Principal Enterprise Architect


Dear game-changers, problem-solvers, dreamers and doers:

Join the growing diverse and innovative team of the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud (VWAC), LLC based in the tech hub that is the Seattle region. VWAC, LLC is a newly formed entity and a US based extension of the German Car Software organization of the VW Group of Companies. VWAC’s mission is to shape and revolutionize the future of mobility for people everywhere through the implementation of a proprietary cloud-based platform – designed to deliver innovative, new connected car services and solutions tailored to customer needs. By 2025, all new VW Group models will run on a proprietary vehicle operating system and the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a mission-driven and values-based culture that invests in its people and is obsessed with delighting its customers. Let’s make a good impact in people’s lives. Let’s bring to the world the future of mobility.

Role Summary:

This position is part of the Platform Architecture group at the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud in Seattle, WA. The Platform Architecture group focuses on all aspects of the information and entertainment experience in and outside of the vehicle including device integration, Intelligent Body and Cockpit, Autonomous Driving, Energy and Propulsion, and Service Platform for Cloud Delivered Mobility Services.  The Principal Enterprise Architect plays a key role in designing a holistic view and an implementation roadmap for infrastructure, applications, data, and security. The Architect needs to align the Automotive Cloud architecture with the overall Volkswagen Platform architecture. The position’s responsibilities include providing technology lifecycle and enterprise technology planning and design support and major program technology steering for the group.

Role Responsibilities:

Enterprise Architecture Management (50%)

Manages standards for cloud technologies – be a leader in understanding, applying, and inventing architectural design patterns
Participates in development, architecture, and product roadmap work groups
Introduces, provides and reviews architectural work in local projects in a joint approach with the local companies based on a secure Architecture Development Method
Makes recommendations, gains approval, and develops implementation strategies for new technologies based on business requirements
API surface area definition and service composability
Ensures the architectural fit of the software produced by the VW Automotive Cloud with the overall global Volkswagen Platform architecture
Ensures the cloud services can be integrated in Volkswagen group vehicles
Ensures an environment for continuous development and deployment
Ensures permanent optimization of the overall architecture due to permanent changing requirement
Technology Management (50%)

Supports Technology and Application Lifecycle decisions
Develops Enterprise Solution Strategies
Creates project proposals for enterprise capabilities and presents to Management
Provides leadership support for strategic projects in the region to insure alignment with group  guidelines
Shares best practices and ensures communication among the countries
Defines robust frameworks for APIs and services, data flows and management, and apps
Defines system wide monitoring strategy

Required Experience:

Minimum of 10+ years IT experience mainly in the area of System Design, Enterprise Architecture with focus on emerging Cloud technologies. Automotive and business processes experience preferred.
Required Education:

Bachelor in MIS Computer Science or Business Administration
Desired Education:

Master in MIS Computer Science or Business Administration
Required Skills:

Excellent, proven interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
Proficiency with office computer equipment and software (e.g. MS Office)
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple teams
Integration – joining people, processes or systems
Effective problem solving skills
Ability to multi-task and be organized with multiple projects/tasks at one time
Displays and exemplifies professional integrity to all audiences
Analytical and conceptual thinking – using logic and reason, creative and strategic thought process
General IT background including common IT architectures (hardware and software)
Experience in an international environment preferably in major IT Services organizations
Required Specialized Skills:

Extensive experience in cloud technologies, ideally Azure and/or AWS
Strong knowledge of data science, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning
Experience with relational database architecture, schema design, and development
Experience with big data design and tools (graph, streaming, data factories, etc.)
Application, component, and/or service development with C++, C#, Java, Python or similar
Experience in using Agile and DevOps tools and methods
Extensive experience rolling out architectural processes in a multi-cultural environment
Experience in working with EA frameworks/methodology
Passion for customer experience and quality
Cultural awareness and sensitivity
Builds sustainable relationships with colleagues and customers
Proven ability to cope with conflict, stress and crisis situations
Strong leadership and negotiation skills with business, technical groups and suppliers
Ability to establish, implement, and enforce appropriate IT standards
Desired Skills:

Language skills in (German, Spanish, Portuguese)
Experience and network within the Volkswagen Group
Experience in aligning a business and IT architecture to a corporate strategy
Experience with IoT or similar connected device workflows
Data-based web app development experience with LAMP, MEAN, or similar
Work Flexibility:

Must be willing to travel up to 20%
We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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