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Consultant - Business Architecture and Strategic Planning

This role will be assigned to a team within the Veterans Administration's Veterans Experience Office (VEO) supporting the design, strategy, architecture patterns and standards across a variety of systems that will improve the Veterans’ experience.  This person will develop a business architecture strategy for the client organization based on goals and objectives of the client organization reconciled with technologies, data, systems and processes that should support it.  The role will work closely with other business architects, enterprise architects, and counterparts in information technology, to align business architecture strategy to OI&T infrastructure and will illustrate the alignment (or lack thereof) between strategic goals and key business decisions regarding products and services; partners and suppliers; organization; capabilities; and key business and IT initiatives. This person will also be a trusted advisor to client leadership and a mentor to AV associates.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Ability to navigate a complex work environment and solicit strategic imperatives from senior leaders and executives, and supporting business managers for inputs into business architecture artifacts
  • Strong facilitation skills to balance client and key stakeholder interests with health of overall project
  • Ability to convey complex ideas and concepts to all levels staff
  • A broad, enterprise-wide view of the business and varying degrees of appreciation for strategy, processes and capabilities, enabling technologies, and governance
  • Extensive experience planning and deploying either business or IT initiatives
  • Experience modeling business processes using a variety of tools and techniques (preference for BPMN)
  • Experience with software technologies like VMWare vSphere, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, HP OneView, HP uCMBD, MoveIT, NetBackup, Windows Server, RHEL, and Solaris.
  • Experience with hardware technologies like Dell/EMC Storage devices, F5 BigIP devices, HP Blade and Enclosure hardware
  • Excellent analytical, communications (written and verbal), customer service, and decision making skills
  • Must be able to work independently and also as a team member with minimal supervision

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

10 – 15 years’ experience in:

  • Supporting government clients in a strategic planning role
  • Developing and/or implementing a strategic action plan
  • Change management supporting medium to large scale IT transformation projects; consulting experience with a major consulting firm preferred  
  • Experience on at least two full lifecycles, multi-year, strategic IT initiative 
  • Experience with OCM in web and telephony self service functions a plus 
  • A solid understanding of change management methodologies and the change process  
  • Executive-level oral and written communications (briefings, presentations, and  strategic documentation)
  • A solid understanding of Scaled Agile Framework, mobile technologies and Federal cloud computing.
  • Must have a minimum of 6 years’ experience architecting Midrange systems and technologies and 10 years of experience in the infrastructure field

Required Experience and Education/Required Certifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline; advanced degree preferred

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