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Company: John Hancock Financial Services

Location: Boston, MA

Date Posted: August 6, 2014

Source: RetirementJobs.com

Solution Architect-RLL1401500Job Summary:
The Technology Office, in collaboration with the Manulife Divisions, provides leadership for Global IS technologies and initiatives. This includes the establishment and deployment of common IS frameworks and application platforms which align to the Manulife global business strategy. The Technology Office facilitates an open and collaborative environment that continuously evolves to improve the use of technology to meet Manulifes business strategies. The Solutions Architect will be a member of the Global Technology Office team which drive common standards, methods, tools and solution architectures and mitigate risk. The Customer Centricity, Web and Mobile Practice is recruiting an experienced and highly motivated professional to join the team. This position requires an ability to drive, define and communicate a projects Solution Architecture. The Solutions Architect will enhance and accelerate projects while ensuring that the logical and physical architecture for a project aligns with the standards and reference architectures defined by ...

Solution Architect-RLL1401500Job Summary:
The Technology Office, in collaboration with the Manulife Divisions, provides leadership for Global IS technologies and initiatives. This includes the establishment and deployment of common IS frameworks and application platforms which align to the Manulife global business strategy. The Technology Office facilitates an open and collaborative environment that continuously evolves to improve the use of technology to meet Manulifes business strategies. The Solutions Architect will be a member of the Global Technology Office team which drive common standards, methods, tools and solution architectures and mitigate risk. The Customer Centricity, Web and Mobile Practice is recruiting an experienced and highly motivated professional to join the team. This position requires an ability to drive, define and communicate a projects Solution Architecture. The Solutions Architect will enhance and accelerate projects while ensuring that the logical and physical architecture for a project aligns with the standards and reference architectures defined by the Technical Domain Architects. Solution Architects will also be asked to regularly evaluate business strategy and technical capabilities while also defining a matching global framework that includes system reference architecture documents, strategic roadmaps, and the evaluation of current and future systems, operational models, as well as training programs and costs. To be successful in the role, the candidate will possess not only deep expertise in their particular field, but also superior relationship management, coaching and mentoring skills.

Key Accountabilities:
General Accountabilities Develop and foster relationships with the divisions and business unit subject matter expertsCoach, mentor and support system development teams in implementing reference architectures and standardsCommunicate the Solution Architectures to business and development teams through deliverables, presentations, training and other appropriate means and forumsWork with Technical Domain architects to develop comprehensive solution architectureWork with Solution Designers to incorporate product/platform architecture into solution mapsWork closely with project teams to drive alignment with enterprise blueprintsEnsure project is compliant with the technology roadmap and the associated blueprints, standards, and techniquesActively participate in appropriate Enterprise Architecture governance bodiesCreate systems architectures that implement business capabilities as defined in the Business ArchitectureCreate phased implementation architectures that deliver on the future state according to business prioritiesIdentify architectural issues and risks and escalate in a timely mannerAssist with the selection of vendor products and technologiesAssist in development of technical design and physical architectures; emphasizing reuse and integration opportunitiesEnsure that risks are appropriately identified, prioritized and mitigated to levels acceptable to managementCollaborate effectively with distributed IS teams in Canada, US and AsiaFoster development of business solutions and strategic business opportunitiesDomain-Specific Accountabilities CRM, Social Business, Web, Mobile and other domain related technologies Job Requirements (Knowledge/Skills/Competencies): General Requirements Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent IT experience5+ years progressive experience in a large, multinational organization; financial services or insurance industry experience preferredExxperience with the design and development of enterprise wide systemsBroad exposure to different technologies and software development methodologiesProven leadership skills in managing projects / working groupsAbility to foster and build relationships, engage and influence others, work with diverse internal, global business units and global network providers/outsourcersStrong written, and oral communication skills, ability to present and explain technical information in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others and gains understanding at all levelsStrong interpersonal skill in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiationAbility to quickly comprehend new technologies and assess the impact and potential value for the organizationStrong planning and organization skillsInnovative problem solving skills with the ability to identify and resolve complex architectural issues and product selectionsAble to balance tactical needs with strategic objectivesFlexible and adaptable and able to embrace changeFlexibility to accommodate global project schedules, which may include off-hours conference call and occasional travel that may be requiredExperience with one or more SDLC methodologies Domain-Specific RequirementsDemonstrated experience with CRM, Customer Correspondence, Social Business, Web or Mobile technologies and architectures

Preferred:
Experience working with geographically distributed and culturally diverse work-groupsExperience with standard architecture methodologies such as TOGAF or ZachmannExperience as a technical architect About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$567billion (US$539 billion) as at June 30,
2013. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com. The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, fixed products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com. Agency submissions and contacts are by invitation only and must be initiated by John Hancock's Recruiting Department only. Unsolicited agency submissions will not be honored. JOHN HANCOCK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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