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Applied Architect

PURPOSE OF POSITION
An Applied (Solution) Architect at Duluth Trading Company is part of a key team of IT professionals who solves business problems in the context of a multiple applications or domains typically focusing heavily on system integrations. By focusing on how people, processes, information, systems and infrastructure are implemented, they are able to deliver business outcomes that align with Duluth‚ s overall strategic direction.
What You‚ ll Love:
  • Being a part of an innovation-driven organization that is growing fast, and taking care of business through catalog, web and retail stores.
  • Working on a team that makes retail workwear for customers who are smart, straight-talking folks who do everything from pounding nails to shoeing horses and pitching bales.
  • POKING AVERAGE IN THE EYE!
What You‚ ll Do:
  • Combines full understanding of concepts, theories and principles with business insights
  • Integrates and applies elements of other disciplines to solve problems
  • Makes decisions which influence and impact the success of owned projects and/or efforts
  • Determines root cause and resolves moderately complex architectural problems
  • Identifies trends that warrant immediate attention
  • Possesses full understanding of architectural concepts, theories and principles combined with business insights
  • Works independently on whole design, development, or support for projects/problems of increasing scope/impact
Job Competencies
Exhibits Business Partnership
  • Cultivates relationships with stakeholders as well as other key internal customers
  • Spends time with internal customers to learn about their needs
  • Demonstrates strong business acumen to support and understand how solutions fit business needs
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of strategic business plans
  • Provides definitive point of view and recommendations on future technology/architecture needs
  • Works with teams, stakeholders and third party vendors to create new value for customers
Balances Strategy and Execution
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of strategic business plans and provides recommendations on future architecture needs
  • Knows the details yet clearly sees and articulates business outcomes
  • Understands breadth in multiple domains
  • Takes disconnected ideas and pulls them together in an articulate, relevant and precise point of view
Communicates Effectively
  • Communicates clearly decisions, plans, goals and strategies
  • Organizes and communicates complex information clearly, concisely and simply to drive actions
  • Communicates to diverse audiences so that information is credible, digestible and easily understood
  • Manages challenging group dynamics adeptly to achieve positive outcomes
  • Maintains objectivity (neutrality) in face of conflicting viewpoints and uses data and evidence
  • Conveys difficult messages with empathy and concise rationale
  • Demonstrates a high level of self-awareness as well as awareness of others' emotions
Exhibits Ownership and Accountability
  • Thinks critically about how the organization operates and makes suggestions for improvement
  • Works on complex efforts requiring in-depth analysis and assessment
  • Exercises judgment in selecting appropriate design decisions to achieve results
  • Understands the enterprise wide implications of day-to-day decisions
  • Focuses on sustainable and pragmatic solutions
Demonstrates Architectural Expertise
  • Develops and maintains current and target state architectural models
  • Stays abreast of industry best practices, technologies, architectures, trends, and emerging technologies
  • Understands and articulates the value of applying specific technologies
  • Understands, leverages and applies best practices effectively
  • Understands and applies industry standards within Duluth Trading context
Achieves Business Outcomes
  • Demonstrates a high level of creativity and critical thinking to address problems decisively and develop effective solutions
  • Influences partner-stakeholders in order to reach desired outcomes
  • Articulates outcomes and alternatives to enable more informed, data driven decisions
  • Integrates or bridges methods and insights across practice teams and technologies in delivering outcomes
  • Understands how and when to add appropriate value for teams and stakeholders
  • Reinforces culture of shared ownership and accountability for solutions; actively engages in quick and efficient decision making to drive to outcomes
Behavioral Competencies
  • Provides amazing experiences to both internal and external customers by seeing the big picture, understanding needs and tying them to results, and driving value
  • Demonstrates a positive mindset, high levels of character and integrity, and a keen awareness of continuous improvement
  • Understands how team efforts are aligned with organizational objectives and priorities
  • Advises and collaborates with others to develop strong, positive working relationships across all levels of the organization to drive success of projects and efforts
  • Offers creative, innovative, data-based solutions by focusing on forward progress and creativity, even when working through complex, often competing needs
  • Adjusts positively to quickly-changing priorities and shifting goals
  • Listens to and embraces ideas and insights from others to find better solutions
What We‚ re Looking for:
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience
  • BA/BS degree in computer science, engineering, or equivalent practical experience
  • MBA and/or other advanced certification related to the discipline of business process desirable
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience
  • BA/BS degree in computer science, engineering, or equivalent practical experience
  • MBA and/or other advanced certification related to the discipline of business process desirable
  • 4 Year degree college degree in business or related field.
  • Minimum 1 year experience as a Business Analyst in the workplace.
  • Ability to communicate free of technical language to the business and end-user
  • Ability to demonstrate strong analytical and project management skills
  • Demonstrate IT knowledge and expertise in the areas being developed or enhanced.
  • Strong collaboration, multi-tasking and organization skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
Who We Are:
We are a‚ no bull‚ brand that started in 1989 and we provide apparel and other gear for hardworking men and women. Favorites such as our Ballroom¬ Jeans featuring‚ crouch without the ouch," Buck Naked‚ Ę Underwear and our Longtail T¬ Shirts that hide‚ plumber‚ s butt‚ reflect our attitude.
The heart of Duluth Trading‚ s success is creating one-of-a-kind men‚ s and women‚ s clothing, innovative tools and ingenious gadgets while being humorous story tellers. The talented people we seek want to be proud of where they work, have a commitment to do things better and be part of a retail, web and catalog apparel company that knows where it‚ s going.
The responsibilities outlined in this position description are a guideline for the general duties of the position and are not exhaustive of all duties inherent in the job. Duluth Trading Company is an equal opportunity employer.

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