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Business Architect (Level 3)

Ottawa, Ontario
Business Architect (Level 3)

Our Public client is actively seeking to hire a Business Architect (Level 3) for a contract position. Client requires the services of Business Architects (Level 3) to document the business architecture in support of client major projects as identified in each Task Authorization. The focus will be on defining the business architecture for the project in order to provide a common, simplified and standardized business framework so that processes can be streamlined, automated, and managed. The Business Architect (Level 3) must work closely with the Business Analysts (Level 3), enterprise architects, and counterparts in the Innovation and Information Technology Branch. The Business Architect (Level 3) must provide overall advice on all matters associated with business architecture with the specific project identified in the Task Authorization.
  • A clearly articulated set of goals
  • A model that shows what the program looks like within its environment, including what interactions the program offers to its clients and suppliers
  • A model that shows how the program needs to operate as a set of processes in order to support the interactions it exposes externally
  • An understanding of the mandatory and appropriate communications between the program and its environment as well as internal communications that are relevant and important
  • An understanding of all the information, in the form of business entities that the program cares about as well as the interrelationships between program entities.
  • The services provided by the Business Architect (Level 3) are divided in several views. Each view will describe an aspect of the entire business. Below are the architectural views that must be part of the business architecture deliverable:
  • Goals View: documents the main goals of the project (including associated programs);
  • Facades View: documents how the project presents itself to key stakeholders (e.g. clients, suppliers, regulatory bodies, etc.) This should include an organizational view which defines roles, responsibilities and business context. It describes the business itself (the internal organization);
  • Communications View: the flow of information for the main interactions both externally and internally
  • Processes View: documents processes that are internal to the project. These represent central capabilities of the business or have a substantial coverage of the business
  • Business Entities View: documents what is manipulated, stored, and acted upon by the program and how these things relate
  • Human Resource View: describes how the organization will prepare for change, i.e. where staff is located, where work will be done, required tools and skill sets
  • Geographic View: describes the locations of the business units and other organizational entities (i.e. call contact centers) as well as how the organization will be affected by the business process change
  • Architectural Drivers: defines the architectural goals and constraints. This would include such things as business challenges, strategic outcomes, operating performance requirements, quality, extensibility and portability targets
  • Architectural Trade-offs: describes how the architectural drivers will be realized and recommends optimal solutions in the case of conflicting drivers.
  • The following provides a list of current assumptions that have been factored into this Statement of Work and the associated planning to successfully document the business architecture. It should be noted that each project may involve additional assumptions. The current assumptions are:
    • The views created and focus of the business architecture will be to advance the projects and therefore the number of views and level of detail within the views may vary, depending on the specific requirement and intended use
    • Build the business architecture on the future state (to be) model
    • Build the architecture from a top-down approach
    • Build the architecture based on a tailored Rational Unified Process (RUP) methodology
    • The architecture will be consistent with the Government Service Reference Model (GSRM).
  • Conduct an assessment of relevant current business architecture, processes and performance as it relates to the assigned projects
  • Review existing documentation that may include, road maps, project descriptions, system documentation, business and functional requirements, “as-is" business processes and architecture documents
  • Document the “as-is” business architecture to be used as a baseline and to identify root cause of critical business issues
  • Confirm the scope and requirement of the business architecture
  • Apply a structured business architecture approach and methodology for capturing the key views of the business unit in the context of the enterprise
  • Determine framework and approach to document the business architecture
  • Define and document the architectural views identified for future state
  • Ensure consistency and integration with the organization's and government architectures and business strategies
  • Identify appropriate tools and techniques to be used for modeling and analysis
  • Evaluate the feasibility of the architecture and technologies related to a new business change, assist in the prioritization and design of improvements from an architectural perspective
  • Advise senior management on business trends and the emerging technologies being deployed and their potential impact on the organization's and/or government architectures and business strategies
  • Capture the tactical and strategic business goals that provide traceability through the organization and are mapped to metrics that provide ongoing governance
  • Describe the primary business functions of the assigned business unit in the context of the enterprise and distinguish between customer-facing, supplier-related, business execution and business management functions
  • Enumerate, analyze, catalog, and suggest improvements to the strategic, core and support processes of the business unit, as needed, to support strategic and operational goals
  • Define the data elements shared between this business unit and other units in the enterprise and the relationships between those data elements and processes, people, systems, and other data elements
  • Enumerate, analyze, and suggest improvements to the structural relationships of the business. This requires the creation and maintenance of an ongoing model of roles, capabilities and business units, the decomposition of those business units into subunits, and the interplay between these units in various business processes, materials, people, and systems
  • Determine the architectural artifacts required to be created, maintained and stored aligning business architecture artifacts with IT architecture artifacts
  • Develop recommendations and establish standards to document business processes and business requirements for these projects and align with departmental practices and standards
  • Build a requirements traceability matrix to ensure it meets the business need
  • Perform business analysis of functional requirements to identify information, processes, and procedures in order to ensure system and manual processes are documented in an integrated manner
  • Develop rules that allow the organization to carry out its mandate, functional responsibilities, and that govern the actual and planned capabilities in terms of data, human resources, communication and management responsibilities
  • Identify risks and mitigation strategies associated with the existing or proposed architecture and technologies
  • Conduct gap analysis on business processes and recommend action plans
  • Prioritize and develop work plans to address gaps, recommending alternative solutions, methodologies and strategies
  • Recommend changes to improve operational performance
  • Provide expert advice in developing and integrating processes and information models between processes to eliminate information and process redundancies and address gaps
  • Transfer functional and technical knowledge to the project team and client staff through individual and group training, coaching, demonstrations, written instructions and documents on an ongoing basis throughout the life of the project
  • Maintain all project artifacts as per established document management requirements for the department and TB policy.
  • Development and delivery of work plan
  • A status report on a bi-weekly basis, documenting the progress of the work described in the work plan and above in Tasks, including difficulties which may affect overall schedule and planned tasks for the next reporting period. The status report must include:
  • Activities completed within the reporting period
  • Planned activities for the next reporting period
  • Risks/issues that will require the attention of the Project Authority and Corrective actions as required
  • Development of all business architecture artifacts based on the architectural views using agreed to format and notation standard
  • Prepare a report on current gaps, results of prioritization, the rationale for and recommended implementation of architectural improvements. The report must include a costed implementation plan
  • Completion of the departmental business requirements template and development and delivery of any supporting business process template(s)
  • Documentation and delivery of the future state business process for each major business activity
  • Authoring of ad hoc reports for management, as requested by the Project Authority and development and delivery of the traceability matrix framework which will trace business services, business activities to business needs
  • Minimum 10+ years of experience, within the last 15 years, as a Business Architect in an IM/IT environment.
  • Minimum 5+ experience integrating a business architecture developed by the proposed resource into other architectures (solution architecture / enterprise architecture) using a minimum of 5 project descriptions. These projects must have occurred within the last 15 years and have been valued at greater than $5M each.
  • Minimum 5+ years of demonstrated experience, within the last 15 years, in each of the activities below interviewing, assessing and documenting an organization’s business architecture: describing the organization’s strategic goals. (The goals must be further decomposed into tactical methods for achieving these strategic goals and for providing traceability through the organization)
    • Describing the organization’s business services/functionalities, and mapping these services to the business units that perform them
    • creating business architecture models demonstrating how products, operations and systems interoperate within the organization
    • describing the organization’s core business processes that transcend functional and organizational boundaries, identifying and describing external entities and external systems that interact with the business.
    • The processes specification must also describe the people, resources and controls involved in the process providing architectural oversight of projects ensuring requirements are in alignment with business strategies and business architecture roadmap/framework and developing business capability mapping, value stream modelling, and organization modelling.
  • The proposed resource’s experience must be demonstrated using project descriptions.
  • Minimum 5+ years of demonstrated experience, within the last 10 years, in each of the activities below, in the documentation of business architecture:
    • advising senior management on business architecture, trends and emerging technologies, methodologies, standards and tools
    • coaching and mentoring business analysts on methodologies, standards, various mapping techniques and tools.
    • The proposed resource’s experience must be demonstrated using project descriptions.
  • Must have an accreditation from an internationally recognized organization such as TOGAF or Business Architecture Guild. A copy of the accreditation must be provided with the résumé.
  • Using 5 projects each with a minimum duration of 6 months, the proposed resource must demonstrate experience in each of the technologies, software and tools identified in the TA as essential. Demonstrated experience must be within the last five years.
Acosys Consulting Services thanks all applicants. Please be advised that only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. If interested, please forward a copy of your resume by email to: pravikumar@acosysconsulting.com.
Acosys Consulting applies the principles of employment equity and invites women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible and ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities to submit their application and expressly mention their group membership status.   

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