Enterprise Architect/VP of EA (Enterprise Technology)
The focus of the enterprise architect's role is to ensure that the business strategy, along with any relevant trends, is expressed in the enterprise's processes and systems. A major goal of this role is to facilitate change in a way that maximizes its value and minimizes the associated "pain."
The chief enterprise architect is responsible for leading the program to develop, maintain and govern the architecture across the enterprise. The chief enterprise architect is also responsible for defining the enterprise architecture process and architecture review process, as well as for leading the integration of these processes with other related business and IT processes.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Leading the development of the enterprise architecture function or program, as well as promoting and communicating its progress, outcomes and results to the organization and its leaders
- Understanding, advocating and supporting the enterprise's IT strategies, as well as analyzing its IT environment to detect deficiencies and recommend improvements
- Leading and facilitating the creation of governing principles to guide information, technology, and solution decision making for the enterprise
- Leading the identification and analysis of the enterprise's business drivers to derive its business, information, technical and solution architecture requirements
- Analyzing the IT industry and market trends to determine their impact on the enterprise
- Consulting on application and infrastructure development projects to fit them to the architecture, as well as determining when it is necessary to modify the technical architecture to accommodate project needs
- Designing and directing the governance structure and activities associated with ensuring compliance with the enterprise architecture
- Overseeing the evaluation and selection of hardware and software product standards, as well as the design of standard configurations
- Identifying the organizational resources, structures and cultural change necessary to support the enterprise architecture
- Chief enterprise architects are responsible for ensuring that the activities are performed properly and appropriately for their organization. The main activities include:
- Strategize: The chief enterprise architect will, ideally, contribute to the strategy and, at a minimum, ensure that the strategy is understood and acted on
- Architect: The chief enterprise architect leads the process of articulating the desired future state, understanding the current state, identifying the gaps between the two and developing approaches to close these gaps
- Lead: Chief enterprise architects must lead the charge of change, primarily by evangelizing the change itself to elicit support, evolving the process of enterprise architecture so that its value is perceived to exceed the overhead and developing the core enterprise architecture team to include the skills required.
- Govern: Chief enterprise architects ensure that their outputs are used to bring about positive change through effective governance. This includes ensuring that the right organization structures, composed of the right people, are engaged to make and support enterprise architecture decisions, as well as ensuring that these decisions are carried out.
- Communicate: The chief enterprise architect is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of enterprise architecture are communicated effectively. Communication is a pervasive activity throughout the enterprise architecture activity cycle
- Partner and gain consensus with key business and technology stakeholders to deliver enterprise and corporate initiatives (Bruin, IT, Network services )
- Develop MetTel’s Enterprise Architecture capability, including the strategy, processes, frameworks, etc.
- Establish a clear demarcation for each discipline based on how it provides value to achieving business outcomes. Make Enterprise Architecture a recognized function and a formal discipline by clearly defining the role focus, outcomes and responsibilities of EA, AA (application architect) and solution architecture (SA).
- Clarify boundaries by specifying acceptable performance and task responsibilities, handoffs and collaboration.
- Organizationally savvy, and understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics
- Ability to balance the long-term ("big picture") and short-term implications of individual decisions
- Ability to translate business needs into EA requirements
- Ability to estimate the financial impact of EA alternatives
- Ability to apply multiple solutions to business problems
- Ability to rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
- Ready to think, behave and act in an innovative consulting manner to drive the organization's digital business strategies
- Understand and speak the language of the business
- Influential in the organization and a team player
- Effective at driving short-term actions that are consistent with long-term goals
- Align and support Enterprise technology leadership as well as cross functionally with other technology divisions to ensure cooperation and adherence to common documents, communications, standards, and practice.
- Provide industry insight, assess advanced and emerging technology domains, and recommend options, risks, cost/benefit analysis, and impact on business goals and processes.
- Define appropriate qualitative and quantitative metrics to measure success and service levels
- Collaborate on build vs. buy decision making and on platform selection by conducting research on third party platforms, applications and services.
- Collaborate on RFP process when MetTel is selecting among multiple third party platforms/applications.
- Solutions Strategy development - Support IT in production of future blueprints and topologies for MetTel customers and services being managed by MetTel’ aligned to Enterprise Architects
- Responsible for establishing current and long-range direction of technology aimed at keeping the organization on the forefront of change
- Works with the Software Architect and other members of the architecture team to help develop and maintain the software strategy for the company
- Develops the technology elements of the organization's strategies and operating plans. Ensures alignment of the technology functions with the vision of the organization
- Establishes technology policies and protocols for the organization and ensures ongoing compliance
- Responsible for the analysis of purchased systems, hardware and software, and the internal design and development of hardware and software systems
- Provides technical advice, guidance, and direction to carry out major initiatives
- Promotes the interfacing and control of the organization's present technology and the dissemination of technological information throughout the organization
- Organizes ongoing dialogues with target audiences to ensure that approved technical and architectural plans are supported and deployed
- Interacts and negotiates with major technology suppliers and top management
- Negotiates complex technology acquisition and related issues that may affect the entire organization
- This role is not about being too deep in the details or taking on an overly wide view of solution design authority. Candidate will be most effective when involved in the complete program lifecycle and learning lessons during the support phases to evolve architecture design.
- Microsoft SQL Server: write and maintain queries, stored procedures, packages, SSIS
- Design, implement and maintain the computer systems supporting our operations
- Crystal Reports, and experience in financial reporting
- Experience supporting connectivity between computer systems (like sftp)
- Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or quantitative discipline. Master’s degree is preferred
- Knowledge of best practices to Enterprise Architecture (EA), and ability to explain what EA is and what it is not and what makes it successful
- Success at creating, inspiring and maintaining compliance with EA diagrams and artifacts that support appropriate decision making across the enterprise (includes Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architecture, Information Architecture, Security Architecture, Application Architecture)
- Exceptional abilities to bridge the gap between technical and business. You can talk to an engineer or a marketer and adjust your communication style and language accordingly
- Success driving Data, Security and Application Development standards across organizations
- 10+ years leading architecture organizations in design, development, and implementation of highly scalable, high-volume software systems and components, client-facing web applications, and major Internet-oriented applications and systems
- Is recognized as a technology visionary who translates emerging technologies into applications for new and enhanced products, services and content.
- Sage experience is a plus
- Basic knowledge of accounting a major plus
- Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational, and prioritization skills
- Self-starter, self-motivated, and willing to take initiative
- High interest in technology and continuous learning
- Experience working with and relying on external vendors
- Ideal candidate must demonstrate the ability and desire to actively and confidently lead and communicate, with exceptional oral and written communication skills
- Ideal candidate must demonstrate the ability and desire to be a problem solver in both leader and individual contributor roles
- Must have experience with applications, integration, information management and data quality, in addition to infrastructure skills
- This role requires the ability to identify goals to be pursued, and to influence others towards these same goals.
- The role requires an individual who is self-motivated and able to work independently and autonomously.
- Service-oriented architecture, Web services, e-commerce, globalization, compliance, privacy and security, and a host of additional trends like regulatory issues and implications
- Have experience with: Dynamics 365 Financials, Dynamics 365 Operations, Dynamics SL, Dynamics AX, and Dynamics CRM
MetTel is a leading global provider of customized, integrated and managed communications solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel enables enterprise companies to easily deploy and manage technology-driven voice, data, wireless and cloud solutions globally. With one of the most comprehensive offerings, the highest quality customer care and project management and the ability to help manage, maintain and secure your communications needs, our portfolio of customer-centric solutions boosts enterprise productivity, reduces costs and simplifies operations. Combining customized and managed communication solutions with a powerful platform of cloud-based software, the company’s MetTel Portal® enables customers to manage their inventory, usage, spend and repairs from one simple, user friendly interface. MetTel was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York City. For more information visit www.mettel.net
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