Cargill Solution Architect in Hopkins, Minnesota
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.
Position Purpose & Summary
The Regional Solution Architect supports the comprehensive high level architecture, functionality, economics and architecture compliance of solution options for the Functions and Customer Facing Regional Applications portfolio. This position works closely with the Regional Functions and Customer Facing Applications Manager, Global Functions and Customer Facing Portfolio Solution Architect, Application Architects, Enterprise Architecture and key stakeholders to determine requirements for solution planning and development. This position develops solution architecture at a regional and project level in collaboration with other architects, regional Functions and Customer Facing application teams and subject matter experts from Cargill’s business units.
The Solution Architect is a skilled professional who understands both technical and functional design and brings perspective from all architecture domains (process, application, data, technology and security) into the solution design in support of regional portfolio capabilities. Utilizing a strong expertise in Functions and Customer Facing business processes and Functions and Customer Facing applications that support these processes, this position ensures solutions developed are aligned to enterprise architecture standards and principles, leverage common solutions and services, and meet the financial targets (cost and benefits). This position is accountable for solution evaluation and early-phase project estimates which contribute to the business case.
The Solution Architect position is also responsible for staying current with emerging business and technology trends, promoting the ‘art of the possible’, and driving innovation investments throughout the regional portfolio. This role is able to facilitate the difficult conversations involving balancing corporate strategies and local business requirements. This requires an ability to see multiple perspectives, steer discussions towards fact-based comparisons, and drive significant net value for the enterprise.
The Solution Architects, as a team, own the integration, maintenance and integrity of the portfolio architecture for all Functions and Customer Facing solutions, encompassing global business capabilities enabled by enterprise application landscape.
60% Architecture Planning and Development
Develops and maintains Functions and Customer Facing regional solution architecture by leading solution definition, solution architecture reviews, and solution selection efforts
Acts as part of the broader Cargill Architecture community to define and execute architecture processes.
Develops and maintains the Conceptual Architecture for the Functions and Customer Facing Regional Applications Portfolio
Responsible for understanding the strategy across businesses on the capabilities provided within their regional portfolio and translating that into an architecture plan (In partnership with the Functions and Customer Facing Regional Applications Manager and other Architects)
Responsible for the application architecture for all capabilities within the Functions and Customer Facing applications portfolio (meaning the application portfolio, key APIs, transactions, etc.) and the associated roadmap
Responsible for the data landscape for the Functions and Customer Facing regional applications portfolio
Responsible for governance to the architecture plan for the Functions and Customer Facing portfolio
Ensures portfolio architecture aligns with Enterprise Architecture standards/principles
Responsible for lifecycle planning for applications within the regional Functions and Customer Facing portfolio
Provides strategic consultation and recommendations for business process design, business intelligence design, software development design/architecture, application frameworks, and/or interfaces during the design and ongoing care of solutions.
Provides support and consultation for detailed design, deployment and production support.
Primary contact for vendors providing technology solutions within your portfolio (including open source distribution vendors).
Responsible for ensuring Cargill roadmap items are included in vendor roadmap (including open source distribution vendors).
20% Business Partnership
Work with businesses to establish clear connections between business goals and strategies and the process data, and technology investments required to achieve them.
Partner with business leadership to understand how data will be leveraged as a competitive advantage and promote architectural methods and solutions to enable business value (e.g. using big data to drive predictive analytics and improve customer experience).
Provide recommendations for business capabilities, business process design, business intelligence design, software development design/architecture, application frameworks, and/or interfaces during the design and ongoing care of solutions.
Regularly interface with other architects, analysts, process designers, application portfolio managers, business relationship managers, and enterprise subject matter experts to understand and evaluate regional portfolio capability needs.
Assist in the definition of the architecture and technology opportunities of the portfolio based on new and emerging technologies. Independently establish priorities and strategies, ensuring they are consistent with business goals and economic viability.
10% Architecture Assurance
Manage adherence to defined standards throughout the design, development and implementation processes for the Functions and Customer Facing Regional Applications Portfolio including managing exceptions against the portfolio.
Review new projects and architecture solutions, ensuring they are aligned with the enterprise architecture and meet financial targets.
Champion data as a corporate asset, ensuring the value realization of the investments Cargill is making in the data and information areas are captured.
10% IT Innovation & Delivery
Maintains extensive knowledge of industry trends, and utilizes this knowledge to educate the Regional Functions and Customer Facing Applications Managers on opportunities to build better target solution architectures that support and drive business decisions.
Drives improvement of architecture methodologies and services. Supports implementation, improvements, and proper utilization of architecture tools. Ensures the quality of architecture assets, and keeps them up-to-date. Develops and maintains architecture metrics.
Maintain knowledge of industry trends and utilize this knowledge to educate both IT and the business on opportunities to build better target architectures that support and drive business decisions.
Participates in routine and non-routine construction, automation, and implementation activities, ensuring successful implementation with architectural and operational requirements met
Provides technical oversight to others resolving moderately complex and severe technical issues.
Designs new testing methods and resolves routine and non-routine technical issues with minimal assistance. With minimal guidance, monitors systems capacity and performance.
Participates in disaster recovery activities and contributes to disaster recovery planning.
Drive the definition of the architecture and technology opportunities of the portfolio based on new and emerging technologies
Minimum Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent experience
7 years business experience with diverse operational, development and business roles
3 years experience with business process design and improvement
Experience in an architecture role
Experience collaborating with regional and global project teams to define business requirements and deliver solutions that meet business goals
Experience in developing integrated solutions involving process, data, and technology
Experience with business case development
Strong conceptual, strategic thinking, problem solving, technical and analytical skills
Leadership and interpersonal skills including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
Ability to influence peers and leadership stakeholders
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Proven ability to work effectively within a large organization that operates using matrix management structures
Knowledge and ability to support: translation of business needs into solution architecture requirements, application of multiple technical solutions to business problems, and estimation of the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives
Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
Ability to travel, including internationally, up to 20%
Business fluency in English
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Computer Science or Management Information Systems
Business strategy development
Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills
Knowledge of all components of enterprise architecture
Industry certification (Examples include ITIL, APICS, six sigma, etc.)
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
Job Information Technology
Primary Location US-MN-Hopkins
Job Type Standard
Shift Day Job
Req ID: HOP04631