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Staff Business Architect (Global Product & Labor Standards)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7123449120220522 Location Celebration, Florida, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Jul. 12, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

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 streaming, 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.

You will be working in a complex, challenging, fast-paced and innovative environment, with other like-minded architects, engineers and product managers Our architects and engineers are diverse, smart, curious, innovative, solutions-oriented, respectful, highly collaborative and continuous learners.

This Staff Business Architect position is a critical technology and leadership role who will propose, define and deliver projects that enable the capability roadmap and strategies, in support of Product Integrity and Labor Standards.

The Staff Business Architect will:

Business Domain and Business Architecture Principals:

·       Leverage deep business domain focused on consumer product compliance, quality engineering,  product testing, international labor regulations/compliance, facility audits, and supply chain screening.

·       Utilize extensive knowledge of the enterprise technology landscape and ability to leverage that knowledge in delivering business outcomes with speed

·       Work within the context of an emerging Business Architecture framework, while helping to develop and refine the framework with other members of the department

·       Demonstrate a deep appreciation of new/emerging technology, and how it could be used to deliver business outcomes.

·       Work within the context of emerging Business Architecture framework, while helping to develop and refine the framework with other members of the department


  • Develop business case documentation and support to further project authorization processes and deliverables 

  • Propose, define and deliver projects that enable the capability roadmap and strategies, in support of the stated business outcomes

  • Create project authorization deliverables including business case development, solution design, and financial proforma.

  • Elicit and document business capabilities, outcomes, and technology enabled requirements.

  • 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

  • Manage project financials


  • Be the main liaison with partner(s) and senior business stakeholders for the Product Integrity & Labor Standards value chains, working with them to agree the strategic direction of the value chains

  • Builds strong relationships with and manages large and diverse groups of stakeholders at multiple levels, from end users to executives, across the enterprise

  • Collaborates closely with partners across the organization including business partners, architects and other delivery managers

Roadmaps & Planning:

  • Define capability roadmaps and strategies to support the delivery of the value chains’ strategies 

  • Provide input to the group’s 5YP, AOP and periodic forecasts

  • Ability to identify and marshal resources (people, funding, and support) to get projects initiated and completed

  • Demonstrated success in pursuing continuous improvement, always challenging the status quo

Leadership Skills:

  • A self-starter, who can effectively navigate a complex organizational structure, managing teams through influence and direct line management.

  • Ability to establish executive level relationships across the various business and technology executives within TWDC, from SVP downwards.

  • Establish and manage effective working relationships in a matrix environment with other departments, groups and staff with whom work must be coordinated or interfaced. Comfortable leading without necessarily having the overt authority to do so.

  • A person that can decide and act without having the total picture and is comfortable handling risk and uncertainty.

Execution Skills:

  • With a proven track record of execution, the candidate must be able to deliver the capability roadmap for their owned Value Chain(s) by defining a clear vision of desired outcomes tied to business needs.

  • Deep domain and technical expertise will be essential, as will be accomplished leadership in a matrixed environment of internal and external partners, and suppliers.

  • A “working IT technologist” who gets into the details and is experienced in managing multiple medium to large scale initiatives and cross functional teams.

  • Equally comfortable with executives, manager-level stakeholders, architects and developers--this is a hands-on position with regards to people and detail.

  • Ability to identify and marshal resources (people, funding, and support) to get projects initiated and completed.

  • Ability to lead a significant transformation in the business technology platforms.

  • Practical knowledge and applied experience related to Business Architecture principles.

  • Extensive knowledge of the enterprise technology landscape and ability to leverage that knowledge in delivering business outcomes with speed.

  • A practitioner of the Solutions Architecture principles and can effectively proceed through review boards and other SA activities.


  • Previous experience in managing 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 delivery application portfolios inclusive of XaaS technologies and on-prem sol 

  • 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 assigned value chains

  • 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 of the Value Chains relevant to the post, including defining strategies and delivering large projects that enabled them

  • Experience with RFP, RFI and vendor negotiations.

  • Exemplary communications skills and ability to use storytelling and artifacts.

  • Current understanding of new/emerging technology and its application in business

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 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. 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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