NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it's about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.
Nike Technology designs, creates and implements the methods and tools needed to make the world's largest sports brand run faster, smarter and more securely. Global Technology teams aggressively innovate the solutions needed to help employees navigate Nike's rapidly evolving landscape. From infrastructure to security and supply chain operations, Technology specialists drive growth through top-flight hardware, software and enterprise applications. Simply put, without Nike Technology, there are no Nike products.
Our team needs a strong Expert Reference Architect for Employee Enablement. If you're the one, here's what you'd be responsible for:
As an Expert Reference Architect at Nike, you will be accountable for specific and/or emerging technologies in highly available, global-scale business critical systems. You'll work on the most complex projects and contribute to the overall strategic vision of the organization.
You'll be an Expert in solutions that enhance our employees experience, enabling technologies, and best practices for globally distributed technology teams. You'll be empowered to find the right solutions to ensure our employees are operating at their peak performance.
Expected deliverables include defining reference architectures and implementations. This entails working with Domain & Solution Architects to determine their requirements and leading the work via virtual teams similar to an Open Source model.
This opportunity also involves evaluating, designing and establishing the standards for enterprise-wide use and evaluating vendor solutions.
Expert Reference Architect - Responsibilities: Leads Enterprise Employee Enablement Reference Architecture function Develops and drives vision, strategy and execution in alignment with Domain roadmap demand plans for Reference Architectures Works closely with other Reference Architects, Domain & Solution Architects, and Platform Engineering to ensure strategy and execution alignment Delivers solutions inclusive of on-premise through cloud and COTS to custom developed solutions and all combinations Creation and maintainenance of Reference Architectures as required by business Domains and Platform teams Ensures NIKE Technology keeps up with latest technology industry trends, product and solutions Strong experience in Agile methods in large organizations Advocate and drive adoption of "best practices" to ensure standardization of integration Reference Architectures across the Enterprise Alignment with Nike Technology strategies through strong technical thought leadership Effectively manage priorities, deliverables and timelines with little need for escalation
Reference Architect - Day to Day Responsibilities:
The Employee Enablement Reference Architect will typically split their day to day responsibilities between four main areas: influencing, solutioning, coding and innovating. Below we have listed details about each area and roughly the percentage of time expected to be allocated to each area.
Solutioning (30%): Once you define the overall reference architecture you must often dive deep into the specifics of the solution being built to support the customer. By digging deep into the overall solution, you will often uncover shortcomings of the reference architecture that should be updated and changed. Develop vision, strategy and execution in alignment with Domain roadmap demand plans for technology. Translating cross organizational demand into consistent and unified architectures delivered through reference architectures and reference implementations. Delivers technology solutions inclusive of on premise through cloud and COTS to custom developed solutions and all combinations. Analyzing solution implications from multiple vectors including but limited to: cloud native design, resource planning, financial cost optimization, performance optimization, disaster recovery, high availability, global network performance and location impact. Creation and maintenance of Reference Architectures as required by business Domains and Platform teams. Review and access solution approach documents created by Domain and Solution architects ensuring best practices are followed. Manage a backlog for employee enablement for reference architecture by defining backlog stories and acceptance criteria.
Influencing (25%): Working alongside other architects, lead engineers and delivery leaders to ensure they understand what the work is and how it needs to be developed. In this role, you will often need to rely on your influence to get the work done as you defined, because it is often different from how individual teams would complete the same work. Assume a lead role in the Reference Architecture function in defining the technology standards and practices for global Nike use in the areas of Application and Services, Integration and Web Application Architecture. Alignment with Nike Technology strategies through strong technical thought leadership, evangelism and practice. Works closely with other Reference Architects, Domain & Solution Architects, and Platform Engineering to ensure strategy and execution alignment. Advocate and drive adoption of "best practices" to ensure standardization of Reference Architectures across the Enterprise.
Innovating (20%): Keep in touch with the direction of architecture in the industry and a good pulse on what the enterprise is working on. Understanding that sometimes we need to drive a proof of concept to understand the art of what is possible. Ensures NIKE Technology keeps up with latest technology industry trends, product and solutions through research, meeting with industry partners. Create proofs of concept with new and disruptive technologies. Provide architectural guidance and direction for Technology Innovation Initiatives. Create Reference Architectures and Reference Implementations from proven disruptive technologies for scaled innovation.
Create the Future (15%): Define the direction of Employee Enablement enterprise architecture in partnership with domain architects and business needs. Create enterprise roadmap for use of Employee Enablement technologies within the Nike landscape. Identify technology, techniques and capabilities needed to mature existing platforms.
Coding (10%): Many of our engineering teams are learning about our new reference architectures and implementations. The ability to work alongside other teams and help code solutions is important to our success and ability to influence those teams on the art of possible. Effectively manage priorities, deliverables and timelines with little need for escalation. Proving effectiveness and providing repeatable real-world examples of Reference Architectures in practice through the creation of Reference Implementations in the form of working deployable, production ready code. Review and access existing solutions to harvest for reference architecture patterns. Create reference implementations to prove their viability and make available to the enterprise. Create proofs of concepts to validate and test new technology and approaches. Create proofs of concepts to test and define the performance profile of reference implementations to be later used by the enterprise.
Qualifications Current knowledge of industry best practices Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Business Information Management 7+ years in architect roles and experience in performing the responsibilities of solution architecture 3+ years as a lead architect 10+ years in senior leadership roles Proven track record of high-profile communication written and verbal 10+ years combined hands-on engineering experience with public cloud, distributed computing, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), and custom developed solutions Large enterprise experience including global experience with solution delivery Demonstrated track record of leading within complex organizations requiring strong influence management skills - ability to work cooperatively at all levels in matrix environment Strong facilitation skills and experience in managing senior stakeholder relationship, partnership and interactions Exceptional collaboration, listening, written and verbal communication skills with ability to facilitate technology strategy, requirements and architecture conversations with all stakeholders (management, business users, and technology resources) Self-starter with high motivation and passion who thrives in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment with the ability to adapt to change
To ensure that we continue to hire competent, ethical and trustworthy individuals, all candidates must successfully complete a thorough background investigation prior to receiving any offer of employment from Nike.
Have we piqued your interest? Good, then a generous benefits package will only sweeten the deal. We offer a stock purchase plan, 401(k), a casual work environment, and a host of other perks we don't have room to mention here.
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