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Solutions Architect (77417)

The purpose of the Solution Architecture (SA) function at KLX is to provide leadership and technical guidance in the design and implementation of technology solutions to gain competitive advantage in support of business needs and strategy. The Solution Architect translates business requirements into implementable technology solutions that optimally balance cost, speed of delivery, and value while leveraging existing technologies and standards whenever possible. The SA provides leadership to ensure successful implementation working iteratively with the team to bring about successful and timely delivery of business-centric, integrated technology solutions aligned with Enterprise Architecture.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

The SA interacts with business unit management, applications systems management, technology management, vendors and industry experts in order to map business requirements into technology solutions that optimally balance cost, speed of implementation, and value while leveraging existing technologies and standards whenever possible. Contributes to the definition of architectural strategies and plans. Advises and defines the architecture approach for projects and guides project activities toward desired Architecture model. Acts as centralized viewpoint in looking at the big picture and bridging across the various technology platforms to ensure continuity of direction, leveraging of company assets, best practices, and overall integration. Supports other SA team members in development of their designs

The SA provides clear and valuable documentation to support the team and communicates it effectively. Specific Tasks: Develops architectural diagrams that document project plans, production systems, etc. Identifies, analyzes, and communicates architecture and integration options and makes recommendations to management. Documents best practices and solution blueprints.

The SA ensures that designed Solutions are successfully implemented by participating in all phases of the SDLC while working iteratively to ensure that systems are successfully evolved and delivered as maintainable finished solutions. Specific Tasks: Acts as at technical lead providing direction to technical resources and consulting on the implementation while owning delivery of the technical design. Assists in troubleshooting technical implementation issues. Helps to coordinate with vendor technical resources to drive solution delivery. Supports the business in validating the solution.

The SA conducts research on new and emerging technologies for practical application to business problems and strategic initiatives in the context of assigned work efforts. Specific Tasks: Seeks out new technologies that meet specified cost/benefit criteria and takes appropriate action to introduce into KLX. This may include proof of concept activities, cost/benefit documentation, staff training, configuration recommendations, contract and service level requirements, etc. Conducts industry research in order to develop solutions to resolve business needs. Drafts "white-papers" and communicates findings to management.

The SA reviews the current technology architecture landscape and seeks ways to leverage, improve and/or extend corporate technology investments. In the context of specific project efforts, the SA works with line management in establishing technical directions and strategies that ensure cross-platform architectural components properly "fit" within the enterprise and maximum benefit can be gained. Definition of Solution Architecture Best Practices (10%): The SA supports the team in the development of best practices, documentation templates and process and workflow to optimize delivery. Mentoring and Support for Team Members (5%): The SA supports the team through mentoring and ongoing guidance for fellow team members. Specific Tasks: Regular design reviews of documentation and solutions generated by peers. Acting as an escalation point to support team members on specific troubleshooting, process or documentation issues. Helping to train members of the team in the latest best practices and architectural approaches. Prioritization and Management of the Team's Business Line Portfolio (5%): The SA works with business and technology management to help manage and prioritize the team's engagement with a specific business line or area. Specific Tasks: Prioritizes resource requests for SA resources. Manages and maintains the portfolio within a given area and provides this to management. Documents and reports on project success for team members. Works closely with the business line Enterprise Architect to ensure team alignment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education Bachelor's Degree

Work Experience 10+ Years

Related Experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education Master's Degree

Work Experience 15+ Years



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