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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Director, Enterprise Architecture in Rockville, Maryland

Director, Enterprise Architecture

Information Technology

Rockville, MD



Summary of the Position

The position is a seasoned technology leader and strategist responsible leading a small specialized team for translating business strategies to technical solutions while balancing risks, investment needs and fit for purpose. This hands-on role understands the future state vision, develops an IT architecture for an end-to-end integrated capability and ensures technical implementation aligns with the design intent and achieves operational sustainability. S/he manages the technology portfolio, builds the technology roadmap, develops architectural standards, policies and guidelines and owns the governance of these to ensure alignment and application of best practices. S/he contributes to defining the principles for enterprise data management and implements data services and solutions to realize the technical architecture.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Set overall IT architecture standards, guidelines, best practices and approved techniques that accurately define the as-is and to-be IT landscape

  • Manage the technology portfolio and build the technology roadmaps to align with the future state vision

  • Define and execute the enterprise architecture governance to ensure application and adoption of architectural standards, guidelines and best practices

  • Design consistent standards, principles and reference models for infrastructure, application, security, information/data and integration.

  • Incorporate innovation agenda into the IT architecture and data strategy and roadmap to accelerate delivery of the business strategy

  • Partner with business and technology subject-matter experts to rapidly assess project proposals for architectural fit

  • Translate big picture vision to technical solutions through business process, information flow, solution and technical architecture domains, and develop easy-to-understand content to present to senior business leaders

  • Collaborate with business leaders to mature our enterprise data management capability

  • Develop the roadmap to build a highly efficient data ecosystem, and provide solutions to organize, share, leverage and reuse data across various business and technology functions

  • Champion efforts to improve business performance through enterprise information solutions and capabilities, such as master data management, content management, data integration, and related information management infrastructure

  • Collaborate with solution architects to develop scalable and adaptable architectural solutions

  • Partner with IT personnel to evaluate existing and emerging technologies for their applicability to business challenges and objectives

  • Partner with project managers, technical managers and business analysts in the planning, design, build and implementation of enterprise projects

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, business administration or related field, or equivalent work experience

  • 10 years of experience in IT

  • 8 years of experience of development solutions and modern technical architectures

  • 8 years of extensive data design and architecture experience with a focus on data warehouse, data lakes, data reporting, data aggregation and integration

  • 5 years of experience establishing and leading an architectural review board and process

  • 4 years managing staff

Skills Sought:

  • Demonstrated use of design methodologies and notations such as UML, BPMN, ERD to describe an enterprise’s information and systems, and familiarity with Enterprise Architecture frameworks like TOGAF

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in changing, ambiguous and challenging situations

  • Ability to balance short term tactical decisions with long term strategic thinking

  • Ability to translate business needs into EA requirements

  • Demonstrated experience of influencing key stakeholders across the organization and within complex contexts.

  • Verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts and technologies to business leaders, and business concepts to the IT team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in computer science, information systems, business administration or related field, or equivalent work experience.

  • Knowledge and understanding of high level, abstract design approaches and patterns that can be used to provide the foundational design for complex systems for their owned architecture

  • Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders

  • Practical in approach to decision making and problem solving that is principle based

  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with a keen attention to detail

  • Demonstrates initiative, creativity and innovation to drive breakthrough product and process ideas to fruition

  • Deep understanding of current and emerging technologies and practices, and how other enterprises are employing them

  • Excellent analytical, strategic conceptual thinking, strategic planning and execution skills

Supervisory Responsibilities

Application Architect, Data Architect, Business Process Analyst

USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 14 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Category Information Technology