Innovation Delivery Architect

Grant Thornton - Chicago, Illinois
7/10/2018 4:29:27 AM

Grant Thornton is a collaborative, entrepreneurial firm on the move! As part of a dynamic, global organization of more than 47,000 people serving clients in more than 140 countries, we have the agility and focus it takes to be a leader.


We are looking for a forward-thinking Innovation Delivery Architect to join the Innovation Delivery Team within Grant Thornton’s enterprise innovation initiative. In this important role you will work directly with Innovation Design Leads and Delivery Managers to serve as a technical architect supporting the delivery of critical firm initiatives.

Working with Product Owners and Stakeholders from across Grant Thornton’s Tax, Audit, and Advisory service lines and market teams, you will collaborate with all levels of the organization. You will also work directly with, and provide oversight of, third-party software developers and cloud service providers within from the Firm’s partner ecosystem.

You will provide technical thought leadership across delivery initiatives, including SaaS, PaaS, and cloud-based digital solutions. Through these efforts, you will produce innovative products and solutions that deliver operational efficiencies or that can be taken to market as project accelerators or new business model offerings. You will be responsible for innovation technology evaluation and assessment, define project non-functional requirements, and validate 3rd party vendor delivery. You will help develop assets that drive client value and firm-wide revenue, quality improvement, and market growth.

You will work closely with Innovation Team leaders to continually improve the Firm’s innovation delivery capabilities. To this end, you will help develop training, recruiting, and staffing programs, and participate in innovation planning, budgeting, and business development activities.

You will maintain a good working relationship with teammates and clients and work effectively with client management and staff at all levels to gather information and perform services.


· Lead or participate in the process of defining the architecture, strategies and initial design of innovation solutions, including architectural review, design review, and leading technology discussions.

· Obtain and maintain long-term relationships with customers and vendor partners based on trust, professionalism, and technical thought leadership.

· Work with other architects, technology teams, and partners to identify and support cross-business and cross-functional opportunities for collaboration, standardization and reuse of enterprise technologies to meet business needs and maximize technology investments.

· Make sound technology assessments and recommendations based on business needs, functional requirements, costs, scope, risk assessment, and enterprise and marketplace standards.

· Attend professional development and training sessions on a regular basis to ensure skills are up to date.

· Effectively challenge, negotiate, and influence colleagues to produce value-add solutions that drive progress and support the Firm’s culture and strategies.

Key tasks include:

· Technology evaluation

· Architecture design review

· Develop conceptual architecture

· Create proof of concepts

· Validate technology feasibility of proposals and solutions



What we are looking for in you includes:

· Bachelor’s degree in a related business field.

· 7+ years of successful application development and 3rd party vendor management experience; at least 3 in the professional services sector with an emphasis on technology and culture initiatives.

· Proven ability to prioritize and drive solution-centric efforts across geographically distributed Agile teams of business and technology professionals.

· ‪Strong background/experience with the utilization of digital, cloud-based emerging technologies and data analytics to drive innovation and client service.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills - ability to communicate difficult subject matter in a clear and concise fashion and enable successful delivery of innovation.

· Ability to effectively execute job duties in a collaborative manner and with sound judgement, pragmatism, and a bias toward results.

· Self-confident and comfortable presenting information to large groups of people, facilitating meetings, and building consensus.

· Strong and demonstrated skills in conflict resolution, collaboration, negotiation, influencing, and leadership.

· Strong organizational skills including critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.

· Application development or data analytics background with multiple years of experience and practical application within Agile project management methodologies.

· Highly action-oriented, with a leadership style characterized by strong influencing skills; someone who is a change agent who can build collaborative relationships.

· A practical project and change practitioner who delivers services with a pragmatic approach to solving business challenges.

· An advocate of continuous process improvement and proven experience in driving process efficiency and simplification.

· An engaging and approachable personality and a significant history of working successfully with all levels of staff from front-line through senior executive.

· Committed to personal and team excellence and someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

· MS Azure Solution Certification (70-532) or similar Azure certification.

· Extensive experience with and command of:

o Microsoft development tools

o Azure solution


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Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenue in excess of $1.56 billion and operates 58 offices across the United States with more than 565 partners and 8,000+ employees

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation.

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Requisition ID: 040656

Chicago, IL
Chicago, Illinois

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