Job Overview and Responsibilities
The Enterprise architect proactively and holistically leads and supports EA activities that strategically guide business and operating models, people, processes and technology. He/she helps prepare the business to become resilient and future-fit. This position could be based worldwide, alternative Solvay locations can be selected for this hire beyond what is listed on the job posting.
He/she, works closely with strategy and business leaders to create alignment between business and IT. The Enterprise architect clarifies strategic intentions, identifies business outcomes, explores implications, impacts and risks, and addresses stakeholders’ questions. He/she creates deliverables for business leaders that support organizational change and investments in response to disruptive forces and toward achieving targeted business outcomes. The Enterprise architect facilitates discussion around the construction of business models, which may include technology, business capabilities, value-streams and processes and other key business architecture deliverables. The Enterprise architect helps strategy and business leaders understand, apply, monetize and operacionalize existing, new, and emerging technologies to transform and optimize business and operating models.
Scope of Activities
The Enterprise architect will demonstrate competencies across five key dimensions:
Supports Strategy Formulation
- Facilitates enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, technology and business cases, and business innovation portfolio development along with operating model development.
- Engages key business stakeholders to identify business and technology-enabled innovation opportunities that enable and drive business strategy. Focuses on growing revenue, optimizes costs, and mitigates risks.
Enables Organizational Change and Investments
- Collaborates with and facilitates enterprise stakeholders involved in digital strategy and digital innovation.
- Assesses near-term and long-term needs, to establish business IT investment priorities.
- Utilizes a toolbox of business architecture deliverables to help business leaders identify and make IT investment decisions. Deliverables include, but are not limited to, business-outcome-statements, strategy on a page, scenario planning, business capability modeling, value-streams mapping, business process models, ecosystems modeling, customer and user profiling, journey maps, human-centric design and business investment road maps.
Facilitates Business and Operating Model Design and Innovation
- Works with business and IT executives to help describe and understand their business and operating models by making the business model clear and explicit.
- Ensures the business and operating models fit together by showing the interdependences between components, and that the business model story makes sense.
- Seeks ways to drive adoption of new technology and reuse existing technology for enabling business capabilities, value streams and business processes.
- Researches and provides information on emerging technology trends and disruptions and competitors' practices relevant to assigned LOB customers.
Bridges the Gap Between Business and IT
- Provides internal management consultancy services to business leaders, business units and lines of business, helping them with design thinking, business modeling, ecosystem modeling, innovation management, IT investment analysis, and operating model design.
- Facilitates development of crosslines of business solutions that combine knowledge of business capabilities, value streams and business processes.
- Consults with technical subject matter experts to develop technical solutions. Advises on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities.
- Collaborates with the program management office and projects team on benefits, issues, risks of initiatives and reporting project status.
- Facilitates agreement on organizational work models and processes to meet business requirements.
- Helps develop a governance plan for ensuring that business architecture is a primary input to the development of other EA viewpoints.
- Participates in the EA governance and assurance process to identify business, information, solutions issues at the front end of the project life cycle, and with product managers and product owners at the different stages of the Agile and product lifecycle.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree in business, information systems or related discipline, or equivalent and extensive related project experience; M.B.A. preferred.
- Ten or more years of business or IT experience
- Management experience in one or more of the following areas: business transformation and optimization, strategic planning, leadership, business relationship management and business process management.
- Experience of facilitating and leading multi disciplined, high-performance and agile squad teams.
- Experience with SAP S4 transformation
- Knowledge in all aspects of designing and constructing business capabilities, value streams, business processes, and organizational structures.
- Comprehensive knowledge of facilitation of projects and products, and organization change management.
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills; ability to create original concepts and theories for a variety of projects
- Knowledge of finance, accounting, valuation and metrics development.
- Ability to communicate, influence and persuade — both business and IT leaders, as well as peers.
- Understands business process management, workflow and integration methods and tools
French spoken / written
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