Solution Architect – HR Solutions job – Cargill – United States



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Position Overview:
The Solution Architect supports the

comprehensive high level architecture, functionality, economics and

architecture compliance of solution options for the HR global applications

portfolio. This position works closely

with the global HR Solution Manager, Regional Solution and Application Architects,

Enterprise Architecture and key stakeholders to determine requirements

for solution planning and development.

This position develops solution architecture at an enterprise and project level

in collaboration with other architects, global and regional HR portfolio teams

and subject matter experts from Cargill’s business units.

The Solution Architect 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 HR portfolio capabilities. Utilizing a strong expertise in HR business

processes and HR 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 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 HR Portfolio encompasses the following areas:
Core Employee Data Processes and Solutions

Time & Attendance Processes and Solutions

Payroll Processes and Solutions

Talent Processes & Solutions

Compensation Processes & Solutions

Learning Management Processes & Solutions

The Solution Architect own the integration, maintenance and integrity of the portfolio

architecture for all HR solutions, encompassing global business capabilities

enabled by enterprise application landscape.

Principal Accountabilities:
40% – Architecture Planning and Development:
Develops and maintains HR 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 HR Global Applications Portfolio

Owns the Logical Architecture for a Portfolio (describing flow and high

level physical arch)

Responsible for understanding the strategy across enterprises on the

capabilities provided within their portfolio and translating that into an

architecture plan (In partnership with the HR Portfolio Lead and other

Architects)

Responsible for the application architecture for all capabilities within

the HR applications portfolio (meaning the application portfolio, key APIs,

transactions, etc.) and the associated roadmap

Responsible for the data landscape for the HR global applications portfolio

Responsible for all buy vs. build for the HR global applications

portfolio

Responsible for governance to the architecture plan for the HR portfolio

Ensures portfolio architecture aligns with Enterprise Architecture

standards/principles

Responsible for lifecycle planning for applications within the global HR

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).

40% – 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 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

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 HR 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 HR Portfolio Lead and Regional HR 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.

Participates in routine and

non-routine construction, automation, and implementation activities, ensuring

successful implementation with architectural and operational requirements met

Provides technical oversight and

coaching to others resolving 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.

Leads disaster recovery activities and contributes to disaster recovery

planning.

Qualifications

Required:
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer

Science or Management Information Systems; OR equivalent experience

10 years business experience with diverse operational,

development and business roles

5 years experience with business process design and

improvement; knowledge of HR solutions (i.e. SuccessFactors, Kronos, ADP)

3 years experience in a technical lead or 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

Excellent project

management, planning and organizational 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

Preferred:
Business strategy development

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

United States

Other Locations

US-MN-Hopkins

Schedule

Full-time

Job Type

Standard

Shift

Day Job

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