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Lead Business Information Architect

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Job ID R0053059 Date posted 10/09/2020

Purpose of Job

The candidate selected for this position will be working within the Chief Administrative Office Data and Analytic Product line. This product line supports the internal operations of USAA (IT, Security, Global Sourcing, etc.) under the CAO umbrella. More specifically they will work to ensure CAO’s information is categorized and documented to facilitate the governance of its information assets.

Holds responsibility for the development and implementation of the information architecture to support the measuring and monitoring of enterprise business needs. Collaborates with the architectural communities and other information management activities. Influences and drives awareness of information strategy and architecture to the enterprise. Maintains the design around the full set of Enterprise information capabilities that support existing and strategic business capabilities.

Job Requirements

  • Identifies and manages existing and emerging risks that stem from business activities and the job role. 
  • Ensures risks associated with business activities are effectively identified, measured, monitored, and controlled. 
  • Follows written risk and compliance policies and procedures for business activities. 
  • Leads the performance of regular assessments of the health and maturity of information capabilities for a given domain.
  • Applies expert knowledge to identify new information capabilities to support business capabilities of a given business domain and recommends viable and sustainable solutions, 
  • Applies expert knowledge of governance standards and regulatory implications of internal information management practices.
  • Mentors others to effectively apply reference models to articulate business information requirements.
  • Influences direction for metadata storage and relationships in information architecture tools; mentoring peers on effective utilization of information governance tools to include Infosphere Data Architect (IDA), Infosphere Governance Catalog (IGC), Infosphere Metadata Workbench to create information architecture deliverables.
  • Leads efforts in defining the mission, goals, critical success factors, principles, policies and Statements of Direction for information strategy and architecture (IS&A).
  • Guides business and development activities and ensures alignment to published IS&A direction, taking appropriate action when deviation is observed.
  • Develops, approves, and governs IS&A artifacts to include statements of direction, logic models, decision matrices, information capabilities, information categories, business entities, and conceptual models. 
  • Influences and consults on information design across the domain, including collaboration with the design team; displays deep/broad business knowledge.
  • Educates stakeholders on the value and practice of IS&A; demonstrates the development and nurturing of healthy stakeholder relationships; develops effective models to convey complex concepts; leads stakeholders to recognize, explore, and explicitly state their assumptions.
  • Influences other architectural discipline, providing information requirements to inform information architecture direction, technical and data design decisions.
  • Understands end to end change impact by managing linkages from information capabilities to technical assets (operational + analytical).
  • Leads the development and maintenance of a conceptual model for information capabilities for a given domain.
  • Provides consultation and guidance regarding the usage of the enterprise integrated logical model for use in development.
  • Sets the direction regarding appropriate data sources to be used in solution development and delivery.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Architecture, Information Management, Information and Data Science, Information Studies or a related technical field.
  • 4 years work experience in information management or related experience can be substituted in lieu of a degree in addition to the minimum years of work experience.

Minimum Experience:

  • 8 years of experience in information and/or data architecture to include strategy, planning, and delivery oversight; or if Advanced degree, 6 years experience in information or data architecture.
  • 3 years of direct and/or indirect management experience.
  • Direct hands-on experience with modern data architecture environments (Cloud, Hadoop, NoSQL, etc.).
  • Proven ability to embrace new technologies of the future and operationalize these to deliver value (Data Virtualization, Cloud). 
  • Extensive experience working with data analysis tools and leveraging reporting and data analysis that molds the way user experiences are designed.
  • In-depth knowledge of architectural principles and extensive experience  applying   principles to business solutions.
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to communicate appropriately at all levels of the organization; this includes written and verbal communications as well as visualizations.

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiar with Metadata repository tools such as InfoSphere Governance Catalog, Collibra, etc…
  • Experience or familiarity with DAMA-DMBOK
  • Domain knowledge in omni channel
  • Experience in enterprise operational & analytical software such as Clair Bridge
  • Exposure to data architecture fundamentals
  • Experience working with Information Governance policies
  • Experience working in Agile Team methodology
  • Experience working with IT organization

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits package in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs.  Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

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