Close Brothers Group plc Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, UK
Close Brothers Premium Finance Business Architect Wimbledon Competitive Date of posting: Friday 12th May 2017 Closing date: Friday 9th June 2017 About the Company We help businesses and individuals pay their insurance premiums by spreading the cost over regular instalments. Premium Finance is a convenient alternative to paying in one lump sum, allowing customers to manage their finances more easily or free up capital for other uses. With over 35 years experience in the industry, Close Brothers Premium Finance is a leading provider of premium finance. We provide expert support and service to over 2,000 brokers across the UK and Ireland. Close Brothers Premium Finance is part of Close Brothers Group plc, a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services and securities trading. This provides financial stability so that we can offer our customers the best products, and we pride ourselves on giving both our brokers and their clients the best possible service and support. About the Role The Business Architect plays a key role in structuring the Close Brothers Premium Finance business in terms of its governance structure, business processes and business transformation. The role aligns strategic goals and objectives with decisions regarding products and services; partners and suppliers; organisation; capabilities; and key business and IT initiatives. The Business Architect works to understand and develop an integrated view of Close Brothers Premium Finance business capabilities using a repeatable approach, cohesive framework, and available industry standard technique. Key Responsibilities: Develop the business architecture of Close Brothers Premium Finance to deliver the agreed Target Operating Model. Apply a structured business architecture approach and methodology for capturing the key views of the enterprise, working with the business to assess priorities and strategy and align capability requirements to fulfil these areas. Advise programmes and projects to align to the business strategic capability requirements. Provide advice and guidance on business architecture principles and standards Capture the tactical and strategic Close Brothers Premium Finance goals that provide traceability through the organisation and are mapped to metrics that provide ongoing governance. Maintain the Business Operating Model, describing the primary business functions of the Close Brothers Premium Finance business and distinguish between customer-facing, supplier-related, business execution and business management functions. Define the set of strategic, core and support processes that transcend functional and organisational boundaries; identify and describe external entities such as customers, suppliers, and external systems that interact with the business; and describe which people, resources and controls are involved in the processes. Leadership of the Business Design Authority, utilising the forum to deliver clear, value add and approved views on business transformation and considering the commercial, resource and benefit implications of business architecture decisions. Collaborate with change programmes, taking accountability for ensuring that projects deliver a scope and business solution that is in line with the Target Operating Model, the agreed business design principles and other in-flight projects. Monitor, anticipate, and assess any potential future impacts on the business through detailed forecasting and analysis. Risk & Compliance Ensure that all Governance and Compliance requirements are adhered to and all reporting and reviewing activities required by the Regulatory Bodies are carried out to the standards required. About you We are looking for candidates with the following skills/experience: Essential A broad, business-wide view of the Close Brothers Premium Finance business and industry and varying degrees of appreciation for strategy, processes and capabilities, enabling technologies, and governance. The ability to recognise structural issues within the organization, functional interdependencies and cross-silo redundancies. The ability to apply architectural principles to business solutions. The ability to assimilate and correlate disconnected documentation and drawings, and articulate their collective relevance to the organization and business issues. The ability to visualise and create high-level models that can be used in future analysis to extend the business architecture. Experience planning and deploying both business and IT initiatives. Experience modelling business processes using a variety of tools and techniques. Exceptional communication skills and the ability to communicate appropriately at all levels of the organization; this includes written and verbal communications as well as visualisations. Team player able to work effectively at all levels of an organization with the ability to influence others to move toward consensus. Strong analysis and decision making abilities. Desirable A broad understanding of the insurance and insurance finance industry Knowledge of business change design and delivery Education and Qualifications Essential Degree Level Education Desirable Business Architecture certification Rewards and Benefits At Close Brothers we recognise the value of a work life balance, and have put together a benefits package that reflects this. Discretionary Annual Bonus. Pension Group Stakeholder Pension Plan provided by Friends Life; 5.3% employee and 10% employer contribution. Life assurance 4 times annual salary. Private Medical Cover. Annual Leave minimum of 25 days as standard with the opportunity to buy up to 5 days additional annual leave every March. Plus further benefits including competitive family friendly offering, information available upon request. Equal Opportunities As an employer, Close Brothers is committed to equality and valuing diversity within its workforce. We provide equality of opportunity and will aim to ensure that no employees or candidates are subject to discrimination on grounds of any characteristics including but not withstanding gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, working pattern, caring responsibilities, political beliefs.