Senior Solution Architect, IT ERP - Warehouse/Distribution
Location: Houston, Texas
Internal Number: R441238
The Sr. Solution Architect is responsible for developing architectural designs for integrated systems within the enterprise warehouse and distribution area and corresponding set of applications. In this role the Sr. Solution Architect will partner with Business Analysts and Technical Analysts to understand the overall business need, define overarching requirements and create high-level architectural specifications, ensuring feasibility, functionality, and integration with existing systems/platforms and develop an overarching architectural design and model that will support Stryker's business needs. The Lead Solution Architect is responsible for verifying the detailed technical documents, validating the configuration within the assigned applications, and ensuring solutions are delivered based on the architected design.
Responsible for the overall systems architecture, Technical and functional design in the area of Enterprise Warehouse Management and Distribution and Logistics to manage design and deploy integrated end-to-end solutions.
Serves as the domain expert in providing application process analysis, architecture and system design, systems development, testing, implementation, training and preparation of our Stryker global template in the warehouse and distribution area.
Perform activities following Stryker's Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) framework and processes.
Play a significant role within the Architecture Review Board, in not only defining application standards, but also driving the final decision on solution.
Accountable for the Solution Review Board activities driving architecture decisions, technical approvals across the application area, and alignment of scope against Run team minor releases.
Lead solution development and implementation for new systems and enhancements and participate in defining technical standards for the specialty area.
Produce or review detailed technical and functional documents, configure and/or develop within the assigned applications and understand the overall design and architecture of an SAP platform and deliver the end to end technical solution.
Play a key role in transitioning the knowledge of the new/enhanced capabilities (including technical aspects) to the Service Delivery Team(s).
Responsible for all technical design, prototypes/mock-ups, development, testing and delivery of solutions for release cycles and/or new projects within the Enterprise Warehouse Management space.
Driving vendor engagement and accountability to deliver as per program KPI and SLA.
Review and Govern business process documents, application and technical specifications, test plans and cutover plans for go-live sites.
Manages resolution and communication of system production support issues with different stakeholders based on Stryker SLA's.
Works closely with strategic solution partners, business process owners, architects/leads from other tracks and super users to close out every phase as part of deployment playbook or project methodology.
Proactively identify business and system improvements, make recommendations, take ownership and bring those initiatives to successful implementation in warehouse and distribution area.
Collaborate with other Global ERP Program teams, IT Business Partners, Build and Run teams, various Infrastructure teams, and Business Deployment teams.
Manage a team of End-to-End architects leading and facilitating cross-platform workshops, setting direction for technical and configuration solutions, and meeting project schedules and milestones.
Provide guidance and mentoring to other Solution Architects, Solution Leads and Solution Analysts within the team or same project/program.
Partner with Business Analysts in understanding system requirements and translating into solutions within an application and/or application stack
Provide guidance and mentoring to other Solution Leads and Solution Analysts within the team or same project/program.
Identify opportunities to improve the systems process flow, performance and technical efficiencies.
Be able to support the business and recommend/provide holistic solutions that integrate the existing technical standards with the business needs and processes
Responsible for choosing the right technology platform for implementing an architected solution.
Manages and coordinates with external suppliers and deployment partners to ensure they meet their contracted deliverables, agreed upon timelines, and metrics
Hands-on experience across several disciplines.
Serves as domain expert in all aspects of architecting, designing and application development.
Formulates deployment strategies to ensure reliability and scalability for Stryker systems.
Assesses technological risks that could jeopardize the growth and/or operations of the organization; makes recommendations on applications retirement.
Provides consultation on complex projects and is considered to be the top-level specialist.
Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the systems development concepts, practices, and procedures.
Writes specifications, develops architectural concepts and artifacts.
Develop and build robust integration with Infrastructure, Security, Governance, Service Delivery, etc.
Financial focus on delivering activities on budget, leveraging time on value-driven activities and ensuring external resources meet contractual deliverables.
Special projects/assignments as required.
Education & special trainings:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in the areas of Computer science, Engineering, Information Systems, Business, or equivalent field of study required.
Master's degree in MIS, MBA or related disciplines preferred.
Qualifications & experience:
Minimum of 10 years of professional experience
SAP full life-cycle implementations and demonstrated project implementation experience is required
Minimum of 5 years of SAP project implementation experience in SAP EWM or SAP WM/IM area and integration with other process areas is required.
Deep understanding of systems, configuration and business processes within SAP Supply Chain and Logistics Execution modules (EWM/IM/MM) and other SAP cross functional experience in Procurement, TM, QM, GTS and SD is preferred.
Strong analytical, problem solving and conceptual skills including the ability to express complex technical concepts in business terms.
Strong Integration experience SAP with non-SAP external systems (Shipping Application, 3PL, warehouse Automation solution etc.) is required.
In depth understanding of the SAP Application Architecture & Technology including S4/Hana preferred.
Ability to work closely with other technology disciplines across integration, data, security and reporting
Good understanding of recognized ERP implementation documentation methodologies, for ex. AIM
Good understanding of RICEF and customizations in a complex environment.
Experience and demonstrated understanding of global system rollouts - strategy, planning, vendor selection and implementation planning is required.
Knowledge of and ability to drive IS methodologies such as ITIL, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and Agile development is required.
Extensive knowledge of medical devices and/or pharmaceutical industry and basic knowledge of adjacent areas in terms of processes, organization, products and IS requirements
Experience working with executive business stakeholders is required.
Demonstrated ability to work cohesively across a cross functional and matrixed organization
Experience with process mapping, documenting complex processes and presenting them in a clear and understandable format is required.
Experience understanding, evaluating, and recommending changes to business processes are required.
Experience developing strategic business process methodologies to drive business results
Strong data analysis, facilitation, and problem-solving skills.
Ability to maintain strong relationships within program teams across Stryker divisions and geographies.
Ability to consider upstream and downstream process impacts and implications.
Exhibits acute business acumen and understanding of organizational issues and challenges.
Ability to drive initiatives and projects independently from start to finish
Strong knowledge of Excel Advanced, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Access DB, MS Project Suite (MPP/Visio/etc.)
Physical & mental requirements:
Demonstrated strong communication and influencing skills - oral, written, listening, executive presentations
Execution & Delivery Focus. Ability to understand, interpret and translate emerging trends, future visions and strategies into executable programs and projects that align to the current state architecture and business environment. The incumbent will be results oriented, able to design and deliver rapid solutions for the team.
Demonstrate ability to work in and deal with ambiguous situations
Driven and results oriented. He/she will be required to drive results and integrate effectively into the culture. The successful candidate must possess the blend of confidence and humility while driving to achieve results and meeting committed timelines.
Strong collaboration skills are required. The successful candidate must have the ability to persuade and build consensus cross-functionally to ensure solution designs and requirements are aligned.
Demonstrated ability to partner with business representatives at all levels to identify needs, define and document requirements, and drive solutions
Demonstrated ability to guide the business towards optimal solutions
Experience in identifying opportunities for process optimization, process redesign, or development of new process/policies
Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.
Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better.
At Stryker, quality is first in everything we do. We are driven to make healthcare better for our customers by
providing innovative products and services that meet regulatory requirements through our effective quality system.
The Company was founded in 1941 by Dr. Homer Stryker and incorporated in 1946 as the Orthopedic Frame Company. In 1964, the Company’s name was changed to Stryker Corporation.
• $13.6 billion in annual sales in 2018; annual revenue has grown for 39 straight years
• 17.1% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in sales over 39 years
• ~36,000 employees globally in 2018
• 43 manufacturing and research & development locat...ions worldwide
• Included in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index
• Ranked # 233 on Fortune Magazine’s “FORTUNE 500” list for 2019
• Ranked # 3 on Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for the “Medical Equipment” industry for 2019
• Ranked # 11 on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (U.S.) for 2019
• Spent $862 million on R&D in 2018
• 7,784 patents owned globally in 2018
• Initial public offering of stock was in 1979
• Listed on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker SYK