Head Office, IT
We are the AA. And we keep everyone’s show on the road. There for our customers wherever and whenever they need us, we’re always ready for anything. That’s why, for over 100 years, we’ve continued to evolve and adapt. Today, as the nation’s number one motoring organization, we offer a range of excellent products and services to millions of customers.
This is the job
We are growing our Enterprise Architecture practice at the AA and are currently looking for an experienced Enterprise Architect to join the team.
This is a great opportunity to join a new team and have a pivotal role in proactively defining, aligning, optimising and assuring that the business outcomes of our change portfolio are achieved and aligned to our Business / IT Strategy and Architecture Vision.
As part of the role you will be creating architecture blueprints in your domain (business, application, data and Infrastructure), roadmaps, principles and standards and ensuring that these are managed and communicated across the different Line of Business functions, including domain architects.
What will I be doing?
Strategy and Transformation
- Contribute to the definition of the AA’s vision, goals and objectives with the aim of identifying and executing on opportunities to maximize the business benefits of Enterprise Architecture initiatives across all our lines of business and key customer journeys.
- Actively participate in the shaping of emerging business needs and be able to articulate them to technology teams. As part of this drive innovation, concept assessments, due diligence reviews and industry benchmarking for new and enhanced capabilities that could benefit the business.
- Support management decision-making, ensuring that IT decisions are made with due consideration of their long-term impact on the entire organisation (e.g. counselling against investment in a technology that will have to be replaced before its value has been realised).
- Developing and maintaining achievable capability-based roadmaps spanning a 3-year horizon from current to future states.
- Responsible for the development of enterprise level principles, standards, best practice and patterns/policies for re-use. Ensure that EA deliverables are fit for purpose and provide an effective mechanism to guide delivery decisions.
- Create and maintain the current, future and transitional states of the enterprise architecture for your domain (e.g. application model and application to process mappings).
- Work with business and technology leads to ensure that we have a robust and optimised architecture across our different lines of business, including digital, data and IT transformation initiatives to realise business benefits.
Architecture Management and Governance
- Actively educate, promote and communicate the business benefits of Enterprise Architecture.
- Promoting, evangelising and agreeing the IT strategy and Enterprise Architecture across all teams and ensuring there is consensus and understanding across the business.
- Ensure that solution architects understand the Enterprise Architecture and are producing deliverables that are compliant with the Enterprise Architecture, IT standards and principles.
What do I need?
Capability, Knowledge and Experience:
- Significant experience performing in an EA role for a company, division or business unit, developing and maturing the architecture capabilities, while also operating as part of a centralised, federated or co-ordinated EA capability. Evidence of leading material business change through Enterprise Architecture.
- Significant experience of working with Business Leadership, e.g. Divisional MD and Product leaders, to define and align technology strategies with strategic objectives.
- Gathering and interpreting requirements from the business and product teams and incorporating into strategic roadmaps.
- The ability to model the organisational strategies (current and future states) with capability or process maps. These models are used to determine impact and "what if" scenarios for investments and strategic direction.
- Experience in Agile and Waterfall delivery methods in a large-scale Programme Delivery environment and their implications for Enterprise Architecture.
- Digital business literacy including understanding business models, ecosystems and business model innovation.
- Good understanding of new and emerging technology trends, and the practical application to new and evolving business and operating models.
- Experience of Enterprise Architecture Frameworks including TOGAF, and their relevance to the practice of Enterprise Architecture.
- Experience in running light-touch governance processes in large organizations.
- Broad exposure to Cloud services including Infrastructure as A Service, Platform As A Service, and Software As A Service.
Education and Qualifications:
- Certified to TOGAF Level 2 or equivalent architecture framework desirable.