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Business System Architect - Remote Option

Date: Jan 6, 2023

Location: Tallassee, AL, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

As a Centre of Excellence (CoE) Architect, you will act as a skilled and knowledgeable team member whose role is to provide the business global support and deliver best practices around the analysis and design of applications and solutions in line with the business requirements.

Working as a member of the global CoE team, the CoE Architect will play a role in provisioning ‘build’ and ‘run’ to continuously improve and support their designated application area within the agreed SLA.

The CoE forms part of the wider IT applications team, an integral part of the global IT organisation. You will be a trusted partner to the business in providing applications and solutions in line with the IT operating model, working alongside the IT business partners, project management office, security and IT operations teams.

Job Responsibilities

  • Works as part of a global team of subject matter experts to deliver support within agreed SLAs
  • Works alongside the other global IT functions (including IT operations, security, project management office and IT business partners) to support the delivery of the IT strategy in line with the IT operating model.
  • Ensures the business/function are aware of the latest capabilities and drive standard application best practice.
  • Ensures IT security requirements are observed and designed into future demand/requirements.
  • Provides structured training for business/function(s) for maximum effectiveness.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management/team leaders.
  • Supports the implementation of global IT standards.
  • Application lifecycle management.
  • Be a trusted partner to the business in providing fit for purpose applications and solutions.
  • Supports annual IT budget.
  • Be aware of the latest capabilities and drive the use of standard tools and processes in the system arena.
  • Liaising with external parties (e.g. consultants, software vendors, auditors etc.) where required.
  • Ability to generate a unified definition of a target landscape based on functional and non-functional requirements to determine solution and environment selection.
  • Gathers functional and non-functional requirements of systems, processes and business models.
  • Communicates global standards and guidelines to specialists and developers.
  • Supports the implementation of new solutions, upgrades and/or enhancements to existing ones.
  • Supports the change request process during implementation performing an impact assessment where required, and collaborate on compliance monitoring post-implementation (plan-do-check-act).
  • Assist in determining time and cost estimates for assigned projects.
  • Identifies options for potential solutions and assessing them for both technical and business suitability.
  • Documenting processes and procedures (and maintaining them).

Job Qualifications

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science

•    8+ years of experience with ERP system and with manufacturing support systems.

•    A minimum of 8+ years of Programming with a focus on Visual Basic .Net, Visual Basic 6, Microsoft Visual Studio.

•    8 + years of experience with Microsoft SQL Server, Progress OpenEdge, MYSQL

Preferred Qualifications:

•    GKN Experience

•    SharePoint experience

•    OO Technology

•    Progress ABL

•    Strong analytical and planning skills.

•    Experience working within and/or supporting an information technology environment.

•    Experience working with manufacturing and/or business systems.

•    Ability to be proactive and take initiative, including performance of duties exercising independent judgement.

•    Ability to work effectively in a team environment – to effectively listen, challenge and communicate.

•    Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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