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Principal Enterprise Architect

Date: Nov 19, 2020

Location: Montreal, QC, CA, H2W 2R2

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 16463

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The Information Technology organization is transforming to realize our mission: Become a leader in HMH’s digital transformation, and as a strategic partner, innovate and deliver highest value, competitive advantage solutions across all corporate and business functions. Our ambition is to be a digital leader through innovation and develop and deliver leading edge technology such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence to solve some of HMH’s greatest operational business challenges.  Our professionals will have business relevant skills to connect our HMH partners to technologies that propel the businesses to deliver the greatest value for HMH and our customers.  We are building a team of IT professionals with an insatiable appetite to learn, a relentless focus on customer service, a technological curiosity toward future possibilities, and a creativity in solving business challenges with leading technologies.  Our team will find ways to work together, create a sense of community where it’s safe to take risks and learn together, develop our careers, and all have an opportunity to work on new technologies.  We will work together, learn together and have fun together. As a team, we will lead HMH’s digital transformation.



The Principal Enterprise Architect, is a key position reporting directly to the Director of Enterprise Architecture in the Technology Solutions Group. The primary responsibilities will include architecting HMH’s new future back office ecosystem to meet the company’s digital first strategy. This exciting opportunity spans multiple areas including identity & access management, master data management, integration, CRM, ecommerce, ERP and BI.


To succeed in this role, you should know how to assess business capabilities, non-functional system requirements, execute gap analysis exercises, and assess tools and technology. The ideal candidate will also have proven experience in enterprise systems, with excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities. The ability to develop options, and provide comparative analyses is critical.



Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Define and assess HMH’s new back office tools and applications to meet business capabilities and HMH’s digital first focus.


  • Aligning IT investment with HMH’s business priorities. Assess near-term and long-term needs, to establish business IT investment priorities.
  • Provides internal management consultancy services to both IT and business leaders, helping them with innovation management and IT investment analysis
  • Assures technology projects are architected to deliver reliable, inter operable and sustainable outcomes aligned with the HMH IT road map
  • Facilitates enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, technology and business cases, and innovation road-maps.
  • Promote economy of scale decisions made around a common architecture with the following goals: effectiveness, efficiency, agility, and continuity of complex business operations. 
  • Seeks ways to drive adoption of new technology and reuse existing technology for enabling business capabilities, value streams and business processes.
  • Drives new business capabilities through technology by executing proof of concepts (POC) to accelerate innovation at HMH
  • Reduce Technical Debt by limiting the redundant technologies deployed and reducing the number of technology complexities
  • Develop technology standards and guidelines, also help define governance and policy.
  • Constructs deliverables that demonstrate how to move the business toward realizing its strategic goals and targeted business outcomes.
  • Researches and provides information on emerging technology trends and disruptions relevant to assigned LOB.
  • Participates in development and application of principles, standards and minimal viable architectures through the EA governance model, informed by the business strategy and corporate governance.
  • Eager to learn, adopts and leverages fresh perspectives, breakthrough ideas, and new paradigms to create value for the organization
  • Analytical and proactive problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and fast pace environment
  • Be ready to take initiative with continuous improvement mind-set
  • Experience in the education industry is a plus
  • Detailed oriented and ability to learn and work independently
  • Good oral and written communication skills


Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, information systems or related discipline, or equivalent and extensive related project experience
  • Minimum of eight or more years of business or IT experience with a direct responsibility for strategy formulation and/or translation, business analytics, and program management.
  • Management experience in one or more of the following areas: business transformation and optimization, strategic planning, leadership, business relationship management, Solution delivery management, Solution architecture and business process management.
  • Experience developing and monitoring delivery of efficient and effective solutions to diverse and complex business problems.
  • Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
  • Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, agile and lean methodologies, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks.
  • Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture.
  • Familiarity with basic graphical modeling approaches, tools and model repositories.



Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.




Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. Follow HMH on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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