Chief Architect Oil & Gas – Houston, TX


Location: Houston, Texas

Job Type: Full time


Interested in leveraging your knowledge of Architecture and your passion for Microsoft technology to help shape solutions that provide significant business impact in Oil & Gas Industry? Do you enjoy working in that Innovative area between what has been done and what can be done? Are you good at conversations with both technical and non-technical audiences that deal with complex business problems and diverse technologies? Do you have deep experience in applying technology in Oil and Gas throughout the ecosystem? Importantly, are you invested in asking questions as much or more than just “talking about technology?” Are you passionate about rolling up your sleeves and getting deep into technology? If this sounds like you, then our role of Chief Enterprise Architect at Avanade could very well be all about you.

Key Traits of Past & Current Success

Chief Architecture:

Your experience and gifted insights are your calling card. You can capture the room in Technology Architecture Discussions and resonate well with both technical and business stakeholders. Your long-running passion for technology helps you connect the dots on new Microsoft technologies and features that Microsoft releases (e.g., enabling Next Gen AI, IOT Edge, Digital Twin, App Modernization, et al) and make them relevant for our most strategic Oil and Gas clients. Through your partnering with the Microsoft product engineering team(s) you continually have key insights. Your savviness and ability to elevate communications with Client stakeholders and across our account team (both technical and business) results in truly innovative solutions and measurable client outcomes. Truth is you must be a Microsoft Azure Certified Solutions Expert with ability to traverse the complex client ecosystem of technology platforms and partners.

Industry Experience:

In this Leadership role, it’s important to have deep skills and Industry expertise in Oil and Gas, Chemicals or Mining sectors. Energy is always valued at Avanade; however, Oil & Gas is the desired field of expertise needed for this specific Leadership role.

Transformation at the Core:

You’re experienced in transforming Clients' IT environments to digital, cloud-based modern technologies that leverage Cloud. This Role will entail helping shape key cloud application development, data and integration, and broader work serving as overall program enabler across multiple client business units and functions (e.g., Surface, Subsurface, Wells, etc.) and helping shape/orchestrate cross-function solutions involving such areas as Digital Twin OSDU, et al.

Technical Breath/Depth:

A critical thinker with extensive expertise in overall IT architecture as well as deep knowledge of the Microsoft ecosystem that can help drive novel solutions rooted in complexity as both a hands-on practitioner and subject matter expert.

Collaboration and Communication:

Ability to work as an interdisciplinary collaborator and to help facilitate alignment across teams with diverse perspectives to bring together the best Avanade has to offer for our clients.


Creative thinker with a passion to apply deep IT architecture expertise to envision novel design patterns for the next generation of technology solutions.

Comfort with Ambiguity:

Ability to leverage deep technical expertise along with effective communication and leadership skills to help clarify and define the unknown with the goal of delivering successful solutions.

Agent of Change:

Ability to help facilitate change across organizations. Ability to embrace complex challenges, distill them down and help organizations understand the value proposition of the vision. Ability to rapidly align and onboard teams to delivery using the latest processes and toolsets.

Advocate of Agile:

Well-versed in agile methodologies with the ability to leverage that expertise to strategically tackle difficult challenges, apply it to a solution, and then deliver on it. Preferred candidates will be SAFe-certified or an experienced SAFe practitioner who can operate seamlessly within the client’s SAFe (Scaled Agile for Large Enterprises) delivery model including direct involvement in Program Increment (PI) planning over multi-day, multi-vendor participation. Also, you will chair weekly sessions with our Technical Delivery Leads on the account who are responsible for their specific domain/focus areas (e.g., Surface, Subsurface, Wells, Digital Twin, et al).


Leverage a sophisticated understanding of IT Architecture with the ability to align it with a client’s business strategy to build a trusted advisor-type relationship up to and including C-Level Executives


  • Ability to work seamlessly w/Accenture in delivering as an integrated team to clients (e.g., Accenture Technology & Consulting, Accenture Industry X, Accenture Talent & Organizational Development, Accenture Song, etc.) and Avanade Sales teams.
  • You have deep experience shaping, structuring, and proposing cost-effective onshore/offshore hybrid teaming/operating models working closely with Avanade and Accenture in all such discussions.
  • Must have a strong and balanced combination of technical acumen and business acumen to best fit in with the client’s culture and to work successfully with and alongside integrated Accenture and client teams.
  • Engage with clients and delivery teams to assist in performing discovery, analysis, design, build, test, and deploy of Microsoft-based solutions.
  • Work with various Offering Leads to bring the best of Avanade, Microsoft, and Accenture together to solution and deliver complex solutions that provide value for the client.
  • Work with Regional Leadership and Capability Leads on options for training to build the next generation of Enterprise Architects.


  • 5-10 Years working with Large Super Majors Oil & Gas
  • Must be a Microsoft Azure Certified Solutions Expert with the ability to traverse the complex client ecosystem of technology platforms and partners.
  • Must be a senior-level hands-on architect and practitioner with deep oil & gas domain relevance in addition to deep Microsoft ecosystem technical acumen.
  • Experience in Enterprise Architecture and leveraging technical work products like TOGAF or similar frameworks to document and collaborate with Clients and teams. Additionally, to be rounded out with SAfe (scaled agile large enterprises) implementation knowledge.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, and project management skills.
  • Deep understanding of public cloud providers and their capabilities with a focus on Azure.
  • Experience in working with clients at VP level and above.
  • Communications, both verbal (e.g.: presentations, seminars, etc.), and written (e.g.: reports, articles, etc.).
  • Group session facilitation techniques.
  • Good leadership, motivational and interpersonal skills.
  • Marketing (“selling” the results of architectural approaches through presentations).
  • Critical thinking skills employed to analyze and prescribe outcomes to Clients and Teams.
  • Excellence in modeling and graphical representations and abstractions – whiteboarding skills.
  • Houston-based with the ability to periodically travel to other client sites domestically based on where business units, functions, and/or key stakeholders sit. Less frequent international travel may sometimes be required in this core role.

Preferred Experience

  • 10 years of experience planning and deploying the Microsoft environment for Enterprise Clients and Fortune 500.
  • Veteran systems integration and consulting Architect experience at either a Hyperscale or Big 4 consulting firm.
  • Leadership and Coaching experience leading and developing teams of Architects in a consulting or sales consulting environment.
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