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Functional Architect
Ref No.: 18-14842
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
A Major Financial Firm located in Jersey City, NJ has an immediate contract opportunity for a Functional Architect.

IT Architecture Americas is a transversal team responsible for ensuring the global alignment to the end-to-end control framework over IT decisions, process and approvals for the Americas region. This team work as an extension to the global CIB Architecture team with coordination and support from an array of architects and solution designers from various business lines (Global Markets, Corporate Banking, ALMT, BP2S..)

Position Summary:
This an engagement to support strategic evolution of the application and technical architecture landscape in the context of the internal Technical / Enterprise Architecture and contributing to projects, transformation and business as usual activities. S/He needs to works with various business and functional stakeholders, solution designers and architects to define and manage the key objectives and deliveries. Below are the main objectives of the engagement.
  • Support and contribute to the global efforts to develop and maintain technology/functional Cartography in various perspectives.
  • Contribute to the promotion of architecture requirements for projects to ensure their compliance with the CIB Technical Architecture standards and Group Standards
  • Contribute to the Technical Architecture communication strategy and various operating committees (OpCos)
  • Contribute to and/or participate in various technical workshops within CIB
  • Review the regional inventory and heat map of applications, platforms, processes and their alignment/opportunities to the business strategy and controls
  • Help maintain the CIB Technical Standards catalogue covering the full spectrum of the IT landscape
  • Contribute to standardize and industrialize the IT services provided, thanks to the digitalization and the new technologies (AI, Blockchain or robotics), in order to accelerate the CIB business time to market and to best accompany the rapid changes of our bank and its environment while complying with the timelines and costs
Position Accountabilities:
Person must have:
  • Experience with one of the big four consulting firms or equivalent in similar engagements.
  • Deep experience in complex application architectures of investment/corporate banking and preferably within Company
  • Several years of hands-on experience in application development in Java, C++ /C# or web applications, but ideally a broad spread of experience across a number of technologies
  • Implementation experience of complex application architectures; Object-oriented analysis and design using UML, Services Orientated Architecture (SOA), ESB and API
  • Solid understanding of data domain applications and services (Data Acquisition/Ingestion, BI/MI Reporting, Data Warehousing, Analytics)
  • Have an understanding and respect the rules and principles of the Architecture
  • Assist management and sponsors where necessary with the choice of technical solutions respecting architecture objectives
  • Ability to quickly study and align with CIB standards, norms and approaches to technology
  • Ensure the compatibility of accepted choices with the choices already validated in terms of standard application and technical architectures in the Business
  • Exceptional ability to analyse and communicate highly complex technical subjects in a methodical and effective manner.
  • Help project teams to complete the necessary documentation for the purposes of the various Architecture Committees.
  • Perform a "technology watch” initiative to ensure CIB Architecture are aware of upcoming and related technologies
Required Experience:
The candidate will have proven experience as a technical architect or a technology management lead. S/He must be particularly well versed in architecting complex, large systems/platforms by following accepted best practice design and engineering principles.

Administrative/Technical Skills:
The person should be an innovative, highly skilled individual who can add value to the IT and business community at a practical level and work with developers, production staff, functional architects, sponsors and senior management.
Additionally, the following are required:
  • Strong architecture modelling and design with a knowledge of development methods and tools
  • Working knowledge and experience of one or more architecture methodologies such as TOGAF or Zachman or strong desire attain certifications.
  • Proven experience in working with application development process, ideally with a broad spread of experience across a number of technologies
  • Excellent problem solving skills, being able to develop solutions to complex requirements
  • Ability to think and work at both a low level of detail and a high level of abstraction, with an understanding of the interactions and benefits of each.
  • Highly developed written communication skills both in document production and development of architecture models.
  • Excellent presentation skills, with experience of presenting complex technology and strategy concepts to a wide range of stakeholders, understanding their views and positions and how these views will influence proposed solutions
  • Experience in one of the two vendors API Platform(API GEE, CA Technologies) with large scale deployment
Required Education or Equivalent Experience:
- Bachelor's degree or higher or equivalent combination of education and experience.