By | November 28, 2016

Corporate Systems Architect Work in Johannesburg 2016

RecruitU Recruitment Services – Corporate Systems Architect vacancy in Johannesburg 2016
Employment Positions for Corporate Systems Architect in South Africa 2016
Career openings at RecruitU Recruitment Services in South Africa 2016

Remuneration: negotiable Cost to company
Location: Johannesburg
Education level: Degree
Job level: Management Snr
Type: Permanent
Reference: #CorpSysArch250816


Job description

A corporate client situated in Johannesburg is embarking on an exciting IT transformation journey and will need a Corporate Systems Architect to join the organisation.
Role purpose and objectives:

  • Ownership of the Corporate and Financial systems architecture strategy and designs for the Client

The objectives of the role include:

  • Define the architecture roadmap for corporate and financial systems
  • Manage solution architects and vendors to deliver end-to-end high-level design artefacts
  • Manage a very large portfolio of applications from an architecture and design perspective

Key responsibilities:

  • Ownership of the corporate systems architecture for the client solutions.
  • Define the architecture roadmap for corporate systems
  • Ensuring the alignment of enterprise IT architecture with agreed business outcomes and IT strategy, based on relevant IT architecture enterprise principles and frameworks.
  • Investigates strategic IT trends (including initiating and executing relevant proof of concepts) and provides feedback regarding the impact and alignment required
  • Understand, manage and reduce complexity within IT landscape
  • Establishing policies and procedures to develop reusable patterns for technical and operations solutions
  • Effectively communicate the architecture principles and plans across the IS and business communities in an accessible fashion
  • Provide an independent, unbiased view of the implications of business and technology scenarios within and across enterprise
  • Mentor and guide the solution Architects in carrying out application design tasks. Coordinate and delegate tasks as required.
  • Manage deliverables of solution architects
  • Provide guidance and coaching to Solution Architects and Specialists on changes throughout the design process.
  • Conduct continuous improvement analysis on existing application and infrastructure technology and its ability to support the business requirements.
  • Identify and evaluate risks and participate in mitigation and control activities.
  • Compile inventory of applications and compile system landscapes
  • Perform annual asset health assessments
  • Develops corporate systems architecture that accurately translates business requirements to technology and ensures the design will meet business requirements throughout the lifecycle of a change;
  • Finance systems (AP, AR, FA, GL, CB)
  • Treasury
  • Fins reporting
  • Fins budgeting
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Banking
  • HR systems
  • Property
  • Large nr of miscellaneous systems staff use to run the corporate side of the business
  • Liaise with IT project managers and IT delivery coordinators to implement a solution that will meet business requirements within time and cost constraints.
  • Provide guidance and coaching to developers and specialists on changes throughout the design process.
  • Establish traceability between requirements and application solution architecture design.
  • Cultivate and disseminate knowledge of application usage best practices.
  • Define a change release strategy for corporate systems initiatives.

Essential skills and experience required for this role:

  • A significant can do attitude
  • Results focus and driven



Technical know-how:

  • Experience in finance and corporate systems design
  • Experience with the major vendors in the space: SAP, Oracle, SAGE, Syspro, MS Axapta, Navision
  • Can demonstrate strong knowledge in integration methods and patterns
  • Can demonstrate strong business process knowledge around implementation best practices
  • A strong element of creativity to shape innovative solutions combined with architectural design experience in order to develop a workable solution.
  • A demonstrable track record of combining the above to deliver designs resulting in successful solution delivery.
  • Has a wide range of experience: Infrastructure, networks, programming, applications, security, integration
  • Platform independent mindset
  • Experienced in designing ERP solutions for large distributed organisations
  • Experience with managing solution designers
  • Worked within Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) software architecture, middleware infrastructure products specifically.
  • Experienced in addressing information quality issues in originating business processes rather than in downstream integration code.
  • Has utilised in their career several difference project methodologies and understands when different approaches are appropriate.
  • Understand Agile and what it means to the architects artefacts
  • Ability to define and oversee the full corporate systems development lifecycle.
  • Ability to lead projects with regard to estimates, planning and deliverables.
  • Can cite company or industry specific examples of successes, failures and lessons learned.

Client management:

  • Possess excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • Excellent facilitation skills and the ability to work effectively with peer and leadership teams.
  • Need strong negotiation skills
  • Display a strong customer focus background with commercial awareness and strategic thinking capability
  • Cultivate relationships with business and technology stakeholders.

Professional qualification requirements:

  • TOGAF exposure
  • ERP certification

Technical qualification requirements:

  • Undergraduate technical degree (e.g., BIng, BSc) or equivalent experience in technology


  • Previous solution architecture
  • Significant finance projects exposure for large scale integrated solutions
  • Display a strong understanding and three years’ experience as a finance systems consultant/Architect.

Contact details
Diane Robertson
RecruitU Recruitment Services
083 685 0688