Business Architect
Bluestem Brands, Inc. - Eden Prairie, MN

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The Information Technology Business Architect will lead IT business process and requirement definition across all functions related to Credit and Collections capability for Bluestem Brands. This position will be responsible for project vision and scope, business requirements, functional specification development, coordinating quality assurance and final project implementation. This position will report to the IT Director for Credit and Collections.

The Business Architect is responsible for the logical design of the solution, managing the functional specification, guarding the architectural integrity and managing critical trade-offs. Owning the logical design, the solution architect provides the vital link between the business side of the solution and the technology side. Acting as a custodian of the functional specification, the solution architect drives the team to achieve consensus about the concept and design of the solution between all roles, and justifies the agreed approach to the project board. He/she is also responsible for ensuring traceability of features back to requirements and scenarios, so that all features can be seen to provide business value, and the impact of any feature changes can be assessed.

Required Skills

To excel in this critical role, the successful candidate must possess the following skills:


Clear Written and Verbal Communication Skills

Ability to Drive Business and Application Processes

Results and Team Orientation

Collaboration and Influencing

Required Experience

Demonstrated business relationship skills. Leadership, teamwork, relationship building, conflict resolution, verbal/written communication, customer orientation, problem solving.

Proven project/program analytical skills. Planning, scope, quality, timelines, communication and status, risk management.

Strong interpersonal skills, collaboration, accountability and commitments

Demonstrated proactive thinking ability. Experience establishing application and business processes, applying technologies and meeting IT and corporate goals.

Bachelor’s Degree in information technology, business process management or related field

Minimum 10 to 15 years professional experience, including 8 + years of business analyst experience

Technical and business experience in credit and retail industries is a plus.

Experience with the following type of tools is a plus: Credit Accounts Receivable, Collections, or Customer Service Systems.

Experience in First Data or similar Credit Accounts Receivable system a plus

About this company
Bluestem Brands is proud to be named to Star Tribune's Top Workplaces 2013. Bluestem Brands, Inc., headquartered in suburban Minneapolis,...