CPQ Solutions Architect

Ciena - Ottawa, ON (30+ days ago)

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Since 1992, Ciena has been driven by a relentless pursuit of network innovation. We believe in a network that grows smarter, more agile, and more responsive every day. This means that when you digitally interact in your world - picking up the phone, streaming video, texting a friend or loved one – your interactions are being enabled by Ciena technologies. Ciena makes your social / entertainment / business existence REAL.

As an experienced CPQ Solutions Architect, your mission is to help lead our team of innovators and technologists toward creating next-generation solutions that improve the way Ciena is run. Your deep knowledge of contemporary architecture and design practices, modern development processes & tools, and agile delivery techniques will help our teams raise their game. Your expertise in software architecture will be counted on to set strategic architecture direction and solve complex and mission critical problems, internally and externally.

Role overview

CPQ Solution Architect, IT Sales is a self motivated, detail-oriented person experienced in working with corporate sales. Services, & marketing teams. Responsibilities will include improving the current CPQ process and technology infrastructure, optimizing business operations, and setting direction and approach for integrating information applications and processes
This role requires long term thinking, ability to influence strategic decision making around technology, process, and culture. The successful candidate will have excellent technical, analytical, and project management skills. Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential.
The successful candidate will be versed in IT CPQ tools and processes that support and enhance the efficiency of a global sales & services teams including account managers, marketing staff, and sales engineers.
Through effective relationship management you will stimulate and shape demand for capabilities to enhance the Sales Team effectiveness. Building business cases, process and architecture roadmaps will be a key component of success. Partnering with IT development teams and Service Managers to provide comprehensive solutions to Ciena business teams will be primary focus of this role.

Major Responsibilities

Lead decision making on how technology can be used to solve a given business problem
Create effective solutions through an understanding of business needs and technology capabilities
Influence decisions on which framework, platform, or technology stack can be used to create a solution…be able to “connect the dots”
Align solutions with business goals while managing expectations related to scope of work
Determine how the application will look, what the modules will be, and how they interact with each other
Develop a deep knowledge of the business unit and build positive relationships, both horizontally and vertically
Ensure solutions will scale for the future and how they will be maintained
Suggest best practice ideas to reduce costs & risks in IT and business leadership
Actively listen to client problems and needs to implement that information when creating solution plans
Collaborate with project managers and other staff members to develop budgets and timelines for solutions
Assess and evaluate risk as required
Educate business partners about technology, processes, integrations, and capabilities.
Establish communication processes and channels across business functions.
Measure and communicate business value realized with the business partner on a periodic basis.
Learn by keeping skills updated and remain proactively aware of happenings and current events in the industry
Drive automation and data quality throughout the systems and processes that drive Sales, Marketing, Partners, and Services
Map business/functional requirements to system/technical requirements
Communicate risks clearly regarding existing and concurrent projects
Partner with other architects to provide a consensus-based enterprise solutions
Adhere and promote best practices related to solution design, development, documentation, and adoption
Provide input and solution guidance to the development team
Create and manage solution related documentation
Grow employee knowledge and skills in specific areas of expertise through the development of training material and mentoring

Required Technical/Soft Skills & Experience

SFDC CPQ architecture experience.
CPQ process design experience
Multiple Salesforce platform certifications
Experience working with Sales Engineers & understanding configuration tools
Ability to learn custom Ciena CPQ solutions that support Sales Engineering
Experience with senior roles in Salesforce implementation projects
Experience with multiple project deliveries using Salesforce platform solutions
Experience integrating Salesforce with various other platforms using different technologies
Understanding of security predicates from various aspects – both access and data level
Experience working with Salesforce app-exchange products and fully understand the
Experience working with Salesforce app-exchange products and fully understand the impacts (both pros/cons) of such packages
Strong knowledge of latest Salesforce development and deployment practices including Lightning, LWC and bitbucket
Knowledge of business modeling, governance and operations
Strong business processes, process documentation and process improvement skills
Ability to explain complex technical issues in a simple manner
Ability to listen, build rapport, and credibility as a strategic partner vertically within the business unit, as well as with leadership and functional teams
Strategic thinker
Ability to map joint organizational vision and long-term thinking, imagination, and idea generation
Energy, focus, assertiveness, and diplomacy
Knowing when to push an agenda and when to let a situation develop, rest, or advance
Strong communication skills
Ability and comfort with working at executive levels
Comfortable negotiating conflict and problem-solving to achieve win-win outcomes
Ability to lead change using positive and collaborative methods
Ability to set expectations with business partners
Ability to influence and break down silos within an organization as well across organizations
Ability to focus on business value results, rather than solutions
Technical aptitude, requirements management, and the ability to assess and articulate risk
Ability to create and maintain credibility with the business community
Must demonstrate acumen in business and function disciplines
Understand and integrate business strategies and trends in technology to deliver value
Be able to influence others, using personal skills
Strong communication skills in writing, speaking, and presenting
Solid understanding of IT, Sales, assets and capabilities
Be able to identify gaps and areas that need improvement
Strong humility, listening, and creative skills
Accept ownership

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems, Business, or related field preferred
Candidate must have minimum 8 years’ experience working with IT and business teams


About Ciena
Ciena is a network strategy and technology company with a passion to provide an experience, to you and our customers that is as rewarding as the outcome. We attract the best and brightest– those with outstanding talent, motivation, and the right attitude to contribute to our success. Our culture balances our openness and informality with professionalism and trust and is built on the foundation of our core values: Customer First, Integrity, Velocity, Innovation, and Outstanding People.

Ciena enables everyone to have a voice and a network that supports them while on the journey to discovering their passion and purpose. We trust each individual to do what they can to reach their full potential and make an impact on the business, whenever, wherever they are in the world. With Ciena’s highly innovative, forward-thinking business practices, we reward people for pushing the boundaries. Unlock your potential at Ciena!

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