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Operations - Business Architect - Billing & Invoicing (Cedar Rapids, IA, Hybrid)
  

Position Summary

GreatAmerica is seeking a skilled and driven Business Architect who is passionate about building partnerships, guiding value to satisfy and elevate our organizational purpose, and driving actions and deliverables to ensure successful outcomes for our employees and customers. As a member of the Product Management team, the Business Architect acts as a bridge between business and technology teams, develops capability maps and other artifacts, helps in the operationalization of strategy, and assists in the technology enablement of core capabilities and value streams.

 

Essential Functions

  • Partner with Product Owner to facilitate the intake process and with the Capability Owners in the creation of business- and technology-enabled Ideas (innovation opportunities), including assisting the development of business cases and valuation statements
  • Create actionable and diagnostic artifacts such as business capability models, process and value stream maps, and Customer and User persona definitions to help Product Management team make informed investment decisions 
  • Partner with Product Management team to align requirements/backlog to capabilities, near- and long-term needs, and strategic roadmap
  • Partner with solution architects and technical architects to map systems and services to capabilities, near- and long-term needs and strategic roadmap
  • Define interdependencies across capabilities to ensure the upstream and downstream models align 
  • Assess competitive threats and opportunities by identifying emerging industry and technology trends that potentially impact the organization and propose change to address them
  • Drive adoption of existing and new capabilities and supporting technology within the organization
  • Provide consultancy services to Product Management, Architecture and Delivery teams to offer recommendations 
  • Participate in architectural governance process by providing input on standards, providing business requirements and business process flows, and identifying stakeholders and associated impacts

 Attributes

  • Combination of business and technical knowledge of the product and processes used to deliver value to our customers
  • Serve in a solutions-oriented consultant role that promotes change and process improvement
  • Entrepreneurial attitude with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment
  •  Must be systems oriented, enjoy working with new tools and be a self-motivated learner
  • Demonstrated self-starter who is goal oriented, a critical thinker and a creative problem solver
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to develop and manage stakeholder expectations
  • Ability to work with internal stakeholders to build consensus on key elements of strategy
  •  Act as a primary point of contact to maintain a strong and collaborative relationship with product management stakeholders 
  • Should have experience managing cross-company business relationships
  • Effectively displays solid leadership skills and the ability to influence without authority
  • Strong sense of urgency and follow-through in addressing issues and meeting timelines
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills to build credibility
  • Exceptional communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills

 

Competencies:

For all GreatAmerica team members:  Honesty/Integrity, Customer Oriented, Accountability, Tenacious, Communication Skills (Oral & Written), Adaptability

For this position: Decision Making, Detail Oriented, Active Listening, Persuasive, Problem Solving, Project Management, Relationship Building, Process Improvement, Technical Aptitude, Analytical Skills, Business Acumen and Presentation Skills

           

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business, information systems, a related study, or equivalent experience; M.B.A. preferred. 

Experience: 8+ years of business experience with responsibility for strategy formulation and/or translation, business analytics, business analysis, and/or business strategy and processes. Management experience in any of the following areas:  business transformation or optimization, strategic planning, roadmap development, leadership, business relationship management or business process management. Experience collaborating across multi-disciplined teams.  Experience in Financial Services industry is ideal, but not required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Trusted and respected thought leader
  • Excellent demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills; organizationally and politically savvy
  • Ability to understand the big picture and near-term perspectives
  • Ability to deconstruct business capabilities, value streams, and business processes
  • Strong facilitation, negotiation, influence, and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively across teams
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills; ability to create original concepts
  • Outstanding written and verbal English communication skills; uses the language of the business
  • Ability to effectively research and assess potential impacting trends
  • Ability to comprehend the capabilities of existing/new/emerging technologies that enable and drive new business models
  • Displays curiosity and integrity; highly innovative
  • Ability to provide alternative options and estimate financial impacts of alternatives

 Computer Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office productivity suite 
  • Knowledge of ServiceNow and Jira preferred 
  • Understanding of core software applications (Salesforce, Epicor, InfoLease, integration services) is desirable 
At GreatAmerica, we’re looking to grow our business through our people. Are you looking to grow your career? If so, submit your application at www.greatamerica.com/careers. Be sure to fully complete the form, including your resume, and complete the Predictive Index assessment.