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SDT Lead Architect (002184) in London at Inmarsat

Date Posted: 7/26/2018

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Job Description

Primary role purpose:

As part of the Group IT Architecture practice, this role will play a significant role in establishing the baseline foundations for an architecture practice, engaging in the creation of roadmaps, plans, patterns, policies, process, procedures, standards, guidelines, implementation patterns which guide investment strategy. As the owner for the architecture review process, the Director of Enterprise Architecture has accountability to the Inmarsat Architecture Review Board for the creation and conformance of the domain roadmap.

Reporting to the Senior Director & Lead IT Architect for Group IT, this role is pivotal in establishing the Enterprise Architecture function from the ground up, identifying opportunities to create discipline and rigour for the organisation and building out the architecture repository for other parts of Inmarsat to reuse where possible. Often working within a large programme of work, this role will have the scope to create the essential functions of Enterprise Architecture, such as ensuring that decisions are made and accountability is enforced during the execution of the strategy ensuring that investment executes against the strategy and that the future business outcomes are achieved.

The role is to establish an enterprise architecture practice in its broadest sense, such as planning and designing strategy alongside creating competitive advantage by understanding our core competencies, this role offers a unique opportunity to make a significant impact to Inmarsat.

Job Requirements

Key Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the individual in this position include:

  • Drive Architecture discipline across the organisation, developing and maintaining roadmaps, plans, patterns, policies, process, procedures, standards, guidelines, implementation patterns and other strategic enablers on behalf of our stakeholders
  • Develop an agreed Strategic Architecture & Design Governance structure & process as part of the overall Target Operating Model and ensuring to respect the risk appetite of the business 
  • Establish the Architecture Design Board for the domain managing the Terms of Reference, agenda, submission papers, minutes & actions alongside future pipeline of items to be submitted, communicating to stakeholders and to the Architecture Review Board
  • Identify risks and issues, proposing alternatives and solutions, retaining responsibility for the overall integrity of the domain register for strategic decisions and
  • Provide leadership to motivate and inspire the team, taking opportunities to mentor & coach others and create improved performance resulting in a highly effective and productive team
  • Understand how to develop large-scale systems effectively by balancing intentional architecture and management of an emergent design to drive towards a set of purposeful, planned architectural guidelines that enhance solution design, performance, and usability.
  • Advise business and technology groups on future enterprise solution options, outlining risks, costs, benefits, and capabilities
  • Create appropriate and pragmatic guidance needed to ensure that the whole system has conceptual integrity and is fit for its purpose.
  • Develop, promote, communicate, implement and apply architecture governance processes and related roadmaps, plans, patterns, policies, process, procedures, standards, guidelines, implementation patterns including all governance processes that ensure architectural alignment of all solution throughout the solution lifecycle.
  • Define and maintain best practice guidelines and standards for the enterprise architecture
  • Support business and IT strategic planning and product development teams as required
  • Cultivate positive and collaborative relationships with stakeholders


Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience of establishing a Group Architecture function from a standing start, working closely in collaboration with the broader organisation, both inside and outside Group IT.
  • Strong leadership and negotiation skills with business, third parties and delivery teams.
  • Excellent Interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to build consensus amongst many stakeholders, comfortable with ambiguity
  • Ability to develop and deliver the Target Operating Model plan into implementation.
  • Strong organizational and people management skills, takes the opportunity to improve organisational capabilities by investing time to coach and mentor others
  • Experience working with cross-functional right sourced teams to promote open communication and teamwork
  • Experience of building roadmaps and frameworks to drive implementation for complex programmes of work
  • Ability to establish, implement and enforce appropriate roadmaps, plans, patterns, policies, process, procedures, standards, guidelines to meet business requirements
  • Understanding the IT architecture discipline, processes, concepts, and best practices



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