Enterprise Architect

Project Recruit
04 May 2021
05 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Enterprise Architect

Our client, a leading global supplier for IT services, requires an Enterprise Architect to be based in their client's office in Woking. You can work remotely until covid abates.

This is a 12+month temporary contract, to start on 11th May 2021.

Key Responsibilities

  • Advising on projects/programmes/strategy, which impact the business and the overall IT architecture
  • Developing future state architectures and roadmaps with a regional scope and a 2-3 year vision
  • Sustaining architectural governance within their business domain
  • Working across regions and cultures to communicate, share and align approaches
  • Leading architecture engagements through strong customer relationships
  • Contributing to the development and governance of the overall IT architecture
  • The role involves using a wide range of IT/Business experience and technical ability to influence strategy, roadmaps, solutions and designs
  • The position is for a respected senior architect resource who upholds architecture practices, principles and technical standards and promotes best practice approaches
  • They will be called upon to resolve key design, development and production issues through effective diagnosis, facilitation and mediation
  • In support of corporate architecture governance and planning the individual will also use their experience to oversee all global architecture matters relating to a specific shared technology eg SAP, MDM, Document management, Database technology, Application and Data Security, Development tools and techniques, application integrations
  • Ensure the current landscape for their business domain is well documented and catalogued for use in architecture, project and support activitiescatalogues include business capabilities, information objects, systems and technologies
  • Provide architectural and technical guidance throughout the business change life cycle
  • Work with IS relationship managers, system owners and business stakeholders toIdentify and recommend architecturally significant business opportunities and strategic needs
  • Determine architectural strategies and plans for business, information, system and technology layers
  • Develop future state and transitional state architectures and roadmaps
  • Recommend how technology and market trends can be used to best meet business needs
  • Help shape projects to deliver against business opportunities and needs
  • Influence projects towards a simpler, more flexible, globally consistent architecture
  • Monitor the portfolio of existing solutions for effective life cycle management
  • Ensure that proposals and designs meet business objectives are fit for purpose, cost effective and meet Astellas standards and best practices and that designs can accommodate future change cases
  • Ensure that future-state architectures and roadmaps are complete, consistent and feasible
  • Maintaining architecture governance for their business domain to provide architectural monitoring, guidance, and enforcement in programmes and projects
  • Support overall architecture planning and governance, contributing to reviews, planning, budgeting and development of architectural policies, standards and procedures as required

Key Requirements/Skills

  • Minimum BA/BS degree or equivalent experience
  • TOGAF certified
  • Ability to shape programmes, projects and solutions from uncertain requirements
  • Ability to lead the planning and development of strategic architecture deliverables
  • Solution planning and design skills from conceptual level to detailed level
  • Ability to abstract real world scenarios into easy to understand architecture models
  • Ability to produce conceptual designs for multi technology solutions
  • A good working knowledge and practice of Enterprise architecture disciplines across business, system and information layers.
  • Ability to evaluate technologies and assess their potential value to the business
  • Ability to exploit Information Management disciplines including: Data governance, MDM, Information life cycle management, Document and records management
  • Solid understanding of application and data platforms and how they are used effectively in solution designs, such as:
  • Integration tools, Web and Application Servers, Databases, Data marts and warehouses
  • Good understanding of core infrastructure services and how they are used effectively in solution designs.
  • Good understanding of information security disciplines, technologies and methods of threat and risk reduction.
  • Ability to articulate both technical and business ideas clearly and simply
  • Ability to quickly build up sufficient knowledge to make effective recommendations and ability to prioritise effectively
  • Analysis skills and lateral thinking and to review IT documentation and provide constructive feedback on key issues
  • Ability to plan and management stakeholder engagement
  • Ability to facilitate discussions to drive future planning and to help resolve project issues and conflicts
  • Experience in the applied use of IT in business situations including roles as an Enterprise Architect
  • Significant experience in advising, influencing and developing solution architectures in organisations with complex heterogeneous IS environments
  • Experience of developing target architectures and roadmaps which have been shown to set and influence IT and business direction
  • Experience of working in the Pharmaceutical industry or a related industry that has strong regulatory compliance requirements
  • Experience of identifying and selecting IT solutions to business problems including Commercial of the Shelf (COTS), SaaS and ERP applications
  • Experience of solution definition, application architecture and systems integration
  • Experience in producing documentation and presentations for both business and technical audiences
  • Experience of systems analysis, design and development with experience in a solution architect role an advantage
  • Experience of managing complex or large IT projects either directly or indirectly through close involvement in the overall project leadership
  • Experience of Architecture governance including design authorities, setting and communicating IT standards, maintaining shared knowledge
  • Experience of working in an international environment
  • Supplier management experience including software vendors, cloud vendors and outsourced service providers
  • Familiarity with EA tools and repositories, and their usage for strategic level/EA level modelling and impact analysis
  • Experience in Computer system validation as practised in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Familiarity with Solution Delivery Life Cycle (SDLC) frameworks and processes
  • Practical experience of project management methodologies and project management techniques
  • Knowledge of IT Infrastructure library (ITIL) principles and practices. Some service delivery experience an advantage

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