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Senior Architecture Manager

Job Location

Onsite and Remote

Published By

Nathan Smit
+27 677 332 166

Type of Job


Published Date

January 2, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM

About the job


Enterprise Architecture

-Develop a strategic architecture plan ensuring data features are prioritized
appropriately, estimates are reliable, benefits can be realized, and design
activities are proactively monitored and tracked to meet planned time frames
and the overall architecture plan.

-Drive short and long term architecture strategy and roadmaps for the overall IT
project portfolio for key segments and solution domains (short term insurance,
life insurance and insurance related products.

-Ensure complete solutions design, analysis and facilitate implementation
roadmaps in conjunction with relevant internal stakeholders in order to ensure
seamless delivery.

-Ensure efficient documentation and governance of architecture landscape.

-Continuously conduct a risk / impact analysis on current or proposed
technologies and capabilities to mitigate risk and ensure stability and continuity.

Infrastructure and Network Design and Architecture

-Design and select business-critical storage, data center, and client/server
environments to design solutions in line with industry best practice.

-Ensure effective handover and understanding of designs and frameworks to
project delivery and production support operations on an on-going basis.

-Communicate and validate program architecture with infrastructure team,
software development team, project management team, and IT management
team to ensure effective participation in the project management lifecycle. Own
and drive the process of impact assessments for all and any change requests
and or new projects.

-Support the operational teams with the planning of new Infrastructure initiatives
regularly which will include IT Infrastructure architectural planning, design and
rollout. Proactively work alongside the Monitoring team and identify whether
the deployed Infrastructure operates and meets with the original design
parameters once implemented.

Enterprise Infrastructure Modernization

-Lead definition of architectural standards for all technology services and
components (applications, data, integration, technology, security, business).

-Present business and IT leaders with signature-ready recommendations for
adjusting policies and projects to achieve target business outcomes that
capitalize on relevant digital disruptions.

-Proactively research and identify relevant technology and system design
patterns to optimally address enterprise requirements and ensure continuous
improvement. Participate in proof of concepts to assist in defining technology
direction and enabling business and IT strategy.

-Provide support to the Enterprise Project Office by identifying infrastructure or
process related improvements to ensure that new solutions are proposed and is
effectively implemented.

-Mitigate Infrastructure risks (single points of failure, capacity constraints,
security etc) and maintain the improvement list within the businesses Infrastructure.

Data Architecture

-Design, implement, and evolve robust and effectively aligned architecture
solutions that operate in the business ecosystem.

Horizon Scanning

-As subject matter expert on the team/function and beyond, maintain
understanding of current technology, database management, programming
practices, and future trends through ongoing education, conference attendance
and industry press.

-Provide specialised support and guidance to relevant internal stakeholders on
system(s) and / or processes during change design and planning and acts as a
subject matter experts that support the operational team.

Stakeholder Engagement

-Identify and manage stakeholders, finding out their needs/issues/concerns and
reacting to these by leading and coordinating the development of stakeholder
engagement plans to support the communication of business information and

-Establish successful working relationships with all relevant internal and external

-Collaborate closely with IT Senior management.

-Work closely with the head of IT Security to ensure alignment of Infrastructure,
applications, capabilities and IT Security

-Work alongside the GIT Project Management team to assist with the build and
the deployment of Infrastructure according to the design on an on-going basis.

-Work alongside the GIT Software development team so as to proactively identify
hardware and network requirements for the Business initiatives on an on-going

-Work closely with the entire GIT community on the middleware platforms.

Business Requirements Identification

-Support collection of business requirements using a variety of methods such as
interviews, document analysis, and workflow analysis to express requirements
clearly and succinctly.

-Proactively work alongside Internal and / or Business stakeholders in order
to identify technology solutions and capabilities which meet and improve
operational and business requirements.

Operational Compliance

-Monitor and review performance and behaviors within area of responsibility to
identify and resolve non-compliance with the organization's policies and relevant
regulatory codes and codes of conduct in the middleware platform.

Personal Capability Building

-Act as subject matter expert in an area of technology, policy, regulation, or operational management for the team. Maintain external accreditations and in-depth understanding of current and emerging technology, external regulation and industry best practices through continuing professional development,
attending conferences, and reading specialist media.

Leadership and Direction

-Communicate the local action plan; explain how this relates to the function's
strategy and action plan and the broader organization's mission and vision;
motivate people to achieve local business goals.

Performance Management

-Develop and propose own performance objectives; take appropriate actions to
ensure achievement of agreed objectives, using the organization's performance
management systems to improve personal performance. Manage and report on
team performance; set appropriate performance objectives for direct reports or
project / account team members and hold them accountable for achieving these,
taking appropriate corrective action where necessary to ensure the achievement
of team / personal objectives.


-Manage budget plans for a department; involves development and delivery.


Manages complexity
Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information
to effectively solve problems. For example, offers penetrating questions to help
others get to the heart of complex situations and find strong solutions. Uses a
range of inputs to fully understand and solve problems.

Manages ambiguity
Operates effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not
clear. For example, sees and seizes possible opportunities in unknown
situations. Steers others skillfully with a stabilizing presence and clear targeted
coaching in order to make significant progress.

Tech savvy
Anticipates and adopts innovations in business-building digital and technology
applications. For example, skillfully determines the technologies and innovations
that will be most beneficial. Makes learning new technologies a regular part of
the team activities, creating both capabilities and enthusiasm.

Balances stakeholders
Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders. For example,
shares stakeholder feedback while inspiring others to consistently seek input
and learn from their internal and external stakeholders. Promotes an
environment of high ethical standards and cross-cultural sensitivity in working
with all stakeholders.

Decision quality
Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. For
example, ensures that people internalize policies and standards and accept full
responsibility for their decisions. Confidently makes choices in the best interests
of the organization, deals constructively with resistance.

Ensures accountability
Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments. For example, helps
team hold each other accountable for goals, adherence to policies and
procedures. Tracks team metrics and milestones, redirecting effort, as
necessary, for continued progress.

Optimizes work processes
Knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus
on continuous improvement. For example, motivates people to produce highest-
quality outcomes and pursue continuous improvement. Sees that problems are well examined and improvements are integrated into all relevant work

Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared
objectives. For example, encourages coworkers and external partners to work
together as a team, and makes sure they get credit for doing so. Encourages
people to share their honest views, responds in a non-defensive way when they

Cultivates innovation
Creates new and better ways for the organization to be successful. For example,
motivates others to find new and better ways to address challenges; provides
support and resources for promising ideas. Encourages people to incorporate
varied perspectives to strengthen the innovation process.

Business Insight
Applies knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the
organization's goals. For example, leverages insights to shape and drive critical initiatives. Shares industry developments with the team; helps them grasp
business and industry fundamentals and understand how they contribute.

Being resilient
Rebounds from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations. For
example, shows great composure, a positive attitude, and strong judgment, even
in adverse situations; gains maturity and wisdom and shares life lessons with
others. Responds resourcefully to crises, helps others remain productive and

Directs work
Provides direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done. For
example, delegates considerable responsibility to staff with clear expectations
and targeted guidance, removing obstacles. Fosters highly efficient teams;
tracks team performance with appropriate metrics and provides feedback.


Apply expertise to act as the organizational authority on how to design
architectures that meet system and service requirements.

Data Collection and analysis
Provide guidance and training to others on how to analyze data trends for use in
reports to help guide decision making.

Use comprehensive knowledge and skills and provide guidance and training to
others on how to analyze data from multiple sources to draw appropriate
conclusions and make suitable recommendations.

Computer skills
Act as the organization's authority and established expert on understanding and
using standard office equipment and standard software packages to support
business processes.

IT Data Management
Use comprehensive knowledge and skills and guide and train others on how to
manage information throughout its lifecycle by designing and executing
appropriate architectures, policies and practices.

Network/IT security
Use comprehensive knowledge and skills and guide and train others on how to
maintain the security, integrity, compliance and continuity of IT systems and

Planning and Organizing
Use comprehensive knowledge and skills and provide guidance and training to
others on how to plan, organize, prioritize and oversee activities to efficiently
meet business objectives.

Action Planning
Apply expertise to act as the organizational authority on how to develop
appropriate plans or perform necessary actions based on recommendations and

Business Requirements Analysis
Work independently and provide technical guidance when required to analyze
the business requirements that IT solutions must meet.
Determine acceptance and evaluation criteria; Prioritization; Observation; Focus

Data Management
Apply comprehensive knowledge and skills and provide guidance and training to
others on how to acquire, organize, protect and process data to fulfill business

Policy and procedures
Use comprehensive knowledge and skills and provide guidance and training to
others on how to develop, monitor, interpret and understand policies and
procedures, while making sure they match organizational strategies and



General Education

Grade 12/ SAQA Accredited Equivalent (Essential); Recognized degree /

diploma / certification in Information Technology (Essential); Certification in a IT

industry standard framework such as TOGAF, ITIL (Advantageous); Project

management certification - PMBOK / Prince2 (Advantageous)


General Experience

  • 10 or more years experience in a production IT environment managingenterprise IT infrastructure, hardware, hosting service and network areas (Essential); 5 or more years exposure to application development principles and support (Essential); 2 or more years exposure to IT security disciplines(Essential); 2 or more years exposure to ITIL disciplines (Advantageous) If the above mentioned experience was within the Financial Services Industry(Advantageous)

  • Managerial Experience 5 or more years management experience (Essential)


R1,200,000 p/a excluding bonuses and incentives 

About us

Deka Minas is the world's first subscription based professional services company. Our main lines of business are Human Capital Advisory and Recruitment Services in Sub-Saharan Arica, The Middle East and Southeast Asia.


Sandton, South Africa

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