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.