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Enterprise Architect - Ashland Inc.

Company Name:
Ashland Corporate
In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, tissue and towel, and water treatment. Visit to see the innovations we offer through our four commercial units - Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials and Valvoline.
At Ashland our vision is to be a leading, global specialty chemicals company who's inspired and engaged employees add value to all we touch. In fact our people, employees, customers and vendors define who we are. They are the driving force behind everything we do.
Not only do we value our customers but we value our employees, and we work to offer them a dynamic and challenging environment. We hold ourselves to high standards at Ashland, and we value integrity and honesty.
The Enterprise Architect will be a part of a team that understands business strategies and defines the IT system architecture that supports the strategies. In this role, the Enterprise Architect will collaborate closely with technology owners to ensure that roadmaps are in place for key technologies and will provide project teams with guidance when new technology capabilities are required. The Enterprise Architect will have a forward looking view of various information technologies and provide recommendations on their adoption. This role is at the enterprise level of the Ashland organization and will report to the Manager, Enterprise Architecture. The position will be located in Lexington, KY, Dublin OH, or Wilmington, DE.
As Enterprise Architect, your job responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
Working with business and IT teams, insure that Architectural capabilities and strategies support and enable business objectives, as well as the project portfolio.
Working with business stakeholders, develop strategies for key platforms using current, emerging, and disruptive technologies.
Using the architectural governance process, including standards and guidelines, for the design of technology solutions.
As part of the strategic planning process, work closely with technology and business owners to develop multi-year architectural roadmaps for key technologies to ensure consistency across the entire enterprise.
Maintain knowledge of emerging technology trends and educating both IT and business partners on new capabilities that support key Ashland goals and objectives.
Communicating and advocating IT architecture and the roadmap to key IT and business stakeholders.
Providing technology research, advice and recommendations to project and operational teams.
Providing third party research for formal EA initiatives as well as general queries.
Maintaining a watch-list of, and developing position papers on, new or changing technologies that could impact Ashland.
As Enterprise Architect will have the following behavioral characteristics:
The ability to communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written form to both technical and non-technical audiences.
The ability to challenge 'convention' to include novel and new solutions.
The ability to collaborate with, persuade, and lead peers in a team setting.
The ability to think both strategically and tactically
The ability to synthesize and translate business objectives to IT capabilities.
This position has the flexibility to be located in Lexington, KY, Dublin, OH, or Wilmington, DE.
Bachelors degree, preferably in computer science, engineering or other technical major; graduate degree a plus.
Minimum of seven years of experience in information systems design and deployment.
Three years of experience in IT architecture or system design related functions, strongly preferred.
Technical expertise across multiple IT disciplines.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple task assignments.
Proven experience with systems design and development from business requirements analysis through implementation.
Strong oral and written communication skills, including documentation skills.
Team player able to work effectively at all levels of an organization and gain consensus.
Ashland has a history of attracting the best people and keeping them. The reasons are simple: industry competitive salary and benefits, pay-for-performance incentive plans and a diverse work environment where employees feel challenged and valued. People come to Ashland and stay. As a growing Fortune 500 specialty chemicals company, we offer opportunities for development and advancement throughout our global organization. Our values define who we are and what we care about as a company. If you are looking for a relationship with a company instead of simply a job, this may be a great fit.
Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland''s Career Center. Once there, enter job number 4678 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply online.
We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.
Date: 2014-06-11
Country: US
State: KY
City: Lexington
Postal Code: 40509

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