Vice President I.T Architecture in Dubayy [Dubai], United Arab Emirates

at Emirates Group

Airline / Aviation
Information Technology
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10 - 15 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

As Vice President IT Architecture for Emirates Group IT, you will direct the envisioning, creation, review and maintenance of Enterprise IT Architecture of the Group, to support the operational and strategic requirements of the Group business areas. Develop and manage all disciplines of Enterprise Architecture to ensure that all software development and acquisition in the Group follow and comply with the architectural framework, costs are optimised through standardisation, IT infrastructure and applications are scalable and IT assets (systems and services) are optimally utilised and duplication/ redundancies are avoided. 
You will be overall accountable for the delivery of all information, application and technology architecture needs of IT and the Group in line with Enterprise Architecture framework and principles.

You will be overall accountable for the delivery of all information, application and technology architecture needs of IT and the Group in line with Enterprise Architecture framework and principles.


1. Develop an enterprise IT architecture vision and strategy that aligns with the business strategies of Group business areas and meets both the operational and strategic requirements of the Group. Evaluate and communicate alternative strategies along with business benefits of each to the IT exec and senior management in order to determine the strategy that is most appropriate to IT and the Group business needs. Derive inputs from standard business information models to understand the business direction and needs, and align architecture and standards with these to drive business success.

2. Direct development of enterprise-wide architecture and processes, guide technology directions, and set appropriate strategies, policies, standards and practices to govern the IT landscape of the Group.

3. Direct the development of technology standards for IT and the Group. Work with technology owners to produce proposals for introduction of new technologies, and ensure these are reviewed by a cross-organisational set of senior stakeholders for approval. Be accountable for the approval and sign off of any proposals for introduction of new technologies, new products acquired, and new applications developed in IT after ensuring that there is enough impact analysis. Ensure that there is adequate communication to the relevant parts of the organization to ensure readiness.

4. In conjunction with relevant technology experts, enable transformation of technology in the Group through introduction of new technologies or retirement of obsolete technologies through appropriate investment justification and recommendations to senior management.

5. Direct a team of architects that delivers all information, application and technology architecture designs to the IT project delivery and development teams and ensure these are aligned to the overall Enterprise Architecture principles and framework.

6. Establish a collaborative relationship with Software Engineering to ensure that the project teams develop solution designs that are strongly aligned to solution architecture. Ensure that Architecture guides and assists Software Engineering to produce solution designs that follow best architectural practices and the architectural principles defined for the Group.

7. Contribute to IT strategy by providing inputs on matters relating to Enterprise Architecture and standards. Ensure that feedback from the rest of the IT teams related to architecture is incorporated in the input to IT Strategy in order to ensure that changes in IT Strategy truly reflect the needs of the overall IT user community.

8. Implement and manage the IT portfolio of all applications and technologies in order to effectively manage the introduction and retirement of applications and technologies as well as their lifecycle.

9. Collaborate very closely with Business Solutions Development to develop business architecture for the Group business areas. Ensure the various business architectures are collated to develop the enterprise level business architecture for the Group that will act as the base reference architecture for all business IT activity, as well as align with the other areas of enterprise architecture.

10. Manage assigned cost centre/s by planning, setting and monitoring the respective budgets to ensure that agreed targets are met and costs controlled. Establish SMART objectives, career development plans and training for direct reports and provide appropriate mentoring and coaching. Conduct timely annual and interim performance reviews to cultivate a high performance culture.



Degree or Honours (12+3 or equivalent) relevant to IT


12+yrs at a senior level related to IT architecture or design. Experience gained in both corporate and multi-cultural environments would be an added benefit.


  • Business/IS
  • Business Information Architecture
  • Systems architecture & Standards
  • Business process improvement
  • Technical strategy and planning
  • Emerging technology monitoring
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