advises on options, risks, costs versus benefits, system impacts, and technology priorities.
  • Works with business leaders to understand business requirements and help them understand how technology tradeoffs influence strategy.
  • Consults with project teams to fit projects to enterprise architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise architecture.
  • Develops a communication plan for architecture at the enterprise level.
  • Directs the research and evaluation of emerging technology, industry, and market trends.
  • Ensures recommendations are based on business relevance, appropriate timing, and deployment.
  • Approves the tools and components used within the enterprise.
  • Works with senior leadership to approve allocation of budget to meet architectural initiatives critical to business/mission success.
  • Collaborates with project management and IT leaders to ensure progress towards architectural alignment with project goals and requirements.
  • Defines the skills, competencies in the skills, and talents for architecture team members, and works with human resources to acquire staff.
  • Responsible for the overall training and development of the architecture team.
Position Requirements

Formal Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Information and Security Technology Architecture preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, computer engineering, system analysis, or a related field, or equivalent work experience; An MBA would be a plus
  • Current TOGAF 9 Certified - Required
  • ITIL v3 Foundation certificate - Required - Master or Expert preferred
skills: Knowledge & Experience

  • 10 or more years of IT and business/industry work experience including architecture design and deployment, systems lifecycle management, and infrastructure planning and operations.
  • Direct experience and certification with one of the following frameworks: The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) and Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architectures or Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA)
  • Leadership experience in managing multiple, large, cross-functional teams or projects, and influencing senior level management and key stakeholders.
  • Requires exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments.
  • Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture, business re-engineering principles and processes, and basic knowledge of financial models and budgeting.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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