Director, Enterprise Architecture

Job Locations US-MN-Minneapolis
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/2/2024 11:14 AM)
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** Please note this is a hybrid role based out of our office in downtown Minneapolis, MN** 


The Director of Enterprise Architecture leads a team of architects and distinguished engineers to promote evolutionary architecture, systems thinking, and innovation.  In addition, the Director of Enterprise Architecture drives forward-looking architectural initiatives for the portfolio. Enterprise Architects also facilitate the reuse of ideas, components, services, and proven patterns across various solutions in a portfolio.  This position reports to a Vice President in the Technology organization. 


Does this sound like you? 

  • You’re known for your people leadership skills – you have experience formally leading, mentoring and coaching others and motivating high performance teams. 
  • You’re an evangelist and you contribute to the global technology community in a meaningful way.  Whether that means sharing your knowledge with the technology community at a conference or you’re a regular at the meet-ups. 
  • You have a bias towards action and you’re a change driver – ideation is certainly in your wheelhouse, but so is implementation – keeping scalability and sustainability front and center. 


Why SPS? 

  • SPS currently runs the largest and most relied upon Retail Network with thousands of  trading partners using our technology every day to perform critical business processes.  You can be part of the journey to open that network up to software partners across the globe by unlocking our capabilities through APIs. 
  • We are a technology centric organization – we expect our leaders and our technologists to be informed on emerging technology trends and product capabilities. 
  • We invest in our teams – whether it be conferences or leaderships development, we believe in providing the foundation for your growth. 


Day to Day 

This transformative role will be working across leadership, understanding strategic themes and applying within their portfolio, synchronizing across solutions, identifying re-use across teams, and identifying use cases for emerging technology to lead through innovation activities. 


  • Collaborate with Product Management, Customer Success, and Technology Leadership to provide a high-level, all-inclusive vision of enterprise solutions and development initiatives 
  • Define key technical initiatives that support budgets via technology evolution 
  • Drive strategic technology decisions across the Enterprise, ensuring alignment with business objectives 
  • Participate in defining and maintaining the architectural runwayto support current and future initiatives 
  • Define and steer the architecture practice across the Portfolio, providing thought leadership for domain leadership 
  • Drive architectural initiatives, participate in analysis, and identify innovative technical approaches and use cases 
  • Collect, generate, and analyze creative ideas and technologies to use across the business  
  • Consult on M&A activity within the Enterprise to assess capabilities, differentiators, and integration opportunities 
  • Communicate and negotiate domain-impacting business process architecture, enterprise architecture & software platform decisions with peers and Senior Leadership 
  • Advise and coach in a 1-on-1 or small group setting individuals who are accountable to them (e.g., System Architects) and engineers 
  • Work effectively with peers to provide thought leadership for domain areas across a portfolio and provide technical Leadership (e.g., architectural direction, design review, issue/risk resolution) for a portfolio 
  • Mentoring and coaching, in 1-on-1 or small-group settings, the individuals responsible for aligning solutions to architectural strategy  


Required Skills 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Preferred: 8-10 years’ experience delivering software in a developer or architecture role 
  • High level of understanding of relevant industry structure, including other participants in the industry group. Knowledge of particular business domains across the industry 
  • Understand the business process and business rules for a portfolio 
  • High-level understanding of relevant industry structure, including other participants in the industry group. Knowledge of particular business domains across the industry 
  • Experience with driving significant technology initiatives across a broad organization. 
  • Knowledge of the logical data models for many applications in the portfolio. Broad knowledge of the infrastructure and technologies widely used in the industry 
  • Applied knowledge of artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, patterns, approaches, and technology, with a demonstrated ability to leverage these in architecting solutions 
  • Bachelor’s degree in IT/Computer Systems or comparable work experience 


 Soft Skills Required 

  • Ability to verbally present the technical and business impact of a decision (technical or business) that is made at the Portfolio level and be able to present at Business or Technology Senior Leadership meetings 
  • Ability to create a visual message that presents solution options and architecture recommendations in a manner appropriate to the audience, including technical/business impacts of decision that is made at the portfolio level, and be able to present to Business or Technology Senior Leadership 
  • Ability to describe in a written format the technical/business impact of a decision that is made at the Portfolio level. 
  • Ability to craft communications to the level appropriate for portfolio stakeholders 


Reasoning Skills 

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, and formulate reasonable solutions is a must. 



SPS Commerce offers a comprehensive package of benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, paid time-off, 401(k), health and flexible spending accounts, stock purchase plan and more.  


** EOE including disability / veteran 



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