Enterprise Architect (London)

Job Summary

Reference Tech0059
Location Channel 4, 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX
Salary Competitive 
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 20 November 2019 at Midnight

Job Title: Enterprise Architect
Reports to: Chief Architect
Department: Technology
Location: London

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION
The Technology department is charged with establishing, monitoring and maintaining IT and Broadcast systems and services to serve out TV and VoD viewers, and enable
business users to carry out their roles efficiently, productively and securely. The department must stay at the forefront of technology change in order to meet multiple
business requirements, provide secure IT infrastructure and proactively support C4 strategic growth opportunities.

JOB PURPOSE
This role focuses on providing enterprise architectural cover for the core business domains of Sales, Content and Data. These domains provide Channel 4 with the majority
of the revenue generating opportunities, so their capabilities and change must be carefully managed. The post holder will be responsible for maintaining, setting and
enforcing the architectural agenda under the guidance of the Chief Architect in conjunction with the wider Solution Architecture team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Working with the Chief Architect to build and support an enterprise architecture to ensure our technology strategy and processes are aligned with and underpin the overarching business strategy.
• Working cross function, define and execute strategic planning in support of the Technical Strategy to drive common approaches, information assets and processes across the organisation.
• Capture, document and understand the interaction between internal systems, external systems, databases and people for key functional areas in the Sales and Content departments.
• Thought leadership; defining points of view on emerging enterprise / system architecture trends to support the design of new systems as required, ensuring
adherence to defined system and data architecture principles.
• Work with delivery teams to ensure adherence to and understanding of the defined technical strategy.
• Liaise with the business to support the management and maintenance of enterprise architecture principles, standards and guidelines.
• Ensure the overall enterprise architecture is extensible and scalable to meet developing business needs

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Technical & Professional Skills
Broad enterprise architectural knowledge based on practical experience gained working on complex enterprise systems at a comparable organisation. Ideally, a career in a
fast moving, dynamic industry with a high volume of change.
• Proven experience of developing a credible and practical technical strategies, within a services domain, which directly support business goals.
• Exceptional communication and influencing skills with the ability to advise and recommend with real credibility at all levels whilst managing complex stakeholder relationships.
• Proven business capability modelling, critical analysis and problem-solving skills, with the ability to work collaboratively to develop creative technology
strategies for rapidly changing, highly ambiguous challenges and opportunities.
• Broad understanding of systems integration, APIs, Micro Services, Cloud and Service Oriented Architecture design.
• Experience of working with SaaS/Cloud software alongside 'Commercial of the Shelf Packages' and a mix of in house developed assets.

Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
• In an environment where deliverables are often tied to broadcast and/or commercial schedules, pragmatism and pace become critical to successful project delivery.
Thus, the role holder will be expected to reach decisions regarding application architectures in a timely manner while remaining broadly within the overall direction set
by our target blueprints.
• In reaching a decision, the individual must be able to balance multiple perspectives such as overall strategic priorities, specific project priorities, financial
factors and technology related factors.

Managing Resources
• The role holder must be able to work within the constraints of the projects they are providing support to. Such constraints are likely to be financial, time based, skills based etc.
• The compact nature of the Architecture Team means that opportunities for line management responsibility are minimal, however, the role holder will exert significant
influence over the technical direction of the whole organisation.

Relationship Management
• In order to operate effectively, the role holder must build sound relationships with our departmental customers across the business, internal development teams,
and 3rd party development and service delivery teams.
• A critical factor to success in this role is obtaining respect, at a business level, from the development teams. To do so will require the individual to remain
abreast of broadcast industry developments, recognise the potential relevance/impact to C4, and be capable of outlining their relevance to the business teams.

Complexity/Problem Solving
• In building out the target model architecture, the role holder will often face contradictions and ambiguity. These will need to be worked through and detail
gathered where necessary to ensure the relevant stakeholders agree and understand any resultant pragmatism.
• In supporting development teams, the role holder will regularly be called on to provide assistance with problem determination. Such problems will concern issues
identified during development or, on occasion, in live applications and are often extremely complex and convoluted in nature. The ability to approach such problems
logically, using a process of elimination is essential.
• As part of the Architecture team, the role holder will be called upon to support new business initiatives that have an impact on a wide number of systems and
processes. The expectation is that the role holder will take on board the request, build their knowledge of Channel 4 systems, where necessary, and work with the relevant
Solution Architects to build our a strategic view of any changes.

Business Impact/Strategic Perspective
• In building out the target model architecture, the role holder will often face contradictions and ambiguity. These will need to be worked through and detail
gathered where necessary to ensure the relevant stakeholders agree and understand any resultant pragmatism.
• In supporting development teams, the role holder will regularly be called on to provide assistance with problem determination. Such problems will concern issues
identified during development or, on occasion, in live applications and are often extremely complex and convoluted in nature. The ability to approach such problems
logically, using a process of elimination is essential.
• As part of the Architecture team, the role holder will be called upon to support new business initiatives that have an impact on a wide number of systems and
processes. The expectation is that the role holder will take on board the request, build their knowledge of Channel 4 systems, where necessary, and work with the relevant
Solution Architects to build our a strategic view of any changes.

Full Role Description


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