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The ERP Solution Architect Lead is
responsible to formulate and drive rationalizing studies/opportunity
assessments for Cargill’s global ERP portfolio.
This position will utiliz deep and broad understanding of both technical
and functional design, along with multiple architecture domain perspectives
(process, application, data, technology and security) to help drive a long-term
rationalization roadmap to consolidate and or retire ERP platforms and functions thereby
reducing technology spend and operational processes.
In addition, this
position supports the comprehensive high level architecture, functionality,
economics and architecture compliance of solution options for the ERP global
applications portfolio. This position
works closely with the global ERP Portfolio Lead, Solution and Application Architects
(global and regional), Enterprise Architecture and key stakeholders to
determine requirements for solution planning and development. This position develops solution architecture
at an Enterprise and Global Functions level in collaboration with other
architects, global and regional ERP portfolio teams and subject matter experts
from Cargill’s business units.
This position is also accountable to
lead the ERP Global Solution Architect team and will demonstrate strong
architectural accountability for quality of code, software engineering
practices, communication skills, dealing with complexity and ambiguity, and coaching
and mentoring of team members.
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 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 ERP solutions, encompassing global
business capabilities enabled by enterprise application landscape, clearly
differentiating Systems of Record, Systems of Differentiation and Systems of
Innovation under an Open & Flexible Architecture. The Solution Architecture
Lead will help create Enterprise ERP Strategies aligning Business and ERP Asset
capabilities in full support and enablement of the Enterprise and Group Process
Data and Technology strategies.
40% – Architecture Planning and Development:
Provide leadership and assists in setting the long term direction,
roadmaps and standards for ERP Portfolio architecture.
Develop an ERP Portfolio rationalization strategy that improves
efficiency, reduces complexity and lowers Total Cost of Ownership utilizing a
multi-pronged approach of:
Retiring aging and low value applications
Modernizing aging and high value applications
Eliminating redundant applications
Standarding on common technology platforms and versions.
Consoliating applications – either physically, logically, or both.
Serves as an
“agent of change” to lead the development of IT initiatives and ERP strategies
across the enterprise.
portfolio rationalization reviews including the identification of ERP
applications with the worst performance in terms of meeting business needs in a
cost-effective and reliable manner.
objective framework for assessing ERP applications, and deciding whether to
retire, consolidate, replace or modernize them.
Articulate the costs and
risks of each potential rationalization project, including the opportunity cost
of doing nothing.
solution evaluation and early-phase project estimates to contribute to the
business case for complex architecture solutions as part of a large portfolio
of architecture solutions.
Leads buy, rent
or build recommendations for complex architectural initiatives.
Develops and maintains ERP 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 ERP Global Applications Portfolio
Owns the Logical Architecture for a Portfolio (describing flow and high
level physical arch)
Responsible for the application architecture for all capabilities within
the ERP applications portfolio and the associated roadmap
Responsible for the data landscape for the ERP global applications portfolio
Responsible for governance to the architecture plan for the ERP
Ensures portfolio architecture aligns with Enterprise Architecture standards/principles
Responsible for lifecycle planning for applications within the global ERP
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
for vendors providing technology solutions within your portfolio (including
open source distribution vendors).
ensuring Cargill roadmap items are included in vendor roadmap (including open
source distribution vendors).
40% – Business Partnership:
Work with Enterprise ERP Leads and businesses to
establish clear connections between business goals and strategies and the
process data, and technology investments required to achieve them.
Partner with Enterprise ERP Leads and 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 consultation and 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 portfolio
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 ERP 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
10% – IT Innovation & Delivery:
Maintains extensive knowledge of industry trends, and utilizes this
knowledge to educate the ERP Portfolio Leaders and Regional ERP Portfolio
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.
Drive the definition of the architecture and technology opportunities of
the portfolio based on new and emerging technologies.
Demonstrate deep knowledge of a wide variety of technology disciplines.
Provides technical oversight and coaching to others resolving complex
and severe technical issues.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer
Science or Management Information Systems; OR equivalent experience
15 years business experience with diverse operational,
development and business roles
8 years experience with business process design and
improvement; knowledge of ERP solutions (i.e. SAP, JDE)
Proven experience in developing and successfully implementing
ERP/Application rationalization strategies improving efficiency, reducing
complexity and lowering Total Cost of Ownership
5 years experience in an architecture leadership role
Experience working on at least one full lifecycle ERP
implementation, preferably in a global organization
Experience collaborating with regional and global project teams to define business requirements and
deliver solutions that meet business goals
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
Ability to influence
peers and leadership stakeholders
Strong written and
verbal communication skills
management, planning and organizational skills
Proven ability to work
effectively within a large organization that operates using matrix
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
Ability to quickly
comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
Ability to travel, including internationally, up to 20%
Business fluency in English
Business strategy development
Knowledge of all components of enterprise
certification (Examples include ITIL, APICS, six sigma, etc.)
Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.
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