Domain Architect

Philip Morris International UK

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time

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At PMI, we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally redefining our business, and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide.

With huge change, comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you’ll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly new directions.

PMI’s journey to a smoke-free future is fuelled by technology.

The total transformation we’re going through means that there are unique IT projects here to match all levels of skills and ambitions – from pace-setting global pilot projects to vital local updates. Whether you want to pursue a personal passion or build an international career, there’s space here to develop in any number of directions.

To join us in IT you’ll need to be driven and equally happy whether you’re taking the strategic view or diving deep into processes. We'll make sure you're set up to succeed whatever your project is, our culture is agile and collaborative, and we genuinely believe our people are some of the best you’ll ever work with.

The Enterprise Analytics and Data team has the ambition to transform Philip Morris into a company where decision-making process is driven by data. As part of this team, we are looking for a Domain Architect who is passionate about technology and appreciates the mix of strategic thinking and turning architecture trends
and requirements into practice.
We are seeking an AWS certified architect who can work across agile teams
and can manage to see the big picture as well as the details. Strong collaboration and communication skills are a must in order to build trust and partnerships with stakeholders, peers and across the wider architecture and platform communities.

The candidate should possess a deep understanding and experience of shaping architecture, combined with a understanding of the current and future digital technology trends, industry standards, architecture frameworks and modelling techniques. A majority of the experience being gained in an Agile, DevOps
working set-up using cloud-based solutions(preferably on AWS) to enable and accelerate analytics delivery.

The day-to-day responsibilities are to be carried out against the primary backdrop of a cloud-based Business Intelligence data and analytics platform supported by state-of-the-art technologies (AWS, Wherescape, Snowflake) and methodologies (Data Vault 2.0, SAFe, Scrum) enabling key transformation initiatives.

To succeed in this role the candidate must be self-motivated, creative and have the natural drive to learn and pick up new challenges.

It is imperative that the candidate possesses hands-on experience of at least three of the following:
- Designing and Architecting Event Based Architectures using Microservices and API gateways.
- Designing and Architecting Graphing solutions to deliver network-based analytics.
- Designing and Architecting Technology landscape that supports Polyglot Persistence of data.
- Enterprise Architecture Tools such as Archimate, Orbus or LeanIX

Deep technical knowledge and understanding of at least 4 of the following topics is essential:
- Multisided Platform Architectures and how to balance the need for automation with autonomy.
- Architecture Design Patterns and how to spot and implement them (Façade, Message Broker etc.)
- DataOps, MLOps and DevOps – How they overlap and operate together.
- Microservices Architectures (SOA) that support an Event/Data Mesh using messaging solutions.
- RDF triple stores (Knowledge Graphs) and Property Graphs. (definite plus)
- Augmented Analytics including Self-service capabilities
- Machine Learning Methodologies and technology best practice to support this.
- CDP, DMP, Geospatial, MarTech and other Audience Intelligence Platforms

The candidate is not expected to develop applications or solutions but to lead and guide development teams, and in collaboration with stakeholders and team members across the globe secure that platforms and products are developed to meet EAD requirements.
The Primary objective is to ensure that EAD is building the right future-proofed technology landscape that
drives our solution architecture roadmaps to meet our current and future analytics needs.

The role requires the incumbent to find the right balance between innovation, technical feasibility, long term sustainability, agile delivery and cost-effective end-to-end implementation. The chosen candidate is expected to guide other architects, subject matter experts, and external partners based on their methodical thinking and ability to structure complex questions into architecture blueprints.

Ideally a certified TOGAF/Zachman practitioner with a solid cloud technology background, the candidate is expected to perform the following activities to support the Domain Architecture delivery roadmap for EAD.

  • Own, Define and lead the technology architecture roadmap & development of analytics platform capabilities for EAD.
  • Lead and drive technology architecture outcomes that meets EAD objectives.
  • Co-lead development of analytical platform capabilities on behalf of EAD and identify business opportunities within global functions that can be leveraged via EAD technology portfolio to deliver value at scale.
  • Guide the execution of enterprise architecture strategies within the EAD (analytics) domain.
  • Represent EAD in the PMI architecture community network by providing innovative ideas and input to enterprise architecture strategies & artifacts, based on domain area expertise
  • In close collaboration with the wider EAD architecture community and other IT and business stakeholders, co-create concrete, robust and appropriate architectures and transition roadmaps for implementation.
  • Review and Approve Solution, Integration, Application architecture proposals for EAD and ensure they are aligned with the EAD domain architecture roadmap.
  • Secure proper design, architecture, and technology in place for EAD technology platforms to provide a multi-channel experience to its customers across the marketplace.
  • Advocate and evangelize learnings from best practices in software development and industry.
  • Proactively evaluate new technology and market trends and provide technology/digital recommendations and new capabilities in order to deliver better business results.
  • Ensure quality guidelines and control process are created and implemented for the technology platforms and products
  • Actively support colleagues in the journey of digital transformation.
  • Communicate and be a torchbearer for EAD internally and externally

  • Architectural Competency
- Minimum 10 years of experience from design and software development of large-scale technology projects in an international company and environment
- Experience of building real-time, self-service data processing and analytics capabilities for business stakeholders (preventing shadow analytics).
- Experience of designing and building a dynamic and scalable data infrastructure and cloud environment to drive as much data processing and analytical capability as possible.
- Build capabilities to support faster access to data, which is required for discovery and analysis to yield new commercial and research and development insights, which also require state-of-the-art AI/ML capabilities.
- Enable delivery of data processing and analytics at the optimal point of impact, enabling BI/AI/ML-based predictive and prescriptive analytics integration from the core corporate data center infrastructure to the edge of the enterprise.
- Inexpensive computing at the enterprise edge, enabling huge amounts of information to be captured including a variety of unstructured data to be analyzed in real-time such as video,
temperature data from an IoT solution or comments from social media.
- Experience of building flexible and agile data architectures that require less hardware for excess compute and storage capacity and will scale to meet the real-time needs of a competitive, growing digital business.
- Support for evolving technologies that enable lower-cost, flexible, on-demand data management and analytics on BI/AI/ML-based cloud platforms.
- Strong track record in applying industry standard policies and procedures.
- Proven track record of working with Global ERP systems (SAP is a plus).
- Proven working experience of backend integration technologies and patterns.

  • Functional Competency
- Self-starter with excellent stakeholder management skills with the ability to translate technical complexities into business-friendly language.
- Strategic ability to relate the current technology and application landscape to the evolving business needs and identify the gaps
- Experience of working with wider architecture community and other domain architects.
- Understanding of modern data architectures, data extract mechanisms, functional
decomposition and business rules engines
- Experience with SCRUM and SAFe methodology and/or following an agile approach
- Self-starter with strong analytical and problem-solving skills from a business perspective.
- Good interpersonal, leadership, organizational and project management skills
- Evangelist and Advocate for “technology as an enabler” across the organization
- Knowledge about BI and Big DATA ecosystems (S3, Scala, Spark, Python, CI/CD framework)
- Working experience with AWS, MuleSoft, Solace, Kafka, Docker Containers, Jenkins, Artifactory, MLFlow, Sagemaker (or similar), EMR (or similar), Snowflake.

  • Master’s in computer sciences, information management, or any similar field requiring architecture and analytics
  • Very good communication skills and strong ability to engage at different levels in the organization.
  • Work with business and other EAD stakeholders to translate their needs into architecture strategy
  • Work with IS/IT stakeholders to gather technical realities and map this to the business need.
  • Highly collaborative mindset with curiosity, creativity, and willingness to embrace new ideas, technologies and methodologies

What we offer
Our success depends on the people who come to work every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. Join PMI and you too can:
  • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours – we’ll empower you to do things differently, experiment and explore
  • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution is respected; collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong
  • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress
• Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers
You’ve got this!