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Director Enterprise Architect
Ref No.: 18-00808
Location: Chicago, Illinois, Illinois
Key Accountabilities:
  • Works with executives from various groups to provide architectural recommendations & guidance as well as executive-level presentations at the enterprise level.
  • Participates in 3 Year Engineering/Technical Roadmaps for one or more layers of the architecture.
  • Participates in Architecture Review Meetings/Boards to ensure that the organization and architecture align with the business model of the enterprise; providing architectural direction and communicating architectural decisions, plans, goals and strategies.
  • Ensures that chosen technology is updated or replaced as needed; understands and balances the complete lifecycle of technical choices.
  • Identifies and develops operational plans across technologies and/or across systems.
  • Ensures that the right people from across the enterprise participate in technical design and vendor selection for projects.
  • Delivers architectural initiatives that drive revenue and improve efficiency to align with business strategy.
  • Develops and maintains current and planned state architectural blueprints.
  • Solves complex system issues/failures and helps to determine root causes as well as designing resolutions.
  • Creates a visionary architecture roadmap and organizational strategy to align Business and IT; leads and facilitates the design and implementation of technical solutions and processes related to technology architecture
  • Defines the architecture principles, standards and guidelines regarding the proper use and deployment of business applications, data and technology within the Bank
  • Creates and manages the various key architecture assets for the designated portfolio and scope
  • Partners with broader stakeholders in technology and business in defining architecture possibilities and futures
  • Works with Business and development teams in recommending process or system design and enhancement
  • Provides input into the preparation of business case
  • Participates in the system specification review process to ensure system requirements can be translated into valid software architecture
  • Identifies risks or issues with technology solution & design which may impact realization of project benefits and provides guidance and support to stakeholders in making good decisions to pro-actively resolve or mitigate potential risks/delays to the project
  • Ensures that systems are functionally appropriate, technically sound and well-integrated
  • Analyzes and designs viable solutions to high complexity business problems according to user specifications.
  • Ensures sound and robust architecture and provide sufficient guidance for the successful implementation of solutions to mitigate any negative impact on Technology and Enterprise budget.
  • Provides immediate response to critical production program wide problems. Presents and evaluates alternatives, coordinating and ensuring resolution.
  • Identifies and researches relevant technologies, performs Proof of Concepts / Prototypes, and recommends applications of such technologies to future product architectures
  • Proactively identifies and implements strategies to improve reliability, leveraging automation wherever possible.
  • Seeks to integrate digital methods for agile, rapid prototyping, and for customer involvement.
  • Leverages metrics and analytics to gain insight for planning, design and management to facilitate the identification of improvement opportunities.
  • Designs and oversees implementation of end-to-end integrated solutions.
  • Develops a deep understanding of organizational complexity to build strong rapport with the appropriate matrix areas for the construction and delivery of the solution.
  • Actively participates and contributes to future Infrastructure Releases and Middleware/Hub.
  • Ensures that chosen technology is flexible, supportable and requires minimal maintenance.
  • Ensures the tactical implementation of the computing styles and architecture.
  • Creates and maintains current state of architecture in his/her area which includes:
    • Applications
    • Data
    • Technologies
    • Processes
    • Users
    • Users
  • Provides architectural expertise & domain knowledge to advise & guide senior leaders
  • Actively participates in architecture governance meetings (may be as a non-voting member)
  • Actively participates in setting technical direction of the styles of computing
  • Actively participates in checkpoint and design reviews
  • Identifies opportunities to strengthen the capability at BMO, such as: sharing architectural expertise to promote technical development, mentoring employees, building communities of practice and networks across technology.
  • Stays abreast of industry technical and business trends through participation in professional associations, practice communities & individual learning.
  • Provides guidance for technology/project development review. Coaches other Architects and is widely recognized and sought out as a mentor from a technology perspective
Core Knowledge:
  • Generally 10-15 years of work experience in IT or business environment and/or BS/BA or MBA/MS in computer science, engineering, information systems, math or business
  • Deep technical and system-level expertise in one or more technology areas.
  • Expert knowledge of computer or network systems hardware and software theory, practice, concepts and technology relevant to organizational vision.
  • Sufficient business knowledge to assess impact of applied technology on customer's business processes.
  • Ability to review technical work
  • Knowledge of project management methodology and its applicability to successful delivery of technical change.
  • Understands the strategic technical direction of:
    • Middleware
    • Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment
    • Testing
    • Systems Mgmt.
    • Enterprise Data & Access Layers
    • Pertinent Styles of computing
  • Possesses a deep understanding and problem solving ability of Information Technology of various scale, degree and dimension of complexity
  • Proficient in the techniques that go into producing designs of complex systems, including requirements discovery and analysis, formulation of solution context, identification of solution alternatives and their assessment, technology selection, and design configuration
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of the organization's technologies and architectures.
  • Provides leadership at an enterprise level in the analysis, planning, and design of computer/network systems.
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Employee Status:
Job Level:
Senior Individual Contributor
More Information About the Job
Is Relocation Available?
Yes, nationwide

Is there a bonus structure?
20% or higher

Are you open to sponsorship?

This position is:

Is there a possibility to work remote?

Is there equity?

Are there flexible work hours?

Does this position have direct reports?

Who does this position report to?
Chief Architect and Head of Engineering

What are the 3-4 non-negotiable requirements on this position?
Experience • Generally, over 15 years work experience in Information Technology or Computing environment, including 8+ years architecture experience. • Experience in architecture and solution design in large complex initiatives. • Expert-level competency in multiple technologies • Experience creating detailed roadmaps and blueprints that encompass design and solution that covers business, technology and security concerns • Experience working in a matrix organization

What are the nice-to-have skills?
• Thorough knowledge of management/leadership principles. • Proficient knowledge of system development practice, concepts, technology, methodology, and trends in technology. • Proficient knowledge of project management methodology. • Thorough business acumen including understanding product strategy across market segments. • Sufficient business knowledge to assess impact of applied technology on customer's business processes.

What is exciting about this opportunity? Please use this section to describe team and company culture.
Leadership position with ability to lead the organization.