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Enterprise Architect

Posting Date: Nov 20, 2021

Location: CA

Company: Medavie Blue Cross

For over 75 years, Medavie Blue Cross has been a leading health and wellness partner for individuals, employers and governments across Canada. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving back to the communities where we live and work, and to ensuring our employees thrive in our award-winning, collaborative culture. We are one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and are recognized as a Caring Company, a designation for national leaders in community investment and social responsibility.


Our team of 2,100 professionals work across six provinces. We excel by living our shared values of being caring, accountable, responsible, innovative and community-minded. We’re committed to ensuring the health and wellness of our employees and their families, along with personal and professional growth, through a variety of programs and support at all levels of our organization.


Along with Medavie Health Services, we are part of Medavie — a national health organization with over 6,400 employees. Together, our mission is to improve the wellbeing of Canadians. 


Job Title: Enterprise Architect
Department: Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure
Competition: 9721
Internal/External: Internal/ External
Employment Type: Full time, Permanent
Location: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, PEI, Quebec, or Ontario
Salary: Competitive Compensation and Benefits
Reports To: Chief Enterprise Architect 



Position Summary


Reporting to the Chief Architect, the Enterprise Architect is responsible for architecture of Medavie’s journey to cloud-native, fully automated digital solutions for the always on, internet-scale requirements of the digital age.
Candidate must be able to architect secure, always-on, internet-scale solutions utilizing concepts such as multi- cloud strategies, containerization, auto-scaling and failover, micro-services and server less applications where appropriate.
Working closely with the modernization programs Chief Architect, as well as, the projects Application Architect, applications team leads and Technical Services Architects, the successful candidate must be able to create enterprise class solutions that align with Medavie’s technical roadmap.


Key Responsibilities


  • Probe for information, listen to information, influence people, facilitate consensus building, synthesize and translate ideas into actionable requirements, articulate those ideas to others. Identify use or purpose, constraints, risks, etc. The architect participates in the discovery and documentation of the customer’s business scenarios that are driving the solution. The architect is responsible for requirements understanding and embodies that requirements understanding in the architecture specification.
  • Create a useful model:  take the requirements and develop well-formulated models of the components of the solution, augmenting the models as necessary to fit all of the circumstances. Show multiple views through models to communicate the ideas effectively. The architect is responsible for the overall architecture integrity and maintaining the vision of the offering from an architectural perspective. The architect also ensures leverage opportunities are identified, using building blocks, and is a liaison between the functional groups to ensure that the leverage opportunities are realized. The architect provides and maintains these models as a framework for understanding the domain(s) of development work, guiding what should be done within the organization, or outside the organization. The architect must represent the organization view of the architecture by understanding all the necessary business components.
  • Use what’s out there: The architect must be able to identify, research, recommend and utilize existing solution assets, such as in-house solutions, 3rd party SaaS services, existing cloud services, to weave together solutions. For example, Medavie prefers an architect who can identify an existing machine-learning service on AWS or Azure and using that instead of building one from scratch.
  • Validate, refine, and expand the model: verify assumptions, bring in subject matter experts, etc. in order to improve the model and to further define it, adding as necessary new ideas to make the result more flexible and more tightly linked to current and expected requirements. The architect additionally should assess the value of solution-enhancing developments emanating from field work and incorporate these into the architecture models as appropriate.
  • Manage the architecture: continuously monitor the models and update them as necessary to show changes, additions, and alterations. Represent architecture and issues during development and decision points of the program. The architect is an ‘‘agent of change’’, representing that need for the implementation of the architecture. Through this development cycle, the architect continuously fosters the sharing of customer, architecture, and technical information between organizations.


Required Qualifications


Education: Post secondary bachelor degree in computer science, business, or related field. Work Experience: Ten years’ experience in an architect role


Computer Skills: Extensive exposure to IT solution based development. Experience with cloud and containerization technologies. Experience with securing, integrating with and utilizing SaaS web services. Language Skills: Bilingualism is considered an asset


Leadership Accountabilities


Values and Ethics: Reflects a commitment to employees, customers and key corporate stakeholders in own and unit activities. Fosters a climate of transparency, trust and respect and encourages learning and growth.


Engagement: Shares information vertically and horizontally and promotes collaboration among cross- functional teams. Encourages open, constructive communication of diverse perspectives.


Strategic Thinking: Provides input into the creation of functional strategy for department and develops annual business plans. Coordinates information from multiple projects to form a comprehensive perspective and identifies interdependencies across projects. Tracks changing priorities and analyzes impact on unit work plan


Technical Leadership: Researches and understands where key technologies are headed. Raises awareness of possibly disruptive technologies to our business model. Determine which emerging technologies can give Medavie a competitive advantage, and define and communicate action plans to adopt and utilize these technologies.


Action Management: Assigns work, manages resources, and sets realistic timeframes while identifying financial and human resource requirements. Makes timely decisions and manages risk.


Financial Management: Manages and monitors project budgets. Applies and monitors financial systems for cost accounting.


Deliverable Accountabilities


  • Project Artifacts; Maintain close connections to the business (engage on projects early) Reference Architecture to be Models
  • Architecture Roadmaps
  • Application Portfolio
  • Technology Portfolio

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005  and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Medavie Blue Cross will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Medavie Blue Cross Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.  All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We would like to thank all candidates for expressing interest.  Please note only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

In order to keep our employees, candidates, and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of our employees are working from home within Canada. All interviewing, onboarding and most work takes place remotely at this time. For those employees who must work in our offices, we have taken every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our people by providing strict protocols/practices to meet legislated client and company needs, as well as modifications to the worksites to mitigate the risks for everyone's protection.   

At Medavie, everything we do is to improve the wellbeing of Canadians.  We have implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of our employees, partners, plan members and the communities where we live and work.  Proof of full vaccination is required to work onsite at any Medavie Workspace. 

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