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Location :
Charlotte, NC US
Level :
Senior Manager
Job Category :
Information Technology
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Job Summary

An Architect-Sr Manager contributes towards the strategic vision of the organization and integrates a broad range of ideas regarding IT architecture. This role is recognized across the organization for IT architectural expertise as a resource for resolving the most complex IT architectural problems by influencing and motivating other team members. The Architect-Sr Manager provides leadership on the most complex architecture projects involving multiple disciplines and other business areas, interacting, influencing and presenting to Vice Presidents and Senior Vice Presidents.


As an Architect-Sr Manager one is expected to lead an organization within the IT Department that likely consists of several individual teams.  At this level, the Architect-Sr Manager sets the strategic direction for their organization in support of the business objectives of the company, ensuring the structures and processes needed to effectively deliver the mission of their organization are in place.  They create a work environment that enables their employees to be their best and deliver on their accountabilities.  They are personally accountable for leading organizational change, delivering business results by working across the organization and development of employees.  They demonstrate a high level of influence within their own organization, with their business partners, peer leaders and senior leaders. 

Key Responsibilities

Architect Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and professional leadership over large or complex initiatives where multiple architectural disciplines are involved. Execute governance over solutions developed by architects.
  • Consult on the application of reference architectures and serve as subject matter expert with contextual knowledge of the business model.
  • Provide thought leadership, innovative ideas, and drive toward partnership at the table. Make presentations externally, engaging with business partners, and leading benchmarking activities.
  • Utilize or develop reusable patterns, practices, and enterprise reference architectures based on industry best practices that fit within the overall architectural blueprint.
  • Influence Vice President and Senior Vice President level leadership from business and technology disciplines, presenting and delivering highly complex solutions as needed.
  • Define enterprise reference architectures in collaboration with all architecture disciplines and ensure that new architecture components comply with existing enterprise reference architectures.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the architecture. Create and articulate the case for change by highlighting the potential business/customer benefits.
  • Drive the adoption of reference architectures and initiatives to replace tactical solutions with strategic solutions. 
  • Identify and manage risks, opportunities, compliance issues or other architectural concerns.
  • Work with strategic vendors and partners to review and influence product roadmaps, strategies, and plans to ensure alignment with Allstate needs, both current and future.
  • Models and creates an environment of accountability for their organization, peer groups and leaders by setting clear performance objectives in support of business outcomes


General Management & Decision Making

  • Develops ideas and team strategy that have long-term, strategic impact on area of responsibility and that align with Enterprise direction.  Responsible for initiating work and allocating resources necessary to implement strategy and achieve organizational goals.
  • Communicates strategy to the organization so they understand their roles, are motivated to achieve established goals and have line of the sight between their work and Allstate strategies. Converts thinking of others or gains acceptance of complex ideas where difficult but necessary to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Applies knowledge and efforts to diverse and complex situations, where alternatives are numerous, to drive business solutions on behalf of the organization.  Makes decisions that have an impact on quality or effectiveness of business activities beyond their area of responsibility.
  • Fosters innovation. Creates structures and processes that promote an environment of innovation and experimentation for direct reports, peer groups, leaders and the organization.


Business Partner Management

  • Partners with others in their organization to set and manage expectations; continually seeks opportunities to be a thought partner and increase internal business partner satisfaction and deepen relationships.   
  • Negotiates solutions for issues that may be complex or controversial across multiple teams/functional groups.
  • Adapts complex communication approaches for audiences at multiple internal and external levels

Job Qualifications

  • College Degree with technical study
  • 12+ years technical experience in architecture, design, and/or project management and 5+ years of management experience
  • should include accountability for all aspects of leading an organization including people processes, client/partner relationships, work processes and delivery of work products.        

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary – but that’s just the beginning. Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k). Plus, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life -- including a generous paid time off policy.

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