Key areas of responsibility will be:
Strategy - define the technical architecture that will enable the business plan and strategic priorities over the next 3-5 years.
Map out the as-is landscape and transition states to reach the target across technical and business capabilities and functional dimensions.
Break down strategy in short-, medium- and long-term.
Understand where we need to create value and create an architecture that enables increasing revenue, reducing costs and unlocking business value.
Define guidance, frameworks, methods and tools within which each team will work, applied globally.
Technical Assurance - assure that all technical designs and solutions developed across IT are viable and fit-for-purpose, and support the wider business strategy.
Setup and run the technical design authority.
Assure that all functional designs are fit for purpose, strategically aligned and best practice. Challenge and support functional leads.
Procure a simple, scalable, cloud-based architecture documentation and illustration and audit tool.
Audit the technical landscape, and document the architecture using the selected tool.
Collaboration and Relationships - work with the CIO, the IT team and the wider business to build a seamless and well-integrated IT system, aligned with our business needs, quality standards and service commitments.
Act as a consultant in business process and requirements analysis through to user-ready solutions. Turn complex ideas into simple diagrams at various levels of detail.
Have the commercial savvy to translate business requirements into technology language. Be able to build a business case and articulate value creation levers.
Keep a regular line of communication and alignment to other sub-functions of IT, and to other relevant stakeholders, e.g. Digital, functions. Work in a "handshake" with all IT Heads to deliver smoothly on all initiatives.
Operate with a large degree of ownership and a self-reliant mindset but also decide how and when to involve regional and global leadership.
Become a trusted thought partner to CIO providing input and challenge to key decisions.
Oscillate between audiences across our business at all levels including the PE investor, and effectively collaborate with Digital, the CIO and the rest of the business.
Demonstrate credibility and a straightforward and professional communication at all times. Keep a clear line of communication and be transparent and open about challenges and successes.
Display strong gravitas to work globally across IT, the business and to manage disparate personalities to achieve desired results.
Be versed in local data and information regimes and policies
Build an architecture 'community' covering both solution and technical architecture.
Leadership - build, coach and lead functional architects that consistently demonstrate values and behaviors, while building a forum for best practice sharing around architecture standards.
Support IT heads attracting and hiring best talent as respective functional architects.
Develop functional architects' skills and relationship building and management skills, nurturing a mindset of partnering with the business.
Innovation and Digital - partner with Digital on how technology can be used to drive growth, increase revenues and deliver an excellent co-worker and customer journey.
Proactively scan the market for innovative solutions and opportunities that will drive growth, improve customer and co-worker experience and reduce costs.
Partner with Digital to define how we can use technology to help customers on their multi-channel journey.