Enterprise Architect

SidTech LTD
Not specified
04 May 2021
06 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title:Enterprise Architect

Location:Woking, UK


Enterprise Architecture Group

Job Purpose and primary objectives:

To develop and promote a simplified and cohesive future-state architecture for a regional business domain, to be accountable for its integrity and to be a key adviser on IT investment and design decisions.

The role will involve:

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

Key responsibilities (please specify if the position is an individual one or part of a team):

Part of Enterprise Architect team, reporting in to Head of Enterprise Architecture

1. Ensure the current landscape for their business domain is well documented and catalogued for use in architecture, project and support activities. Catalogues include business capabilities, information objects, systems and technologies.

2. Provide architectural and technical guidance throughout the business change life cycle

3. Work with IS relationship managers, system owners and business stakeholders to:

4. Identify and recommend architecturally significant business opportunities and strategic needs

5. Determine architectural strategies and plans for business, information, system and technology layers

6. Develop future state and transitional state architectures and roadmaps

7. Recommend how technology and market trends can be used to best meet business needs

8. Help shape projects to deliver against business opportunities and needs

9. Influence projects towards a simpler, more flexible, globally consistent architecture

10. Monitor the portfolio of existing solutions for effective life cycle management

11. 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

12. Ensure that future-state architectures and roadmaps are complete, consistent and feasible.

13. Maintaining architecture governance for their business domain to provide architectural monitoring, guidance, and enforcement in programmes and projects.

14. Support overall architecture planning and governance, contributing to reviews, planning, budgeting and development of architectural policies, standards and procedures as required

Key Skills/Knowledge:

o Minimum BA/BS degree or equivalent experience

o TOGAF certified

o Ability to shape programmes, projects and solutions from uncertain requirements

o Ability to lead the planning and development of strategic architecture deliverables

o Solution planning and design skills from conceptual level to detailed level.

o Ability to abstract real world scenarios into easy to understand architecture models

o Ability to produce conceptual designs for multi technology solutions

o A good working knowledge and practice of Enterprise architecture disciplines across business, system and information layers.

o Ability to evaluate technologies and assess their potential value to the business

o Ability to exploit Information Management disciplines including: Data governance, MDM, Information life cycle management, Document and records management

o 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

o Good understanding of core infrastructure services and how they are used effectively in solution designs.

o Good understanding of information security disciplines, technologies and methods of threat and risk reduction.


o Ability to articulate both technical and business ideas clearly and simply

o Ability to quickly build up sufficient knowledge to make effective recommendations

o Ability to prioritise effectively

o Analysis skills and lateral thinking

o Ability to review IT documentation and provide constructive feedback on key issues

o Ability to plan and management stakeholder engagement

o Ability to facilitate discussions to drive future planning and to help resolve project issues and conflicts

o Strong team player both as part of virtual team and solutions team

o Good time management skills and experience in managing with a number of concurrent projects and able to prioritise them.

o High level of communication skills and knowledge of English (verbally and written). Preferably knowledge of additional languages.

Experience required:

o Experience in the applied use of IT in business situations including roles as an Enterprise Architect

o Significant experience in advising, influencing and developing solution architectures in organisations with complex heterogeneous IS environments

o Experience of developing target architectures and roadmaps which have been shown to set and influence IT and business direction

o Experience of working in the Pharmaceutical industry or a related industry that has strong regulatory compliance requirements

o Experience of identifying and selecting IT solutions to business problems including Commercial of the Shelf (COTS), SaaS and ERP applications

o Experience of solution definition, application architecture and systems integration.

o Experience in producing documentation and presentations for both business and technical audiences

o Experience of systems analysis, design and development with experience in a solution architect role an advantage

o Experience of managing complex or large IT projects either directly or indirectly through close involvement in the overall project leadership

o Experience of Architecture governance including design authorities, setting and communicating IT standards, maintaining shared knowledge

o Staff/Team management experience an advantage

o Experience of working in an international environment

o Supplier management experience including software vendors, cloud vendors and outsourced service providers


o Familiarity with EA tools and repositories, and their usage for strategic level/EA level modelling and impact analysis

o Experience in Computer system validation as practised in the pharmaceutical industry

o Familiarity with Solution Delivery Life Cycle (SDLC) frameworks and processes.

o Practical experience of project management methodologies and project management techniques.

o Knowledge of IT Infrastructure library (ITIL) principles and practices. Some service delivery experience an advantage.

Duration of the Assignment:

12months +

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