Solution Enterprise Architect - 11888

Job Role: Solution Enterprise Architect
Salary:  Market Related Dependent upon experience
Location:  JHB 

Mission/ Core purpose of the Job:

To drive and evolve IT technology architecture (applications and road-map) which will support the achievement of company strategic goals, priorities, objectives and targets.

  • ISO 9000, 9002 
  • Fast changing, regulated business environment. 
  • Rapid advancement of systems and technology on: 
  • OSS (Operational support systems) 
  • BSS (Business support systems) layers 
  • Various Network platforms enabling many Billing and VAS functions 
  • Operational excellence and best practice methodologies. 
  • Trends within the industry as being experienced and embraced internationally. 
  • Highly regulated and Legislated environments 
  • Operate in a scarce skills & highly specialised systems environment 
  • Best practise/common practise frameworks including ITIL, e-TOM and TOGAF etc 
  • Requirement for single version of the truth drive across South Africa 
  • Outsourced partners and the driving of these through retaining in-house knowledge and supplying vendors fully fledged and detailed specifications and driving vendors in the fulfilment of these 
  • High data volumes
  • Develop goals, strategies, and plans needed to achieve the portfolios vision and build the capabilities to enable optimal delivery with input from relevant stakeholders 
  • Align planning against the strategic intent of the company with agreed business outcomes within the portfolio, relevant IT Architecture Enterprise principles, key approved decisions and enterprise wide programs. 
  • Recommend strategic business opportunities to deliver medium to long-term benefit and growth to the organisation and its customers. 
  • Influence the technology roadmap defined by Group Technology 
  • Design and implement frameworks to support acquisition and dissemination of data from/to external sources based on the needs of the organisation 
  • Investigate strategic IT trends (including initiating and executing relevant proof of concepts) and provides feedback regarding the impact and alignment required. 
  • Conduct strategic analysis of system strategies to ensure that the strategic technological direction aligns and supports the Group objectives.
  • Translate the strategic vision into operational requirements and drive the fulfilment of these technical requirements. 
  • Oversees the definition of the As-Is and Target IT Architectures across portfolios and coordinates the work to achieve and maintain these architectures by well documented and communicated roadmaps. 
  • Provide guidance to programs or large/complex projects via consulting with domain architects and peers involved in implementation projects. Provide guidance to small and medium projects or sub projects within larger projects of moderate complexity. 
  • Integrate enterprise, business, technology and solution architectures to deliver towards the agreed strategic outcomes.
  • Drive development of a systems architecture that describes the complete set of components and interfaces that make up IS application solutions to specified business requirements in a large, complex organisation.
  • Analyze technology industry and market trends and determine potential impact upon the business services and processes
  • Implementation of an Enterprise Solution Architecture based on business requirements and information technology strategies and trends
  • Improve and refine Enterprise Architectures with regards to additional frameworks and strategies required to improve the IT landscape
  • Design and participate in the implementation of an enterprise architecture based on business requirements and information technology strategies and trends.
  • Drive design of technology solution architectures with a 2 to 5 year horizon. Focus for both converging IT, Telco technologies and future ICT requirements
  • Documents the underlying business architecture and conducts feasibility studies, business cases, risk assessments, writes proposals, and creates functional requirements for new applications and major changes to existing applications.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with Vendors to ensure the enablement of Company Strategy
  • Ensure all System licensing is tracked making sure that the Company is not paying for licensing that is not used.
  • Understand the capabilities of all of our licensed software
  • Work with group on confirming software assets utilization and future purchases 
  • Work with Business analysis team to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for the improved uses of information technology and related solutions and applications. Lead projects from a technical perspective and take lead accountability for design and delivery of design for cross functional projects
  • Ensure the team provide the cost estimates for projects based on architecture and design.
  • Consult with infrastructure development projects to fit infrastructure to architecture and identify when it is necessary to modify the technical architecture to accommodate infrastructure needs
  • Evaluate new technologies and products to determine feasibility and desirability of incorporating their capabilities into the Company’s IS systems
  • Provide consultancy to process and business analysts at a project level on application, data, security, infrastructure, testing and operational designs through interactions with other architects, applications and operations subject matter experts. 
  • Provide high level analysis and design reviews to other teams to avoid duplication efforts in solving the same application problems within different products within the Company
  • Collaborate with applications and operations teams to define the strategic vision, future direction and technology plans for the GSM and ICT business
  • Provide a quick reaction task force to attend to major IT incidents with a view to improving on systems design and stability
  • Develop and maintain project based solution architectures that meet business and IT requirements. These include functionality, processes, data, major products to be used, application interfaces internally and external to the Company
  • Partner with business leaders, IS senior management, and peer-level managers to assess the technological cost and impact of recommended changes, help clarify priorities, and coordinate cross-organizational consortia where common needs have been identified.
  • Assess risks and the effects of specific requirements on other business processes and system priorities to ensure technologies are aligned with business strategic objectives
  • Assume accountability of defined services across multiple system domains
  • Responsible for the systematic and methodical investigation, analysis and documentation of all or part of a business area in terms of business functions and processes, and the information they use across applications. 
  • Responsible for architectural and technical impact analysis to identify all affected interfaces by new systems or change to existing systems. Identifies and examines business needs and determines timely and effective solutions to business functions and processes. 
  • Identify, interpret and guide future development by using the appropriate technology to provide solutions using the available technologies
  • Ensure that Living System Logical Architecture Documentation is updated with each project, showing functional architecture, use cases, functional logic and that quality is determined by whether an alternative vendor could use it to reproduce a systems functioning with least 95% level of accuracy
  • Ensure that Living System Snapshot, Roadmap and Project History Documentation is updates quarterly covering capacity, utilisation, functional overview, project history, project roadmap and costing
  • For each project the following must take place:
  • The creation of a requirements specification to the vendor(s) in question the purpose of which is to impart an understanding of the problem space
  • To provide the business and product objectives of the project
  • An understanding of where the product and target system are in the context of fulfilling the business objectives
  • To provide detailed and specific instruction to the reader in terms of what the target system or component thereof is required to achieve
  • To provide an understanding of the environmental and business constraints in achieving a solution to the requirements
Minimum of 4 years tertiary qualification /Masters advantageous
  • Business analysis/architecture qualifications
  • Managerial courses will be an advantage
  • Architectural qualifications (ITIL, TOGAF, TMF, Zachman)
  • Fluent in English and language of country preferable
  • Manager track record of 5 years or more in technical experiences with at least 3 years in technical environment.
  • Worked across diverse cultures and geographies advantageous