Chief Architect

Date Posted: Jan 12
Type: Permanent
Wage: $200,000 - $220,000 + 35% bonus
Job Number: 8073
Location: Houston, TX

TITLE: Chief Architect

LOCATION: West Houston

TYPE: Direct hire

SALARY: $200,000 - $220,000 + 35% bonus

The Chief Architect is responsible for establishing and leading an enterprise wide architecture program across multiple company verticals. The Chief Architect will design a program that is effective across companies that operate somewhat autonomously while being connected by a common core.

- Capable of practically applying existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models.
- Deliver signature-ready, actionable recommendations to business leaders, so they can adjust policies and projects to achieve target business outcomes.
- Accountable for leading, managing and balancing a bimodal architecture program - tactical, to run, grow and transform the business, and strategic, which designs and enables future-state business capabilities with a focus on technology disruption, speed, agility, and flexibility.
- A practical role and not a TOGAF/Zackman or other theory based role.
- Must be solution-oriented and business minded with significant practical experience in building, delivering & support IT systems in the evolution to being an architect.
- The ideal candidate will be very strong in either infrastructure or applications.
- The ideal candidate is a thought leader, a builder of consensus and of bridges between business and technology while maintaining objectivity and a strong understanding that architecture is foundational for the organization to deliver on its business goals and objectives.
- The chief architect will demonstrate competencies across six key dimensions.
- Lead the creation and evolution of the enterprise-wide architecture program
- Lead the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business strategy and requirements
- Focus on Strategy and Execution
- Demonstrate the business value of architecture as an enabler of strategy formulation, and as support for technology innovation, which drives the organization's top and bottom lines.
- Formulate, translate, advocate, support and execute business strategy to achieve the organization's targeted business outcomes.
- Research and Understand Technology and Nontechnology Trends
- Scan the world for major disruptive technology and nontechnology trends (trendspotting) that affect business.
- Provide practical advice and best practices to overcome these challenges and successfully deliver the expected business outcomes.
- Lead the analysis of business and operating models, market trends and the technology industry to determine their potential impact on the enterprise's business strategy, direction and architecture.
- Define architecture blue books and technology roadmaps
- Enable Enterprise Ideation and Innovation
- Track and apply innovative and existing technologies, anchoring them in the business model to assess their potential, and use rapid prototyping approaches to evolve innovations.
- Run technology experiments, helping to create new products and services and integrating the best of theses into steady-state operations for the organization.
- Determine and Help Orchestrate the Delivery of Business Outcomes
- Guide and advice stakeholders about disruptive technologies and trends.
- Ensure technology roadmaps across applications, infrastructure, middleware and other aspects of technology are evolving in sync with each other
- Work with business peers to develop and present business capability models and roadmaps to facilitate discussion and decision making with stakeholders across the enterprise.
- Lead analysis of the business' future-state capabilities and future (and current) IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement and driving the business forward.
- Lead analysis of the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend
solutions for improvement.
- Present a gap analysis and/or IT investment roadmap that reflects the status of the existing IT estate, namely, its ability to contribute to future-state business capabilities around ecosystems and digital platforms.
- Lead the development of an implementation plan for the enterprise architecture based on business requirements and IT strategies.
- Lead and facilitate the creation of governance, assurance and standards to guide EA decision making.
- Oversee the evaluation and selection of architecture standards, as necessary.
- Consult with infrastructure, project and product teams to ensure consistency with the enterprise architecture, as well as to identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise architecture.
- Minimal travel is required for this position (up to 20% of the time and on a domestic basis). Mainly local Houston based travel to site locations. Out of town travel very minimal

- 10+ years of experience in at least three disciplines, such as business, information, solution or technical architecture, application development, middleware, infrastructure, in a multi-tier environment
- 7+ years of business experience in strategic and operations planning and/or business analysis
- Experienced with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks
- 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
- Exposure and understanding of existing, new and emerging technologies, and processing environments
- Exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
- Strong leadership skills
- Excellent analytical and technical skills
- Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills
- Excellent planning and organizational skills
- Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture
- Knowledge of business engineering principles and processes
- Familiarity with basic graphical modeling approaches, tools and model repositories

- Master's or Bachelor's degree in business, computer science, computer engineering, or a related field of study, or equivalent experience

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