The main mission of the Enterprise Architect is to ensure that the IT infrastructure, including the services, systems and networks adequately support the growth the client wants to achieve.
In many activities, the Enterprise Architecture developed by the Enterprise Architect is the “glue” that integrates the project and program strategies across multiple programs and projects, and ensures alignment with business strategies and drivers, and management priorities. This “glue” is a series of explicit graphical models that, at a minimum, are “human consumable, define and describe the Goals the Enterprise is trying to achieve, the Processes needed to be performed to meet these Goals, the Things (Data) needed to perform these Processes, and the Organizational alignment and responsibilities in place to perform the required activities. In the context of the client this is required within in complex and complicated ecosystem across a global business model.
The Enterprise Architect must possess a broad background in many different analysis, design and development technologies. The Enterprise Architect must have a thorough understanding of the insurance business in general and of telecom processes. This is necessary to allow the Enterprise Architect to map out client business processes and to discuss with Business people about their requirements in terminology that is understandable by those Business people.
l Strategically support the CEO in driving and implementing the “insurance platform” vision for Africa
l Definition, implementation, and execution of the processes for the definition, maintenance, and conformance management of the Enterprise Architecture.
l Update and maintenance of the key Enterprise Architecture deliverables.
l Establishment and maintenance of contacts within business units and information system programs to understand business activities and business drivers, business requirements, solutions strategies and alternatives, etc., being considered and/or implemented.
l Architectural leadership in the resolutions of inter-program and inter-project issues.
l Ongoing publicity and communication of the Enterprise Architecture both within the information community, and the business units.
l Ongoing research and assessment of new analysis approaches for potential use within the Enterprise.
l Work closely with and direct the other architects.
l Work closely with the Business to: roll out new products and roll out the business in more (African) countries.
l Ensure that the overall system architecture is well organised and follows a clear vision that is understood by the other architects.
l Ensure that the services integrate well with those of the main sales channel.
l Improve existing processes to achieve greater business efficiency. Create new processes where necessary to exploit new opportunities (such as in new geographies).
l Ensure that a security focus is implemented.
l Understand and leverage the capabilities of the underlying Policy Administration system.
l Research emerging trends and new technologies and how they can add value to the business.
l Giving business the ability to prioritize investments.
l Evaluate existing architecture against long-term goals.
l To describe the Baseline Architecture, to develop a Target Architecture and to analyse the gaps between the Baseline and Target Architectures.
Strategy Development Competencies
l Developing the Enterprise Architecture
l Coordinating all Enterprise Architecture activities locally and globally
l Developing and coordinating Architecture Plans
l Assisting in aligning business and enterprise initiatives with the Enterprise Architecture
l Auditing compliance within the Enterprise Architecture standards
l Serving as advisor to senior business management on business and information integration strategies.
Engage with all stakeholders in a professional and cooperative manner
l Provide authoritative, expertise and advice to all stakeholders
l Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders
l Deliver on agreements made with stakeholders in order to ensure that expectations are managed
l Make recommendations to improve stakeholder engagement
l Participate and contribute to the IT culture by living the client values.
Contribute to financial controls and planning
l Identify solutions to enhance cost effectiveness and increase operational efficiency
l Manage financial and other company resources under your control with due respect
l Provide input into the risk identification processes and communicate recommendations in the appropriate forum.
Key performance measures
l Understands how the business operates, what the key issues and risks are that drives business success; and how they impact on the commercial viability of potential ventures and the profitability of the company
l Have a clear understanding of the how change within the Architecture Space will impact People, Process and Technologies.
Customer/ Stakeholder Commitment
l Anticipates, meets and exceeds clients and stakeholders’ expectations by creating long lasting relationships that support the client value proposition.
l Demonstrate an effective maturity when dealing with complex stakeholder relationships.
Drive for Results
l Drive a sense of urgency, focus, accountability, agility and execution to deliver business results.
Leads Change and Innovation
l Challenge the status quo, does what is right for the business, and encourage continuous improvement and innovation.
l Prioritize the business interests of the client and invests in the success of the client by aligning effort across business areas.
Impact and Influence
l Persuades, convinces, influences and inspires others, both within the client and externally to win support, loyalty and gain commitment to the purpose of the client
Self-Awareness and Insight
l Manages self and relationships with others effectively, deals with ambiguity, uncertainty and pressure, and provides perspective in difficult situations.
Diversity and Inclusiveness
l Is sensitive to individual and cultural differences and demonstrates humility and an openness to engage people from diverse backgrounds and cultures to the mutual benefit of all parties concerned.
A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology
Any TOGAF, Cloud Solution Architect or other relevant certifications will be an advantage.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in application/solution architecture.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in platform architecture.
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in enterprise architecture.
Minimum of 2 years’ experience in cloud computing.
Minimum of 2 years’ experience in networks.
Minimum of 2 years’ experience in integration architecture.
Excellent technical, analytical, and project management skills.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Good leadership and motivational skills.
Experience in modelling and graphic representations.
Broad exposure to Financial vertical advantageous.
Broad exposure to the Telecom vertical advantageous.
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