16 May

Head Architecture Jobs Vacancy in Connectedgroup

Head Architecture
16 May, 2018 1 hour ago

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Head Architecture Jobs Vacancy in Connectedgroup Jobs Details:

Our client, a major bank based in Abu Dhabi are currently looking for a Head - Enterprise Architecture.

Head - Enterprise Architecture


To work in partnership with key internal stakeholders and external parties to define and design the IT landscape, in line with the business/IT strategy and design/implement a governance framework in order to ensure the Enterprise IT Architecture and solutions are fit for purpose, operationally resilient, scalable and adaptive to future changes/growth


Strategy and Plans

  • In conjunction with, and as required by the Chief Officer of the Group, contribute to the formulation, implementation and delivery of the Group’s strategy in line with the bank’s vision, mission, values and priorities
  • Translate the strategy into operational business plans for the short, medium and long term within the department(s) and ensure that performance is monitored, reported and delivered and necessary actions are taken to achieve the strategy and plans

Enterprise Architecture Management

  • Define the overall conceptual IT architecture and technology road map and create a blueprint for the IT Enterprise Architecture, in alignment with the IT and business strategy, to ensure system inter-operation, stability and sustainability
  • Coordinate with, and supervise, enterprise architects, systems architects, project and systems managers to manage the design of complex and interconnected system clusters and solutions including additions and changes to a multitude of systems by conducting assessments, impact analysis, research, benchmark and technology watches to ensure emerging technologies in architecture solutions are embedded appropriately and the IT landscape is stable/scalable to cater for future growth and changes
  • Provide expertise in cross layer architecture patterns, IT landscape design, business application, SOA, information/data modeling, software design, security and infrastructure to ensure fit for purpose

Advice and Guidance

  • Coordinate, collaborate and advise key stakeholders on new businesses and business initiatives in order to incorporate required system functionalities into existing landscape
  • Liaise with industry common interest groups/communities to obtain/provide input on design blueprints to ensure the bank’s systems and landscape works effectively with external interfaces
  • Engage and guide external vendors on the bank’s application and infrastructure requirements to ensure proposed solutions are fit for purpose

Continuous Improvement

  • Keep abreast with latest technology trends in order to advise on internal adoption of latest and applicable technologies
  • Study and recommend opportunities for application and infrastructure consolidation in order to reduce cost, enable growth and/or increase efficiency

Governance, Risk and Control

  • Design and implement a governance framework for enterprise architecture, provide templates, documentation, business service catalogue and enforce application of design principles and standards to ensure these are not violated and the required standards are met
  • Ensure that the overall IT Architecture caters to protect the bank and its operations against IT risks, including unauthorized access to information, data integrity problems, loss of processing capability and poor service levels and to achieve continuous improvement and competitive advantage by identifying security and stability needs


  • Manage employees and teams by overseeing their performance management, recruitment, learning and development to ensure high levels of engagement, and competence, a motivated work environment and to maximise employee contribution to business performance

Change Management

  • Drive the management of change in the business area through direct reports and teams by providing inputs for, and partaking in change initiatives, programmes and projects taking into account best practice and standards in the business environment


  • Recommend and manage the budget for the business area and monitor financial performance so that the business is aware of anticipated costs and revenues, areas of unsatisfactory performance and improvement opportunities are identified and addressed to ensure the budget is managed in line with requirements

Policies, Processes, Systems and Procedures

  • Develop and oversee the creation and implementation of the required policies, procedures and controls covering all areas of the business area’s activity so that all relevant procedural/legislative requirements and standards are fulfilled while ensuring that the bank delivers best-in-class services, products and innovation whilst safeguarding the bank

Customer Service

  • Demonstrate Our Promise and apply the bank’s Service Standards to deliver the bank’s required levels of service in all internal and external customer interactions


Minimum Experience

  • At least 15 years of experience in Information Technology in banks or Financial Services companies, out of which a minimum of 10 years in a managerial capacity with large responsibility to design, implement and ideally operate large systems and system clusters.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in IT/Computer Science or equivalent

Professional Qualifications

  • TOGAF Open Architecture Framework certification or equivalent
  • PMP/ Prince 2 certification or equivalent
  • ITIL certification or equivalent

Knowledge and Skills

  • Design and implementation experience for bank IT system landscapes, real-time 24x7 processing system landscapes and customer interface technologies.
  • Enterprise Architecture principles and trends
  • Conceptual architecture modelling
  • Application and information system structuring
  • Cross layer architecture patterns expertise
  • Enterprise architecture frameworks
  • Emerging technologies
  • Information management
  • Information security
  • Information technology strategy and change
  • Infrastructure stack and services
  • Software engineering and development methodologies
  • Project and programme management
  • Negotiating and mediating
  • Business process analysis and design
  • Cross domain functional background in banking industry

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