Enterprise Architect, Manager at Southern Company (Birmingham, AL)

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Enterprise Architect, Manager


Enterprise Architecture Manager

Georgia Power Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta, GA or Alabama Power Corporate Headquarters in Birmingham, AL


The Enterprise Architecture Manager is responsible for leading the teams that perform enterprise architecture related roles. Many of the roles have enterprise scope or offer value to all the Technology Organization and to our business partners. Broadly, these roles include: Ownership for enterprise architecture standards & primary supporting technologies, communication of those standards, understanding and adapting to business imperatives. The Enterprise Architecture Manager will also support key portions of the Technology Organization's overall Enterprise Strategy.

Additionally, the Enterprise Architecture Manager will manage resources capable of providing enterprise architecture leadership, consulting, and strategy development.


  • B.S. degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Business, or another related field, is required.
  • Ten years or more successfully developing or leading the development of business applications for Fortune 500 companies.
  • Extensive technical knowledge on the nuances of contemporary Technology Business Application Development techniques, toolsets and strategies. Must have proven experience using industry standard Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) methodologies.
  • Strong knowledge around contemporary business application architecture is required, from the various layers that comprise modern day computer applications to upstream and downstream technology infrastructure elements which highly affect the functionality and performance experienced by our business partners and customers.
  • Attitude is critical, the incumbent must have a high degree of focus on quality and effectiveness for the team's internal customers. Not only must the processes and solutions work well technically, they must be efficient from a governance, administrative and security standpoint. The Enterprise Architecture Manager must be willing to challenge the status quo for the betterment of the business and the services provided.
  • Must be a strategic thinker, able to create what should be our long-range vision for how enterprise architecture is applied based on current and expected demand, existing capabilities, and anticipated business value.
  • Ability to evaluate and operationalize new technology at an enterprise level. This includes development tools, applications, and platforms (i.e. especially technologies used to implement architecture patterns).
  • Strong business acumen is mandatory. While the main core of this function is to provide technical services and direction, the incumbent must constantly be mindful of the importance that the offered services and direction provide excellent business value. Enterprise Architecture Manager is expected to constantly stay attuned to the market and adjust how we architect Technology Business applications to ensure Southern Company is highly effective and nimble with delivering new functional capabilities via our business systems.
  • Excellent vendor / supplier management skills. Our technology suppliers are a vital part of our technology eco-system; they need to be leveraged fully. The incumbent needs to be able to both negotiate with our vendor partners and hold them accountable for the service level quality they contractually committed to. The incumbent should be able to interface with technology vendors to define roadmaps, escalate issues and solve complex problems.
  • Sound knowledge of the budgeting process, fiscal management, and how to appropriately estimate costs and plan for ongoing technology projects and maintenance. Must understand basic budgetary principles and techniques, being able to distinguish, plan and oversee capital and operating budgets.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, planning and project management skills.
  • Proven track record of achieving business results working with and through others.
  • Must be a proven change leader, willing to drive cultural and behavioral change that will contribute to maturing and improving the overall effectiveness for using technology across Southern Company.
  • Strong people skills that have resulted in successful working relationships with customers, peers, and internal and external business partners. Needs to be an effective evaluator and developer of human capital.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including building a strong, results-oriented team and performance management.
  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal. Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences, including C-level executives.
  • Demonstrated critical, independent thinking; demonstrated ability to conceive and present creative solutions.
  • Flexible, can work under stress with changing direction and with minimal supervision.
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, is proactive, and habitually removes obstacles for success.
  • Supports a safe, respectful, and diverse work environment.
  • Keen skills to persuade and influence fellow leaders/business partners that builds value yielding consensus.

The Enterprise Architecture Manager leads the team which owns the technical side of enterprise architecture, integration platforms, methodologies, standards, tools, processes, governance, and techniques to be used across the Technology Organization to support enterprise architecture.

Enterprise Architecture Consulting (45%)

The Enterprise Architecture Manager is responsible for staffing and maintaining top-tier talent capable of providing enterprise architect services to project teams. Consider this EAaaS (enterprise architecture as a service). A primary focus should be able to assist large implementation efforts with experienced laden advice on overall system architecture, security, integration, and operating approaches. These resources should also have input to the creation of application development standards, define application and integration patterns, assist in solving difficult solution architecture problems, and guide the development of enterprise strategies.

These consulting engagements may also include partnering with other areas of TO to conduct proof of concepts for new technology. IoT, real-time analytics, and large-scale information exchanges are recent POC examples.

EA Patterns (5%)

Enterprise Architecture Manager is responsible for ensuring the creation of patterns and standards that leverage on-prem and cloud-based technologies to enable enterprise level integration and system development. The purpose of the patterns and standards is twofold: the first is to define an implementation path that will have the supporting technology components, the second is to create a known enterprise path to reduce the design and build phase of a given project.

Cross Technology Organization Communication (15%)

The Enterprise Architecture Manager will initiate and participate in cross organizational meetings related to enterprise architecture, business imperatives, and applicable technology related events. Cross tower and cross business area collaboration will be essential to success. This not only includes management across those areas, but also the application and solution architects across the Technology Organization.

As a part of this collaborative communication, the Enterprise Architecture Manager will stay informed of significant business partner related initiatives and imperatives. This knowledge will be used to adapt and develop technology roadmaps that lead to business partner enablement.

The Enterprise Architecture Manager will also be responsible for championing standard tools and technologies. Additionally, the Enterprise Architecture Manager will assist portfolios to understand the health of their architectures and trends in technology.

The Enterprise Architecture Manager should also be capable of communicating successfully with a broad audience. This includes peers, other architects, and managers at higher levels.

Technology Support (5%)

Additionally, the Enterprise Architecture Manager is responsible for ensuring the ongoing maintenance of shared technology platforms (e.g. Kafka, Apigee) needed to implement standard architecture patterns. This responsibility will cover the entire lifecycle for a platform, from inception to sunset, and all aspects in between. This responsibility is an important enabler of the standard architecture patterns. The technology support by this team will focus on developer consulting to further ensure developer success when using these platforms.

Cloud (8%)

The Enterprise Architecture Manager is also responsible for developing cloud competencies related to PaaS cloud development. Additionally, defining processes and standards that simultaneously reduce risk and increase agility. Also, communicate and evangelize to ensure that new cloud capabilities are highlighted and leveraged by the rest of the technology organization when appropriate.

Strategy Development and Execution (20%)

The Enterprise Architecture Manager is responsible for owning and participating in the creation of several enterprise strategies. Ownership examples include Enterprise Integration strategy and Open API strategy.

The strategies and standards created by this team should have the appropriate balance of benefits and risks. Additionally, the Enterprise Architecture Manager should factor in budgetary constraints and Southern Company's culture to ensure success, while continuing to strive for continuous improvement.

These strategies should be forward looking. They should also be aligned with business imperatives to offer near term and long-term benefits.

Budget (2%)

Expense and budgetary oversight is a vital element of the Enterprise Architecture Manager role. The incumbent will be directly responsible for managing a departmental budget for their respective area, along with an asset budget for tools and/or services.



This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO ) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2010608
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