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Company: Sasfin Bank Ltd

Division: Information Technology

Job Title: Digital Architect

Manager: Enterprise Architect

Location: Waverley, Johannesburg

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB  

The Digital Architect is a transformative role. The Digital Architect is accountable for ensuring that the business strategy, required to get transformative effects from current and emerging digital realities, is optimal. The Digital Architect is responsible for the adoption of digital technologies and digital experiences across all business touch points.

 

The Digital Architect champions the use of information and technology in business model design, and all aspects of the business, to create business success in the areas of customer experience and operations. The Digital Architect will be primarily focused on the to - be architecture and will be required to document and publish across all IT disciplines. This role covers all domains of enterprise architecture, business, data, and infrastructure. This position consists of three main roles:Architect, Designer and Specialist.

 

Architects are responsible for:

  • Achieving business goals by designing, building and maintaining high-calibre solutions according to best practice technologies that meet the business’s  current and future needs.
  • Advising on technical solutions, standard integration methodologies and the alignment of business and technology.
  • Preparing and distributing architectural visions, goals, standards, structure, behaviour patterns and models to all affected stakeholders.
  • Checking conformance to standards and architectural decision and resolving design and architectural conflicts by explaining and justifying design and architectural decisions.
  • Identifying technical risks and problems in the design, during implementation and at run-time.
  • Supervising designers and developers in terms of technology and design decisions.
  • Monitoring conformance to design standards and decisions during the implementation.

 

Specialists are responsible for:

  • Advising on the subject of specialty by providing technical and methodological knowledge, references and material.
  • Distributing knowledge about latest technologies, upgrades and recommendations.
  • Resolving complex problems that have high impact in terms of cost, effect and importance.
  • Supervising large implementations and deployment efforts, making sure these are suceessful.  
  • Performing assignments and tasks that require deep and thorough understanding of the field of specialty.
  • Responding to requests for information and redirecting people to more details and official standards and practises.
  • Assisting and coaching less experienced employees through sharing knowledge and and supplying references and material for their field.
  • Supervising large implementations and deployment efforts, ensuring that best practice is used to achieve objectives.
  • Writing recommendations, investigation reports, plans and roadmaps addressing strategies and future objectives.
  • Resolving complex problems that have high impact in terms of cost, effect and importance

 

Designers are responsible for:

  • Identifying business and/or technical requirements.
  • Preparing technical plans for long-term development tasks, coding standards, integration requirements, features, dependencies and documentation.
  • Conducting investigations and research for alternative solutions and technologies.
  • Resolving design issues and problems.
  • Responding to the changing environment in terms of demand and technology.

  

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY 

 

1. Digital strategy

a. Together with CIO and EA, work with executives to rollout and update the digital vision for business units, and identify the opportunities for differentiating and enhancing digital capabilities and solutions.

b. Together with CIO and EA, lead the development of the digital business strategy and road map, and ensure its integration with the enterprise strategic planning process, and the resulting business strategy and plans. Provide a single point of coordination and executive oversight for all digital initiatives and transformation projects.

 

2.  Analysis

     a.  Assess external digital opportunities and threats as key inputs to making the best decisions on business strategy given digital realities.

     b. Lead the process of identifying and evaluating internal digital asset capabilities and strengths.

 

 

3. Installation and configuration (Maintenance and New Requirements)

     a. Partner with the IT team to develop and use new digital business solutions to create a competitive edge for the enterprise. May also own and lead development teams and projects directly.

     b.  Plan and implement future IT developments and undertake project work while maintaining balance between innovation and pragmatism when determining the practical application of new ideas.

     c. Ensure that the development of digital assets and capabilities that business will need to survive and thrive in the midterm and long-term.

 

4. Change Management

     a.  Act as a champion and change agent in leading the organisational changes required to create and sustain enterprise digital capabilities.

    b.  Act as a thought leader on emerging digital business models and technologies, articulating the digital future and the enterprise's role in it internally and externally.

    c.  Define and report on metrics that represent progress against digital goals.    

    d. Build and maintain external relationships in academia, as well as with industry bodies, vendors and technology analysts to learn and influence.

   e.  Utilise IT expert areas i.e. analysts, researchers, technologists and champions to execute digital initiative.

   f.  Define a group-wide innovation culture in partnership with HR and Divisional experts.

 

DESCRIPTION OF TASKS 

1. Enhance Digital Architect role

    a. Use understanding of digital technologies to develop new ideas and insights. Understand the abilities of digital technologies and translate them into new ideas and strategies for the organisation.

    b. Rollout and enhance the digital business strategy and road map together with CIO and Enterprise Architect.

    c. Rollout and enhance the digital innovation programme.

    d. Present designs and solutions to various stakeholders to obtain buy-in based on the defined strategy.

2. Communication

     a. Keep the digital vision for the enterprise updated and current, and identify the opportunities for differentiating digital capabilities and solutions.

     b.  Keep the digital roadmap updated to deliver on the vision taking into account the as-is architecture and ensure it is communicated to business and IT stakeholders.

     c. Define and deliver reports and metrics that represent progress against digital goals.

3.  Feedback and activity updates to:

     a.  Project Office: Project updates.

     b.  Enterprise Architecture: This role provides management reporting input.

     c. Applications and Infrastructure: Progress and change feedback.

     d. CIO Office: Provide strategic input and required updates to governance and finance.

4.  Project work

     a. Accountable for all digital design delivered as part of projects.

     b. Accountable for digital strategic imperatives outlined for projects.

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED 

1.  Business / Industry Experience

      a. Seven or more year’s experience, ideally in business management, IT management or marketing.

      b. Two or more year’s experience in information intensive industries or digitally advanced enterprises.

      c.  Business or entrepreneurial experiences demonstrating strong business acumen.

      d. Experience in banking, stockbroking, and transactional finance. 

      e.  Experience in web and mobile initiatives to improve business process and client interaction.

2. Education

     a. Matric plus appropriate tertiary qualification - B.Sc (Computer Science) or B.Sc (Information Systems), B.Com, etc.

     b.  Further training/requirements: Additional education in marketing as well as information and technology disciplines is desirable as well as an approved Project Management qualification.

3. Experience

     a. Two or more years progressive leadership experience in leading cross-functional teams and enterprise-wide programs, operating and influencing effectively across the organisation and within complex contexts.

    b.  Proven experience in innovating business models and developing new channels, business models or business transformation.

    c. Appropriate experience that demonstrates understanding of the evolving digital world on both the demand side (how people/companies are using technology) and the supply side (emerging technologies).

    d. Knowledge of digital marketing, analytics, process management and CRM.

    e. Proven ability to effectively drive people, process and technology change in a dynamic and complex operating environment through successful delivery of multiple complex and integrated projects.

4. Technology

     a. Expert level of knowledge of current and emerging digital technologies.

     b. Understanding of Microsoft technologies, tools and environment.

     c. Understanding of limits and opportunities of mobile devices and the benefits they pose to financial mobile applications.

     d. Understanding of web-based technologies to provide business and client benefits.

5. Methodology

     a. Deep knowledge of e-commerce, consumer behaviour and social media.

     b. Change management / advocacy techniques and approaches.

     c. Innovation – must have the ability to employ sound judgment in determining how innovations will be deployed to produce ROI.

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

Leadership

  • Demonstrable integrity, empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to set direction and then mobilise the commitment of team and individuals.
  • Shares new ideas and consistently demonstrates openness to the opinions and views of others. 

Working Style

  • Primarily a relationship builder that builds formal and informal professional networks and maintains and extends networks within, across and external to organisational boundaries.
  • Obtains and shares information, ideas and problems.
  • Cross collaboration ability.
  • Forward looking and future oriented.
  • Mobilises others to support change.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic conceptual thinking and consulting skills.
  • Challenges conventional thinking and traditional ways of operating, and invites stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities.

Communication skills

  • Ability to communicate digital concepts and technologies to business leaders.
  • Ability to communicate business concepts to technologists.
  • Ability to provide strong technical operational guidance to technologists and feedback to architecture.
  • Ability to conduct planning sessions.
  • Ability to influence others by communicating ideas or positions in a persuasive manner that builds support, agreement or commitment.
  • Able to exert strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Builds a trust-based relationship with key stakeholders. Uses a formal and informal network to gather information.

 

REMUNERATION 

Total Cost to Company, market related depending on qualification and experience.

Interested applicants can forward their CV to sasfinrecruitment@sasfin.com by no later than: 08 December 2016.

*Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not received a response within 2 weeks of submission.

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