Head of Enterprise Architecture (CPT Hybrid)

IT – Infrastructure
Cape Town – Western Cape

PLAY a critical role as the Head of Enterprise Architecture, establishing the vision for the IT landscape while providing strategic leadership for the transformation and architecture of the IT portfolio of a Durbanville Specialist IT Service Provider. You will also be responsible for the health and effectiveness of key architecture processes such as standards management, lifecycle management and architecture governance. You will drive the IT architecture, strategy and governance of technology selection and delivery while modernizing the company’s technology portfolio to drive an improved experience for our customers and employees. The ideal candidate will require a 4-year university Degree in Computer Science and/or 12 years equivalent work experience, have 10 years as an Enterprise Architecture leader, developing architecture strategy and roadmaps, and leading a team of Architects and 15 years of progressively responsible IT experience and leadership roles, including IT strategy, integration management and application development.
  • Collaborate with technology and business stakeholders to develop an Enterprise Architecture vision and strategy that is aligned with the company’s objectives.
  • Establish and chair an architecture governance board responsible for ensuring effective and efficient use of IT resources and assets, and architecture and portfolio decisions that enable the long-term business strategy.
  • Partner with business and IT leaders to ensure that architecture roadmaps continually align with business objectives.
  • Turn business strategy into systems design by developing an architecture framework that enables adaptability, scalability, availability, and re-use.
  • Direct the development and documentation of the strategy linking the company’s application, data, solution, digital and technical architectures.
  • Maintain a full understanding of all the company’s technology implementations and integration with external service providers.
  • Provide leadership in addressing the gap between enterprise architecture strategy and the IT organization’s readiness to adopt.
  • Identify emerging technologies to help drive solutions that increase business value.
  • Lead development of architectural and security best practices to ensure that network and application reliability requirements are met.
Qualifications –
  • 4-Year university Degree is essential
  • An MS, MBA or related Advanced Degree is a plus.
Experience/Skills –
  • 10 Years as an Enterprise Architecture leader, developing architecture strategy and roadmaps, and leading a team of Architects.
  • 15 Years of progressively responsible IT experience and leadership roles, including IT strategy, integration management and application development.
  • Effective partnerships with key IT and business leaders and teams.
  • Track record of effective recruiting, management, coaching and development of high performing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Developing business cases for technology investment.
  • Leading an IT transformation or other large change initiatives successfully.
  • Establishing and chairing the architecture review board.
  • Portfolio management and project management leadership.
  • Visible leadership skills and executive presence; can motivate individuals and teams to achieve program and project objectives.
  • Ability to perform general mathematical calculations for the purpose of creating needs assessments, budgets, and so on.
  • Able to conduct research into issues and products as required.
  • Expertise in current and emerging technologies, and their potential business impact.
  • Expertise with continuous delivery tools and DevOps practices.
  • Expertise with serverless and microservices architecture.
  • API design and integration skills leveraging modern data architecture methodologies and tools.
  • Demonstrated personnel/project management skills.
  • Strong business awareness, a sound understanding of key business processes (e.g., order to cash, purchase to pay) and the way they impact business performance.
  • Demonstrated collaboration skills, evidenced by the ability to get things done in a matrixed environment. Ability to build and sustain strong working relationships with both business and IT professionals, and to influence decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Proven people leadership abilities and a high level of emotional intelligence (EQ).
  • External orientation: able to focus on the needs of customers and consumers and build external relationships that benefit the business.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to explain technology solutions in business terms; an effective listener and communicator
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to make sound and logical judgments.
  • Good understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment and make sound decisions in emergency situations.
  • Able to present ideas in a user-friendly language.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong customer service orientation.