Being responsible for the creation of the documents and diagrams that make up the structure of a business is the job description of a business architect. Such an architect essentially builds a bridge between the strategic plan of a business and the actually day-to-day function of the business.
A business architect has the task of combining a company’s resources and initiatives to achieve the company’s stated goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Business Architect
- Creates a blueprint that defines the way in which the various departments in a company are integrated.
- Tracks regulatory, market and economic trends.
- Evaluates the economic health of the company.
- Determines opportunities to grow the business.
- Ensures that business models are in keeping with the company’s mission statement.
- Collects information from market analysts.
- Works with vendors and consultants to find ways to improve the company’s products and services.
- Works with the management team to streamline processes, save money and generate more revenue.
- Serves as a liaison between the executive office and front line staff.
- Analyzes customer needs and ensures that the company is meeting those needs.
- Designs and puts into practice improvement and business transformation initiatives.
- Measures the company’s efficiency and overall performance.
- Designs and implements strategies to improve efficiency.
- Helps develop and maintain software that supports the company’s processes.
- Eliminates job duties of staff that do not add value to the company’s daily functions.
- Reorganizes the company’s process flow to better utilize resources.
- Acts as a liaison between business managers and information technology staff.
- Evaluates ideas for new products and services.
- Evaluates new technologies to determine their potential to grow the company.
- Transfers ideas to research and development and eventually to workable projects.
- Collaborates with different departments to get new projects off the ground.
- Tracks errors and formulates a plan to prevent future errors of the same type.
- Delivers enhanced value to clients and customers.
- Revamps the organizational structure of a business.
- Manages financial plans and budgets.
- Conducts presentation of proposed business model or plan for company executives or board of directors.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must have excellent computer and information technology skills.
- Must have superior analytical skills.
- Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Must have good interpersonal skills.
- Must have good organizational, strategic planning and research skills.
- Must have superior negotiation skills.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or other business-related field.
- Master’s degree in Business Administration.
- Experience as a market analyst, sales manager, supply chain analyst or business manager.
- Certified Business Architect designation.
- Experience with building business models.
- Membership in the Business Architects Association.
- Must be willing to work long hours, particularly when implementing a new program or process.
- Must be able to travel to branch offices when working for a company that has multiple locations.
- Time will be spent looking at a computer screen.
- Time will be spent in long departmental and executive meetings.
- Salaries range from $90,000 to $150,000 depending on the area of the country in which the company is located.