Business Solutions Architect for Trade Publishing

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THE OPPORTUNITY

 

The Business Solutions Architect will play an essential role in the major technology transformation being undertaken by Scholastic. This person will provide enterprise-wide architecture and engineering leadership for the technology services delivered to the Trade Publishing business at Scholastic. This will include designing solutions for the business needs and overseeing execution and delivery of these solutions, as well as directing resolution of complex issues across all environments with the authority to direct resources within various teams to resolve severe issues. The ability to work effectively with both business leaders and the technology enterprise is key.

 

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Become the leading expert on the technologies that drive the line-of-business and how they are used (processes, workflows, integrations, etc) by working closely with our business leaders as well as our technology organization. Develop a deep understanding of both the current and future state line-of-business needs and how those relate to technology.
  • Own the solutions architecture for the line-of-business, both in its current state and the changes to drive it forward in line with future business and technology strategy.

  • Design technology solutions that best match the business needs with general enterprise technology capabilities that Scholastic already has, as well as details of what is needed where there are gaps in existing capabilities.

  • Conduct technical analysis and present design options of business solutions as part of the project intake process for new initiatives.

  • Build and maintain the current-state and future-state solutions architecture views for various specific initiatives for the business. Drive broader architectures when the overall solution spans multiple technology domains.

  • Deliver various artifacts as part of the solutions architecture, including reference designs, architecture roadmaps/backlogs, and tech debt inventories.

  • Design the appropriate integration patterns between domain applications and the rest of the enterprise.

  • Collaborate with domain architects across the organization on the details of the capabilities needed in their areas to deliver broader business solutions.

  • Work with enterprise data, applications, systems, and security architects in relation to  overall solution architecture.

  • Direct resolution of complex process/technology issues in both production and pre-production environments.

  • Support complex legacy systems retirement due diligence to provide visibility of  issues in advance, and work with businesses to implement new solutions to allow legacy retirements to proceed.

  • Participate on the architecture council to provide governance and build processes to guide and sanction critical architectural decisions.

  • Monitor market/technology trends along with vendor strategies and determine potential impact to our businesses and systems.

  • Develop, document, and present recommendation proposals, including selection criteria, evaluation, analysis of options, tradeoffs, justifications, and final selections.

  • Take an active and insightful role in group discussions.

 

HOW YOU CAN FIT

 

  • BA or BS in a technical discipline, advanced degree strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience implementing enterprise systems, with minimum 3 years in architect roles with demonstrable growth in scope and complexity of the roles filled.

  • Strong experience as a technical solutions architect delivering large-scale enterprise technology services that solve specific needs, with focus on composing these solutions from a variety of existing technology services and applications. Able to work across many technical domains to design the technology landscape to meet various business needs.

  • Experience working with cloud-based Iaas, PaaS, and SaaS platforms in a variety of technical and business domains.

  • Experience in agile software engineering methods, specifically providing architecture leadership as part of an agile organization, as well as evangelizing the principles behind Minimum Viable Architecture.

  • Driven collaborative mindset that will push through barriers in the face of ambiguous situations.

  • Continuous learner, able to adapt quickly to new technologies in a challenging and high-growth environment.

  • Strong intellectual curiosity and desire for excellence around leading teams by example, building products, supporting development, and scaling a business.

  • Tenacious problem solver able to make routine decisions as well as sound complex analysis in a fast-paced, technical environment.

  • Must be able to work well autonomously and be a complete self-starter.

  • Powerful communicator, in both verbal and written form, able to articulate concepts and ideas, break through barriers, engage people, and work effectively with others under pressure.

  • Ability to quickly establish credibility with multiple business and technology stakeholders, including executives, engineers, architects, operations, security, etc.

  • Capable of planning and executing on both short-term and long-term goals individually and with the team. Able to incorporate strategic objectives, commitments, and day-to-day tasks seamlessly.

  • Experience in education, publishing, and/or digital media is highly desirable.

 

WHO WE ARE

 

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services  that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online.  True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at www.scholastic.com.

 

Some benefits that we offer:

 

•  100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment

•  Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance

•  Tuition Reimbursement

•  Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount

 

Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Scholastic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our policy is clear: there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran.


Those factors shall not influence the determination of qualifications for a job or other opportunity within the company. Further, all personnel actions (such as compensation, tuition aid, benefits, transfers, promotions, and dismissals, company-sponsored training, social and recreational programs) shall be administered without discrimination. To view the full EOE policy, click here.

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