Interested in filling a unique position? Can you a sketch a picture of the future without sounding like Mystic Meg? If you can, then maybe this ‘Enterprise Architect’ post is right up your street!
As Enterprise Architect, you see, you’ll develop a holistic view for the customer within which both the business and the IT-side are elucidated and then merge into a futureproof whole. You operate in what we call the ‘pre-pre phase’ (that’s right: the stage before the preliminary phase). The co-creation phase during which everything’s still up for discussion. In which all ideas are still being tried on for size and the future is still bare. When the problems haven’t yet been defined.. that’s the time when we swing into action.
You approach the task like an architect would design a house: together with your customer, you sketch the plans for his `dream house of the future’. Not yet in detail: no technical drawings, as yet, nor orders for a concrete engineering study. No, you sketch and draw concepts on paper, off the cuff, the ideal future home for your customer. You realize that whatever the final structure is, it won’t entirely be what you’ve just put down on paper. There are still too many practical objections and considerations in the way for that. But you are confident that your vision of the future will indeed have a profound impact on the customer’s business. You’re in the ‘driving seat’, so to speak, although it’s as yet unclear where this journey will take us. Which direction we might be headed in is what you – as Enterprise Architect – will try to make clear.
If we had to give another description for the job title, then these would come nearest: ‘Process Architect’ or ‘Business IT Architect’. But they don’t quite nail it….. So that’s why we prefer ‘Enterprise Architect’.
- We often start projects with a (limited) analysis of the context, as it stands. By means of interviews with internal staff, we create a picture of the present situation.
- On the basis of desktop research and trend analyses, we then examine how the world is evolving. Considering these possible scenarios for the future, we try to make concrete how that could or will affect the industry and the operations of our customer.
- At the same time, we formulate a set of answers to the question of how the company can best equip itself to meet the challenges of the future.
- We make that clear via the materials that we deliver: reports with recommendations, a roadmap with possible implementation plans, data analysis reports, business cases, and more…
- In that regard, we also stress the IT architecture of business processes and data, as these are the cornerstones of many future projects.
Does this all sound a bit hazy? Here’s a specific example of the kind of projects for which our expertise is sought:
- A major IT service provider expects his workforce to double in the next 4 to 5 years. But how can the HR Department and the company keep that growth on track while, at the same time, remaining efficient, powerful and versatile? Are the processes, systems and the structure of the organization able to cope with a doubling of the workforce?
- After a limited analysis of the present context, we review the main trends that are just around the corner (tightness in the job market, impact on the workload, IT trends, ...). On the basis of desktop research and your own vision on the market trends, you then sketch a picture of the big challenges that the organization ought to be able to face.
- Some possible solutions are then enumerated (e.g. is there scope for more HR self-service, how should IT systems be scaled up, how can processes be optimized, how could data flows best be channeled, ...). Under no circumstances would we offer just 1 solution. The future, after all, always lies wide open. When weighing up the pros and cons of different options, there are a lot of key learning points that will bear on our case.
- All those viewpoints end up in a report and are presented to the customer so that the internal thinking can be further pursued. If possible, we also assist the customer in making the right choice.
- How that choice is then fleshed out and made concrete (e.g. which IT systems need implementing, how much change management is needed in order to steer the changes internally), that is not for the likes of us. We leave that to others.
Please read the following job description. If we’ve described you, please get in touch.
- The prospect of the early-stage, preliminary phase grips you. That moment at which a company wonders how the problem can be defined correctly and set in the right context.
- You have a very broad interest in, and knowledge of, all kinds of industrial and business processes in diverse sectors.
- You follows several different trends and market developments. You manage to forge them into a meaningful whole, from which future scenarios and possible solutions can be distilled.
- You are more a generalist of processes and trends than a profound expert.
- This job requires a certain degree of maturity. So you will have some (3 to 8) years’ experience already. Maybe within process engineering or (enterprise) information management, perhaps within a IT field but, in any case, with a great interest in the real added value for the company. In addition you combine that with a broad knowledge and interest in (digital) trends andstrategic models.
- You are already familiar, to some extent, with change management. Not from the ‘people management’ side but rather from a system- and IT-side.
- You will have a broad knowledge of IT, which you mainly use to make the translation to a tangible organizational value and possible processes, visions of the future and an early (general) description of possible IT approaches.
- You are analytical. You can work under your own steam. You are creative. Entrepreneurial, in the sense that you quickly spot and identify opportunities in both trends and visions of the future.
- You think holistically: you are quick to see links between widely differing domains and manage to communicate these clearly to the reality of the end customer.
- You are trilingual (Dutch, French and English).
- Our customers are located mainly in the Brussels Region, so bear in mind that your sphere of operations will lie there.
This is a very challenging and intriguing job that you, on top of that, get to do within a great company. Here’s what we can offer you:
- As Enterprise Architect, you form part of a tandem that will take this specific (and relatively new) domain to the next level. You will, therefore, work very closely with your direct (very experienced) colleague, who, at the same time, will act as your personal coach. Your personal growth will, therefore, run parallel with the growth of this business unit. And, within that, there will be plenty of scope for self-realization. You will, of course, as soon as you’re ready for it, head up more and more projects.
- This is an ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge of a unique and strategic domain, on the interface between the business and IT.
- In addition, you will find yourself in a solid company with many career-building opportunities:
- Delaware Consulting has over 770 employees and we are growing at a rapid clip.
- There are many training opportunities, both internal and external.
- As a company, we stand by our core values (and we therefore expect, of all our colleagues, that they can fully endorse that): we take care of our employees and customers, we are dedicated, enterprising and respectful, and do everything in a positive team spirit.
- Consequently, there are regular team meetings and teambuilding activities.
- And, of course, a competitive remuneration package awaits you.
Tell us why you would make a super colleague.. and apply for the post now!