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PDS Tech Inc IM-Solution Architect in Grand Prairie, Texas

AKKA Technologies (parent company of PDS) is looking for one of its key customer in Aerospace an IM Solution Architect. This position reports to the Head of Enterprise and Solution Architecture in North America. Our customer is one of the largest aeronautics and space company worldwide .

The IM Solution Architect in North America (USA, Canada and Mexico) is responsible for defining and designing technical solutions of several facilities in North America functions: Customer Services, Programs Manufacturing, Engineering, HR, Finance, Procurement, Communication, Legal, etc. In the context of key Digital & Transformation programs, the candidate will be responsible to design, to follow & validate designs or even implement some products delivered to business functions. The ideal candidate will combine robust architecture skills and experiences, drive to improve existing systems and solutions and innovative mind-set to develop solutions for evolving business requirements.

Primary Responsibilities

Product and Solution Design: 60%

  • Analyze, assess and maturate projects business requirements and expectation provided through a Business Requirement Dossier or product backlog.

  • Lead the solution design end to end: define all architectural layers: functional, data, application, infrastructure, network, security..., collaborating with all internal and external resources sufficient to produce architecture design documents.

  • Produce self-explanatory architecture scenario decision matrix to support decision taking by business and IM management

  • Ensure IM landscape Integration and Operational viability of new products, defining and supporting Operation Conditions of Success (means, skills, process ...) with Product / Project teams" to guarantee Product Robustness, Scalability, Performance and Security

  • Responsible and accountable from an end-to-end perspective of the solution design consistency in both the global and local overall IM landscape in line with Enterprise Architecture Governance

  • Deliver Business Product design through either traditional waterfall or incremental/Agile/SAFE methodologies in order to provide the value expected by stakeholders.

  • Ensure reporting about Architecture activities to management and project manager

  • Lead Technical Guidance to accompany Product owners & managers to ensure fast Product deliveries applying Agile and DevOps principles when deemed appropriate

  • Manage escalations when necessary.

Architecture Framework and Governance: 20%

  • Defining and following best practices for product design from a system solution perspective : contribute to Architecture framework and knowledge base

  • Implementing and propose solution architecture processes improvement

  • Contribute to facility North-America IM Masterplan, Enterprise Architecture and IM Governance

  • Ensure the link between projects and transversal streams (Enterprise Architecture, Data Governance)

  • Contribute to the IM architecture board to improve the overall quality and maturity of all architecture designs done by the architecture team

  • Produce or contribute to the definition of IM domain roadmaps in collaboration with business directors, IM domain leads, Business partners and Product and Service Lines (NA and EU)

  • Contribute to improve IM landscape and cost reduction

  • Liaise with the Architecture and Product Design team in Europe to contribute to the design of applications/solutions and prepare the deployment and support viability

  • Take active part of the worldwide architects community (Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific)

Innovation and Digital Transformation: 20%

  • Contribute to IM Digital Transformation proposing new Design Models, new Technologies to always better serve Business and provide Added-Value

  • Monitor technology market trends. Publish regular Technologies watch to the IM team.

  • Self-train/practice to keep your architecture knowledge up to date.

  • Favor and use as much as possible methodologies a ways or working defined by IM Digital transformation team

Required Skills / Experience / Knowledge:

  • Degree in Information Technology or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in Information Management (IM)

  • At least 5 years of experience in application development, management or design

  • At least 3 years of experience in Solution architecture design

  • In depth knowledge in IT and Digital technologies

  • Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: Customer Services, Programs, Manufacturing or Engineering

  • Knowledge in Digital Technologies and potential usage / benefits of these technologies for the business

  • Experience with waterfall, agile and other project management methodologies

  • Strong communication (oral and written), interpersonal, and facilitation skills

  • Experience in several of the following applications architecture or technologies:

  • SAP, SAP HANA, MES, IOT, Google Suite, Analytics & Big Data products, J2EE, PLM

  • Micro service architecture, AWS, ESB, Web Application, Mobile Applications, HTML5

  • Cloud, IaaS/PaaS/SaaS, Network, Industrial Storage

  • Cybersecurity

Preferred Skills / Experience / Knowledge:

  • Understanding of IM standards, project and services methodologies and procedures is a plus

  • At least 2 years of experience in Digital Technologies, culture and transformation is a plus

  • Open Group ArchiMate and UML languages

  • Enterprise Architecture Frameworks: TOGAF, Zachman, NAF, UAF, IAF...

  • French, Spanish or German language skills are a plus

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.