Principal Enterprise Architect - Consultant

Principal Enterprise Architect - Consultant

03 Nov 2023
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 53201 Milwaukee USA

Principal Enterprise Architect - Consultant

At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

We are looking for a Principal Enterprise Architect to d rive adoption of NM's Target State Architecture by engaging in collaborative strategy, design and review sessions with major NM digital product initiatives.

You will identify gaps in or issues with NM's Target State Architecture and lead resolution in partnership with the other key partners throughout the NM organization. You will also build out the Reference Architecture Library, refine capability models and strategic architecture plans.

What's the role?

  • Organize and drive strategy efforts to determine high level solution approaches and roadmaps that is consistent with TSA or thoughtfully extends TSA.
  • Leverage guidance from NM's Reference Architecture Library, partner with local Solution Architects on crafting technology designs that solve for highly complicated situations.
  • Collaborate with teams on determining design principles and negotiating tradeoffs with various stakeholders.
  • As gaps or issues arise with adopting NM's TSA, drive resolution with the appropriate stakeholders.
  • Perform "hands on" R&D or POC engineering work to demonstrate virtue of different solution options as needed.
  • Communicate solution strategies and designs as well as their associated risks / tradeoffs at various levels of detail as appropriate for the audience ranging from CxOs to engineers.
  • Review Reference Architecture artifacts for quality and engage with broader organization on refinement.

Bring your best! What this role needs:
  • 10 years of proven experience within Information Technology, taking on progressively increasing responsibilities over that time period.

Significant experience with the following:
  • Role as a Solution Architect of complicated enterprise systems
  • Documenting designs using C4 and/or UML

  • Cloud technology: AWS, Azure or Google. (Certifications and AWS preferred)
  • At least one development language preferably: Java, Node.js, or Python
  • Successfully communicating and demystifying technology strategies and designs across various roles and levels
  • Negotiating and working with team dynamics to drive outcomes
  • Leading multi-functional teams through strategy, architecture and design

Solid understanding of:
  • Business architecture concepts
  • Application, data, infrastructure and security technology
  • concepts
  • Decisioning and problem-solving methods
  • Desire and ability to research and perform self-study to acquire knowledge as the situation demands

A successful individual in this role will have the capacity for and enjoy:
  • Continuous Learning: The strategy, decision, top-down architecture requires broad knowledge covering a variety of technology/business situations and continuous improvement of personal abilities
  • The scope and impact of strategies, design decisions and top down architectures, as they will be highly visible and impactful within the organization and therefore receive a lot of scrutiny
  • The broadness of the work involving converging and weaving
  • common understanding and conviction across multiple areas of business, product and technology given the situation

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!


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W e are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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