Senior Manager, Enterprise Architecture

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Nashville, Tenn.-based Employer Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Employer Corporation, the worlds largest tire and rubber company.
Employer Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Employer, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Employer Americas family of companies also operates the worlds largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary:

The incumbentSr.ManagerEnterprise & Solutions Architectureis the Chief Enterprise Architect for Employer Americas and is responsible for leading the Enterprise Architecture & Solution Architecture function at Employer Americas which spans the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

This I.T Leadership Role represents and evangelizes Enterprise Architecture while partnering and consulting with the Employer Executive Leadership Team and is part of the I.T leadership team reporting to the Executive Director Enterprise Architecture and Solution Delivery. This position is responsible leading a large team of Enterprise & Solutions Architects that map and govern the current, near term and future architecture direction for Employer Americas. It is a highly collaborative role where the Enterprise Architecture & Solutions Architecture group needs to partner with all IT and Business functions to deliver value-add architecture design and planning services.

A key responsibility of this role is leading a dedicated team of passionate Enterprise Architects and Solutions Architects for:

  • Infrastructure & Cloud - Security -Application Integration
  • E-Commerce - Retail - CRM
  • Web & Mobility - Data & Analytics - Custom Applications
  • ERP - Digital Collaboration, Communication & IoT
  • Manage, lead, care for, serve and inspire the Enterprise & Solution Architecture Technology Team for Employer Americas. This is a leadership position and not a hands-on position.
  • Develop Architects through engaging regular quality one-on-ones, reviewing development plans, ad hoc observations and ongoing succession plans.
  • Hold Architects accountable through regular feedback, SMART goal setting and multiple performance reviews throughout the year.
  • Manage an effective cost center budget and org structure on a regular basis, in accordance with monthly and annual budgeting procedures.
  • Oversee the departments creation of future technology roadmaps by balancing Employers immediate and future needs with the fast evolving industry trends in conjunction with business process partners and strategy teams.
  • Evangelize and drive alignment across the company with the adoption and realization of an enterprise wide architecture strategy.
  • Foster a culture of partnership with business alignment team and business leaders on all levels to gain support and adoption of the strategy and vision.
  • Chair Enterprise Architecture Review Board for Architecture Governance across architecture domains, as well as Solution Architecture estimate peer reviews.
  • Lead the departments development of a Reference and Destination Solution and Technical Architecture standards and Usage guidelines for enabling delivery capabilities based on industry trends, innovation and business drivers.
  • Oversee the Architecture group to effectively convert business requirements into an architecture blueprint and conceptual design, based on TOGAF influenced Architecture standards and usage guidelines.
  • Facilitate product selection as part of Architecture Standards definition. Partner with Business, Business Alignment Team and Solution Delivery teams to select an approach and product to meet business needs in line with Architecture standards and guidelines.
  • Proactively monitor strategic direction of Solution Vendors, technology and market trends, and determine their potential impact and value to the enterprise.
  • Facilitate targeted innovation for the architecture domain. Research and lead proof-of-concepts to assess and build new capabilities for this architecture domain. Also work across architecture domains to innovate on capabilities and solutions across the enterprise (Cloud, Mobility, Integration, etc.)
  • Evolve the Architecture Framework, Org Structure, Team Dynamic and Processes, and advocate the communication of and adherence to defined application architecture strategy.

  • Bachelors Degree plus 15+ years of diverse IT experience in large corporations, including full SDLCs / ERP implementations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • 2+ years in a management position, which includes Enterprise & Solution Architecture.
  • Sustained record of consultatively delivering design, planning and architecture services.
  • Ability to manage conflicts among stakeholders at all levels
  • Working knowledge of systems architectural concepts and frameworks like TOGAF preferred.
  • Experience developing 3-5 year roadmaps of the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from current to future state across Applications, ERP, Digital, Data & BI, Infrastructure and business architecture.
  • Broad IT functional and technical experience across most or all of the following: ERP, infrastructure, analytics, cloud, mobility, social media, Microsoft Office 365 suite including Active Directory and Sharepoint, application development, enterprise application integration, information security, and legacy systems rationalization.
  • Deep expertise in architecting Integration between SAP to non-SAP solutions.
  • Experience developing, modifying, and executing IT strategies within the SAP product portfolio suite is preferred



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