Senior Chapter Lead - Solution Architecture
Company: FM Global
Posted on: November 22, 2021
More information about this job: Overview: FM Global is a
leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses,
providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with
engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions.
FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business
operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention
engineering and research; risk management skills and support
services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior
financial strength. To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally
diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in
a variety of challenging roles
Responsibilities: The Senior Chapter Lead of Solution Architecture
is responsible for the implementation and evolution of solution
architecture practices within the organization. This will include a
deep focus on improving the delivery capability across teams and
driving product evolution toward a desired architectural state.
This is done by ensuring solution architects take ownership for
technical delivery, identifying and promoting the adoption of
effective design and implementation patterns, and guiding technical
implementation choices. The Senior Chapter Lead of Architecture
partners with Enterprise Architecture and other technology leaders
to ensure alignment with and provide input to enterprise
strategies. Work with Senior Chapter Leads of Development to evolve
and execute development best practices.
The Senior Chapter Lead is responsible for ensuring Solution
Architects address security as a primary concern in all solution
implementations. More generally, they evaluate and lead teams to
remediate architectural health gaps. They are responsible for
working closely with Enterprise Architecture to both understand,
influence and implement the architecture roadmap bringing into
focus challenges and opportunities identified within teams.
The Senior Chapter Lead is responsible for the hiring, development,
and growth of their Chapter members. They are responsible for
optimizing the alignment of solution architects to best support
product initiatives, for metrics associated with talent evolution,
and for all other administrative responsibilities within the
Chapter. The Senior Chapter lead is a technologist who identifies
relevant technology trends and tools that could improve skillsets
within the Chapter and overall technology product delivery. The
Chapter Lead acts as practice leader who engages regularly with
solution architects individually and as a group. They will be
working to help them support product initiative delivery.
Technical Delivery: Coordinate solution architecture across
multiple product areas with a focus on driving technical delivery
success. Identify and influence mitigation and management of risks
and impediments including cross team dependencies. Influence the
minimization of technical debt accumulation across teams. Ensure
Solution Architects are leading teams to develop solutions in
alignment with security standards and best practices.
Talent: Maintain and refine the interview process to support hiring
Solution Architects to meet current and emerging needs. Onboard
newly hired Solution Architects and implement a continuous
development program focused on increasing technical capability and
supporting career development. Foster learning and
knowledge-sharing activities related to Solution Architecture
through group training sessions, guilds, and mentorship programs.
Actively coach and mentor Solution Architects. Set targets for
development and growth of Solution Architects. Define, collect, and
report metrics to track progress, and complete final assessment of
Solution Architects in professional development.
Target Architectures: In collaboration with Information Services,
Data Analytics, Enterprise Architecture, and Development chapters,
define, promote, and evolve target solution architectures that
represent the strategic direction products should aim to evolve
towards. Target solution architectures will be designed in
alignment with Enterprise Architecture roadmaps and will provide
implementation patterns and guardrails for Solution Architects and
teams to utilize and build upon. Provide input into the Enterprise
Architecture and software development roadmaps to support the
evolution of standards and practices that will enable teams to
successfully deliver business value.
Team Optimization: Work in close partnership with Product to place
Solution Architects with teams to optimize successful delivery in
alignment with the highest priority Product initiatives.
Architectural Reviews: Establish and conduct process to review
product solution architectures. This is to ensure visibility and
transparency for key decisions related to architecturally
Technical Health and Risk reporting: Define, collect, and report
metrics to track the current and evolving architectural health of
products against established targets.
Enterprise Initiatives: Ensure Solution Architects are aligned with
and actively support the delivery of technology-focused cross-team
or enterprise initiatives.
Technology Investment and Solution Assessment: Establish processes
and provide oversight to support Solution Architects in their
partnership with Product and Development Chapter Leads. This is to
identify, assess, and implement procured software solutions.
Control Framework: Establish processes and provide oversight to
support Solution Architects in their preparation for, response to,
and mitigation of control framework related inquiries and findings
related to security and material changes to software.
Qualifications: 10+ years of solid experience in application
architecture and design. With, a recognized reputation as a
technical specialist able to effectively lead teams designing,
planning, and delivering high quality, evolvable, business focused
Experience working closely with business partners to bridge
understanding between the business and user community and the
technical implementation team.
Experience establishing technical implementation plans in alignment
with a variety of delivery methodologies that require varying
degrees of delivery certainty.
Experience managing the technical evolution of software products
into alignment with organizational standards.
Experience interviewing, recruiting, hiring, assessing, and
Experience coaching, mentoring, and developing highly motivated
technical team leaders.
Strong technical leader.
Strong written and verbal communication skills to provide guidance
and education on new concepts and practices to chapter members and
to align diverse partner groups on technical decisions.
Solid ability to influence and persuade product stakeholders to
support proposed architectural changes.
Ability to deliver clear and direct communication regarding
performance and skill development.
Demonstrated ability in coaching and mentoring chapter members in
the area of performance, standards, and work methods.
Demonstrable ability to resolve issues with and across teams,
before they intensify (mediation skills).
Able to evaluate the technical landscape with a critical eye,
challenge current practices, and propose improvements.
Able to work effectively to unblock architectural dependencies that
affect different product initiatives.
Able to build an atmosphere of trust and a comfortable and
efficient work environment while maintaining high expectations for
Bachelor 's Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or
equivalent is required. Master 's Degree in Computer Science or
Management of Information Systems is a plus!
We offer our employees a wide range of benefits including career
long learning opportunities, tuition reimbursement, 401 (k),
pension, flexible schedules, rich health and well-being programs,
generous time off allowances, volunteer days and so much more!
FM Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to
attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.
Please note that all FM Global visitors, including external
candidates interviewing for open positions will be required to be
vaccinated and should be prepared to provide proof of
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