The system architect is directly responsible for the architecture of a range of large and complex systems and/or subsystems.
Key Areas of responsibility
Is responsible for the requirements of the whole product line
Elicits and analyses the stakeholder requirements
Prepares proposals and alternatives, guiding towards optimum balance of short- & long-term requirements, for discussion with major stakeholders.
Specifies the requirements of a project, which serves as contract for the project’s WHAT will be delivered, with focus on ‘good-is-good-enough’
Manages the technical and safety risks.
Is responsible for the (sub)system architecture of the product line/innovation program
Creates the product architecture in a modular, easy to maintain and extendible components and modules, and guards and manages the architecture
Defines and details the product architecture, to the level that it can be realized by project teams
Detects common architectural and functional components in order to enable reuse and maintainability
Implements the constraints that originate from legacy and relevant ilities
Discusses, deploys and attunes solutions with the project stakeholders
Determines and manages the external and internal interfaces framework in cooperation with all interface stakeholders
Monitors and manages that the architecture is understood and used correctly by all stakeholders
Contributes to the innovation of products, processes and procedures
Leads technical pre-studies
Delivers according to the pre-study charter
Participates in innovation studies
Is responsible for the technology roadmap.
Makes an inventory of the technology options
Defines, maintains and deploys technology roadmaps and indicates long-term expectations on developments within the application area, in close cooperation with the Business Architect
Advises on internal development or outsourcing
Advises on realization, planning and budgets
Obtain and maintains internal and external network for knowledge build-up.
Job knowledge, skills and experience
Master/Bachelor in Engineering in related discipline
Preferably 15+ years of experience
Has an in depth understanding of all products of the CDG he/she is working for
Has an in depth understanding of all involved and upcoming new technologies
Technical skills and experience
Leads the creative process of the architecture of a product range.
Able to reach a solution within a complex and very often conflicting business requirements.
Understanding of the business strategy and development
Several years of experience as system designer or architect in a SW/HW discipline.
Experienced in technical leadership.
Knows how to engage technical people in coming to the proposed solution
Lateral thinker with helicopter view, capable of finding appropriate solutions covering the implications in other disciplines