Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience.
We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.
The supports the comprehensive high-level architecture, functionality, economics and architecture compliance of solution options for Intelligent Automation comprising of capabilities like Robotic Process Automation, Digital Assistance, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.
This position works closely with Regional delivery centers and global operations, global and regional Infrastructure teams, domain Portfolio Architects, Enterprise Solution and Application Architects, Enterprise Process Owners, Digital labs, Enterprise Architecture and key stakeholders to determine requirements for solution planning, Innovation delivery and development.
This position develops solution architecture at a Portfolio and project level in collaboration with other architects, delivery teams and subject matter experts from Cargill’s enterprises and functions.
The Solution Architect understands both technical and functional design and brings perspective from all architecture domains (process, application, data, technology and security) into the solution design in support of Intelligent Automation portfolio capabilities.
Utilizing a strong expertise in Intelligent Automation and digital technologies, this position ensures solutions developed are aligned to enterprise architecture standards and principles, leverage common solutions and services, and meet the financial targets (cost and benefits).
This position is accountable for solution evaluation and early-phase project estimates which contribute to the business case.
The Solution Architect position is also responsible for staying current with emerging business and technology trends, promoting the art of the possible’, and driving innovation investments throughout the portfolio.
This role is able to facilitate the difficult conversations involving balancing corporate strategies and local business requirements.
This requires an ability to see multiple perspectives, steer discussions towards fact-based comparisons, and drive significant net value for the enterprise.
40% Architecture Planning and Development
Develops and maintains Intelligent Automation target and reference architecture by leading solution definition, solution architecture reviews, and solution selection efforts.
Define models, including solution patterns, to guide solution decisions for the enterprise. Responsible for governance to the architecture plan for Intelligent Automation sub-portfolio.
Acts as part of the broader Cargill Architecture community to define and execute architecture processes.
Owns the Logical Architecture for a Portfolio (describing flow and high-level physical arch)
Serve as an expert for data architecture and maintain a broad understanding of other Enterprise Architecture domains.
Responsible for understanding the strategy across enterprises on the capabilities provided within their portfolio and translating that into an architecture plan (In partnership with Digital Labs, Cloud, Digital Customer experience, ILC, functions and other portfolio Architects)
Responsible for the application architecture for all capabilities within Intelligent Automation applications sub-portfolio (meaning the application portfolio, key capabilities and technologies.
and the associated roadmap
Responsible for all buy vs. build for the Intelligent Automation sub-portfolio
Ensures portfolio architecture aligns with Enterprise Architecture standards / principles
Responsible for lifecycle planning for applications and infrastructure within the global Intelligent Automation Landscape
Provides strategic consultation and recommendations for business process design, business intelligence design, software development design / architecture, application frameworks, and / or interfaces during the design and ongoing care of solutions.
Provides support and consultation for detailed design, deployment and production support.
Primary contact for vendors providing technology solutions within your portfolio (including open source distribution vendors).
Responsible for ensuring Cargill roadmap items are included in vendor roadmap (including open source distribution vendors).
20% Business Partnership
Work with Enterprises, functions and portfolio Intelligent Automation product owners to establish clear connections between business goals and Automation strategies and arrive at technology investments required to achieve them.
Provide consultation and recommendations for software development design / architecture, application frameworks, and / or interfaces during the design and ongoing care of solutions.
Regularly interface with other architects, analysts, process designers, application portfolio managers, business relationship managers and enterprise subject matter experts to understand and evaluate portfolio capability needs.
Assist in the definition of the architecture and technology opportunities of the portfolio based on new and emerging technologies.
Independently establish priorities and strategies, ensuring they are consistent with business goals and economic viability.
10% Architecture Assurance
Manage adherence to defined standards throughout the design, development and implementation processes and framework for Intelligent Automation sub-
portfolio including managing exceptions against the portfolio.
Review new projects and architecture solutions, ensuring they are aligned with the enterprise architecture and meet financial targets.
Champion automation as a product ensuring the value realization of the Cargill’s investments
30% IT Innovation & Delivery
Maintains extensive knowledge of industry trends and utilizes this knowledge to educate stakeholders on opportunities to build better target solution architectures that support and drive business decisions.
Drives improvement of architecture methodologies and services. Supports implementation, improvements, and proper utilization of architecture tools.
Ensures the quality of architecture assets, plybooks and keeps them up-to-date. Develops and maintains architecture metrics.
Maintain knowledge of industry trends and utilize this knowledge to educate both IT and the business on opportunities to build better target architectures that support and drive business decisions.
Drive the definition of the architecture and technology opportunities of the portfolio based on new and emerging technologies.
Demonstrate deep knowledge of a wide variety of automation technology disciplines.
Participates in routine and non-routine construction, automation, and implementation activities, ensuring successful implementation with architectural and operational requirements met
Provides technical oversight and coaching to others resolving complex and severe technical issues.
Designs new testing methods and resolves routine and non-routine technical issues with minimal assistance. With minimal guidance, monitors systems capacity and performance.
Leads disaster recovery activities and contributes to disaster recovery planning.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer Science or Management Information Systems; OR equivalent experience
10 years architecture and technology experience with diverse engineering, development and architecture roles
5 years Technical experience delivering with digital technologies like RPA, Cognitive technologies and AI.
Experience in developing integrated solutions involving self-learning, digital assistance (chat bots) Artificial Intelligence and related technologies like Automation Anywhere, UIPATH, NLP engines, IBM Watson.
Exposure to modern hosting services (Cloud, PaaS, IaaS), AWS, AZURE
Firm understanding of major programming / scripting languages like Java, Linux, PHP, Ruby, Python and / or R
Conduct Proof of Concepts and Pilots using new emerging technologies.
3 years’ experience in an architecture role
Experience with business case development
Strong conceptual, strategic thinking, problem solving, technical and analytical skills and ability to influence peers and leadership stakeholders
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent project management, planning and organizational skills
Proven ability to work effectively within a large organization that operates using matrix management structures
Knowledge and ability to support : translation of business needs into solution architecture requirements, application of multiple technical solutions to business problems, and estimation of the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives
Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
Ability to travel, including internationally, up to 20%
Business fluency in English
Knowledge of all components of enterprise architecture
Industry certification (Examples include ITIL, six sigma, Devops etc.)