South Africa

Applications Architect (JG 15)

Company SBV
Reference # AA/VT
Published 08/01/2021
Contract Type Permanent
Salary R 40,000.00 - 735,000.00 Annually
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
SBV seeks to employ an Application Architect who will be responsible to define and design the Applications architecture, the layout of the system and technologies and to maintain architecture artefacts in the Application domain. Define the applications architecture strategy, roadmap and blueprints and business cases for the organisation aligning to the SBV Strategy.
Job Functions Design,Information Technology
Industries Banking / Finance & Investment,Cash Services and Security
Manage the strategic alignment and the design of the application strategy and architecture, system layouts and the application roadmap

•Analyse organisational strategy and conduct cross-functional workshops to identify applications needs to enable business strategic capabilities (legacy, current state and future state)
•Research, understand and align application capabilities and key technologies to enable business capabilities
•Define application landscape through the identification of applications, sub-applications, components, databases, services, middleware, etc, and their interactions
•Advise on and coordinate the integration of application architecture activities into all other architecture domains (business architecture, data architecture, infrastructure architecture, network architecture)
•Coordinate development of and maintenance of application roadmap in alignment with business strategy and strategic projects
•Participate in Core system design workshops, advising on application and system capabilities and functionalities
•Support with application and cost analysis of Core system future state design (IBM, Microsoft, etc.)

Oversee the governance for applications, including policy management, standards definition and audits

•Define and publish application management policies
•Conduct best practice and benchmark research on application standards to align to business needs
•Collaborate with key stakeholders to co-create and publish application standards in accordance with, but not limited to; system uptime, maintenance and data and information security
• Manage application change control process as per policy
•Coordinate application audit activities (both internal and external audits)
•Assess and endorse application solutions in Enterprise Architecture Review Board

Responsible for SBV applications management
•Conduct a needs analysis and align application architecture blueprints according to industry and organisational standards
•Collaborate with the Solutions Architect and advise on application solutions in relation to the broader solution offerings to business
•Advise key stakeholders regarding software baseline requirements and standards before being integrated into the business environment
• Assess, review and manage new and existing applications according to SBV technology standards, including the publication of findings and proposed remedial actions
• Monitor utilisation of applications and identify idle applications
• Identify, monitor and track the removal of applications which do not comply with SBV technology standards
Identify application standardisation and rationalisation opportunities
•Conduct an application functionality gap analysis and analyse application capabilities and functionalities to identify duplicate applications in alignment with audits
•Create application rationalisation dashboard and tracker to monitor application rationalisation activities
•Develop recommendations and business case for rationalisation
•Report against rationalisation roadmap through IT Board Sub-committee and IT Manco

Report on the application portfolio and changes
•Maintain applications catalogue and identify patterns which can be used to assist in reducing usage
•Develop application dashboards
•Report application catalogue and application changes to key business stakeholders
Responsible for the core Enterprise Architecture tool (iServer)

•Maintain vendor relationship and keep up to date with regards to new/ revised standards for iServer
•Negotiate annual license fees and cost for any new functionality
•Identify optimal allocation of iServer licenses across SBV
•Provide SME guidance on iServer functionality, standards and artefacts, providing first line support where necessary
•Facilitate iServer training for new SBV employees
•Perform Quality Assurance on iServer documentation and identify remedial actions where necessary

Partner with the Finance Department to determine Total Cost of Ownership for applications
•Liaise with the Finance Department to identify and monitor application costs as per GLs, informing them as to when applications will sunset
•Analyse, classify and aggregate application costs (IBM, Microsoft etc.)
•Monitor financial benefits vs. Total Cost of Ownership for applications
•Develop application cost reports for key stakeholders

Act as strategic thought partner and transformation leader within the organisation
•Participate in strategic thinking and inform organisational direction through best practices knowledge and new application research
•Act as leader and change agent in strategic forums with executives, senior management and technical subject matter experts
•Advise on how application architecture and solutions support SBV customer strategy
•Effectively communicate and embed new processes and procedures as they occur addressing or escalating matters / concerns to the SME’s (subject matter experts) when required
•Educate and coach analysts and developers in the organisation on application architecture related matters
•Support Transformation and BBB-EE initiatives within the application and vendor landscape as championed by Procurement

Minimum Requirements: Work Experience
•8 years’ of work experience in an IT Production environment, managing, analysing and designing Applications using the frameworks TOGAF and ITIL, of which;
o 5 years’ of business and IT analysis work experience; and
o 3 years’ of experience in Service Orientated Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Architecture tools (iServer preferred) and object-oriented design

Minimum Requirements: Education
•• Computer Science related degree, diploma or similar qualification • Architecture Certificate/Experience: TOGAF

NB: Communication will be limited to successful candidates.
Job Closing Date 15/01/2021
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