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Principal Enterprise Architect, Finance

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Job Title: Principal Enterprise Architect, Finance
Location: Hopkins, MN, Mid-West United States, USA
Company: Cargill, Inc
Industry Sector: Food/Processing
Industry Type: Commodities and Trading
Career Type: Accounting/Finance/Asset Management
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: N/A
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Position Purpose
The mission of Cargill's Enterprise Architecture(EA) team is to define, drive and maintain convergence toward Cargill's reference and target architectures by establishing EA strategy and processes, managing risk, and initiating or leveraging investments across business processes, applications, information, technology, and security throughout Cargill.

Cargill is searching for a Principal Enterprise Architect to manage Cargill's corporate finance architecture. This includes the architecture for record-to-report, finance planning & analysis, credit-to-cash, invoice-to-pay, business process controls, tax, customs, foreign exchange management, cash management, funding management, and all other treasury capabilities. EA is focused on enabling business and IT leaders to make process, data, and technology investment decisions that balance and prioritize current operational demands and opportunities with the longer-term strategic vision of the finance function and the overall organization. 

This role is also responsible for staying current with emerging business and technology trends, promoting the 'art of the possible', and driving innovation investments. This role is able to facilitate the difficult conversations involving balancing corporate strategies and local business requirements. This requires an ability to see multiple perspectives, steer discussions towards fact-based comparisons, and drive significant net value for the enterprise. 

Principal Accountabilities

40% - Architecture Planning and Development
Develop, maintains, and improves complex architectures, including reference/target architectures, principles, roadmaps, patterns, etc.
Collaborate with strategic IT suppliers to influence product strategy and solutions to align with Cargill business requirements.
Utilizing expert knowledge of architecture, play a role in negotiations with strategic vendors and participate in vendor relationship management process.
Provide leadership and assists managers in setting the long term direction, roadmaps and standards for functional, process, and/or technical solutions, ensuring they align to the overall enterprise architecture.
Serves as an "agent of change" to lead the development of IT initiatives and strategies across the enterprise.
Accountable for solution evaluation and early-phase project estimates to contribute to the business case for complex architecture solutions as part of a large portfolio of architecture solutions.
Leads buy, rent or build recommendations for complex architectural initiatives. 

40% - Business Partnership
Work with businesses to establish clear connections between business goals and strategies and the process data, and technology investments required to achieve them.
Use business architecture practices to align business, enterprise, and IT strategies
Partner with business leadership to understand how to leverage data as a competitive advantage and promote architectural methods and solutions to enable business value (e.g. using big data to drive predictive analytics and improve customer experience).
Provide strategic consultation and recommendations for business capabilities, business process design, business intelligence design, software development design/architecture, application frameworks, and/or interfaces during the design and ongoing care of solutions.
Regularly interface with other architects, analysts, process designers, application portfolio managers, business relationship managers, and enterprise subject matter experts to understand and evaluate business capability needs.
Partner with leadership and senior team members to define the architecture and technology opportunities of the organization based on new and emerging technologies. Independently establish priorities and strategies, ensuring they are consistent with business goals and economic viability.

10% - Architecture Assurance
Enforce and secure adherence to defined standards throughout the design, development and implementation processes for a large portfolio of architecture solutions including managing exceptions against the portfolio.
Review new projects and architecture solutions, ensuring they are aligned with the enterprise architecture and meet financial targets.
Play a key leadership role in championing data as a corporate asset, and ensuring the value realization of the investments Cargill is making in the data and information areas are captured.

10% - IT Innovation
Maintain extensive knowledge of industry trends and utilize this knowledge to educate both IT and the business on opportunities to build better target architectures that support and drive business decisions.
Drive the definition of the architecture and technology opportunities of the organization based on new and emerging technologies.
Provides organizational leadership and guidelines to promote the development and exploitation of technical knowledge in the organization.
Demonstrates deep knowledge of a wide variety of technology disciplines.

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Computer Science or Management Information Systems; OR equivalent experience
  • 15+ years of IT experience working with finance and treasury solutions and processes
  • Experience working on at least one full lifecycle ERP implementation, preferably in a global organization
  • Experience leading collaboration activities with finance teams to define business needs and solutions
  • Experience in developing integrated solutions involving process, data, and technology
  • Experience with business case development
  • Knowledge in finance and treasury solutions (e.g. SAP, Wall Street)
  • Overall knowledge of the finance and treasury solutions market, including key vendors and offerings
  • Understanding of enterprise architecture concepts including business capability mapping
  • Strong conceptual, strategic thinking, problem solving, technical, and analytical skills
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    Job Post Date: 03/28/19
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