Blockchain Jobs - Enterprise Solutions Architect, 2076

at Smithfield Foods
Location Smithfield, VA
Date Posted April 3, 2019
Category Default
Job Type Full-time



This is an exciting time to be in IT&T (Information Technology & Transformation) at Smithfield Foods.  The IT&T team is a significant force in leading the digital transformation for Smithfield.  The Enterprise Solution Architecture team is at the core of the digital transformation.  Leading technology initiatives across the enterprise, the Enterprise Solution Architect will drive the innovative and the creative application of technology to deliver efficiencies, standardize the portfolio and create a flexible technology foundation.

Engaged in architecting digital solutions for cloud-native architectures, DevOps, RPA, IOT/IIOT, blockchain, edge computing, Data Lakes, AI, Analytics & ML, the Enterprise Solution Architect is a \u2018hands-on\u201d member of the project team, leading the definition, architecture and development of the solution.   Additionally, the Enterprise Solution Architect has a focus on architecting enterprise solutions, roadmaps, blueprints and standards to guide future initiatives.

The Enterprise Solution Architect is responsible for overseeing all architecture related aspects on assigned and approved projects.  The Enterprise Solutions Architect is accountable for ensuring that technology solutions support the organization’s targeted business outcomes, deliver new capabilities and align with enterprise technology standards.  The Enterprise Solution Architect is a leader in researching, reviewing, and recommending new or innovative technology solutions from the perspective of design, integration, security, and technical fit with existing systems.  The Enterprise Solutions Architect creates roadmaps and blueprints that set a direction for managing the organization's portfolio of \'to be\' and \'as is\' solutions \u2014 including APIs/services, shared infrastructure, data and application services that deliver cost-effective, reusable and flexible solution platforms.

*This role can be based out of our Smithfield, VA, Lisle, IL or Kansas City, KC office.* 


  • Understand business drivers and capabilities needed to determine enterprise solution architecture and deliver solutions to support the organization's targeted business outcomes.
  • Manage and develop the enterprise architecture for a of variety projects, working closely with Business Relationship Managers, Operations, Application Development, Infrastructure and Security teams to deliver a cohesive and adaptable solution architecture.
  • Provide consulting support to project teams to ensure the projects are aligned with the overall enterprise architecture.
  • Analyze & monitor industry trends, emerging technologies and determine their potential impact on the enterprise
  • Develop principles, standards, and solution patterns to guide and govern the alignment of solutions with the strategic architecture vision.
  • Develop platform or application roadmaps for the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from future to current state (as defined by the solutions architecture).
  • Identify the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the solutions architecture.
  • Interfaces across business and technology areas, acting as visionary to proactively assist in defining the direction for future projects.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related field and 8+ years of relevant architecture experience required
  • Graduate Degree, preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in at least two IT disciplines, including technical architecture, cloud computing, application development (web, mobile, etc.), integration architecture, information architecture, business intelligence & analytics.
  • Knowledge of SAP, Azure technologies, and cloud computing are considered a plus.
  • Manufacturing, Distribution or CPG experience is considered a strong asset.
  • Understanding of multiple business domains - Procurement, Logistics & Distribution, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Product Development, Human resources, Operations & Manufacturing.
  • Above average expertise with Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Visio required
  • Minimum of five years of experience in at least two IT disciplines, including technical architecture, cloud computing, application development (web, mobile, etc.), integration architecture, information architecture, business intelligence & analytics.
  • Travel approximately 20%, dependent on projects or other business priorities.


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills - teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills
  • Strong background in an Architecture discipline \u2013 Enterprise, Application, Solution
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent understanding of application development, infrastructure and network architecture
  • Ability to research, understand and apply new technologies and solutions
  • Ability to work with project teams in both a managed service or in/outsourced environment


  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to understand the needs for the various technical solutions.
  • Ability to communicate, influence and persuade peers
  • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.
  • Effective collaboration skills, focusing on strong working relationships with all functional units of the organization.
  • Strong coaching and leadership experience
  • Works under pressure and can manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to work as part of a cross-cultural team including flexibility to support multiple locations when necessary.
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team. 

Physical Demands

  • Although much ofthe time work will be performed in an office environment, must be able to visit and comfortably work in a plant, warehouse, distribution center or other manufacturing facility. 

EEO/AA Information

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.