Great-West Financial Empower Retirement

  • Vice President Architecture

    Location US-CO-Denver (DTC)
    Posted Date 6 months ago(5/29/2018 2:59 PM)
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  • Position Highlights

    The Systems Vice President of Architecture role leads the enterprise architecture function that provides project level and long term direction of the Systems architecture.


    Based on overall enterprise plans, the Vice President proposes the basic Systems philosophies and directions related to planning and architecture for acquiring computing platforms, frameworks, tools as well as application software systems.  The individual synchronizes individual Systems functional plans with overall Systems plans, and department

    plans with division goals and objectives.


    The Vice President will have input into the annual technical plans and budgets for other departments within Systems.  The scope of this role extends from recommending specific computing platforms and technologies to satisfy near term enterprise business objectives to building a multi-year architecture strategy to meet the changing financial services


    Primary Responsibilities

    •   Leads the development and standardization of enterprise reference architectures, technology roadmaps, application development frameworks and development standards.
    •   Lead the development and delivery of the roadmap for migration to the Cloud.
    •   Lead the development of enterprise strategic initiatives for annual and multi-year budget planning
    •   Assumes extensive responsibility for projecting and planning future architectural, technology and personnel needs.
    •   Is knowledgeable and complies with mandated security, disaster recovery and business continuity, internal control, and financial reporting requirements including ISO 27001, Sarbanes-Oxley, and HIPAA.
    •   Approves programs to educate management and users in Information Technology solution capabilities.
    •   Provides senior technical leadership to Systems and the enterprise including being conversant with the future direction of systems, how that direction will impact the enterprise, and how future and current systems can be exploited for the benefit of the enterprise.
    •   Works closely with all other Systems management personnel in identifying, evaluating, and selecting specific hardware and software platforms which support the business plans.
    •   Keeps abreast of new developments and forecasts of future technology trends.
    •   Advises Systems and Programming management regarding the technical direction of application development projects and closely reviews compliance with that direction.
    •   Participates with vendors in the assessment of advanced operating systems and database production systems, this includes beta and field test participation.
    •   Defines the strategy for linkage of Internet and other non-enterprise exclusive  Information Highway  networks to the enterprises network.
    •   Serves as a  futurist  for the enterprise s Systems division and leads innovation teams as directed by the CTO.
    •   Administers the development and publication of Systems department standards and responds to all audits of the department s activities and systems.
    •   Works closely with Systems Vice Presidents in developing short and long-range plans, and reviews these plans with the CTO and other enterprise (non-Systems) leadership as directed by the CTO.
    •   May make technical/architecture recommendations to the CTO regarding any area of Systems that the individual deems necessary.
    •   Metrics and Service Level Agreement process definition, implementation, operation and communications both within and outside of Systems.
    •   Development and standardization of architectural frameworks and software development lifecycle processes.
    •   Special projects such as mergers and acquisitions.
    •   Plans and directs the hiring, training and development, and/or dismissal of personnel, appraises subordinates and administers promotions and salary reviews.
    •   Other duties as assigned.



    • Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems or engineering
    • Minimum of ten years of experience.
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Previous leadership, management and supervisory experience, and excellent time management abilities.
    • Demonstrate initiative, exercise good judgment, exhibit strong profit orientation, and have the ability to achieve results through others.
    • Very strong conceptual, analytical, judgment and communication abilities are critical.


    • Graduate degree in a technical, business or a related field together with significant executive experience and knowledge of the enterprise business is required.
    • Strong knowledge of contracting, negotiating, organization development/change management, financing, accounting, the political and legislative process, strategic planning, action planning and management.
    • Deep technical and operational knowledge of financial systems, focusing on retirement recordkeeping system application stacks.

    Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

    Ability to work required shifts including weekend, evening and on-call as necessary.


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills.


    About Great-West Financial

    At Great-West Financial® and Empower Retirement, our more than 5,700 global associates are dedicated to helping customers secure their financial futures. We offer a range of retirement savings products, life insurance, annuities and investment services from offices across the country. If you’re interested in joining a company that enjoys a record of strong performance and is rich in history yet innovative, bold and transformative, then our organization is an outstanding place for you to grow and succeed. We’re an equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. We’re also committed to providing a drug-free workplace.


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