IT Architect Principal

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Principal

Competitive Total Compensation Package

Overview: <p>Provide support for architecture discipline as defined by departmental requirements. Provide overall direction, guidance, definition and facilitation for the development of architecture required to meet business strategies and goals. Identify, support, and analyze the enterprise&rsquo;s business drivers, IT strategies, and current IT environment and recommend solutions to improve, develop, and align IT to the business. Lead, consult or oversee multiple highly complex projects/programs/domains that have significant impacts and require in-depth technical knowledge across multiple specific architecture disciplines such as technology, solution, business or information/data.</p>
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Lead and analyze the information to evaluate the effectiveness of controls, determine the accuracy of reports, and monitor the efficiency and security of operations.</li> <li>Develop, review, and communicate domain-wide policies, standards, guidelines and procedures. Promote the IT Architecture process, outcomes and results.</li> <li>Participate in the IT Architecture Governance process. Lead and facilitate the domain&rsquo;s architecture governance process based on governance structure. Manage exceptions to architectural standards at a domain level. Review and approve recommendations to architectural standards at a domain level.</li> <li>Analyze the current architecture to identify weaknesses and develop opportunities for improvements.</li> <li>Ensure compatibility with existing solutions, infrastructure, services, and strategic requirements. Guide the design of enterprise-wide initiatives to integrate systems.&nbsp;</li> <li>Provide strategic consultation to clients and IT teams/leaders. Consult on application or infrastructure development projects to fit systems or infrastructure to the technical architecture, and identify when it is necessary to modify the technical/solution architecture to accommodate project needs. Keep IT&rsquo;s technology and delivery managers aware of key customer issues, identifying and resolving potential problems and conflicts. Develop a communication plan for architecture at the domain level.</li> <li>Coordinate architecture implementation and modification activities. Ensure the conceptual completeness of the technical solution. Work closely with project management to ensure alignment of plans with what is being delivered.</li> <li>Lead the research and evaluation of emerging technology, industry and market trends to assist in project/program development and/or operational support activities. Consider potential application and impact to domain&rsquo;s architecture.</li> <li>Identify the tools and components used within the domain based on the enterprise toolset and can define exceptions as warranted.</li> <li>Recommend expenditures based on the size, scope, and cost of hardware and software components.</li> <li>Develop, motivate, and mentor IT members to create a team environment.</li> <li>Provide leadership, technology guidance and mentor others throughout their domain.</li> <li>Provide coaching and mentoring to less-experienced team members.</li> <li>Other duties may be assigned.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>ENTERPRISE DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Contributes to the IT strategy and ensures alignment with architectural strategy and business goals.</li> <li>Develops the solutions viewpoint, in which the business, information and technology viewpoints are synthesized into solutions that deliver capabilities to the enterprise.</li> <li>Participates in the business strategic planning cycle, gaining an understanding of common issues, drivers, imperatives and objectives across the enterprise.</li> <li>Lead technology industry analysis and market trends to determine their potential impact on the enterprise architecture.&nbsp;</li> <li>Ensure the integration of all aspects of architecture across each domain and type (solution, technology, information, process) and alignment with business strategies, objectives and capability needs.</li> <li>Develop the principles to guide architecture decisions for the enterprise across all architecture types.</li> <li>Lead the development of holistic blueprints in coordination with the domain architects. Coordinate with other Plans and strategic partners, identifying opportunities for shared solutions.</li> <li>Lead and coordinate the domain technical and business discussions relative to future architecture direction.</li> <li>Guide strategy development and ensure alignment with architectural strategy and business goals.</li> <li>Contributes to the IT strategy and ensures alignment with architectural strategy and business goals.</li> <li>Analyze, design, and develop a roadmap and implementation plan based upon a current vs. future state in a cohesive architecture viewpoint.</li> <li>Define principles that guide technology decisions and the relationship between enterprise business context (industry and market trends) and specified technology</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bachelor's degree in related field required. Master's degree in related field preferred.</li> <li>Ten (10) years of experience in multiple IT areas with five (5) years of relevant architecture experience (data, network, application, systems, etc.) required.</li> <li>Strong Leadership skills.</li> <li>Advanced to expert level knowledge and understanding of architecture, application design, systems engineering and integration required.</li> <li>Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments required.</li> </ul> <p><strong>DEPARTMENTAL PREFERENCES</strong></p> <p>To define and maintain the principles, artifacts and information that guide solution decisions for the enterprise. Lead the collection of capabilities and drivers based on enterprise business strategies, requirements and IT strategies. Partner with IT and business areas to support value-based planning and roadmap development.</p> <ul> <li>10+ years of providing architecture consulting</li> <li>10+&nbsp;years of architecting business processes, functions and solutions</li> <li>10+ years of creating and presenting Enterprise Architecture artifacts that clearly articulate the processes, functions and solutions</li> <li>Experience working with business customers to architect solutions that are meeting the desired business value&nbsp;</li> <li>Health Care Payer and/or related large enterprise architecture practice experience</li> <li>Experience with vendor package integration and SaaS architectures</li> </ul> <p><strong>OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ability to self motivate, take initiative and endure leadership skills to seek out work and accomplish goals.</li> <li>Decision making and critical thinking abilities to relate to and understand issues to reach productive decisions.</li> <li>Subject matter expert knowledge of products and services.</li> <li>Ability to think and act strategically to identify and maintain focus on key success factors for the organization.</li> <li>Extensive experience in client relationship management through knowledge and ability to determine and satisfy client needs and maintain a partnering relationship during engagements.</li> <li>Ability to provide technical and business guidance in multiple situations both internally and externally.</li> <li>Ability to develop and integrate new ideas and initiatives that improve the performance of the organization.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><em>All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other grounds, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.</em></p>