Solutions Architect (28318)

Job Purpose: Performs the necessary leadership, analysis and design tasks related to the development of Enterprise Solution Architecture (ESA).

Major Responsibilities:

  • Understands, advocates, and augments the principles of business and IT — and more specifically enterprise architecture (EA) — strategies.
  • Analyzes enterprise business drivers to determine corresponding change requirements.
  • Analyzes the IT environment to detect critical deficiencies, and recommends solutions for improvement.
  • Analyzes technology industry and market trends, and determines their potential impact on the enterprise.
  • Defines the principles to guide solution decisions for the enterprise.
  • Designs and leads the implementation of an ESA based on enterprise business requirements and IT strategies.
  • Designs and directs the governance activities associated with ensuring ESA compliance.
  • Develops a road map of the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from current to future state (as defined by the ESA).
  • Coordinates solution architecture implementation and modification activities.
  • Facilitates the evaluation and selection of software product standards, as well as the design of standard software configurations.
  • Consults with application or infrastructure development projects to fit systems or infrastructure to architecture, and identifies when it is necessary to modify the solution architecture to accommodate project needs.
  • Identifies the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the ESA.
  • Documents all solution architecture design and analysis work.
  • Works closely with the Strategy and Planning group or Portfolio Managers to ensure alignment of plans with what is being delivered.
  • Recommends and enforces the architecture principles and guidelines for the Enterprise.
  • Provides solutions within the principles that deliver value to the enterprise.


Minimum Education & Certifications Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, systems analysis or a related study, or equivalent experience.
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent Required


Experience & Skills Required:

  • 5 - 7 years of experience in at least two IT disciplines in a client/server or service-oriented architecture (SOA) environment, including technical architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management or operations.
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of all components of an enterprise technical architecture.
  • Knowledge of business process re-engineering principles and processes.
  • Basic knowledge of financial models and budgeting.
  • Strong understanding of network architecture and application development methodologies.
  • Strong understanding of SOA, object-oriented analysis and design, and/or client/server systems.
  • Understanding of the enterprise's political climate and how to navigate the political waters.
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations.
  • Ability to translate business needs into solution architecture requirements.
  • Ability to estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives.
  • Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to business problems.
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.


Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

  • Incumbent must be able to move about the office and between floors; utilize standard office equipment; access filing system/cabinets; and communicate effectively and efficiently in person or by telephone.
  • Minimal travel required.

FirstGroup is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


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99030 - HR Field & Labor Salary
600 Vine Street, Suite 1400, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45202
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