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Architecture & Technology Strategist at PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Posted in General Business 13 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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Position Overview

Job Description

Are you a highly skilled Architect at "the top of your game" looking for that

unicorn position?  That elusive position that lets you humbly flex your collective skills earned across your entire career?  All as part of a team that positions you to help inspire and lead others along a journey to the future?

The PNC Retail Architecture Strategy team is seeking an experienced enterprise architect that can draw upon their vast career experience in order to help objectively define future state architectural vision, directly building consensus at the c-suite, and help guide technology decisions through robust "NorthStar" styled visions. 

This is a remote position and can sit anywhere within the PNC footprint, except for Colorado, Hawaii or Alaska. There is limited expectation for regular in person, in office activities.

About the Position

On any given day, you will be working directly or leading meetings with

executive leadership (C-level)  or their delegates, Product teams, Business teams, and IT teams; find yourself deciphering & documenting current state topology in order to locate potential opportunities in the future; creating high-level guidance and architecture artifacts for solution architecture teams related to your vision; collaborating as a sounding board with others on the team; always leveraging your emotional intelligence as you are on the lookout for potential "drag" across the business.

As a Architecture Strategist, you will be required to represent deep expertise and knowledge on modern architecture patterns and to apply the concepts to re-architect & reimagine areas of the business, not just refactoring/containerizing current concepts.  You will leverage your foundational understanding of hybrid software architecture, microservices, APIs, event streaming as you collaborate to create NorthStar reference architectures where you will champion the vision to the business.  Your sound guidance merges all areas of the business into a unified vision, driving teams and decisions, towards the end state.

We are seeking a candidate who identifies as a "technologist," has great breadth and depth of experience across their career, has the capability to work with effectively with technical and business stakeholders, is comfortable working directly with executives as our sponsors, and has proven ability to evangelize and present across forums and audiences. 

This advisory-styled position will require you to fluidly shift between Architect Advisor, Solution Architect, Software Architect, & influencer / pre-sales generating supporting artifacts, design and vision accordingly.

About the Role

  • Define strategy providing technical design, vision, architectural leadership including documenting and diagramming both logical and physical aspects, and incorporating related enterprise standards and design goals 

  • Form relationships, collaborate, and influence other teams including, Business (LOBs), IT (LOBs), Enterprise Architecture, Security, Solutions Architects, Risk, Operations, etc.  

  • Identify and understand emerging technology trends across retail & commercial banking and other industries.  Identify and understand customer trends.  Leverage your knowledge and perspective of these trends as part of the strategy linking them to initiatives in other areas of the businesses related to cost control / reduction, increase efficiencies, new capabilities, risk reduction, etc. 

  • Identify and document architecture capability models spanning multiple LOBs and products.  Identify the upstream and downstream intersection of the strategy through the enterprise. 

  • Actively participate as an oversight member in architecture design governance reviews ensuring proposed solution architectures are aligned to principals and vision of strategy 

  • Run and facilitate active collaboration sessions working with leaders from across the bank on meaningful strategic technology and architecture decisions.

Required Soft Skills

  • Self-starter (self-motivation & self-discipline)

  • Comfortable with independent research

  • Able to dynamically pivot your position for renewed objective perspective

  • Fearless to try and fail

  • Develop new, grow, and maintain relationships with executive leadership

  • Internal political identification & navigation

  • You are driven to selflessly contribute to "something bigger than yourself"

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of collective architecture experience

  • 3+ years of solution architecture

  • 2+ years of application architecture

  • 1+ year of proven experience with c-level / executive interaction

  • Extraordinary communication & presentation skills

  • Deftly able to quickly identify internal politics and adapt

  • Familiarity with modern application architecture patterns

  • Mastery of Microsoft Visio and Microsoft PowerPoint

About You

  • You can draw upon their collective experience and skills as a past:

  • Architect Advisor; Solution Architecture; Application Architect; Developer; Infrastructure Architect; Consultant with Influencing skills; Technical pre-sales

  • You are a clear, and concise, communicator and a highly skilled “story-teller”

  • You are able to graciously influence, and are open to being influenced

  • You are ruthlessly objective considering multiple viewpoints and identifying new perspectives

  • You are a team player willing to support your peers (taking the role of lead, or supporter, as needed)

  • You are comfortable and confident in your abilities to communicate with leadership and technical teams equally

  • You are a consensus builder

  • You are comfortable managing concurrent efforts of high visibility and delivering based on a timeline with minimal oversight

  • Enterprise Systems thinking & broad understanding of technologies

  • Strategic thinking and planning – Proactive and anticipatory in their thinking.


Business Architecture – Knowledge of an enterprise's business structure, including processes and information related to business services; ability to design a blueprint for the architecture and align it with organizational strategic objectives.

Business Process Modeling – Knowledge of the activities, tasks, deliverables and techniques for documenting current business processes; ability to identify problems, opportunities, and re-engineering processes for improvement.

Consulting – Knowledge of techniques, roles, and responsibilities in providing technical or business guidance to clients, both internal and external; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.

Industry Knowledge – Knowledge of the organization's industry group, trends, directions, major issues, regulatory considerations, and trendsetters; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.

IT Architecture – Knowledge of and ability to design and improve organizational IT structures and blueprints in order to better support business operations and efficiently achieve organizational objectives.

IT Standards, Procedures & Policies – Knowledge of and the ability to utilize a variety of administrative skill sets and technical knowledge to manage organizational IT policies, standards, and procedures.

Planning: Tactical, Strategic – Ability to contribute to operational (short term), tactical (1-2 years) and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the overall business plan.

Problem Solving – Knowledge of approaches, tools, techniques for recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational, operational or process problems; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.

Work Experience

Roles at this level typically require a university / college degree. Higher level education such as a Masters degree, PhD, or certifications is desirable. Industry relevant experience is typically 8+ years. Specific certifications are often required. In lieu of a degree, a comparable combination of education and experience (including military service) may be considered.



Additional Job Description

Base Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience.


PNC offers employees a comprehensive range of benefits to help meet your needs now and in the future. Depending on your eligibility, options for full-time employees include medical/prescription drug coverage (with a Health Savings Account feature); dental and vision options; employee and spouse/child life insurance; short- and long-term disability protection; maternity and parental leave; paid holidays, vacation days and occasional absence time; 401(k), pension and stock purchase plans; dependent care reimbursement account; back-up child/elder care; adoption assistance; educational assistance and a robust wellness program with financial incentives. To learn more about these and other programs, including benefits for part-time employees, visit > New to PNC.

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Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):

PNC provides equal employment opportunity to qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or other categories protected by law.

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