Specialist, Platforms Lead

Northern Trust Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 4 weeks ago

About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust provides innovative financial services and guidance to corporations, institutions and affluent families and individuals globally. With 130 years of financial experience and nearly 20,000 partners, we serve the world's most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, you will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture, which has a strong history of financial strength and stability. Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company that is committed to strengthening the communities we serve!

We recognize the value of inclusion and diversity in culture, in thought, and in experience, which is why Forbes ranked us the top employer for Diversity in 2018.

We'd love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world's most admired and ethical companies. Build your career with us and apply today.

Northern Trust is delivering an IT strategic change program to modernize and reduce complexity across the applications required to support its clients through the lines of business. This position is responsible for driving the implementation of change across the application platforms to improve resiliency and reduce risk in the application portfolio.

The ideal candidate would have a strong IT cross-functional background and experience in delivering complex technical solutions. The Specialist, Platforms Lead role reports to the head of IT Solutions Consulting and is part of the Enterprise Architecture group.


  • Person should be a multi-disciplinary IT expert with strong knowledge of strategic program design, product management, expertise in solution delivery and required competencies.

  • Person should have skills in translating broad strategic intent into tactical plans and directions to enable delivery.

  • Authoritative knowledge of enterprise architecture fundamentals

o Business architecture - mapping strategy to execution

o Systems and technical architecture

application architecture

integration patterns

infrastructure architecture

evolution to cloud architectures - public, private and hybrid

  • Excellent leadership, organizational skills and management skills, are required to meet goals.

  • Ability to work in matrix organization to drive change.

  • Person must have excellent negotiation and conflict management skills and have experience working with senior stakeholders

  • Preference for an understanding of Asset Servicing, Asset Management or Wealth Management with functional knowledge

  • Excellent writing, problem solving, presentation and storytelling skills.

Major Duties

  • Define tiered definitions of platform resiliency and risk for future state

  • Develop disposition model to prioritize applications for architecture assessment

  • Partner with application managers, solution architects and infrastructure engineering to design future state end to end platforms (customer experience, application delivery, infrastructure enabled)

  • Drive implementation of required application, middleware and infrastructure changes leveraging modern agile practices

  • Interact closely with the Enterprise Architecture team to standardize technology patterns

  • Align with cloud strategy work to determine applicability of private, hybrid and public cloud delivery

  • Ensure platform delivery aligns with information security roadmap

  • Partner with line of business CIOs to enable delivery of platform change in optimal way

  • Define objectives and key results for platforms work and measure to ensure progress each quarter

  • Identifies top enterprise barriers to the key objectives and works across CIOs, BUs, HR, Finance, and IT to remove impediments

  • Collaborates with vendors to achieve the platforms outcomes


1.Requires a college or university degree and/or relevant proven work experience, organizational, leadership, and management skills to provide knowledge to the functional business.

2.Extensive experience, that has been developed over 15+ years, in change / design initiatives, covering such areas as operations, IT and product development; with a track record of accomplishment in large, complex projects and change initiatives.

3.Strong experience in providing strategic direction, enterprise architecture and solution delivery

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Specialist, Platforms Lead

Northern Trust