Business Architect

Job Locations CA-ON-Concord | US-MI-Dundee
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Why work for Lafarge?

Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions.  From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions.  Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you.   Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us!  More information can be found at .



The business architect is accountable for proactively and holistically leading or supporting EA activities that create deliverables that guide business models, people, process, organizational change, and investments in response to disruptive forces and toward achieving targeted business outcomes.


This individual is responsible for leveraging technology to enable the organization's future-state business capabilities, which can enable or alter business processes or practices that, in turn, drive the organization's targeted business outcomes.


Business architects must be capable of practically applying existing, new, and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models. Conversely, they must be able to understand, monetize and operationalize new technologies, working collaboratively with business strategist, process owners, and subject matter experts to clarify strategic intentions, identifying business outcomes, exploring implications, impact, risks, and addressing stakeholders’ questions.



  • Monitoring business and technology trends that will impact the business and its extended ecosystem, and analyze its reactions to these trends at the strategy level. Identify and monitor critical constraints that may impact business outcomes, including resource, regulatory, market, geographic, cultural and business constraints.
  • Detail potential competitive threats from digital enterprises that are generally considered outside of traditional realm of competition
  • Engage key business stakeholders to facilitate both strategy and innovation planning.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders involved in digital strategy and digital innovation to develop an IT investment roadmap.
  • Review the organization's digital strategy and how the organization currently approaches digital innovation.
  • Create deliverables that illustrate how to strategically move the business forward.
  • Work with enterprise architects and key organizational stakeholders to define a strategic plan for leveraging integrated business architecture as part of the enterprise architecture.
  • Provide strategic consultation to assigned line-of-business (LOB) customers in defining or designing business capabilities, processes, functions and organizational structures, as well as in researching, identifying and internally marketing, selling and enabling technologies based on business and end-user requirements.
  • Be comfortable using business architecture tools and techniques, including strategy on a page, strategic planning, business model canvas, disruptions and trends, balance scorecard, economical modeling, risks and interdependencies, process models, business capability modeling, ecosystems modeling, customer and user profiling, journey maps, and human-centric design.
  • Participate in enterprise architecture development, including business architecture, information architecture, application portfolio and technical architecture.
  • Facilitate agreement on organizational work models and processes to meet business requirements.
  • Consult with business-facing projects, and maintain knowledge of their progress.
  • Collaborate with the enterprise program management office on reporting project status, issues, risks and benefits.
  • Assess near-term needs, using structured interview processes, to establish business priorities. Consult with technical subject matter experts, and develop alternative technical solutions. Advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities.
  • Collaborate with other IT functional areas to remain apprised of project status, and inform LOB customer management of progress. Conversely, keep IT's technology and service managers aware of key LOB customer issues, identifying and resolving potential problems and conflicts.
  • Facilitate development of enterprise solutions that combine knowledge of particular business processes and issues, general technological options, and process facilitation techniques.



Portfolio of ~80 applications

Budget TBD

Key figures TBD

Head Count None anticipated

Key interfaces, stakeholder and relationships (external / internal)

  • Internal: All IT functions like Business Enabling, ITSM, Applications, Infrastructure, IT Security and vendor management, and ITSC management. All business functions.
  • External: Vendors, consulting companies, expert groups from Industry with a view to share and learn


Level of education/qualifications normally required:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, information systems or related discipline, or equivalent and extensive related project experience; M.B.A. preferred.
  • Formal training in a relevant enterprise architecture methodology and framework beneficial

Specific work experience:

  • Five to eight years of business and/or IT experience with responsibilities managing strategy formulation, business performance/analytics, and program management
  • Management experience in one or more of the following areas: strategic planning, leadership, facilitation, business relationship management, business process management

Technical / functional skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding of different types of business and operating models (existing, new, emerging and hybrid)
  • Knowledge of existing, new and emerging technologies and being able to practically apply them to new business designs and business models
  • In-depth experience with business transformation and process redesign methods
  • Knowledge in all aspects of designing and constructing business processes, functions and organizational structures
  • Comprehensive knowledge of facilitation and organization change management
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills; ability to create original concepts and theories for a variety of projects



  • Experience developing and monitoring delivery of efficient and effective solutions to diverse and complex business problems
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, valuation and metrics development
  • Statistical and information analysis skills (a plus)

Behavioral competencies:

  • Remains unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor; is more interested in results than personal preferences.
  • Displays intellectual integrity.
  • Motivated by long-term results.
  • Capability for problem solving, decision making, sound judgment, assertiveness
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-located teams

Leadership and managerial abilities:

  • Works well with others.
  • Is a respected leader.
  • Is charismatic.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed
  • Ability to establish and maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence.


Linguistic skills:

  • Excellent English (written & spoken) - other languages specific to region are a plus


Why work for us?


Working for Lafarge offers a wide variety of career opportunities that utilize your abilities and skills to contribute to a better world. In addition to local and global developmental opportunities, we provide employees with competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits plan, a health & wellness program with financial incentives, an extensive global e-learning platform and much more!  More information can be found at

We thank you for your interest.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  LafargeHolcim is committed to the principles of employment equity and encourages the applications from women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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