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Lead Solutions Architect



Date:  Jul 14, 2021

Flowers is seeking forward-thinking, creative innovators to join us on our digital transformation journey. You are invited to join a dynamic, entrepreneurial team that owns the end-to-end journey of digital products from research to development to deployment. You will drive significant impact to fundamentally redesign our ways of working and embed digital capabilities. If you are an avid thinker and doer interested in transforming a leading business, learn more about the available roles on our team today!


The Solutions Architect proactively and holistically leads and supports Enterprise Architecture activities that guide the development and management of a portfolio of solutions. Solutions include projects, products, systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information), shared infrastructure services and shared application services.

He/she has a deep understanding of business goals, objectives and business outcomes, business capabilities, value-streams, and business processes. The solutions architect provides the necessary leadership, analysis and design tasks related to support the development of technology solutions to ensure that solutions meet business needs and align with architectural governance and standards.

He/she creates deliverables for managing the organization's portfolio of "to be" and "as is" solutions — including systems (applications, processes and information), shared infrastructure services, and shared application services and components to enable and drive targeted business outcomes.

Understands business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state) and determines corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements to drive the organization's targeted business outcomes. Understands emerging technology trends, disruptions and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving business and operating models. Translates business and technical requirements into an architectural blueprint to achieve business objectives and documents all solution architecture design and analysis work. Analyzes the technology industry, competitors and market trends, and determines their potential impact on the enterprise. Provides deliverables like standard definitions, reference models and architecture designs to help the architecture review board (ARB) assess the impact of new and ongoing technology investment on the business and IT estate.

Job Responsibilities


  • Acts as a consultant on a broad range of technologies, platforms and vendor offerings to drive targeted business outcomes.
  • Designs and directs the governance activities associated with ensuring solutions architecture assurance and compliance.
  • Defines the principles, guidelines, standards and solution patterns to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision.
  • Facilitates the evaluation and selection of software product standards and services, as well as the design of standard and custom software configurations.
  • Supports product managers in EOL (end of life) product decisions to maintain, refresh or retire products, services or systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information).
  • Develops a roadmap for the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from future to current state (as defined by the solutions architecture).
  • Monitors the current-state solution portfolio to identify deficiencies through aging of the technologies used by the application, or misalignment with business requirements.
  • Identifies the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the solutions architecture.
  • Works closely with the program management office (PMO) or Digital Products Team to ensure the execution of plans corresponds with what is being promised throughout the project or product lifecycle.
  • Works closely with the product owners and product managers to ensure a robust architectural runway that can support future business requirements throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Provides consulting support to application teams within the agile teams to ensure the project or product is aligned with the overall enterprise architecture.
  • Consults with application and infrastructure development projects and products to fit systems or infrastructure to architecture and identify when it is necessary to modify projects to accommodate the solutions architecture.
  • Access Management and Security Team alignment through new and current solutions.
  • Supports a community of practice (CoP), guiding and helping agile teams, product owners, and application architects to align with the overall enterprise architecture governance and assurance.

Desired Experience

The following experience is considered essential:

  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience in software design/development, mobile applications, application architecture, software integration
  • Minimum 7 - 10 years of experience in system troubleshooting and testing
  • Proven experience as a leader on medium to large complex projects.
  • Bakery, CPG, DSD industry experience preferred.

Desired Education

An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in computer science, engineering, finance, business management or a related field.

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent total rewards package.  Please reply by 7/28/2021.  Resumes are active for 30 days.  Interested job seekers who successfully complete the series of pre-screening questions and who appear to possess the basic qualifications for this position may be contacted for a telephone interview.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disability


If you need assistance with submitting your resume due to a medical condition or disability, please send an e-mail to Malinda Gwen Black at Malinda.Black@flocorp.com or 334 707-1986.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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