Reporting to the CTO, this role drives the tech strategy for the company ensuring that every technology choice we make is a step toward achieving our business goals. The ideal candidate can assess technology in detail against strategic objectives looking to balance constraints of TCO, integration, the current ecosystem, future needs, agility, etc. and communicate the tradeoffs and tech options in a way decision makers can confidently make choices. As the leader of Enterprise Architecture, the candidate needs to possess the ability to drive change through a thoughtful, but not overly bureaucrat way through an Architecture Review Board and serve as a key influencer in driving change across the business that supports growth plans.
In addition to leading the Enterprise Architecture function, the role is responsible for driving technology innovation, bringing solutions that allow us to move quickly and leapfrog competitors. Therefore, the role will lead our Next Generation Retail Platform strategy, design, roadmap and execution. This platform is an industry leading approach that will enable the customer experience through an ecosystem of services, APIs and digital products. The candidate needs to have experience in leading both traditional and Agile / Dev Ops teams as the role includes management and oversight of a global development team.
As a senior leader in the company, the candidate needs to be a good team motivator, effective communicator with strong financial acumen and integrity. Global Tech relentlessly aims to make our customers and employees’ lives just a little easier and through the power of digital solutions, this role is pivotal to our success.
This position may be located in Tempe, AZ, Laval, Quebec, or Warsaw, Poland.
This role is responsible for the overall IT strategy, running the Enterprise Architecture practice, and driving technology innovation. This includes:
The role has the long-term strategic responsibility for the company's IT systems, including avoiding vendor and technology lock-in. This is put into actions through defining and maintaining roadmaps for the portfolio of systems and services at all times to effectively guide technology investment decisions.
Facilitates other functions and IT alignment through a collaborative, supportive and consultative manner, driving the organization’s business strategies and balancing technology innovation and growth.
Leads the analysis of business and operating models, market trends and the technology industry to determine their potential impact on the enterprise’s business strategy, direction and architecture.
Runs technology experiments to create new products and services and integrate the best of these into steady-state operations for the organization.
Constructs technology-enabled business and operating models and provides viable options and visibility into execution issues.
The architect is responsible for leading and managing the EA practice. This includes the organizational design, management and day-to-day running of the EA practice as an internal management consultancy that offers a portfolio of services to business leaders and enterprise stakeholders.
Recruits and develops the skills and competencies of the EA team; in particular, building the business and behavioral competencies needed to support internal management consulting.
The architect should also be able to define the technical curriculum for the IT organization and the communication and influence skills to drive continuous evolution of the collective expertise of the IT team members.
This role is responsible for driving the Global Architecture Board and maintaining the necessary governance mechanisms for good IT architectural design and implementation. This includes ensuring that a given technical solution is adequate in the total Enterprise portfolio and fit for the needs, and that projects do not duplicate functionality or diverge from each other and business and IT strategies. An important part of this role is to know the business for which the architecture is being developed.
Representing ACT in public settings, both to learn but also to present and discuss on behalf of the company.
Facilitates a collaborative relationship across product owners and agile development teams.
Leads the development of enterprise architecture based on business requirements and the varying IT strategies for project-driven or product-driven delivery teams.
Leads agile engineering teams to leverage shared technologies, tools and processes that impact speed to value and time to market.
Helps the enterprise find the right balance between enterprise risk and agility.
The Global Enterprise Architect is responsible for establishing and evaluating Total Cost of Ownership models and other metrics for evaluating economic implications of technology options including ROI and other typical measures. Normal financial and non-financial administrative tasks are also expected of the role.
The Global Enterprise Architect has considerable experience within enterprise architecture, retail systems, IT supplier management, procurement and project management. In addition, we expect
Higher IT education, such as MBA, Master of Science or Business education combined with IT experience
At least 10 years’ experience in Application development, IT Operations, Enterprise Architecture or other hands on roles
Technology advisor experience
Domain knowledge of the one of more of the core business areas; retail, logistic, fuel, sales, ecommerce, marketing is preferred
Experience in running Agile and DevOps teams
Experience with architectural reviews and architectural development
Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, agile and lean methodologies, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks.
Experience in establishing KPI’s for IT services and software
Experience with security and compliance including PCI and SOX
Systems thinking - the ability to see how parts interact with the whole
Comprehensive knowledge of hardware, software, application, and systems engineering
Exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
Strong leadership skills.
Excellent analytical and technical skills.
Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills with the ability to articulate new ideas and concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences.
Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture.
Knowledge of business engineering principles and processes.
Familiarity with basic graphical modeling approaches, tools and model repositories.
Knowledge of business models, operating models, financial models, cost-benefit analysis, budgeting and risk management.
Understanding of the different types of agile principles, methodologies and frameworks, especially those designed to be scaled at the enterprise level.
Understanding of existing, new and emerging technologies, and processing environments.
Organizationally savvy, and understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics.
Balance the long-term (“big picture”) and short-term implications of individual decisions and organization goals.
Apply multiple solutions to business problems.
Rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
Ready to think, behave and act in an innovative consulting manner to drive the organization’s digital business strategies.
Understand and speak the language of the business.
Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders.
Comfortable, experienced and accomplished at working with business executives, and able to push back in a professional and diplomatic way.
Highly collaborative and supportive of business and of its ideals and strategies.
Highly innovative with aptitude for foresight, systems thinking and design thinking.
Vendor and technology neutral — more interested in achieving targeted business outcomes than in personal, or those business and IT leaders with vested personal preferences.
Composed in the face of opposition to architectural principles, governance and standards.
Practical in approach to problem solving and decision making.
Couche-Tard / Circle K values diversity in the workplace and is committed to employment equity by encouraging applications from the following designated groups: women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
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