Sr. Enterprise Architect

Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 06, 2024
Jul 24, 2024
Full Time
Join the FHLBC team!

At the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, employees come first - that's why we offer a highly competitive compensation and bonus package, and access to a comprehensive benefits program designed to meet the needs of our employees.

• Retirement program (401k and Pension)
• Medical, dental and vision insurance
• Lifestyle Spending Account
• Generous PTO plan
• 11 paid holidays per year
• Hybrid working model

Who we are

Our mission at FHLBank Chicago: To partner with our members in Illinois and Wisconsin to provide them competitively priced funding, a reasonable return on their investment, and support for their community investment activities.

Simply said, we're a bank for banks and other financial institutions, focused on being a strategic partner for our members and working together to reinvest in our communities, from urban centers to rural areas. Created by Congress in 1932, FHLBank Chicago is one of 11 Federal Home Loan Banks, government sponsored in support of mortgage lending and community investment.

What it's like to work here

At FHLBank Chicago, we bring people together. Our regular All-Staff meetings keep employees informed and our values drive the work that we do. Our Buddy Program pairs new hires with tenured employees to guide their onboarding. Through our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), we host signature and employee-led events to celebrate our differences and learn from each other and identify volunteer opportunities to strengthen our communities; and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and culture teams create connections around shared interests and experiences. We offer live and on-demand professional development opportunities to grow your skillset and your career.

What You'll do

In this role, you will be part of an agile development team building enterprise grade capability domains, systems, and data services. You'll be responsible for the strategic design, development, testing, implementation and incremental change of the bank's online banking system, credit rules capability as well as to other internal capabilities & systems.

You will work across disciplines to achieve organizational alignment & commitment for all product, domain, program, and system plans; as well as evaluate and select technologies required to complete those plans. In addition, the Sr Enterprise Architect will provide key technical leadership across the organization supporting the Bank's primary experience entry point, from strategic decision making down to the project planning level.

How you'll make an impact:
  • Provide key technical leadership across the organization, from strategic decision-making to project planning.
  • Oversee the incremental change and continuous improvement of internal capabilities and systems.

What you can expect:
  • Collaborate within Architecture and across IT disciplines to identify, establish, and maintain principles, policies & technical standards. Collaboratively author, publish and socialize these principles, policies & standards as assigned by Architecture governance.
  • Promote a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement across the Bank.
  • Develop and maintain in-depth business, capability and data domain knowledge (a common taxonomy).
  • Ensure that proposed and existing domain & systems architectures are aligned with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Develop an understanding of the alignment between business and technology strategy and common roadmap for delivery.
  • Understand how business needs fit into the existing systems topology and how they relate to existing business services.
  • Evaluate and communicate with senior management how solution designs meet the business needs of domain, modernization, product, process, sales and operational stakeholders.
  • Analyze journeys, use cases & user requirements to discover and design technical services with functional & non-functional specifications.
  • Design and implement long-term strategic goals and short-term tactical plans for managing and maintaining corporate capabilities and software; integrate goals and plans with the unified enterprise roadmap.
  • Work with senior management on developing Enterprise level Architectural goals and strategies aligned to Bank strategy.
  • Ensures newly created API based domain services serve in a common integration point and participate in one common taxonomy while ensuring vertical & lateral transaction/data movements are properly captured, monitored, entitled, observable and logged.
  • Develop, document, and communicate plans for investing in systems architecture, including analysis of cost reduction opportunities in processes.
  • Provide architectural expertise, direction, and assistance to the IT team and business users.
  • Highly skilled at domain driven design, context boundary recognition, functions and microservice decomposition.
  • Conduct research on emerging technologies in support of systems development efforts, and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness and systems flexibility.
  • Develop and apply strong design methodology in partnership with Product Owners and Development leadership to align technical implementations with requirements at an appropriate relation of effort to value.
  • Leverage domain driven design to foster the creation and implementation of end-to-end integrated systems with reusable components and domain data liberation outcomes.
  • Assist with budget proposals and operational expenditure statements in partnership with Solution Architects, Product Owners, business Operations and IT Operations.
  • In partnership with Product Owners, Solution Architects and Development, Liaise with vendors for the procurement of new systems technologies and services.
  • Conduct research and present decisions to Technology Strategy Panel on products, services, protocols, and standards in support of procurement and development efforts.
  • Review new and existing systems design projects and procurement or outsourcing plans for compliance with enterprise goals, strategy, standards and architectural targets (replace, refactor, retire, etc.).
  • Work across disciplines in program delivery teams to accurately forecast timing and efforts of work.
  • Document the company's existing systems architecture and technology portfolio; identify opportunities for improvements and/or alternatives and present these to Architecture governance and Product Owners.
  • Partners with Solution Architects during the process of defining requirements by working closely in a liaison role with business end users and technical development/support teams.
  • Authors context relevant examples of Computer Science patterns and fosters reuse of existing proven patterns
  • Lead critical design and architectural discussions and decisions at a domain portfolio level.
  • Escalate identified domain, service and technology delivery drift to Architecture governance. Document and estimate the risk of technical debt tracked in Architecture governance.
  • Model business and systems processes based on findings through journeys, use case scenarios, workflow diagrams, and data flows.
  • Partners with Product Owners to confer with end-users, clients, or management to define business requirements for complex systems and technology evolution, leading to engaged delegation to Solution Architects.
  • Takes a lead role in promoting agreed best practice techniques and continuous improvement within IT
  • Partner with Project Management to provide timely reports on the status of projects as well as any unforeseen issues to management and to business units.
  • Works to promote an understanding of domain design, business process and business requirements with technical staff.
  • Defines policies, standards, requirements and procedures for non-functional concerns ensuring the privacy, security and integrity of the Bank capabilities, systems and data.
  • Other duties as required.

What you'll bring:
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or Computer Engineering and/or 10 years equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in Finance, Banking, Treasury Operations or Capital Markets.
  • Extensive experience with common application platforms, including Apache/Tomcat, IIS, WebSphere, SharePoint.
  • Experience with Misys Summit, Oracle APEX or Microsoft Dynamics.
  • IASA CITA certification preferred.
  • MSCD or at least one Java certification preferred.
  • Certifications in multiple technologies preferred.
  • Extensive experience working with Agile methodologies, including Scrum and Kanban; certified Agile Coach is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience with emergent architecture concepts and proven CompSci patterns.
  • Extensive experience implementing software designs while developing greater facility with advanced design concepts and patterns.
  • Extensive experience in developing strategic architecture modernization plans.
  • Extensive experience modeling system diagrams, functional processes and interfaces between systems.
  • Extensive experience selecting & implementing COTS software solutions to support business process including integration with proprietary/legacy systems.
  • Extensive experience with continuous delivery concepts and practices.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Mastery in data modeling, domain driven design and process data capture.
  • High level of proficiency with one or more common development frameworks and languages, including .Net/C#, C/C++, Java/J2EE/Spring/JSF/Hibernate/EJB, Oracle APEX, Powershell.
  • AWS Certified Solution Architect.
  • Extensive knowledge of enterprise & software evaluation requirement tracking, principles and practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of cloud computing principles, specifically related to Amazon Web Services
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a focus on rapport-building, listening and questioning skills.
  • Proven ability to build change consensus across disciplines and cohorts.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.

The Perks

At FHLBank Chicago, we believe in rewarding our high performing workforce. We offer a highly competitive compensation and bonus package, and access to a comprehensive benefits program designed to meet the needs of our employees. Our retirement program includes a 401(k) and pension plan. Our wellbeing program supports employees at work and in their personal lives: Our generous PTO plan provides five weeks of vacation for new employees and 11 paid holidays per year; our Lifestyle Spending Account provides an annual stipend for employees to support wellbeing activities; and our central downtown location at the Old Post Office provides easy access to public transportation and breathtaking views from our award-winning rooftop. Step into a brighter future with us. #LI-Hybrid

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