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Principle Architect

  • Location London
  • Job type Contract
  • Reference BBBH134125

Investigo's major client a global company are seeking an experienced Principle Architect with extensive experience in Supply Chain and Warehouse Management

In line with our clients global priorities, we believe that our supply chain in the UK and internationally is a major factor for differentiation and value creation. Optimising our supply chain is a critical strategic priority. Best-in-class supply chain in the UK will be critical in our ability to support significant growth in online sales, to optimise international distribution, respond to disruptive market events and achieve a more cost-effective operation for us and our customers.

This year, the business embarks on the largest supply chain change in our history, modernising, enhancing and transforming a core part of our business. This multi-year transformation programme combines Process, Infrastructure and Technology change. It exists to bring together several transformational workstreams, including:

  • Build & Fit out of an extension to our warehouse
  • Potential Implementation of partial automation
  • Potential new Warehouse Management System implementation

We have an excellent opportunity for a highly specialist Principal Enterprise Architect to join us, reporting to the Director Enterprise Systems. The Principal Architect - ERP & Supply Chain will lead and support the definition of the vision for Technology and the Technology roadmap for the business across the majority of the application landscape around our ERP estate with particular focus on the Supply Chain Transformation. They will act as Head of Technology Design for Supply Chain Transformation Programme, act as Solution Architect as needed, as well as the overall Application Enterprise Architect. They will provide leadership to design activities across internal, external and vendor design activities. Key stakeholders will include the wider Technology Leadership team, Group Operations Director, and MD, Distribution.

Skills and Experience

    • Lead Design Activities for Supply Chain Transformation Programme

    • Develop and continually improve Architectural and Design principles with other senior Business and Technology stakeholders

    • Implement the architecture for the Supply Chain Transformation Programme

    • Support development and maintenance of the overall Technology roadmap and Domain specific roadmaps beyond the Supply Chain Transformation Programme

    • Participate and Lead Architectural governance meetings and workshops to define and manage principals, standards and policies

    • Act as Solution Architect on a project by project basis as needed.

    • Assess and recommend technology solutions to meet business needs.

    • Supporting the overall development and architecture approach for all layers of a solutions.

    • Support the selection and management of vendor and solution integrators

    • Lead and own the architectural design of assigned solutions collaborating with all appropriate internal and external technology and business experts

    • Directly contribute to the development and management of the business's technology strategy, architecture, roadmap and policies/standards

    • Ensure the quality and integrity of all solution designs and their interfaces, including their fit to the business's technology standards and policies

    • Collaborate with business engagement, implementation and service delivery teams to define the scope of technical projects, directly supporting them in identifying and defining goals, risks, issues, and resource requirements

    • Ensuring appropriate quality assurance procedures are applied through the lifecycle of the design, development, deployment and operation of all solutions within assigned domains.

    • Support/oversee the planning, management and delivery of application development services, including software development teams, 3rd party providers and infrastructure services.

    • Provide technical consultancy for application and infrastructure requirements, working across technology and business teams; ensuring a consistency of approach and adherence to technical design standards.

    • Work with the business and technology subject matter experts to define and deliver the target technology architecture for the Supply Chain Programme as well as for the wider company's application stack requirements.

    Candidate Profile:

    • Direct experience with 10M-50M GBP supply chain transformation programme in a similar capacity is highly desirable

    • Experience operating as a Senior Solution Architect, Chief Architect or Design Manager for a large organisation in supply chain domain, including integration of warehouse management systems

    • Business Architecture, Analysis, and Capability modelling experience

    • Experience in multiple Architecture Domains, solid appreciation and understanding of core concepts / building blocks of technical/ infrastructure design and architecture

    • Experience of Architectural frameworks (TOGAF/Zachman)

    • Excellent communication and influencing skills with stakeholders across the Business and Technology functions

    • Ability to manage and facilitate complex design across multiple suppliers and teams.

    • Experience of managing technical teams through the project life cycle, working successfully with infrastructure teams and 3rd party service providers.

    • Understanding and experience of project management methodologies and frameworks and change management processes.

    • Works effectively and inclusively with a range of people, both within and outside of the organisation and demonstrates determination, resourcefulness and purpose to deliver.

    • Drives a culture of innovation with Technology and the Business

    • Comfortable using critical thinking analysis and highly analytical

    • A collaborative team-player, championing our principles of openness and diversity

    • A self-starting leader who nurtures and fosters talent with clear visions and authenticity