Senior Solutions Architect

Ernst & Young LLP Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago

Position Summary:

As part of our Americas Tax Technology Group (ATTG) you will be part of a technology organization that develops and maintains innovative solutions for our client-serving Tax professionals. ATTG professionals will partner with our Tax professionals to develop supporting technology such as digital/mobile tools to improve internal operations, application of Robotics Process Automation (RPA) to collect financial data, development of advanced financial dashboards, visualization, analytics, and reports.

The Solutions Architect role is in the Architecture and Standards pillar. The main function of this pillar is to set the standards for ATTG's Architecture and Tax Data strategies.

Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Ensures the architecture of solutions is aligned with the direction of organization in terms of technology and business strategy.

  • Drives effective decision making to steer, harmonize and accelerates efforts within Portfolio.

  • Accountable for the solution architecture of all products within the SSL portfolio.

  • Ensures the direction and implementation of a solution is true to its design, and if a change is required, it is managed appropriately.

  • Makes an informed Build vs. Buy decision by consistently following NTI process and applying systematic approach to technology evaluation.

  • Routes technology purchase requests through appropriate channels to ensure alignment with Global Procurement purchasing requirements.

  • Ensures that the solution design specifies technologies & tools that have been approved for use by Tax Quality, Risk Management & Independence.

  • Collaborate with SDL and BTL to devise Solution Delivery Strategy.

  • Assists with mapping of the business technology strategy to a solution strategy.

  • Participate in rationalization on the latest trends in the market, available at ATTG/ GTP capabilities and offerings.

  • Facilitates preparation of potential technical solutions and advises SDL and BTL on the technical and business value of the proposition.

  • Promote growth, innovation, and long-term profitability concepts

  • Develops standards that typically include best practices observed from other technology rollouts and helping develop solutions faster through repeatable actions or reusable components in new designs.

  • Identifies programs to deliver Architectural leverage and scale through reusable components.

  • Works alongside governance bodies in ATTG to form part of the organization's overall governance picture.

  • Architects self-service of products and services with minimal human intervention in deployment and operation.

  • Ensures that governance is met through automation and policy enforcement to reduce manual process gates

  • Ensures compliance to the standards for solution architecture and integration of the relevant building blocks already available

  • Defines a robust architecture for building new applications and releases, leveraging and enhancing existing building blocks, or creating new reusable components

  • Drives the organization towards best practices and technologies such as Agile/DevOps, Big Data/Analytics, AI, Microservices

  • Partners with others inside and outside SSL and ATTG organization to gather all requirements to formulate the appropriate architecture required to provide system functionality, deciding when to advocate, and when to compromise, to arrive at a mutually-acceptable solution

  • Works closely with the Studio teams to translate the efforts into value

Analytical/Decision Making Responsibilities:
  • Ability to clearly articulate both problems and proposed solutions

  • Proactive approach to identifying issues and presenting solutions and options, and where appropriate, leading to resolution

  • Understand the long-term business objectives and suggest technical strategies to meet those objectives by introducing innovation through technology

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:

  • Must have experience working with various architectural styles and patterns

  • Comfortable communicating architecture to all levels of management and customers

  • Responsive and decisive on adjusting our product architecture per customer requirements, market conditions and technology evolution

  • Excellent knowledge of software development methodologies and processes

  • Track record that includes the design and release of high-quality, high-performance, enterprise-level software products/applications

  • Excellent decision-making skills with the ability to balance conflicting interests in a complex and fast-paced environment

  • Strong analytical, prioritization, and troubleshooting skills

  • Strong leadership skills and experience successfully managing teams

  • Work and communicate internally and with the customer at all levels, including engineers, end-users to C-suite

  • Experience with designing and implementing hybrid cloud solutions

  • Architectural experience including use of UML and other Case tools

  • Strong experience in ability to document concepts and designs for C-level consumption

  • Working experience in Business Architecture

Supervision Responsibilities:

  • Works with limited direction & oversight

  • Provides Supervision & direction to team members & staff

Other Requirements:

  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Job Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree (computer science, engineering, accounting, finance preferred) or equivalent work experience.

  • Master's degree preferred

  • 10+ years of experience

EY provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

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Senior Solutions Architect

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