Director Domain Architecture (M/F/D)


The design and communication of high-level structures to enable and guide the design and development of integrated solutions that meet current and future business needs. In addition to technology components, solution architecture encompasses changes to service, process, organisation, and operating models. The provision of comprehensive guidance on the development of, and modifications to, solution components to ensure that they take account of relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) and that existing and planned solution components remain compatible.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Research
    • Builds on and refines appropriate outline ideas for the evaluation, development, demonstration and implementation of research. Contributes to research goals and funding proposals.
    • Collects and analyses qualitative and quantitative data as required.
    • Creates research reports to communicate research methodology, findings and conclusions.
    • Presents papers at conferences, contribute significant sections of material of publication quality, and presents reports to clients.
    • Contributes to research plans and identifies appropriate opportunities for publication and dissemination of research findings.
    • Makes an active contribution to research communities.
  • Enterprise and business architecture
    • Contributes to the creation and review of a systems capability strategy which meets the strategic requirements of the business.
    • Develops models and plans to drive the execution of the strategy, taking advantage of opportunities to improve business performance.
    • Takes responsibility for investigative work to determine requirements and specify effective business processes, through improvements in information systems, data management, practices, procedures, organisation and equipment.
  • Emerging technology monitoring
    • Monitors the external environment to gather intelligence on emerging technologies.
    • Assesses and documents the impacts, threats and opportunities to the organisation.
    • Creates reports and technology roadmaps and shares knowledge and insights with others.
  • Solution architecture
    • Leads the development of solution architectures in specific business, infrastructure or functional areas. Ensures that appropriate tools and methods are available, understood and employed in architecture development.
    • Within a change programme, leads the preparation of technical plans and, in liaison with business assurance and project staff, ensures that appropriate technical resources are made available.
    • Provides advice on technical aspects of solution development and integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and ensures that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) are applied correctly.
  • Business analysis
    • Investigates operational requirements, problems, and opportunities, seeking effective business solutions through improvements in automated and non-automated components of new or changed processes.
    • Assists in the analysis of stakeholder objectives, and the underlying issues arising from investigations into business requirements and problems, and identifies options for consideration.
    • Works with stakeholders, to identify potential benefits and available options for consideration, and in defining acceptance tests.
    • Contributes to selection of the business analysis methods, tools and techniques for projects; selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Business modelling
    • Produces models in support of business strategy.
    • Has in-depth knowledge of a broad range of industry-wide modelling techniques.
    • Advises on the choice of techniques and approach and influences customers accordingly.
    • Capable of developing bespoke models for unusual contexts. Responsible for planning and co-ordinating team modelling activities and for ensuring the quality of their work.
  • Systems design
    • Adopts and adapts appropriate systems design methods, tools and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches, and ensures they are applied effectively.
    • Designs large or complex systems. Undertakes impact analysis on major design options and trade-off.
    • Makes recommendations and assesses and manages associated risks.
    • Reviews others' systems designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources, and integration of multiple systems and technology.
    • Ensures that the system design balances functional and non-functional requirements.
    • Contributes to development of systems design policies and standards and selection of architecture components.
  • Data modelling and design
    • Sets standards for data modelling and design tools and techniques, advises on their application, and ensures compliance.
    • Manages the investigation of corporate data requirements, and co-ordinates the application of data analysis, design and modelling techniques, based upon a detailed understanding of the corporate information requirements, in order to establish, modify or maintain data structures and their associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions).
    • Manages the iteration, review and maintenance of data requirements and data models.
  • Relationship management
    • Identifies the communications and relationship needs of stakeholder groups.
    • Translates communications/stakeholder engagement strategies into specific activities and deliverables.
    • Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact by developing, maintaining and working to stakeholder engagement strategies and plans. 
    • Provides informed feedback to assess and promote understanding.
    • Facilitates business decision-making processes. Captures and disseminates technical and business information.


If required:

People Management / Resource Management

  • Supports resource planning and may have full responsibility in recruiting process.
  • Implements resource plans, including conducting recruitment interviews.
  • Facilitates selection, assessment and on-boarding processes, and internal resource allocation.
  • Contributes to transitioning of resources, complying with relevant statutory or external regulations and codes of good practice.
  • Ensures appropriate leadership skills are present at every level through creating a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained and provided with career opportunities through development
  • Allocates the different work to the respective employees considering experience, complexity, workload and organizational efficiency
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT systems, data and analysis and team feedback and makes appropriate changes to meet business needs.
  • Provides team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and GIT objectives


Requirement :

In the role of Director Domain Architecture Technology in Digital IT you will jointly with the Platform Engineering & Architecture team define standards and guidelines for technology in today’s and tomorrow’s digital B2C business models, develop a vision on the future digital tech stack and derive an actionable roadmap to work against together with the lead engineers and lead solution architects in Digital IT.


As tech lead, you will guide teams in building high quality technical solutions and will be

  1. Accountable for long-term product area success from a technology point of view
  2. Accountable for building technical excellence
  3. Planning and defining high level design of technical solutions and exploring potential technical solutions with the team
  4. Establishing critical NFRs at product area level
  5. Working closely together with other technical leads to establish technical principles and guidelines
  6. Driving DevSecOps and architecture maturity
  7. This is a specialist role without people management responsibility, located directly at the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.


Location:  Herzogenaurach
Country:  Germany
Team:  Digital
Brand:  adidas
Position Type:  Full time
Number:  188774
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