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Principal Architect

Date:  Apr 20, 2021
Req ID:  42126
Remote Position:  Yes
Country:  US
Line of Business:  VSP Vision Care
Division:  Information Technology

VSP Global is comprised of five complementary businesses that combine high-quality eye care insurance, high-fashion eyewear, customized lenses, ophthalmic technology and retail solutions, with employees in over 23 countries. No matter the role, we’re all focused on a singular mission: to help people see. Learn more by visiting

General Summary

Leads the architecture program to develop and maintain the enterprise architecture across VSP Global. Responsible for defining the enterprise architecture process and lead the integration of those processes with related business and IT processes.  Provide expertise and visionary leadership to enable the Business, EPMO and GTS to coherently coordinate, integrate and conduct their activities to deliver VSP Global’s strategic business initiatives.  

Essential Functions

Understand VSP Global Business Strategies and be able to translate that understanding into compelling Enterprise Architecture strategies along with the tactical approaches needed for execution.

Provide the leadership and expertise across the enterprise architecture domains to support the delivery of the strategic initiatives. 

Partner with key stakeholders and domain architects to develop roadmaps for the planning and execution of the strategic business and GTS initiatives.

Lead the identification and development of the enterprise Capability Maps and Value Streams to enable future state architectural decisions and directions.

Lead Capability based planning, Impact/Gap Analysis, Benefit and Cost Analysis to enable the target state architecture directions.

Lead development of the enterprise architecture vision and roadmaps to drive key strategic business and GTS initiatives.  e.g. the current state architecture, transition state architecture and the target state architecture 

Lead development of Architecture frameworks in alignment with GTS strategy.

Lead and advocate Enterprise Architecture Governance through the Engagement Models, Guiding Principles, Reference Architectures, Standards and Decisions to guide and direct the enterprise towards achieving the desired business outcomes.

Lead the creation of the enterprise architecture models and various architectural views needed to design solid enterprise solutions. 

Lead analysis of current IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement.

Lead architectural guidance to ensure all aspects of development process meet compliance standards, architectural guidelines, minimize costs, align with the future technology strategy.

Be an expert, sought after for technical expertise and guidance for the most complex and advanced technology content to fulfill alignment between business and technology strategy.

Key contributor and influencer on new technology platform adoption; seek out and explore new technologies for possible implementation to further improve user experiences, enterprise integration, performance and scalability and system qualities and development efficiencies. 

Maintain currency of deep and broad technology knowledge; introduce applicable technology in alignment with VSP goals and for creative solutions.

Introduce innovative ideas for technology projects, solutions, or planning while maintaining low cost structure.

Job Specifications

Typically has the following skills or abilities:

Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems or a related study (such as library science) or equivalent related project experience.

Minimum of fifteen years of experience with various Enterprise Architecture domains.  e.g. Business Architecture, Application Architecture, Information Architecture, Infrastructure/Technical Architecture, Integration Architecture, Security Architecture and Solutions Architecture.

Strong understanding and experience with Enterprise Architecture Frameworks like TOGAF.    

Strong Leadership Skills and familiarity with basic information management practices.

Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation; strong leadership skills.

Ability to balance the long-term ("big picture") and short-term implications of individual decisions.

Ability to translate business needs into Enterprise Architecture requirements.

Understanding of financial models, budgeting and the financial impact of the Enterprise Architecture.

Read and write current programming languages; excellent knowledge of current development and production cycles/processes.

Excellent knowledge of software and systems design patterns and understanding of how and when to apply them.

Experience leading technology projects; demonstrated ability to collaborate, direct, mentor and train others to optimal outcomes.

Strategic vision of where business is headed and how current/new technology may be leveraged to attain business goals.

Excellent analytical and conceptual design skills; strong problem-solving skills; excellent creative thinking, developing skills and takes initiative.

Data/information modeling expertise at the enterprise level.

Identify and mitigate risks; contribute to risk management plan.

Ability to regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment in the performance of his/her job duties.

Working Conditions / Physical Demands

The working environment is generally favorable.  Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust etc.


The above information in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

VSP Global is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or protected veteran status.  We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento

Job Segment: Ophthalmic, Developer, Information Technology, IT Architecture, Risk Management, Healthcare, Technology, Finance

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