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Lead Enterprise Architect

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Lead Enterprise Strategy Architect

Objectives:

  • Define and evolve Northwestern Mutual's Enterprise Target State Architecture in collaboration with architecture subject areas: Business, Application, Data, Technology and Security.
  • Use Enterprise Target State Architecture to both frame and craft major technology related strategies and vice versa.
  • Assist driving out highest value and broadest impact technology related strategic directions, decisions and top down architectures optimized to business goals.

Key Knowledge and Abilities to be Successful

Knowledge

  • Broad understanding of NM business ecosystem, application ecosystem, and App/Data/Tech/Security concepts
  • Understanding of certain technologies to vital levels of detail as the situation demands
  • Proven understanding of decisioning and problem solving methods
  • Ability and desire to research and perform self study to acquire knowledge as the situation demands
  • Ability to use the knowledge of others

Abilities

  • Ability to lead a cross field team through strategy and architecture development
  • Shown experience building and working with technology conceptual and logical models - capabilities, blueprints, information models, process models, principles, etc.
  • Ability to build out and/or map concepts to C4 Level 1 & Level 2 logical models
  • Critical Thinking/Analysis:
  • Ability to align with organizational goals - Principle development
  • Ability to identify and optimize for factors involved.
  • Ability to develop and work through decisioning models (ie, SOC, TEI, Hubbard) or problem solving methods (ie, A3, DMAIC, 5 step)
  • Ability to apply their knowledge and demonstrate the knowledge of others to develop optimized Future State models and roadmaps
  • Ability to influence/move the organization without authority
  • Ability to cultivate common understanding and convergence of thinking across the organization
  • Ability to resolve material differences of opinions
  • Ability to communicate and influence senior level leaders
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of leadership up through Director/VP level
  • Ability to influence engineer/architect roles through Director/VP

Successful Individual in this role must have the capacity for and enjoy:

  • High Amounts of Broad Learning / Improving -- The strategy, decision, top-down architecture requires broad knowledge covering a variety of technology/business situations and improvement of personal abilities and the application thereof as the focus/situation calls for
  • High Amounts of Broad Cross Organization Interaction and Thought Leadership -- The broadness of the work involves converging and weaving common understanding and conviction across multiple areas of business, product and technology given the situation

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Grow your career with a best-in-class company that puts our client’s interests at the center of all we do. Get started now! 

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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