Enterprise Application Architect

  • location: West Chester, PA
  • type: Permanent
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Enterprise Application Architect

job summary:
Exciting opportunity to modernize an IT platform to better serve clients in a quickly changing and competitive market. A key focus in modernization efforts will be to leverage APIs, microservices, DevOps, and containers to migrate towards a cloud-native architecture to support high performance, availability, reliability, and security. In addition to efforts to improve agility and delivery effectiveness, the company is actively incorporating emerging technologies such as A.I. and Machine Learning to spur innovation.

The Enterprise Architect plays an integral role in building a holistic view and roadmap of the enterprise's technology strategy, processes, and information technology roadmap. The architect partners with both business and technology groups to ensure that proposed business and technical solutions align with the enterprise's overall mission and vision.

The Enterprise Architect, focused on applications architecture, is a leader for enterprise application design and development. This role sets enterprise application architecture principles, reference architectures, guardrails, and standards across the business. This Enterprise Architect leads efforts to conceptualize new and / or enhance enterprise applications.

location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
job type: Permanent
work hours: 9am to 5pm
education: Bachelors
Essential responsibilities:

  • Leads planning efforts for the future state architecture across domains with Solution and Systems Architects
  • Develops and nurtures credible relationships with business leaders
  • Provides input into portfolio investment decisions
  • Maintains productive networks with partners, the vendor community, and peers in the industry
  • Creates / designs / reviews complex solutions that span multiple products and business units
  • Evaluates and analyzes architecture for implementing enterprise-level use cases, and other requirements such as agility, interoperability, security, agility, integration, and scalability
  • Reviews product designs for compliance to the enterprise architecture guidelines and develops software architecture evaluation techniques
  • Prepares comprehensive architectural documents and presentations useful to stakeholders
  • Analyzes industry, technology, and market trends to determine their potential impacts on the enterprise architecture
  • Develops and maintains architectural patterns, reference architectures, guardrails, standards, and guidelines and enable adoption by solution teams
  • Collaboratively develops and refines enterprise architecture governance processes, technology capability strategies, and interoperability standards
  • Defines and maintains the applications landscape across the enterprise
  • Provides expert knowledge of application architecture and consults business and IT teams when application architecture knowledge is needed
  • Develops application architecture principles, reference architectures, guardrails, and standards
  • Tracks and advises on emerging technologies and trends in the industry that could impact the services and business of the organization
  • Advises on approaches to optimize business success

  • Support establishing EA vision and associated reference architectures for the enterprise
  • Ensure alignment between the IT Strategy, IT Project Portfolio and the Enterprise Reference Architecture
  • Establish & govern EA practices, procedures, standards and guidelines
  • Provide technical leadership, coaching, consulting and direction to projects and IT colleagues
skills: Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, Management Information Systems or Engineering preferred
  • 10+ years of Information Technology (IT)-related experience; or the equivalent combination of knowledge, training, and experience
  • Strong understanding of and experience in multiple business domains (e.g. merchandising, operations, order fulfillment, etc.)
  • Business acumen and strong understanding of retail business and IT strategy
  • Strong influencing skills including diplomacy, mentorship, coaching, and conflict resolution
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills related to presentation of complex topics to diverse audiences
  • Road mapping and blueprinting including ability to identify and assess risk to determine action
  • Expertise across a wide range of architectural domains and their associated patterns spanning business, data and analytics, application, infrastructure, security, broadcasting technology, and integration
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing cross-product line software architecture
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching solution teams through architectural decisioning
  • Proficient in techniques that produce designs of complex systems, including requirements discovery and analysis, formulation of solution context, identification of solution alternatives and their assessment, technology selection, and design configuration
  • Awareness of different architectural frameworks including The Open Group Architecture Framework ("TOGAF"), IT operational frameworks including Information Technology Infrastructure Library ("ITIL"), and project management frameworks including Project Management Body of Knowledge ("PMBOK")
  • Awareness and experience in enterprise architecture tools similar to Troux, Mega, and others
  • Ability to see the broader picture and drive towards pragmatic architectural directions, decisions, and guardrails
  • Ability to identify the impact, potential benefit, and opportunities to leverage emerging technologies on the business and collaborate with other teams to validate feasibility
  • Experience with architectural abstractions, integration and design patterns
  • Experience in social coding platforms (e.g. Github), DevOps, and modern application architectures
  • Experience in creating and defining new architectural models and explaining complex problems and situations
  • Working knowledge of Application Program Interface Management
  • Expert knowledge of Web Services
  • Working knowledge of Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, Desktop as a Service

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