Enterprise Architect

Wakefern Food Corp. is a member-owned retail cooperative founded in 1946 that operates 354 stores in nine Northeastern states under five distinct banners, including ShopRite, Price Rice Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market in New Jersey, as well as the recent addition of Manhattan-based Gourmet Garage stores.

The Enterprise IT Architect provides the corporate technological vision and direction to meet and support Wakefern’s technology, infrastructure, and business strategy. The Enterprise IT Architect is responsible for developing a corporate long-term technology plan including policies, procedures and standards, with a focus on integrating technology into company operations to increase effectiveness and efficiency.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. If requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Core Functions / Minimum Requirements:


Under the direction of the Manager, Business of IT, the principal duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide expert technical and thought leadership for the development of strategic directions for IT architecture, standards, principles and best practices and guide related initiatives, projects and services:
  • Approach the Enterprise Architecture practice build with entrepreneurial mindset, .i.e, ability to switch between strategy, planning and execution when required
  • Lead the Enterprise Architecture practice with a service oriented mindset
  • Create and actively maintain an Architecture Community of Practice
  • Advise management regarding the direction of existing and future corporate/department computer systems, emerging retail technology solutions and new products in line with Wakeferns’ strategic direction
  • Create, maintain and manage an architecture vision and blueprint for managing information across the enterprise as well as external parties; including customers, suppliers, regulatory bodies and standards organizations
  • Lead the effort to  establish the architectural governance elements as a part of the overall CISD Project Governance process and architectural artifacts as a part of the Project Management methodology, including the use of Open Source technologies and components
  • Lead strategic annual architecture planning and review; working with other application areas, foundational/shared services
  • Assess business/technical feasibility and impacts on future and current systems, recommending solutions and priorities
  • Participate in the preparing of annual plans and budgets for corporate and integrated initiatives


Provide guidance to Delivery initiatives:

  • Contribute to the definition, implementation and governance of enterprise information system/information technology and architecture plans, policies and standards to guide the development, integration, implementation and maintenance of   various infrastructures and systems
  • Review project/initiative documentation throughout their lifecycle to ensure compliance with Information Technology standards and principles and communicate that to the project teams
  • Report on status to the Enterprise Architecture team and provide advice to application teams and vendors regarding technology risk assessments, problem resolution and project issues


Provide guidance for various architecture domains embedded in the application and shared services teams on projects and road maps for compatibility with the enterprise’s vision:


  • Information Architecture
  • Information models that comprise of data content, data relationships and structure  
  • Data management standards and practices, with specific focus on data quality and data integrity across the corporation
  • Business requirements  mapping to the enterprise data and process models


  • Infrastructure Architecture
  • Infrastructure architecture blueprints and roadmaps and reviewing solutions for infrastructure compliancy to these documents
  • Capacity planning, monitoring, and performance planning/testing
  • Process development in the areas of change management, problem management, SLA management, capacity planning, performance management, etc.


  • Application Architecture
  • All manners of middleware-related projects including messaging (Enterprise Service Bus, Service Oriented Architecture, Enterprise Application Integration), application/web servers and, portal
  • Technology strategies to ensure compatibility with overall enterprise technologies
  • Application architectures, communication protocols, and other key architectural elements within a coherent enterprise architecture strategy
  • Technical architecture blueprints, roadmaps and review solutions for compliance


  • Security Architecture
  • Software engineering and product development process, related to security, sensitive to the constraints and needs of the business
  • Provide guidance and consultation to individuals and groups to ensure on-going projects and initiatives are in alignment with the corporate security architecture

Wakefern Food Corp. is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.

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