IT Solutions Architect

October 15 2020
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories Information Technology, Systems architect, Design
Montreal, QC

Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, and one of the largest employers in the country. It offers a full range of financial products and services and is home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes, securities brokerage, asset management, venture capital, and secure, leading-edge virtual access methods.

Job Level NV-11

As an IT Solution architect, you will actively monitor opportunities offered by new technologies and business approaches for the organization as a whole. You will design solutions to meet the business needs of large-scale projects or programs that leverage existing architecture and foundations.

You will take on, from a Desjardins Group perspective, a leadership and influencer role when interacting with business partners and specialists on solution or business architecture for strategic, complex and innovative initiatives. The nature of the files will require extensive and in-depth expertise in several technology and/or business fields, covering aspects pertaining to data, applications and infrastructures.

You will make recommendations regarding solution or business architecture, and produce deliverables pertaining to your field as part of files or projects that have a very high degree of operational and conceptual complexity. These will require analysis and an overall, in-depth understanding of the business and the organization. Coordination will be critical. You will be called upon to interact with a very large number of stakeholders in a variety of fields of expertise. As such, you will need highly developed interpersonal skills.

You will serve as expert advisor and subject matter expert, as well as a resource person and coach for senior management and decision-making bodies.

More specifically, you will work closely with banking business sectors by providing pre-project support for a number of initiatives. You will develop forms of identification, roadmaps, sector-specific development plans and strategic positions.

Additional responsibilities

  • Ensure that solution architecture in your area (applications portfolio, data, infrastructure) is aligned with corporate and business sector priorities. Produce the sector's development plan, and keep maps and application component maturity levels up to date.
  • Seize opportunities to upgrade capabilities in your area to make them usable across Desjardins Group.
  • Advise and assist business partners and specialists with positioning, planning and estimates for strategic initiatives under your responsibility.
  • Identify and analyze problems. Raise any major issues. Establish frameworks and make recommendations to the decision-making bodies and committees concerned.
  • Serve as an expert advisor and subject matter expert for projects and initiatives specific to your area of expertise. Identify and prioritize projects that combine business and technology and that support business strategies.
  • Help prioritize initiatives (portfolio, PI planning) to ensure alignment of the development plan for your area.
  • Participate in RFIs and RFPs to find the best solutions on the market.
  • Help launch projects through pre-project initiatives.
  • Determine the pre-project scope and solutions in order to achieve business objectives while adhering to business architecture targets.

Other working condition

  • Number of job available : 1


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant experience
  • Relevant experience in executive-level presentations

Please note that other combinations of qualifications and relevant experience may be considered

  • For vacant positions available in Quebec, please note that knowledge of French is required

Specific knowledge

  • Knowledge of BiZZdesign, Casewise, Confluence, PowerBI and Office 365 (an asset) (an asset)
  • Proficient speaker, advanced knowledge of English.

Desjardins Cross-sector skills

Action oriented, Collaborates, Customer Focus, Innovation

Key competencies for the job

Ambiguity, Ensures accountability, Interpersonal Savvy, Organizational savvy, Strategic mindset

Work Location 450, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montréal

Trade Union: Non Syndiqué

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