Principal Enterprise Architect - IT - Kuwait

IT and Computers
Job Role:
IT Manager
Staff- Line level
ME/GCC (Except UAE)
Salary Description:
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Job no: MRF311
Location: Kuwait
Kuwait Head Office
IT Alshaya IT is a diverse organisation supporting corporate, warehouse and retail specific IT infrastructure and systems. We have software teams creating and developing in-house applications and product teams optimising and integrating major third party solutions.  The rate of growth across divisions and geographies means we are constantly evaluating how we provide robust, scalable and business enabling infrastructure and systems in line with global benchmark standards. 

With 80+ globally recognized brands, 50000+ employees and 3500+ stores spread across 20+ countries, Alshaya boasts of one of the largest International Franchise Retailers in the world. To continue their ambitious expansion, Alshaya are currently moving to the next generation applications and development of IT infrastructure with a multi-year business and IT transformation. To support and achieve this aggressive growth, we are currently looking for multiple experienced "Principal Enterprise Architects" to join the Enterprise Architecture team within Alshaya IT division. This role reports to the Head of Enterprise Architecture and is based in Kuwait. The Enterprise Architecture (EA) function is responsible for providing architecture oversight and guidance across the entire application and technology landscape, aligned to the tactical and strategic business initiatives.
Role Description:

• A senior management role, leading and shaping Alshaya's IT strategy to build a strong foundation for business execution

• Responsible for architecture management of applications and technologies for one of the following domain roles:
Solution Vertical
◦ Retail Store Operations
◦ CRM & Omni-channel
◦ Buying and Merchandising
◦ Supply Chain & Logistics
Technical Horizontal
◦ Data & Analytics
◦ Integration & Middleware
◦ Infrastructure & Technology

• Provide domain specific business technology thought leadership for Phoenix transformation, govern and direct the implementation of Alshaya's best-in-class application platforms by industry-leading vendors

• Create and maintain a roadmap defining current, near term and future architecture direction for the company

• Provide guidance, assistance and communication on architectural designs, definitions and guidelines to vendors, IT delivery and operational teams

• Collaborate and work with other domain EAs to ensure standardization and reuse of IT assets across the entire landscape

• Lead and run domain specific design authorities, ensuring projects' adherence to EA roadmap, guidelines and principles

• Manage the further definition and implementation of the overall EA strategy and framework

• Engage with senior business executives, IT business partners and other EA team members to align specific needs with the long-term vision and strategy, integral to overall IT demand management process

• Articulate architecture vision, IT strategies, and trade-offs to stakeholders, including senior leadership & business partners

• Lead delivery of specific enterprise architectural services, like selection of IT platforms and assistance to the creation of solution roadmap for programs and projects

• Define and mature EA processes, such as the EA assurance process, and for leading the integration of these processes with other related business and IT processes

• Lead IT landscape analysis and audit to identify risks and deficiencies and recommend solutions

• Ensure architectural consistency, alignment and sustainability across the IT landscape by collaborating with and guiding Application change delivery, Services operations, PMO, 3rd party SIs, software vendors and technology services teams

• Degree in Business Management, Computer Science, IT Management or comparable technology / engineering discipline

• 12+ years of industry experience, preferably handling Solution Architecture roles in complex organization(s), of which at least 2-3 years should ideally be fulfilling Enterprise Architecture aligned with given domain(s) of responsibility

• Full lifecycle implementation experience of at least one of the leading application vendors e.g. Oracle, SAP, IBM, JDA. Microsoft, Infor etc. is a must

• Certification in a popular EA framework (e.g. TOGAF or Zachman) is desirable

• Exposure of an EA tool (e.g. Sparx EA, Mega Hopex, Software AG Alfabet, Orbus iServer) is desirable

• Experience of Retail industry is desirable and client side lead consulting/advisory experience will be an advantage

• Specialism in given domains, but good understanding of other domains too from a big picture standpoint

• Familiarity with Systems Delivery Lifecycle concepts and ITIL framework

• People management experience to manage 1 or more direct reports

• Additional training or certification in organization change management is considered an advantage

• Previous experience as a successful enterprise architect with responsibility in the applications domain will be an advantage

About Us: M.H. Alshaya Co. is a leading international franchise operator for nearly 90 of the world's most recognised retail brands including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria's Secret, Boots, Pottery Barn and KidZania. The company operates over 3,900 stores across diverse customer sectors: Fashion & Footwear, Health & Beauty, Food, Optics, Pharmacy, Home Furnishings and Leisure & Entertainment.

Alshaya's stores can be found in markets across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe and the company employs more than 53,000 people from over 120 nationalities.

The company has established itself as the industry leader across these territories through a combination of local market understanding and a comprehensive commitment to customer service. Growth in each of its operating divisions and brands is supported by continuous investment in talent and infrastructure. It applies best practices in retail operations, merchandising, marketing, information technology, logistics, real estate, human resources and financial controls.

M.H. Alshaya Co. is the retail business of the Alshaya Group, which was founded in Kuwait in 1890 and today represents one of the most dynamic companies in the Middle East. In addition to its retail operations, the Alshaya Group is active in a number of other sectors including real estate, automotive, hotels, trading and investments.
Advertised: 01 Nov 2017 Arab Standard Time
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