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The Principal IT Architect is a strategy thought leader who is instrumental in the delivery of global architecture activities. The job holder owns the design and development of architectures for a <business/technology/product domain or portfolio> and they need to ensure they are aligned with group standards, IT and business strategy, meet business objectives and satisfy all relevant regulatory and operational risk controls. The Principal IT Architect is responsible for leading the operation of the global practice of architecture within their respective area.
Impact on the Business
- Lead and own the development and implementation of <global/regional/product> architecture strategy and standards.
- Accountable for the delivery of all aspects of the design and material decision making on major architectural activities.
- Accountable for the identifcation, mangement and remediation of material design issues associated with major architectural activities.
- Introduce new practices, processes, techniques, products, services, technologies and standards where needed against identified use cases, via the appropriate governance bodies.
- Act as the recognised technical expert associated with the relevant <global/regional/product> domain.
- Accountable design authority for technology decisions and leadership of the appropriate governance bodies.
- Review services provided against <global/regional/product> strategy and benchmark internally/externally as appropriate.
- Stay abreast of technology trends and advise IT and the business about potential benefits/impacts.
- Provide a consultancy role to IT and business teams where appropriate.
- Where appropriate, provide full life cycle architectural guidance to development teams and ensure quality technical deliverables.
Customers / Stakeholders
- Customer focus – Leads a customer-centred culture. Champions activities encouraging outstanding service and/or enhancing customer advocacy. Deepens customer insight by gathering information to shape approaches to customers.
- Strengthening stakeholders relationships – Cultivates strong relationships with organisationally important global and/or high value stakeholders with a tailored approach including Global Business Management, Global Functions Management, Architecture for a Global Business or Global Function, IT Domain Heads and key partnerships with Strategic Vendors.
- Deliver fair outcomes for our customers and ensure own conduct maintains the orderly and transparent operation of financial markets.
Leadership & Teamwork
- Responsible for leading, driving and executing the architecture strategy against their aligned <business/technology/product domain or portfolio>.
- Actively promote the benefits of architecture, accepted best practice techniques, standards and tools to other areas of the group and external suppliers where necessary.
- Ensure that the highest level of quality for all activities and products is provided.
- Manage a <global/regional/product> team of architects within an architecture sub-function.
- Drive future state architecture execution in collaboration with stakeholders.
- Drive partnerships with technology vendors to influence industry direction.
- Represent HSBC at industry round table forums & conferences.
- Host internal and external communities of practice
- Mentor and coach less experienced members of staff and promotes understanding of the value of architecture and the appropriate use of technologies and standards across their aligned business/technology/product domain or portfolio.
- Be a prominent member withing the global architecture community.
- Build strong relationships with engineering and operations teams aligned to the relevant area, particularly the designers within these teams.
- Identify and develop architecture and design talent within IT, both within directly managed teams and within other aligned teams.
- Responsible for leading the execution and operation of the global practice of architecture within the relevant area.
Operational Effectiveness & Control
- Manage architecture reviews through the appropriate governance mechanisms ensuring peer review of all activities.
- Ensure that any new technology products are taken through the appropriate governance mechanisms.
- Ensure that all existing/new service patterns/deployments guides are taken through the appropriate governance mechanisms.
- Set Evergreening priorities for Global Business/Global Functions.
- Ensure compliance with all relevant internal instructions (FIMs, GSMs, circulars) and external regulatory requirements, including the management of operational risk and adherence to the group’s standards of ethical behaviour.
Management of Risk
- The jobholder will ensure the fair treatment of our customers is at the heart of everything we do, both personally and as an organisation.
- This will be achieved by consistently displaying the behaviours that form part of the HSBC Values and culture and adhering to HSBC risk policies and procedures, including notification and escalation of any concerns and taking required action in relation to points raised by audit and/or external regulators.
- The jobholder is responsible for managing and mitigating operational risks in their day to day operations. In executing these responsibilities, the Group has adopted risk management and internal control structure referred to as the ‘Three Lines of Defence’. The jobholder should ensure they understand their position within the Three Lines of Defence, and act accordingly in line with operational risk policy, escalating in a timely manner where they are unsure of actions required.
- Through the implementation the Global AML, Sanctions and ABC Policies, supporting Guidance, and Line of Business Procedures the jobholder will make informed decisions in accordance with the core principles of HSBC's Financial Crime Risk Appetite.
- The following statement is only for roles with core responsibilities in Operational Risk Management (Risk Owner, Control Owner, Risk Steward, BRCM, and Operational Risk Function
- The jobholder has responsibility for overseeing and ensuring that Operational risks are managed in accordance with the Group Standards Manual, Risk FIM, & relevant guidelines & standards. The jobholder should comply with the detailed expectations and responsibilities for their core role in operational risk management through ensuring all actions take account of operational risks, and through using the Operational Risk Management Framework appropriately to manage those risks.
This will be achieved by:
- Continuously reassessing risks associated with the role and inherent in the business, taking account of changing economic or market conditions, legal and regulatory requirements, operating procedures and practices, management restructurings, and the impact of new technology.
- Ensuring all actions take account of the likelihood of operational risk occurring, addressing areas of concern in conjunction with Risk and relevant line colleagues, and also by ensuring that actions resulting from points raised by internal or external audits, and external regulators, are correctly implemented in a timely fashion.
Observation of Internal Controls
- The jobholder will adhere to, and be able to demonstrate adherence to, internal controls and will implement the Group compliance policy by adhering to all relevant processes/procedures.
- The term ‘compliance’ embraces all relevant financial services laws, rules and codes with which the business has to comply. This will be achieved by adherence to all relevant procedures, keeping appropriate records and, where appropriate, by the timely implementation of internal and external audit points, including issues raised by external regulators.
- The following statement is only for roles with managerial or specific Compliance responsibilities
- The jobholder will implement measures to contain compliance risk across the business area. This will be achieved by liaising with Compliance department about business initiatives at the earliest opportunity. Also and when applicable, by ensuring adequate resources are in place and training is provided, fostering a compliance culture and optimising relations with regulators.
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Qualifications & Requirements
- A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Business supplemented by technical course work and a minimum of ten years proven and progressive experience, including five years in Architecture with a proven track record.
- Master’s degree preferred.
- The ability to lead, motivate and develop personnel; strong people and team management skills particularly with cross functional teams; in depth knowledge of information systems technology; proficiency in multiple technical disciplines, analytics and quality assurance techniques; an understanding of businesses supported.
- An awareness of industry trends, competitive pressures and products, risk assessment methodology, and their application to business and technical aspects of business initiatives.
- The ability to apply technologies to business initiatives and influence strategic direction is essential
- The candidate must also possess strong talent management skills to progress, motivate, coach and guide our most valued resource while ensuring a strong corporate ethic and accountability to executive management while promoting a diverse organization.