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Technology Strategy & Architecture Director

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Work type: Full time
Site: Redditch
Categories: IT
Location: Worcestershire

Our Strategy & Architecture Director will identify the future direction of Technology across the Group, ensuring we have the technology platforms to get there, through creating and maintaining our Technology Strategy, and associated roadmaps. This will be achieved through coordinating analysis of future trends and customer requirements (internally and externally), assessing this data, and identifying changes to the current enterprise-level architecture to capitalise on them. This requires understanding and oversight of both horizon scanning activities and all aspects of strategy and architecture across the business.

Key Responsibilities

● Creation and maintenance of the Halfords Group Technology Strategy – and aligning all internal and external stakeholders to this and driving the Group agenda, including M&A integrations

● Solution Architecture – leading the team of Solution Architects to ensure our project/programme and strategic objectives are delivered through technical designs

● Legacy/technical debt – ensuring architectural plans and technical roadmaps address legacy/technical debt removal balanced with future items

● Influencing Senior Stakeholders - Influencing stakeholders at all levels and the wider business in engaging with your priorities

● Identifying Business Priorities - Analysing future market trends and current business capabilities to prioritise the Technology function activities and funding

● Technology Innovation Management - Identifying opportunities to build and try novel approaches to delivering business requirements

● Brand and Culture Influence - Informing the aim and development of the Halfords employer brand and culture, through strategic decisions and architectural design, as well as board level conversations

● Informing Strategic Programmes - Informing the direction and measurement of I.T Programmes to ensure they are aligned with the priorities of Tech and the wider organisation

● Designing Architecture - Mapping the required infrastructure for delivering the required services to the business Strategy & Architecture Director

● Quality Principles and Frameworks - Designing the central, scalable tenets of Technology build and delivery, to be adhered to by everyone across the function

● Implementation Assurance - Providing oversight of the quality and pace of delivering the required architecture – also understanding Agile delivery and varying models within this, including how architecture supports this

● Driving Adoption - Encourage new technology adoption within the business and help innovate business processes through tech

● Improving Collaboration - Building stronger links and integrations across the Technology function through a blend of architectural design and interpersonal relationships and influencing

● Team Management - Providing direction and leadership to a team of over 30. Enabling a culture of growth and accountability

● Value – ensure technical solutions and roadmaps are delivering value for customers, colleagues, and shareholders in equal measure

● Championing Strategy & Architecture - Promote the Strategy & Architecture practice across the business

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