Deerfield, Illinois

Job Summary

This role is part of the OneIT global enterprise architecture team and is accountable for the overall architecture practice aligned to the Retail platform. This leader leads the practice by example, developing trusted stakeholder relationships and partnering as a strategic advisor to develop the platform’s vision through the creation of a global architecture community to derive the appropriate business, application, data and technology strategies. The role is also responsible for developing the roadmap for execution against the strategy, developing, guiding and overseeing the application architecture governance processes to ensure business outcomes are realized. This role aligns closely with the peer architecture practice leaders for business, data and technical architecture to ensure the platform adopts the WBA architecture methodology in delivering its architecture workstreams and with the architecture management office to ensure process is adhered to in its delivery and review. The leader achieves his or her outcomes by encouraging engagement and mentoring architects and subject matter experts to advance, leverage and align with the practice approach.
This role will embody the WBA ONE IT-vision and act in line with the vison of the global enterprise IT strategy.
The role reports to the VP OneIT Enterprise Architecture. Outcomes directed have a significant impact on the organization's short- and long-term results, specific customers and/or partners.

Job Responsibilities
  • Collaborates with IT leadership in the design and development of the strategic direction and vision for IT and Enterprise Architecture.
  • Develops and maintains the WBA enterprise architecture in alignment with the overall IT vision, supporting the strategic needs of the business.
  • Creates and implements a high level roadmap to guide and shape the delivery of new IT assets and migration of existing assets towards the enterprise application architecture.
  • Develops and establishes standards and polices for IT assets, and collaborates with business and IT teams to inventory and classify existing IT assets.
  • Sponsors and directs architecture governance processes to enable Sr. IT leadership to direct investment towards strategically and financially appropriate activities.
  • Collaborates across business unit IT functions to identify opportunities to leverage common solutions and extend the adoption of standards.
  • Facilitates the communication of architecture best practices throughout the architecture community and the IT organization by participating in leadership forums, architecture councils.
  • Performs as an idea generator, working with others as a thought leader and subject- matter expert to help brainstorm new processes and solutions. Shares highly complex information related to areas of expertise. Interacts with senior management to keep abreast of objectives. Transfers knowledge and collaborates across functional lines and/or across departments. Interacts with direct reports and peers in management / customers / vendors to interpret information and improve cross-functional processes and programs. Builds and enhances key internal and external contacts.
  • Sets financial, operational and quality objectives for projects and activities and develops master operational plans. Plans, develops and manages departmental expense and capital budgets.
  • Directs through directors and managers who mentor, coach and evaluate their responsive teams and develop employees through on-boarding, open communication, training and development opportunities and performance management processes; builds and maintains employee morale and motivation; ensures the team is appropriately staffed with required competencies; fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Uses technology knowledge to anticipate and understand the implications of the latest technologies to communicate and evangelize them to appropriate audiences and to integrate these technologies appropriately into products and programs.
  • Engages staff and peers in the WBA company vision, Champions our Customers (internal as well as external as appropriate), Drives for results setting high personal standards and demanding the same of others. Demonstrates courage and willingness to anticipate and drive positive change. Has a restless desire to innovate and go further. Sets an example to others through actively demonstrating and living the WBA Vision, Purpose and Values.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy, touching millions of lives every day through dispensing and distributing medicines, and through its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products. The company has more than 100 years of trusted healthcare heritage and innovation in community pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling.WBA is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and well-being products. The company’s size, scale and expertise will help position us to expand the supply of, and address the rising cost of, prescription drugs in the U.S. and worldwide.
The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Botanics, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 8 years of IT experience at a senior level OR a High School Diploma/GED and at least 10 years of IT experience at a senior level.
  • Experience leading technology teams and setting technology direction.
  • At least 7 years of experience working in Enterprise Architecture in a corporate, international environment.
  • Experience managing and leading cross-functional teams.
  • Experience with change management though process engineering and/or participating in or leading large-scale IT change / transformation programs
  • Stakeholder management experience in a large matrix organization
  • Experience managing teams across wide geographies
  • At least 5 years of experience planning, developing, and managing departmental expense and capital budgets.
  • At least 5 years of experience directly managing people, including hiring, developing, motivating, and directing people as they work
  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or MBA
  • International experience having lived and/or worked in at least two countries
  • Fluency in English with knowledge of at least one other European language
  • Experience in Retail and/or pharmaceutical wholesale or healthcare

Deerfield, Illinois

Walgreens (, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy. Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health, beauty and retail destination supporting communities across the country, and was named to FORTUNE* magazine’s 2019 Companies that Change the World list.

Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day. As of August 31, 2019, Walgreens operates 9,277 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens also provides specialty pharmacy and mail services and offers in-store clinics and other health care services throughout the United States, most of which are operated by our health care strategic partners.

Walgreens is the the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), and WBA is currently ranked No. 1 in the Food and Drug Industry list of Fortune's World Most Admired Companies (2019), and has been included on this list as WBA (or previously as Walgreen Co.) for the past 26 consecutive years.

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