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Senior Enterprise Architect

Date: Oct 21, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Role

The role of the Senior Enterprise Architect is to help the Firm deliver its business strategy through technology. They must therefore translate the business strategy into the equivalent technology strategy; challenge the business strategy based on emerging and future technology trends; help business Capabilities to design and govern their technology roadmap, i.e. a portfolio of technology transformation projects that deliver the business and technology strategies; influence business and technology stakeholders to adopt the right technology solutions; and escalate risks, issues and critical dependencies to the appropriate leaders as required to ensure the successful delivery of the strategy. The Senior Enterprise Architect will also be expected to lead a team of architects to deliver the strategy.
You will be required to maintain your core knowledge of wider technology trends and the KPMG technology ecosystem; build roadmaps and solutions; and govern relevant technology choices within the Firm.

Responsibilities

- Maintain a high level of technical knowledge incl. current, emerging and future technology market trends and their impact on the busines
- Develop and maintain expert knowledge of KPMG’s technology ecosystem, incl. the main applications and technologies that support one or more KPMG Capabilities, e.g. Tax, Audit, etc.
- Develop and maintain expert knowledge of at least one technology-specific domain, e.g. infrastructure, data, security, etc. including the main applications and technologies that interact with this domain
- If required, provide advice to and/or seek to learn from other Member Firms, client teams and/or clients that are seeking to implement or improve their use of specific technologies and/or methods
Roadmaps & solutions
- Work with Capability CTOs, and business and technical SMEs to develop technology roadmaps for one or more KPMG Capabilities
- Ensure that Capability roadmaps are aligned to the relevant business strategy, and coherent with those of other Capabilities and technology domain roadmaps
- Work with Capability CTOs, technical SMEs and specific projects to analyse and translate business requirements into technical requirements, ensuring that these are feasible
- Ensure that Solution Architects produce designs that are fit for purpose, adhere to relevant standards and patterns, leverage reusable components, and are coherent with wider KPMG technology domains
- Contribute to the selection of specific technologies
- Influence business and technology stakeholders to adopt the right technology solutions
- Support the design and implementation of operating models that improve the design and delivery of successful technology deployments
- Escalate risks, issues and critical dependencies to the appropriate leaders as required to ensure the successful delivery of the strategy

Technology Governance

- Help to establish, and participate in, the technology assurance process, building reference models and ensuring that standards, patterns and reusable components are enforced
- Ensure that legacy technology is decommissioned to manage and reduce technical debt
- Support the selection and implementation of enterprise architecture tools that help to accelerate and govern technology initiatives

Key Skills & Experience

Essential

- Expert knowledge of at least two technology domains, incl. Collaboration & Experience; Automation; Data Science & AI; Data; Integration; Infrastructure / Cloud; Security; and DevSecOps
- Good knowledge of at least 2-3 other domains
- Good knowledge of EA governance incl. steps required, e.g. Info Sec approval, conceptual and solution architecture reviews, security assessments, pen tests, code reviews and service acceptance criteria
- Good understanding of technical debt, incl. its causes, how to measure it, and remedial actions incl. decommissioning
- Experience of leading a team of architects
- Substantial experience in Enterprise and Solution Architecture roles, with at least 8 years as an EA
- Qualified in ITIL and TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework)
- Experience of working with Agile SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle Management) methods
- Understanding of common business analysis techniques and approaches
- Excellent stakeholder management skills
- Able to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience in a way that is relevant, easy to consume and compelling
- A high level of general, technical knowledge incl. current, emerging and future technology market trends and their impact on business
- Good knowledge of Business Architecture, incl. business and technology strategies, operating models, process models, business and technology capability models and taxonomies
- Good understanding of project management concepts, incl. Gantt charts/plans, risks, assumptions and dependencies, etc.
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Good interpersonal and leadership skills
- Ability to leverage networks in KPMG, e.g. to tap into additional expertise if required
- Comfortable working with ambiguity at the beginning of projects, with ability to provide clarity of direction despite this.


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