Sr. Manager, Solution Architecture - IT

Greensboro, NC 27401

Employment Type: Direct Hire Area of Specialty: Architect Job Number: 7176

With the focus on a flexible next generation platform, the solution must support the growth, retail and global expansion, investments in innovations, emphasis on acquisitions/divestitures, and commitment to enhanced security which requires a leader who can understands global business requirements and architect technological frameworks and deliverables that enable the companys success.  This candidate will lead  foundational technology architecture team.


I nform the design and development of market-leading IT solutions that support  strategic imperatives & capabilities by creating and advocating for use of enterprise-level architectural models or views that enable efficiency, sustainab ility, agility, and adaptability of our IT investments . Leverage the SAP S4 HANA for Fashion enterprise solution as the core while enabling advanced capabilities using proven yet innovative solutions.

Business Models and Ecosystems 

Take a collaborative business-centric approach to inform solutions and frameworks.

Use business economic and financial levers to effectively support and guide technology investment decisions.

Apply new and emerging technologies in a pilot / deploy mode to enable future and current-state business models.

Seek architectural solutions that can be leveraged across a global organization.

Collaborate with business and IT stakeholders to understand the desired experience/outcome before determining a solution.

Strategy and Execution 

Formulate, translate and execute enterprise technology architecture strategy to achieve targeted business outcomes.

Work with strategy functions to Identify gaps in key business capabilities and propose technology solutions to close those gaps and create competitive advantage

Demonstrate the business value of architecture as an enabler of strategy and a driver of Kontoor ’ s top and bottom line.

Bring the right architectural disciplines to each unique business problem and create structure that enables innovation in areas of competitive advantage but encourages standardization and simplification in areas of parity with the industry. Build and leverage a consistent architecture framework to establish a consistent, repeatable, and efficient global standard.

Construct technology-enabled operating models and options, and create visibility into execution issues.

Lead development, maint enance, and updat e of architectural blueprints for related systems.

Accept ownership of maintaining accurate, up to date models that can be used to understand how systems are integrated, how data flows, and points of access.

Technology and Non technology Trends 

Scan the world for major disruptive technology and nontechnology trends (trendspotting) that have potential to affect our business, and provide practical advice and best practices to overcome these challenges and successfully deliver the expected business outcomes.

Contextualize the technology trends based on social, economic, political and other nontechnology trends.

Constantly update the technical system architecture requirements based on changing technologies, knowledge related to upcoming vendor products/solutions, best practices, and lessons learned.


Track and apply innovative and existing technologies, anchoring them in the business model to assess their potential, and use rapid prototyping approaches to evolve innovations.

Run technology experiments, helping to create new products and services, and integrate the best of these into steady-state operations for the organization.

Business Outcomes and Deliverables 

Assess the inter- relationship between people, processes, information, technology, and the external environment.

Develop diagnostic and actionable deliverables that help business guide investment decisions in support of executing business strategy.

Recommend and participate in the design and implementation of information technology standards, tools and methodologies.

Organizational Readiness 

Provide perspective on the readiness of the organization to change and innovate.

Present a gap analysis and/or IT investment roadmap that reflects the status of the existing IT estate, namely, its ability to contribute to future-state business capabilities around ecosystems and digital platforms.


Identifies, hires, and develops a team of talented architects with specialized skills ( e.g., solution architects, data architects, infrastructure architects, integration architects, security architects) who collaborate with business partners and each other to design and develop technology solutions that enable the business and create a competitive advantage .

Articulate highly technical architecture models and approaches to business partners and executive leaders in a non-technical way.


Building, developing, and coaching diverse, cross-discipline teams, to drive superior results

Leading change through the ability to influence diverse business partners and peers

Ability to develop and implement the vision and plans of the organization

Business acumen and global perspective

Driving execution with a passion for results

Highly c ompelling communications across all levels of the organization

Collaboration and strategic partnerships

Skills for Success ?

Ability to work independently with users and upper management.

Ability to prepare and deliver formal presentations.

Proficient in current data processing technology and solutions to systems problems.

Ability to Team management (tasks, schedule, activities)

Driving for Results

Initiating Action, Energy / Proactive

Innovative Problem Solver

Capacity to develop self & others




Adaptable to New Solutions

Positive, get-it-done attitude

Drive technical solutions across teams

Strong organizational and communication skills.

Self- motivated; ability to work and lead a team with limited oversight.?

Other Requirements

Relevant certifications (e.g., TOGAF, SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework, SAP HANA, ABAP, PI, etc. ) relevant for a SAP S4 HANA enterprise solution with integration to multiple cloud and on-premise solutions

A dvance d degree preferred

1 0 + years of experience as an SAP solution architect or integration architect preferred

5+ years of experience managing a team, global preferred

At least 5 years ’ experience with ECC6.0 and beyond.

SAP HANA experience with demonstrated ability to develop reporting/dashboards in Fiori, HANA Live Views preferred.


Experience with a multi-business, global organization preferred

Operational or infrastructure leader s hip experience a plus

Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Project, Visio, and Power Point. Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite.

Jackie Connors

Jackie Connors co-founded The Connors Group in June, 2001 and has been pivotal in building this premier IT staffing organization that serves clients in the areas of executive search, staff placements and consulting services. Jackie has over 20 years experience placing IT professionals, with the past seven years focused on information technology and eCommerce executives within the retail and apparel markets.

Jackie believes that building solid relationships with clients and candidates is the key to success. She always takes the time to listen, because she is truly interested in the needs of her clients and candidates. That's also how she has built her in-depth market knowledge and extensive network of contacts.

Prior to founding The Connors Group, Jackie was a Managing Partner at Jesse Garon Associates, where she became an expert in developing high-production recruitment strategies. Her methods utilize strategic sourcing as well as extensive networking to qualify and assess information technology and upper level management candidates. She is creative in her approach, which yields her clients the results they are looking for.

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