Reference Code:  40106

Enterprise Architect - Infrastructure & Cloud


Meyrin, GE, CH


Richemont owns some of the world’s leading luxury goods Maisons, with particular strengths in jewellery, fine watches and premium accessories. Each Maison represents a proud tradition of style, quality and craftsmanship and Richemont seeks to preserve the heritage and identity of each of its Maisons. At the same time, we are committed to innovation and designing new products which are in keeping with our Maisons’ values, through a process of continuous creativity.

"Public clouds are accelerating digital transformations at enterprise scale. This is a remarkable opportunity to be at the forefront of technology innovations for a global Luxury leader in an international environment. Got talent? Join un, be part of our New Retail journey, solve the puzzles, create awesome architectures, improve the business!”


The Group Enterprise Architecture (EA) function is at the heart of enabling our business strategy and fulfilling our customer promise, through the definition and implementation of a sound technical and architectural portfolio of change. To further bolster our digital, cloud and omnichannel ambitions, we are currently looking for a highly experienced Enterprise Architect to own and lead the “Infrastructure & Cloud” domain with the Group EA function.


Job Overview


The Cloud EA proactively and holistically leads and supports Enterprise Architecture activities that guide the development and management of technical and infrastructure solutions at group level. These solutions enable the organization's future-state business capabilities and drive the organization’s targeted business-outcomes. Technologies include data center, infrastructure, cloud, mobile, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, edge computing and immersive experiences technologies.

He/she provides the leadership, facilitation, analysis and design tasks required for the development of an enterprise's infrastructure and cloud architecture. The EA creates deliverables that help develop target-state guidance (reusable standards, guidelines, individual parts, platforms and configurations) for evolving the technical infrastructure across the enterprise, in order to enable business strategy and deliver targeted business outcomes. He/she facilitates and orchestrate the delivery of targeted business outcomes through facilitating and making technical decisions.


The Role


The Cloud EA will demonstrate competencies across three key dimensions:


        Derives Future State Technology Architecture


  • Reports straight-line to the Group Chief Architect and advises on Richemont’s hybrid multi-cloud strategy to build a strong foundation for business execution
  • Works with EA peers (e.g., business, data, integration, application and security architects) to analyze enterprise business context (business strategy and trends), as well as change requirements in other enterprise architecture viewpoints (such as business, information and solution) to derive the future state technology architecture. This includes defining the requirements, principles and models that guide technology decisions for the enterprise.
  • Leads the analysis of the current technology environment to detect critical deficiencies, legacy and technical debt, and recommends solutions for improvement. In addition, leads the analysis of technology industry and market trends to determine their potential impact on the enterprise as well as on the enterprise technology architecture.
  • Coaches, mentors and collaborates with technical subject matter experts and EA peers to develop technology architecture that enables and drives new business capabilities and operating models.
  • Drives digital innovation by leveraging innovative new technologies and approaches to renovate, extend, and transform the existing core technology base and IT estate.
  • Defines high-level migration plans to address the gaps between the future and current state, typically in sync with the IT budgeting or other capital planning processes.


           Analyzes and Evaluates Technology


  • Understands technology trends and the practical application of existing, new and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving business and operating models.
  • Provide technical thought leadership for ongoing transformations, governs and directs the implementation of Richemont’s best-in-class IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud platforms by top vendors like Amazon, Google, SAP, Salesforce, Alibaba etc.
  • Guides technology investment decisions based on analysis and evaluation to drive targeted business outcomes while ensuring standardization and reuse of IT assets across the entire IT landscape.
  • Helps the chief architect define metrics to measure and demonstrate enterprise technology value.
  • Assists with designing the governance, assurance and standards activities associated with ensuring enterprise technology architecture compliance of projects and products.
  • Oversees and facilitates the research, evaluation, and selection of hardware and software technology and product standards, as well as the design of standard configurations.
  • Identifies the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures and culture) and financial impact of the enterprise technology architecture.
  • Understands, advocates, and augments the business and technology strategies — and, more specifically, EA development and service delivery. Prepared to "sell" the EA process (overall, not just for enterprise technology architecture), its outcome and ongoing results, and to lead the communication or marketing activities needed to ensure enterprise success and use.


           Leads an Collaborates to Deliver Business Outcomes


  • Coordinates a team of technical architects in delivery teams (internal and external), while also leveraging subject matter experts from any other needed technical area.
  • Oversees, or consults on, technology implementation and modification activities (for example, projects and products), particularly for new or shared infrastructure solutions.
  • Consults on application or infrastructure development projects to harmonize systems or infrastructure with the enterprise technology architecture and identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise technical architecture (ETA) to accommodate immediate or future project needs.
  • Creates and delivers working, production-ready reference implementations that can be leveraged easily by agile teams
  • Works closely with the product managers, product owners and EA peers (e.g., business, data, integration, application and security architects) to enable infrastructure agility, scalability and resilience to support required product needs throughout product lifecycle.
  • Collaborates to provide guidance and assistance on architectural designs, definitions and guidelines to software vendors, internal and external project delivery teams, and GT infrastructure & operations team; ensures alignment over cloud SLAs and RACI
  • Documents necessary enterprise technology architecture design and analysis work, possibly including project postmortem documentation and metric collection.


The Person


  • Degree in computer science, IT management, system analysis or comparable technology / engineering discipline
  • 12+ years of industry experience, preferably handling technology architecture roles in complex organization(s), of which 2-3 years should be fulfilling Enterprise Architecture aligned with Infrastructure & Cloud domain
  • Strong experience of deploying public, private and hybrid cloud technologies  in complex environments with proven experience of various cloud migration strategies of existing workloads (e.g. re-platforming, re-deployment, lift & shift, X2V etc.)
  • In-depth knowledge of minimum three of the following technical disciplines: infrastructure and network design, public cloud platforms (AWS and GCP preferred), application development, servers and storage, database management and operations, clustering technologies, virtualization and active directory and protocols
  • Solid understanding of product management, agile principles and development methodologies and capability of supporting agile teams by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact and risks, taking account of technical and architectural debt
  • Certification in a popular EA framework (e.g. TOGAF or Zachman) is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills