IT Enterprise Architect, Chief (Global Automotive)

  • Genuine Parts Company
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Apr 18, 2019
Information Technology

Job Description

Genuine Parts Company

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Category: Information Technology
Job Id: 265256
Brand: Genuine Parts Company
Location: Atlanta, GA
Major Market: GA – Atlanta
Date Posted: April 16, 2019

Job Description

This role provides a unique opportunity for a senior technical leader to Strategize, Architect, Govern and Lead Genuine Parts Company as Chief Enterprise Architect. The focus of the chief enterprise architect's role is to ensure that business strategy and any relevant trends are understood, rationalized, and expressed in the processes and systems of an enterprise. This leadership role is also focused on facilitating the conversion of strategies into actions by leveraging the appropriate tools and techniques of the enterprise architect. A primary goal of this role is to facilitate change in a manner that maximizes value and minimizes change "pain."

Technical Responsibilities include:
  • Leading the effort to develop, maintain and govern the architecture across the enterprise
  • Defining the EA process and architecture review process, as well as for leading the integration of these processes with other related business and IT processes
  • Understanding, advocating, and supporting the enterprise's business and IT strategies - participating in the strategy creation for a growing minority of cases
  • Leading the identification and analysis of enterprise business drivers to derive enterprise business, information, technical and solution architecture requirements
  • Analyzing the current business and IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement
  • Analyzing industry, technology and market trends to determine their potential impacts on the enterprise's strategy and architecture requirements
  • Promoting the EA process, outcomes and results to the organization, including to the enterprise's IT and business leaders
  • Leading and facilitating the creation of governing principles to guide solution decision making for the enterprise
  • Leading the development of an implementation plan for the EA, based on business requirements and IT strategies
  • Ensuring that the optimal governance structure and compliance activities (such as handling waivers) are associated with EA compliance
  • Overseeing EA implementation and ongoing refinement activities
  • Serving as the point of contact for all things relating to EA
  • Collaborating with program/project teams to reconcile solutions to architecture
  • Identifying organizational requirements for the resources, structures and cultural changes necessary to support the EA
  • Overseeing the effective communication of all EA artifacts
  • Assessing and communicating the successes and business value of EA to key stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

Chief enterprise architects must possess a variety of capabilities and qualities. Although it is impossible to list all of them here, the following skills and knowledge serves as a baseline:
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and contextualization skills (e.g., ability to "connect the dots")
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of all components of a holistic EA
  • Understanding of TOGAF principles and how to apply them in a Global Enterprise
  • Knowledge of and experience with management (theory and practice)
  • Knowledge of process improvement
  • Basic knowledge of financial analysis and models
  • Familiarity with graphical modeling approaches and tools
  • An understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate the politics
  • The ability to balance the long-term (or "big picture") and short-term implications of individual decisions
  • The ability to translate business needs into EA requirements
  • The ability to estimate and articulate the impact of EA alternatives - both financial and nonfinancial
  • The ability to identify potentially relevant trends and emerging technologies, forecast their impact and utility, and act accordingly

Minimum Qualifications
  • BS or BA in a related field or significant relevant work experience
  • 15+ years in multiple IT disciplines
  • Subject-matter expertise in the areas of solution & technology research, cost analysis, risk identification, implementation strategies
  • Expertise in the areas of requirements gathering, diagramming & documentation, software / technology evaluation and selection
  • Experience collaborating with departmental leadership in order to establish, communicate and maintain technology standards.
  • Strong technical understanding including past development experience of N-Tier applications and service-oriented architecture including: databases (OLAP, OLTP) and middle-ware (Java APIs, Java Web Services)
  • Successful track record of managing both onshore and offshore vendor relationships to ensure that SLAs are met
  • Excellent communication skills, including meeting facilitation and team leadership
  • Influential in the organization and a team player
  • Highly supportive of business needs
  • Neutral toward technology choices, and more interested in results than in personal preferences
  • Confident and unflappable in the face of opposition, yet willing to maintain an open mind
  • Effective at driving short-term actions that are consistent with long-term goals


GPC believes the fair and equitable treatment of employees, customers, suppliers and other persons is critical to fulfilling its vision and goals. GPC conducts its business without regard to sex, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, national origin, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, military status, status as a veteran, or any other protected characteristic. GPC's policy is to recruit, hire, train, promote, assign, transfer and terminate employees based on their own ability, achievement, experience and conduct and other legitimate business reasons