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Location

Bolton

Job Overview

About The Role

Simply put, you’ll help us to advance our technology in line with our really ambitious growth plans, enabling us to scale quickly whilst at the same time enabling us to adapt to changes we may not have expected.

As part of our newly formed Enterprise Platforms & ERP function, you’ll work closely with Jasmin our Director of EA & ERP to build out that function.

We have the ambitious mission of transforming our Business Platforms. Big growth plans are in place to get the organisation fit for purpose for future growth.

Enterprise Architecture is a key role in leveraging the new wider Tech capability and ensuring that the business is able to get the best from it.

Here's What You Can Expect To Be Doing

You’ll be working alongside business and technical business stakeholders to match their requirements and solutions in a way which supports strategic objectives.

You’ll work as part of an enabling practice which is able to provide guide-rail governance to teams working to provide the best possible digital retail experiences, making it safe for them to innovate.

Explaining constraints and dependencies you’ll explore options with business stakeholders to make it safe for them to drive highly competitive roadmaps.

As you’d expect there’s a fair few responsibilities that come with this role, it’s going to be critical for us in achieving our growth plans, here’s some of them:

  • Mentoring and build a fit for purpose architecture team
  • Responsible for managing the architecture and design authority function
  • Oversee adherence to the architecture strategy, principles and framework
  • Supporting the Director of Enterprise Platforms in the wider ERP initiatives
  • Participate, and drive participation from stakeholders in architectural forums.
  • Populate and maintain the enterprise architecture system of record.
  • Assist the EA team with internal and external communication, improving engagement and understanding of what we do.
  • Stakeholder management, ensuring that we are able to provide the right level of support.
  • Assist business stakeholders with dependency management, using EA tools.
  • Assist business stakeholders with road mapping and contribute to strategic information where required.

A Few Things About You

You’re an experienced Enterprise Architect having honed your craft at several companies and the scars on your back that come with it!

Passionate about technology, you’re equally passionate about making it work for people and helping them to understand the ways that technology affects the choices which can be made as solutions evolve.

You’re able to draw from a range of architecture frameworks and methodologies and not adopt a "one size fits all" approach.

Experienced in supporting a multi-region, multi-tenant, omni-channel enterprise as an enterprise architect, you’ll have some exposure to ERP in retail even if that’s just light touch.

An excellent facilitator, you’re able to educate technical and business stakeholders in how to get the best benefit from the EA practice, and inform their decision making.

A Bit About Us

At AO, we want to make sure our customers are happy. When they have a smile on their face, we know we’ve done a good job. It’s at the heart of everything we do, and it’s why our logo is always smiling.

When it comes to appliances and electricals, we’ve got the lot. Washing machines? Yep. TVs? Check. Laptops? Absolutely. Everything except doorbells (just kidding, we’ve got those too).

We’re passionate, relentless and full of beans, determined to make a difference and change the world for the better. From massive changes to tiny tweaks - making a difference is what keeps us driven.

It started at a pub in Bolton with a £1 bet and a belief that things could be done better!

Why Choose AO?

Our people are our superpower, and that’s no accident. We’re looking for everyday heroes who want to learn and help other people achieve. Those glass-half-full-types who have an appetite for a better tomorrow.

With AO, the sky’s the limit. We’ll support you to be the best version of yourself and always drive your career forward.

We keep things simple. We say things like "treat every customer like they’re your gran" and "make decisions your mum would be proud of" because we’re personal and act with integrity - every day in every action.

We’re forward thinking with both Tech and our people. We know how important family and wellbeing are - flexibility is key to be able to get that balance of life just right, so we operate core hours of 10-4pm to support your lifestyle.

It’s not about where you work, but about how you work and the value you add. This means for most roles, you can split your time working from home, the office, or a coffee shop if that’s where you thrive the most. Whatever the task, project or product, we trust our teams to work together, collaborate and make the sensible choice.

We believe diversity will help us find a better way. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our customers by celebrating, valuing and respecting every individual. We achieve this by nurturing a culture of inclusion where every voice matters. We welcome applications from everyone and we can make adjustments to our interview process according to your needs.

Our Benefits

We’ve designed our benefits to cover everything from big moments to little helps. As well all as the essentials, like pensions and holidays, we’ve got our own "AO Perks" to help you with the little things that matter.

To see all our benefits and perks, visit our AO Benefits page.

· Feel free to have a chat with us about our flexible ways of working.

· You can take up to 5 days out of the business a year to use for development in your role and we’ll cover the cost.

· 25 days holiday (Excluding Bank Holidays)

· At least 5% contribution pension scheme

· Dedicated wellness initiatives that support a healthy work / life balance

For more information, get in touch with Lee.Harding@ao.com or apply below

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