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Sr Business Architect, Archiving Programs (Project Hire) *Remote*

Burbank, California, United States; Seattle, Washington, United States

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Job ID 773285BR Location Burbank, California, United States; Seattle, Washington, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Feb. 02, 2021

Job Summary:

At Disney, we’re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. The Walt Disney Company is a world-class entertainment and technological leader. Walt’s passion was to continuously envision new ways to move audiences around the world—a passion that remains our touchstone in an enterprise that stretches from theme parks, resorts and a cruise line to sports, news, movies and a variety of other businesses. Uniting each endeavor is a commitment to creating and delivering unforgettable experiences — and we’re constantly looking for new ways to enhance these exciting experiences.

The Enterprise Technology mission is to deliver technology solutions that align to business strategies while enabling enterprise efficiency and promoting cross-company collaborative innovation. The Enterprise Technology organization drives competitive advantage by enhancing our consumer experiences, enabling business growth, and advancing operational excellence.

This role is part of the Enterprise Business Systems (EBS) organization. Our mission is to provide business technology solutions for the enterprise that empower growth, and enhance value across brands, geographies and organizations.


The Staff Business Architect is a technologist with an in-depth understanding of Application Systems (application software, middleware, infrastructure, solution architecture), Systems Archiving and Program Management. They have the ability to successfully collaborate cross functionally to drive the technology-enabled strategy and solutions with the EBS Software Applications teams.

This role will work within a BSA Community of Practice for Enterprise Business Systems (EBS) that exist to drive consistency and excellence of the BSA service across EBS.

The Staff Business Architect will:
  • Be the main liaison with partner(s) and senior business stakeholders within Enterprise IT (Application Teams, Business Sponsors/Teams, Functional Sponsors/Teams, Technical Design and Support Teams, Middleware/Database/Infrastructure Teams and Security.
  • Define a roadmap to support the archiving of retiring application systems within the EBS portfolio
  • Develop business case documentation and support to further project authorization processes and deliverables
  • Propose, define, and deliver programs/projects that enable the roadmap and strategies, in support of the stated business outcomes
  • Define and execute governance structures to support overall program/project objectives
  • Do all of the above in the context of EBS’s emerging Business Architecture framework, while helping to develop and refine the framework with other members of the department
  • Provide input to the group’s 5YP, AOP and periodic forecasts
  • Elicit and document business capabilities, outcomes, and technology enabled requirements
  • Create project authorization deliverables including business case development, solution design, and financial proforma
  • Develop technical specifications necessary to allow technical solution partners to implement a solution that satisfies the requirements and delivers the intended outcomes
  • Test strategy definition and development, oversight of scripts development and quality assurance
  • Participate in change management as required to allow initiatives to succeed

Basic Qualifications:

  • Formal Business Architecture qualifications
  • 8 years in a business partnering role in a Corporate environment of a similar size/complexity
  • Demonstrable deep experience in defining strategies and delivering large projects that enabled them
  • Experience with working with a portfolio of applications and adding value to increase application capability
  • A strong business orientation combined with strong IT technical skills.
  • Previous experience in managing both direct and indirect teams.
  • Proven ability to manage complex vendor, supplier, sub-contractor relationships.
  • Proven ability to complete projects and achieve results in an ambiguous work environment.
  • Proven ability to build and motivate a team to achieve well-communicated expectations.
  • Proven strong negotiating and consensus building abilities.
  • Proven ability to manage a project budget
  • Proven ability to participate in departmental financial processes such as five-year planning, annual operating plan and forecasts
  • Preferred experience with the applications involved in the Systems Archiving domain
  • Wide experience with a variety of Software Development Lifecycle methodologies across waterfall and agile
  • Deep understanding of Business Architecture principles
  • Exemplary communications skills
  • Current understanding of new/emerging technology and its application in business
  • Demonstrable deep experience in defining strategies and delivering large projects that enabled them
  • Experience with RFP, RFI and vendor negotiations.
  • Exemplary communications skills and ability to use story telling and artifacts.
  • Current understanding of new/emerging technology and its application in business

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Application Systems, Systems Archiving and Program Management
  • Business Architecture framework expertise (such as the BizBok)
  • Experience with Solution Architecture principles

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, or equivalent professional experience

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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