Job Description

Awarded the Best Place to Work 2021, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona helps to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life of Arizonans by delivering a variety of health insurance products and services to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and small and large businesses as well as providing information and tools to help individuals make better health decisions.

Internal Use

TECH 33-34

Purpose of the job

  • Drives the Solution Architecture, Business Intelligence (BI) Architecture and Data Architecture strategy and operations for BCBSAZ.  Works alongside business areas to develop short and long-term strategies and support project deliverables.  Works within Information Technology to develop near/mid-term roadmap creation, to address gaps and move towards future state architecture to support growth, optimization and innovation.

Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Required Work Experience

  • 10 years of experience designing, building, and supporting large IT enterprise environments
  • 5 years of experience designing large-scale infrastructure and/or enterprise level solutions
  • 3 years of experience in IT/business, programming, engineering and/or application management and/or Infrastructure components such as Storage, Servers, Network and Virtualization and/or Data management, BI and/or Data Warehousing projects.
  • 3 years of project management experience

Required Education

  • Associate’s degree in business, information technology, computer systems, or related field

Required Licenses

  • N/A

Required Certifications

  • N/A

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred Work Experience

  • 3 years of experience in an Solution Architecture role
  • 3 years of experience with deployment / administration of Microsoft technologies
  • 3 years of experience in a management or leadership role

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or related field

Preferred Licenses

  • N/A

Preferred Certifications

  • ITIL v3+ Practitioner Certification
  • Project Management Professional Certification

ESSENTIAL job functions AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Direct architectural design, implementation and modification activities in conjunction with Team Leaders, other IT managers, users and management.
  • Analyze design and architect systems and adjust system design to solve problems in a dynamic environment; align business requirements with enterprise technology alternatives and options. Provide perspective on leading industry trends, and recommend new and emerging technologies.
  • Oversee the management of a high performing solution, BI and data architecture function.
  • Ensure integrity of solutions and qualified state during their lifetime; conduct product evaluations and tradeoffs.
  • Work with Information Security Services and Corporate Integrity to design with system and application security in mind.
  • Establish domain specific standards, near/mid-term strategy, and roadmaps (0-18 months), in adherence to, and in support of Enterprise standards, strategy and roadmaps.
  • Assist in creating the vision for future state technologies and architecture and participate in setting Enterprise standards and mid/long-term strategy/roadmaps (18-60 months).
  • Responsible for domain specific content/collateral, architecture standards/ methodologies, and documentation of the current state and future state architecture.
  • Develop technology specifications and ensure that new technology solutions are designed for optimal access and usefulness, and leverage existing technologies when possible.
  • Apply architectural and engineering concepts to design a solution that meets operational requirements, such as scalability, maintainability, security, reliability, extensibility, flexibility, availability and manageability.
  • Participate and lead research and development efforts (proofs of concept, prototypes) when introducing new technologies.
  • Provide technical expertise to propose level of effort projections, feature breakdowns and technical resource planning for proposed and current work to support the Project Management Office (PMO) and Initiative Vetting Forum (IVF) processes.
  • Educate and influence others in order to gain buy-in on proposed solutions.
  • Provide input to management throughout the project management lifecycle (PMLC) and Agile process.
  • Assist managers with developing the service level agreements (SLAs) and deployment of key performance measures.
  • Participate in various phases of the SDLC to perform QA/architectural review functions and to ensure adherence to architecture and technology standards and project specific solution architecture.
  • Ensures technology solutions are production ready and meet the defined specifications, and that the solution can be maintained via production support methodologies and resources.
  • Facilitate communications between IT workgroups and business stakeholders for technical issues and/or major changes; acting as the technical domain subject matter expert.
  • Keep current and informed of domain related technologies and best practices.
  • Serve as technical owner and IT focal point for domain specific solutions.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring and performance feedback to team members.
  • The position requires a full-time work schedule.  Full-time is defined as working at least 40 hours per week, plus any overtime as requested or needed to perform job responsibilities.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

SERVICE Operations

  • Oversee day-to-day departmental administration by coaching and motivating departmental personnel to make maximum use of experience and skills.
  • Develop staff, including appropriate training, certifications, professional conferences, online courses and professional development.
  • Establish performance goals, regular follow up with staff and year-end performance evaluations.
  • Maintain effective working relationships to ensure teamwork and collaboration in achieving corporate goals.

Strategy

  • Participate in developing technical and business strategy; apply and promote technology that optimizes the portfolio of technologies, tools, products, and applications.
  • Establish and meet short and long-term department goals in accordance with overall company objectives and divisional strategic planning.
  • Work business leaders and subject matter experts to use technology to improve business processes, promote the strategic use of information technology, and enable workforce utilization and efficiency.
  • Deliver assessment services, develop business cases, design solution architecture, and recommend multi-phased, complex migration programs that address technology, people/organization, and process change.
  • Ensure re-use of existing services, solutions and components wherever possible to minimize development or acquisition of new solutions; ensure new solutions are designed and developed in a cost-efficient manner, and meet service quality.
  • Partner with other technology leaders to identify points of leverage, integration, and resource sharing.

Project Management

  • Coordinate and manage installations, upgrades, changes and integrations including test design, execution and support
  • Develop timelines, work estimates, cost projections, and manage projects to approved guidelines; review and consult on design and technical approach of projects to ensure consistency.
  • Review software procurement plans for compliance with IT standards and architectural decisions.
  • Provide analytical and programming support and planning for IT projects, initiatives, and systems.
  • Ensure change management protocols maximize benefit and alleviate unnecessary disruption.

Financial

  • Manage use of corporate funds including budgeting, financial management, and reporting. Identify opportunities to achieve administrative efficiencies while maintaining service.
  • Provide capacity planning, forecasting, and budgeting of equipment, software, service, and license needs to support Information Technology and our Business partners.
  • Review software procurement plans for compliance with IT standards and architectural decisions.
  • Conduct vendor negotiations to contain or reduce contract services expense and/or one time purchase expense

OTHER

  • The position requires a full-time work schedule. Full-time is defined as working at least 40 hours per week, plus any additional hours as requested or as needed to meet business requirements.
  • Position may require evening, weekend, or on-call schedules, depending on project requirements and/or system status.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Required Job Skills

  • Intermediate skill in use of office equipment, including copiers, fax machines, scanner and telephones
  • Intermediate PC proficiency
  • Intermediate proficiency in spreadsheet, database and word processing software

Required Professional Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of  IT systems, practices and functional units.
  • Strong knowledge of application development, infrastructure and operations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of modern solution architecture, hands-on experience with Infrastructure platforms.
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Ability to utilize strong analytical skills, take appropriate risks, while dealing with ambiguity and make effective decisions using available data.
  • Ability to be approachable, develop peer relationships and build synergy with a diverse team in an ever-changing environment
  • Ability to take appropriate risks, using available information.
  • Anticipate downstream technical needs and steer architectural designs to appropriately factor in considerations.
  • Strong analytical skills to support independent and effective decisions.
  • Ability to be customer focused with strong verbal and written communications skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of executives, managers, and subject matter experts.
  • Demonstrated thorough understanding of modern solution architecture, hands-on experience with enterprise business intelligence platforms.
  • Be driven for results and work effectively with management, project managers, business analysts, developers, engineers, architects, system administrators, and QA to conceive, design, and deliver successful solutions.
  • Able to operate at highly varying levels of abstraction including business strategy, product strategy, technical design and implementation.
  • Work with all levels of management and functional areas in BCBSAZ and understand the potential implications of system changes to those areas.
  • Ability to be self-aware and emotionally intelligent, able to give and receive constructive feedback and continue self-development.

Required Leadership Experience and Competencies

  • Provide leadership, promote teamwork, meet objectives and exercise independent judgment
  • Experience leading and implementing projects and working collaboratively with other departments levels
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work with multiple priorities, sometimes under limited time constraints.
  • Ability to build synergy with a diverse team in an ever-changing environment

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES

Preferred Job Skills

  • Expert knowledge designing highly redundant, scalable, multi-tier enterprise transaction processing systems from front end to back end.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA security and privacy standards.
  • In depth knowledge of healthcare and health plan data structures and business processes and workflows.

Preferred Professional Competencies

  • N/A

Preferred Leadership Experience and Competencies

  • N/A

Our Commitment

BCBSAZ does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected group.

Thank you for your interest in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.  For more information on our company, see azblue.com.  If interested in this position, please apply.

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