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Senior Director Enterprise Architecture at UL

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: Northbrook, Illinois

Job Description:

Contribute to a safer, secure and more sustainable World!
At UL, we know why we come to work. Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with one common purpose - to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place to live. We clear the way for our customers to introduce the latest products, technological advances, and systems in an increasingly complex world so they can provide peace of mind to the market. Our integrity is woven throughout our company and shapes the way we approach and deliver our solutions. We are proud that the work we do every day has a meaningful contribution to society. We continue to build upon our legacy of trusted expertise and partnership to keep our communities safe and secure as we march forward into the future. This helps us to sleep better at night, and we are confident that the millions of people we touch rest easier too.

The Sr. Director of Enterprise Architecture will be responsible for leading the development and evolution of the enterprise architecture (EA) program which ensures that UL IT is properly aligned as an enabler of UL's business strategy. Accountable for the design, development and execution of programs and processes that ensure the effective alignment of UL's data and information resources, information systems, technology and IT resources with UL's strategic business requirements. Provide overall direction, guidance, definition and facilitation for the development of EA and solution architecture (SA) capabilities and technology required to meet business strategies and goals. Partner with key business stakeholders to Id entify, support, and analyze the enterprise's business drivers, IT strategies, and current IT environment and recommend solutions to improve, develop, and align IT to the business. Lead, consult or oversee multiple highly complex projects/programs/domains that have significant impacts and require in-depth technical knowledge across multiple specific architecture disciplines such as business process, technology, or information/data. Importantly, establish and implement UL's Global IT EA and SA governance framework, practices, and processes.


  • Lead development and maintenance of current and future state enterprise architecture domains, including business-process, information, application and technology.
  • Lead and establish practices which ensures the effective the effectiveness of controls (i.e. Sarbanes Oxley 404, ASC606, etc.), determine the accuracy of reports, and monitor the efficiency and security of operations (i.e. ISO27001).
  • Develop, communicate, and vet EA and SA principles, policies, standards, guidelines and procedures. Promote the Enterprise Architecture process, outcomes and results.
  • Establish, implement, and direct the EA governance process and related SA governance processes. Lead and facilitate the EA governance process based on governance structure. Manage exceptions to architectural standards at a domain level.
  • Review and approve recommendations to architectural standards at a domain level.
  • Partner with Business IT architects and SME's to ensure company technology investments are compliant, secure and aligned with enterprise technology and information principles.
  • Analyze the current architecture to identify weaknesses and develop opportunities for improvements in alignment with industry best practices.
  • Ensure compatibility with existing solutions, infrastructure, services, and business and IT strategic requirements with particular focus on enterprise application integration, data and information management and aggregation, and security risk mitigation.
  • Provide EA consultation to business stakeholders and IT teams/leaders. Consult on strategic and mission-critical application or infrastructure development projects to fit systems or infrastructure to the technical architecture, and identify when it is necessary to modify the technical/solution architecture to accommodate project needs. Keep IT's technology and program managers aware of key customer issues, identifying and resolving potential problems and conflicts. Develop a communication plan for architecture at the domain level.
  • Lead the research and evaluation of emerging technology, industry and market trends (e.g., AI, NLP, machine learning, deep learning, IOT, DaaS, blockchain, etc.) to assist in project/program development and/or operational support activities . Consider potential application and impact to technology domain architectures.
  • Identify the tools and components used within the domain based on the enterprise toolset and can define exceptions as warranted.
  • Recommend expenditures based on the size, scope, and cost of hardware and software components called out in the strategic EA blueprint.
  • Develop, motivate, and mentor EA and SA team members with the emphasis on developing a collegial, knowledge-sharing environment.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field required. Master's degree in related field preferred.
  • Ten+ (10+) years of experience of relevant IT functional role and management responsibilities plus five+ (5+) years of relevant solution design and architecture experience.
  • Seven (7) years + EA/SA practice management and/or IT strategic planning function management experience.
  • Advanced to expert level knowledge and understanding of application architecture styles, reference model and patterns, data architecture, information management, solution design, systems engineering, system and application integration, cloud utilization, and security is
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments required.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and verifiable experience in facilitating organizational change.