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Data Capability Architect

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Wolters Kluwer

Montgomery, AL

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The Solutions Architect is responsible for leading the specifications, design, and conceptual development of a portfolio of Wolters Kluwer product integrations with a mix of standard and custom industry solutions. The qualified candidate must understand financial services businesses while still being able to delve into and solve complex technology issues. A key success factor is extending and integrating existing point products so WK can offer open, extensible, integrated solution suites that meet customer's functional requirements when the Wolters Kluwer standard products have gaps The Solutions Architect of Solution Design is a consultant to the sales team who partners directly with Product Management and Sales within the Large Bank and Securities market segments to assist in the progression of WK banking and securities solution sales by designing solutions and\/or services that remove barriers for customers to implement WK products and services within their business. This includes engaging our customers in detailed discussion around their current pain points and solution plans. The Solutions Architect will work to identify common market needs and to design solutions that are customer specific or extend across a segment of the market (i.e. crowd funding for shared development cost). Delivering these solutions across a market segment can also serve as a channel for introducing new products or new product enhancements that can be owned by the base product development group and resold. The Solutions Architect will act as a technical advisor while the implementation and delivery itself is managed within the organizations supporting the development. In addition to bringing in subject matter experts outside of the WK organization for the delivery of sold solutions, Solution Design will leverage resources from CCOE, Professional Services and Product Development to assist in the development and delivery of approved business cases. The Solutions Architect will partner closely with the Director of Solutions Design as well as Product Management, Product Development, Professional Services, and SupportLine to develop a plan for how solutions will be developed and maintained. The Solutions Architect is accountable for staying current on leading technologies, market solutions, and market focused regulatory changes. The Solutions Architect is responsible for the creation of conceptual illustrations and proof of concepts and presenting to customers to help drive the sales process. The Solutions Architect is also responsible for contributing to business management of the Solutions Design team, including participation in planning and budgeting to meet customer demand and corporate objectives for revenue and profitability. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Solutions Architect may perform some or all of the following, as well as other duties, as assigned. Technology * Understands the use of industry tools and technology and how their implementation affects project goals * Solves complex, analytical problems independently * Generates innovative approaches and solutions to complex problems * Internal technical resource at the business unit level * Evaluates current technology and recommends tools for implementation within a project or department * Works with vendors to understand technology and how it could integrate into WK product offerings * Responsible for the technical design of complex projects * Responsible for developing and implementing designs * Directs modifications of designs based on feedback from the development process * Expert in multiple technologies and the tools used in the WKFS development environment (JAVA, C#\/.NET, XML, HTML5, MS-SQL, Oracle, NOSQL, SaaS, Cloud, REST). * Research & Development: Leads and\/or participates in research and development initiatives that are focused on new product design, new technology implementation or architectural direction. Specifies, designs, develops, and debugs scalable and high-performance, SaaS-based web applications. * * Non Technical * Ability to see how parts interact or the possibility parts can interact with the whole (big picture thinking) * Knowledge of the business for which the enterprise architecture is being developed * Interpersonal and leadership skills - servant leadership, collaboration, facilitation, and negotiation skills * Self awareness, confidence, ability to manage conflict, empathetic * Communication skills, both written and spoken * Ability to explain complex technical issues in a way that non-technical people may understand * Knowledge of IT governance and operations * Comprehensive knowledge of hardware, software, application, and systems engineering * Knowledge of financial modeling as it pertains to IT investment * Customer service orientation * Time management and prioritization * Leadership and Communication: Leads design and development efforts within a project team. Collaborates with the project manager and the technical team. * Leadership and Communication * Demonstrates the ability to actively listen to others * Communicates product strategies and research and development updates to team members * Presents strategic ideas to management * Responsible for establishing the scope of the enterprise in question, setting down architectural principles and vision and for ensuring the rigor and integrity of the architecture, together with associated deliverables. * Responsible for ensuring that the populated architecture framework is appropriate in the context of the business environment. Must be comfortable with leading a team of architects and developers within the business, application\/systems, data\/information and technical architecture disciplines and must be able to explain clearly the benefits of an architectural approach. * Experienced in presenting and explaining the architectural views to all levels, from technical\/IT staff to senior management * Experience in at least one of the 4 contributing architecture disciplines: business analysis, applications\/systems engineering, data\/information architectures and technical architectures. * Produces well-written technical and business documentation * Writes project justification documents, which may include capital expenditure requests and cost benefit analysis. * Writes Software Architecture Design documentation to be submitted for architecture governance review * Prepares and conducts presentations for various user areas and staff levels, including management * Coaches less-experienced staff members in a mentor-type relationship * Is responsible for one or more projects that financially benefit the company. * Interacts and guides team members and other teams in a collaborative manner * Fosters an environment in which others are encouraged to be innovative Business Acumen and Strategy * Understands the impact of new projects and technical changes on other areas * Has broad knowledge of WK products * Has in-depth knowledge of WK products that are supported in the department * Proactively generates relevant ideas for new and improved use of technology based on knowledge of WK business, products and systems, and our customers' business needs * Is familiar with what key business competitors are offering within their technology solutions * Is able to build and maintain relationships with vendors of technology used in the area, in partnership with higher-level management and technical staff * Recommends buy vs. build development solutions * Understands strategic business vision * Collaborates with peers, architects, and managers to determine and set project strategy and how to implement it * Implements project strategy * Interprets business goals and understands how to implement them * Identifies and ensures that short-term goals are achieved Project The individual is expected to cover a significant subset of the following capabilities and skills: * Full life cycle experience, responsible for the development of a complete set of architectural views for an enterprise * Project and program management planning and organizational skills * Strong business analysis skills and experience, including assistance in the development of business vision and strategy, functional decomposition, requirements capture, process modeling. * Strong knowledge of design and architectural patterns. * Experience of 'system of systems' architecture development, partitioning of functionality among applications and components web services and application interfaces\/interoperability concerns. * Experience of software development methodologies and structured approaches to system development. * Awareness of systems management and operational support tools * Security and\/or infrastructure experience would also be a significant benefit * Participates and\/or leads project teams and complex projects * Builds cost\/benefit analyses of design alternatives and collaborates with manager and\/or architecture governance before selecting final design * Is responsible for identifying efficiencies and reducing costs through adherence and enhancements to software development process used for the work team Individual * Proactively manages individual career development * Regular attendance Education: * Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics or related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience) is required. * Master's degree in Computer Science is preferred. Experience: * Ten years' experience in software application development is required * Three years in an architectural role is preferred * Sales and negotiation experience is preferred * Consulting in financial services industry is preferred * Large system integration project experience utilizing middleware technologies. Proficient with three or more of the following: Microsoft.NET\/C#, Java\/J2EE, SQL, XML * Demonstrated experience with XSL\/XSLT, XSL-FO, data\/document conversion, and scripting * Working knowledge: IBM Websphere, MQ, WebMethods, Content Management Systems, XML Editing Tools, Data Mapping Tools, Databases (Oracle, SQL Server), Blockchain Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Certifications: To be successful in this role, it is critical that the Solutions Architect demonstrate competency in the following skills: * Leadership -- takes personal ownership of success and failure of entrusted business function, and has influence with peers and stakeholders * Ambition -- is action oriented and self-motivated, actively seeks out new challenges and is resourceful to gather information and add value to projects * Problem Seeking\/Solving -- is proactive in constantly looking for the flaws and liabilities in the current state to meet the changing expectations of the future; prevents problems via continuous examination and improvement; actively identifies solutions * Change Agility -- able to balance competing priorities in order to capitalize on the ever-increasing pace of change; able to remain flexible and effective under pressure in a fast paced environment * Independent Thinking and Decision-Making -- seeks ideas, input, and direction; weighs input based on merit not source; combines input with personal knowledge and reasoning to reach systemically-balanced conclusions; willing to defend those conclusions at the highest levels if necessary * Innovation -- has track record of applying fresh approaches to design of services as well as management practices * Demands Excellence -- sets and upholds high standards of performance for self, direct reports and suppliers to meet the high expectations of customers and stakeholders; does not accept mediocrity * Develops Others -- is passionate about helping others realize their full potential; achieves excellence via example, coaching, encouragement, and inspiration * Continuous Learning -- pursues ongoing personal development (aka a \lifelong learner\); is curious, seeks feedback, independently reads and seeks the most current industry knowledge and best practices * Communication -- is proficient in both verbal and written communication; develops strong business relationships and clearly and effectively communicates value added messages with detail and format appropriate for the target audience; particularly able to deliver concise solutions and recommendations; naturally navigates corporate communication channels to gain the collaboration necessary to accomplish business objectives * Execution -- has a data driven pragmatic approach to delivering on plans TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS Ability to travel, including overnight stays, is required based on business needs. Less than 25% travel is expected on average. PHYSICAL DEMANDS Normal office environment Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities\/Women\/Protected Veterans\/Disabled

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