Head of Architecture & Service Planning

New Cairo, Cairo
Engineering – Information Technology /
Full-time /
On-site
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Envision Employment Solutions is currently looking to hire a Head of Architecture & Service Planning for one of our partners, a multinational financial services company.

Summary:
The Head of Architecture & Service Planning Achieves BDC goals by defining, integrating, and upgrading a comprehensive information system architecture, managing staff.
Responsible for directing the creation and reviewing of an enterprise capability strategy to support the strategic requirements of the business, identifying the business benefits of alternative strategies, directing development of enterprise-wide architecture and processes which ensure that the strategic application of change is embedded in the management of the organization, and ensuring compliance between business strategies, enterprise transformation activities and technology directions, setting strategies, policies, standards and practices

Responsibilities:

    • Drive coherence, improvement and simplification of the underlying architecture and capabilities.
    • Synthesize the long term and short-term vision and articulate enterprise architecture blueprint of the targeted vision in line with the budget and planned roadmap of IT technologies.
    • Design the specifications, models and guidelines within a coherent architectural blueprint to meet user requirements reflecting the established design principles.
    • Ensures compliance between business strategies, enterprise transformation activities and technology directions, setting strategies, policies, standards and practices.
    • Develop long term planning forecasts for all services and manage preparation of IT Architecture planning guidelines and recommendations for AS-IS and TO-BE
    • Direct the governance of IT Business, Application, Data and Technology Architecture and ensure end-to-end IT Applications demarcation, performance & SLAs.
    • Directs development of enterprise-wide architecture and processes which ensure that the strategic application of change is embedded in the management of the organization.
    • Lead the review of proposed solution architecture, both service based and custom development, for technical compliance.
    • Ensure an overall architecture with consistent uses of data and significant reuse of technology and business services throughout the bank.
    • Drive integration across all aspects of enterprise architecture and ensuring an end-to-end enterprise focus.
    • Drive the improvement and simplification of the underlying architectures and capabilities.
    • Drive innovation within the solution set by applying new technology and facilitating the development of software interactions, connections and transactions.
    • Plan and coordinate activities to ensure compliance with regulations, standards and requirements.
    • Scout the market for latest IT technology trends and innovative solution.
    • Communicate with technology providers and vendors for products roadmaps and new features.
    • Collaborate with other teams and communicate clearly and concisely, especially when dealing with technical topics.
    • Accomplishes Enterprise Architecture human resource objectives by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, assigning, scheduling, coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing job contributions; planning and reviewing compensation actions; enforcing policies and procedures.

Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Computer Engineering or Communication Engineering or equivalent.
    • Minimum of 15 years’ experience in IT Architecture, Design & Service Planning, including 5 years as a Technology Leadership position.
    • Significant experience in shaping and delivering architectural content for technology-enabled transformation programs
    • Strong understanding of emerging and innovative technologies, and how to leverage them for business advantage
    • Experience in assessing an organization’s IT landscape and developing technology investment cases and roadmaps that align with business goals
    • Experience in defining and implementing an organization’s Enterprise Architecture function, setting up Architecture Governance & advising on best practices
    • Comprehensive knowledge of one or more Enterprise Architecture domains such as Application, Data, Infrastructure, Integration Architecture
    • Certifications and/or experience of Enterprise Architecture frameworks 
    • Knowledge of business ecosystems, software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), service-oriented architecture (SOA), APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
    • Strong knowledge of Big Data Analytics, Data Warehousing, Data Lake, Machine Learning, Complex Event Processing, Parallel Processing, Low Latency Architectures, and Enterprise Application Integration.
    • Be a business-focused, creative, innovative, pragmatic, and positive team player
    • Understanding of architecture governance, of security management, design authority processes and overall solution design management processes
    • Understanding of the different types of agile principles, methodologies and frameworks
    • Strategic capability planning
    • Understanding of “Value Management” (what is the value and how is it measured)
    • Strong leadership skills with exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
    • Strong consulting skills such as targeted communications, engagement management, stakeholder management and business development..
    • Familiarity with basic graphical modelling approaches, tools and model repositories (e.g., ArchiMate).
    • Demonstratable experience in EA practice set-up (incl., EA charter, operating model, capability framework, architecture principles, technical design authority, performance management, maturity model assessment).

Benefits:

    • Bonus
    • L&D opportunities
    • Family Medical insurance
    • Employee life insurance
    • Transportation
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