Enterprise Application Architect

Zoek Pin Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England

Competitive

Unspecified (Full time)

Posted 14 days ago

Our client is a global group of life-saving technology companies. Named one of Britain's Most Admired Companies in 2019, they provide innovative solutions to many of the key problems facing the world today.

Their purpose is to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day. Their purpose drives every business decision they make and ensures they are working towards it every day. It defines the three broad market areas where they operate:

  • Safety: protecting life as populations grow and urbanise, and protecting worker safety.

  • Environment: improving food and water quality, and monitoring air pollution.

Health: meeting rising healthcare demand as growing populations age and lifestyles

change.

Context

Our client is one of the top-performing businesses in the FTSE index, comprising over 40 individual operating companies, operating in over 20 countries, and with a combined total of over 6000 employees worldwide.

Recognizing the importance of creating digital business models to sustain our growth, they are implementing a new group-wide IT strategy intended to facilitate future value creation through the increased adoption of both operational and strategic technology. The scope of the technology initiatives within this strategy span Enterprise and Business Application Architecture; Data and Analytics; Digital and IoT Platforms; and Core IT Infrastructure.

They are in the early stages of devising and launching these initiatives. They now need to build out a team of technology experts, architects, and delivery professionals to define the various solutions across the initiatives and facilitate the successful build and adoption of them.

Depending on the scope and objectives of different initiatives, adoption will occur at various levels within the organization, either at the group level, the OpCo level, or both.

To achieve successful results, they require intelligent, articulate, consultative professionals who fit their culture and can comfortably operate in our client’s autonomous and decentralised model.

Role Summary

The Enterprise Application Architect will report to the Chief Architect and will assist the ChiefArchitect in ensuring that technology initiatives are designed to support the growth strategy.

Given the complex environment consisting of an HQ organisation and 40+ individual companies, the Enterprise Application Architect will support the setup of the Group’s future Business Systems strategy including Finance, Talent and Legal systems. The Enterprise

Application Architect will also support the creation of a reference architecture for enterprise applications to enable the companies to quickly go to market with new technologies and benefit through increased standardisation and platform harmonisation.

In support of the extensive finance transformation strategy, the Enterprise Application Architect will also need to be the subject matter expert for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions and specifically have expertise in Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&O.

Role Responsibilities

● Business Analysis. Through consulting with the HQ and group companies, understand their requirements, and demonstrate use cases to show how solutions can be implemented and the benefits they will bring through adoption.

○ Given the manufacturing nature of Halma’s businesses, ERP is a specific focus, with a strong emphasis on Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&O.

● Run feasibility studies and make recommendations for technology and vendor selection related to enterprise business applications.

● Work closely with the Chief Architect, Integration and Data Architect, and IoT Architect to ensure the enterprise application architecture solutions and ERP especially, are based on modern technologies that are scalable, secure, and offer benefits to the business (such as straightforward integrations for BI) and therefore encourage adoption by the individual companies.

● Drive adoption of enterprise software best-practice principles and solutions across the group, with the goals to aid strategic growth, increase simplification, reduce implementation times, and lower costs.
This will be achieved through:

○ Recommend and take responsibility for the implementation of underpinning enterprise application solutions

○ Create a set of evolving reference data architectures for individual companies to refer to when adopting new solutions.

○ Provide best-practice consulting expertise across the group for architectural strategy and implementation; equipping the companies with the tools to digitally transform.

○ Contribute to the establishment of a list of preferred vendors to implement the reference architectures.

● Spearhead the adoption of new solutions across the digital transformation programs.

● Be the global subject matter expert of the enterprise architecture and its constituent solutions, especially the ERP solutions, and all configuration/customisation across the suite.

● Define and configure group-wide policies with regards to the application architecture landscape.

● Keep up to date with all product changes to ensure Halma’s companies are always using the optimal configuration for their businesses.

● Ensure Security as a principle is incorporated into every technology strategy and solution devised.

● Work with partner organisations, vendors and service integrators to deliver on the key technology initiatives.

Profile Attributes

  • Proven Technical Acumen - will have defined and executed enterprise-wide Application solutions with a specialisation within ERP solution focused roadmaps and commercialisation architectural IT strategies within the realms of the rapidly changing technology and security landscape.

  • Be aware of significant trends affecting industries, whilst also making credible business cases for emerging technologies and delivering innovative solutions.

  • Possess a strong understanding of software systems architecture and design approaches, with experience in informational, organisational, and modern IT layers to build scalable platforms and products.

  • Operational Excellence - Experienced Enterprise Application Architect in a global company. Will have a track record of operational excellence, with experience in creating, managing, and executing application architecture strategies.

  • Entrepreneurial, “can do approach” – Will be determined, creative and resilient, with a ferocious work ethic. Will be highly resourceful and pragmatic and find a way to get to the right answer. Will be comfortable operating in an entrepreneurial, high-growth investment environment, and understand the complexity and challenges of navigating a business through this phase of its lifecycle.

  • Commercial, Analytical and Strategic – Will have demonstrated previous success in using IT, innovation and digitization ecosystems as a competitive advantage for commercialisation purposes. Will be highly data-driven and make commercial solutions based on a detailed and creative use of data and analytics. Will be effective at distilling complex issues into simple, commercially compelling plans and articulating them in an equally succinct manner. Will have a strategic mindset, with exceptional clarity of thought and problem-solving capabilities. Will adopt a hands-on approach, and be close to the detail, as needed. Must be consultative in approach.

  • Cultural Fit – Will be non-political, energetic, hungry, smart, organised, collaborative, transparent, down-to-earth, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial. Have high integrity, passion, accountability, disciplined, detailed, a problem-solver, results-focused and a ‘can do’ attitude. Critically, must be empathic and intuitive with a strong level of people skills and the ability to build strong relationships of trust at every level within the organisation. Must be a pragmatic, low-ego team-player with a high degree of emotion

Business and Technical Experience Required

● 8 years+ experience in architecting and implementing enterprise business applications including practical experience of implementing these solutions to provide tangible business benefits.

● 5 years+ experience in ERP systems and related capabilities (record to report, treasury mgmt., purchase to pay, accounts receivable, acquire to retire and capital expenditure)

● Strong functional knowledge and understanding of MS Dynamics 365 ERP, ideally covering manufacturing companies.

● A minimum of 4 years of hands-on proven functional experience in Dynamics ERP configuration, standard customisation, standard workflows, dashboards, forms, views, and standard reports development.

● An expert understanding of COTS software data integration strategies and the aspects of solutions / API based technology platforms that underpin them.

● Experience assessing technologies and vendors offerings in areas such as MS Dynamics 365 modules (e-commerce, CRM etc).

● Experience in a delivery-orientated IT environment using the agile methodology.

● A proven track record of successful implementation of several solutions within large client companies.

● Experience working within a software delivery environment using Agile methodologies and tooling, such as Azure DevOps.

Location

Office headquarters are located in Amersham. There will be a mixture of working in the office, travelling, and home working.
Cultural Genes

These are the unique cultural and behavioural principles that we require, protect and leverage to effectively optimise our organisational genes and deliver our purpose.

Live the purpose

Be passionate about making the world safer, cleaner, and healthier. See real problems and create innovative solutions.

Embrace the adventure

Continually grow and change, as individuals and collectively. Challenge assumptions and see opportunities. Seek insight from all directions and leverage diverse points of view.

Be an entrepreneur

Be an owner, risk-taker, visionary. Transform bold ambitions into reality. Be agile and responsive in the face of constant change. Be successful through and with others.

Say Yes, and...

Be comfortable with paradox. Choose Yes, and... to seemingly conflicting priorities. Build for tomorrow and deliver today. Have stability and constantly evolve. Enjoy autonomy and eagerly collaborate.

Just be a good person

Play to win, but not at the expense of others. Operate with impeccable ethics, transparency and integrity in all that you do.

Diversity

Our client is an equal opportunity employer and achieving diversity is a priority for them. They actively seek to balance gender and ethnicity in our workforce.

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