Expert Business Architect

Canadian National Railway - Montréal, QC (30+ days ago)

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At CN Rail, we work together to move our company—and our country—forward. We invest more than $100 million every year on projects and infrastructure. We harness the power of information to guide our decisions, and the Enterprise Architecture team is a critical part of the engine that keeps us in motion.

CN’s Enterprise Architecture Team is transforming our organization and is focused on building the future of rail technology. We are looking for the brightest, collaborative and most innovative minds in the industry to help us achieve our goals. If you are passionate about Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Industrial Internet of Things, big data platforms and enjoy solving complex problems, CN is looking for you.

Want to know more about the Enterprise Architecture team, and the meaningful work we do in Information & Technology?


The Business Architect works with capability-specific business leaders to define the business architecture in terms of Why (strategy models), What (business capability model), How (value streams), Who (organizational models) and When (transformation models and roadmaps) to support the current and build the future business state and vision.

Using the above-mentioned artifacts and working with peer domain architects, the person identifies impacts and identifies the people, process, information, & technology changes required to reach the business capability’s business objectives.


Build enterprise and capability-specific business architectures

Working with the capability-specific business leaders, define specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) business outcomes which will be used as a foundation to develop an initiative’s business value

Produce business architecture artifacts (strategy models, business capability model, value streams, organizational models, transformation models and roadmaps)

Interact with product managers to understand capability challenges and to develop the capability-specific business architecture

Develop and maintain business capabilities of the enterprise in line with corporate strategy

Working with peer domain architects, produce and maintain appropriate relationships between business, information, application, technology and solution architects to build consistent and customer centric architecture per capability

Interact with Solution Architects to explain the business architecture and ensure understanding of the business outcomes

Define, document and communicate business architecture standards


Working with peer domain architects, define a comprehensive governance model to ensure solutions are developed according to the developed business architecture

Govern solution architecture and development to ensure alignment with developed business architectures

Define and enforce business architecture standards and controls

Manage business architecture dependencies between projects

Manage Relationships

Manage relationships & dependencies between different roles, business areas and external stakeholders

Educate and explain how business architecture aids in achieving CN’s business strategy and delivery of the expected business outcomes

Educate and explain the purpose, value and use of the various business architecture models

Educate and influence I&T so everyone understands business strategy and outcomes

Be a champion for effective change

Continue to build overall understanding of CN’s business (capabilities, processes, organisation structure, business lines, operations, etc.)


Bachelor's degree in computer science or information systems (or equivalent degree and experience) with strong business acumen

A solid understanding of CN’s overall business, including products, services, functions and operations

Recognized as an authority for thorough understanding of one or more business capabilities

Good knowledge of business architecture best practices

Ability to produce business architecture artifacts such as strategy models, business capability model, value streams, organizational models, transformation models and roadmaps

Good knowledge of business process modeling

Ability to learn quickly and adapt to change

Ability to understand complex problems and synthetize information to multiple types of audiences

Familiarity with strategic planning, facilitation and relationship management

Strong analytical, conceptual and communication skills

Ability to influence and drive change throughout the organization

Motivated by short-term value and long-term results

Good experience understanding business and operating models, defining outcome driven strategies and building business architectures reflecting the required changes in business capabilities

Overall number of years of experience in a similar role: 5-7 years

Business Architecture Guild certification will be considered an important asset

Experience leading a team

CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.