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Senior Enterprise Architect
Ref No.: 17-01091
Location: North of Boston Area, Massachusetts
Position Type:Direct Placement
Position Type: Direct Placement with our Client

The Sr. Enterprise Architecture brings the best knowledge and expertise available to provide the process, strategy, technology awareness, and engineering expertise to help our client successfully deliver and manage the overall technical infrastructure environment. This individual is a technology generalist who defines and communicates infrastructure engineering standards/processes, reviews the technical architecture of infrastructure and application projects and oversees the implementation and delivery of the technical vision.
Job Responsibilities
  • Provide thought leadership/direction on end-to-end technical/engineering solutions as related to the infrastructure environment. 
  • Manage priorities and evaluate alternative process/project strategies; present & justify proposals to management & IT leadership.
  • Participate in the preparation of materials and oral presentations for constituents and management. Play a lead role in meetings relating to specific technical projects or tasks.
  • Research, evaluate, and develop a wide variety of complex technology components of a tactical and strategic nature.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with vendors.  Understand and influences vendor strategies and product directions.  Participate in vendor negotiations pertaining to the acquisition of products or services.  
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of current and emerging technologies within assigned function or platform.
  • Develop and recommends innovative solutions to business problems of moderate complexity, including preparation of cost-benefit analyses.
Job Qualifications
  • A working knowledge of current computer and communications technologies and disciplines, including Cloud, Servers, Storage, Networking, Data Centers, Security, Messaging, and Managed Services.
  • Current and future state knowledge of technologies used in similar size companies, and the IT industry in general. Financial Services ideal.
  • Strong system engineering skills with an emphasis on overall enterprise scale architecture.
  • Strong project delivery skills.  This is not a hands-on position, however, the individual must have been hands-on during their career.
  • Must have work experience in a company larger in size and scope (in terms of the Infrastructure complexity, and specific vendors). 
  • Understanding of Cloud, Cybersecurity, High Availability, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery concepts as they relate to Open Systems architecture.
  • 15 years of relevant and progressive experience in a distributed computing environment is preferred.  Must have demonstrated skills in tools and techniques appropriate to the above job duties.   
Non-Technical Qualification:
  • Consensus builder -- Manages user and executive expectations, understands our client's business to address needs, defined cost impact of requests/services, and defines product & service delivery standards to ensure high quality client service.
  • Team Building Skills - Must have leadership skills to develop commitment and maintain momentum for geographically dispersed, matrixed team members.
  • Excellent  written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to interact and negotiate across all IT functional groups.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead using influence and persuasive argument.
  • Willingness to work in an energetic, fast-paced, and team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities effectively.
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively in a business-critical production environment
The person who is going to succeed at this function not only brings a high degree of technical know-how, but possesses the ability to communicate a vision of the solution coupled with the talents and style essential to persuading others to implement that solution.  Some of the characteristics that will be required include:
  • Ability to assess and quickly grasp the essential requirements in need of change in an existing environment.
  • Capable of forming and communicating a clear vision of a solution to mixed audiences.
  • Strong motivation to be a change agent; persistent and determined, without being stubborn or abrasive.
  • Strongly motivated by the prospect of acting as a mentor to people unfamiliar with the nature of the changes they face.
  • A technical risk-taker who, nevertheless, will never compromise stability for change
  • An ability to consistently achieve results while creating a "can do," positive work environment.
  • Has a presentation style that is effective in communicating with senior executives, and rank-and-file technologists.
  • Has a style capable of working with a wide latitude of independence, able to engage in constructive give-and-take sessions on strategy and tactics; able to work in a team effort, as required.