Nationwide Consultant, IT Architecture - Systems Architect (Contact Center Architect) in Columbus, Ohio

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JOB SUMMARY: Serves as expert in IT systems architecture. Undertakes complex projects requiring additional specialized technical knowledge. Makes well thought-out decisions on complex or ambiguous IT architecture issues. Coordinates with users to determine requirements. Ensures that system improvements are successfully implemented and monitored to increase efficiency. Establishes and communicates common goal and direction for team. Acts as a resource for direction, training, and guidance for less experienced staff. Monitors projects schedules and costs.

Job Description

*Nationwide is looking for an experienced IT Architect to provide architectural leadership for Contact Center application portfolio. This role requires working closely with Nationwide’s business, application, and architecture teams to deliver systems that realize new or improved business processes, to identify opportunities to reduce complexity, and to maintain the architectural integrity of the systems within this area. The architect in this role will have architectural responsibility over several applications within our Contact Center suite. This role would work heavily with the Business and IT Leadership in the planning and delivery phases to provide strategic direction for these business processes and applications. In addition, the architect will work closely with application owners to ensure that the architecture remains current and can support the changing workload.

The architect in this role will work with a variety of Contact Center Capabilities including Infrastructure (Transport, Intent, Identity Routing, etc.), Self-service (IVR), Desktop (Softphone, Knowledge Management, eLearning, etc.), and Shared Services (Customer Feedback, Quality Management, Performance Management, Workforce Management, etc.) and Analytics.

Experience related to deploying Contact Center solutions in Cloud is a strong plus. In addition, experience in architecting and designing solutions using Genesys, Avaya, NICE, Verint, OpenText (Qfiniti) vendor products is preferred. Knowledge of Property/Casualty and Financial Services business is a plus. Large project delivery experience along with good communication, presentation and teamwork skills are critical to this position.

Experience with formalized Enterprise Architecture is helpful in this role, as responsibilities include Enterprise Architecture deliverables and activities that are consistent with TOGAF.

In addition to the above responsibilities, architects are required to look for opportunities to advance Nationwide’s capabilities across the Enterprise and/or reduce operational costs by applying latest technologies and trends.*

RELATIONSHIP: Director/Manager


1.Under limited supervision, assists in the development of overall architecture approach for all layers of a solution.

2.Assists in the assessment and recommendation of infrastructure and application solutions for upgrades to meet business needs.

3.Participates in the investigation, planning, coordination, and preparation of feasibility studies relative to new computer-based systems and modifications to existing systems.

4.Reviews and provides input on proposals from an architectural perspective, including feasibility, practicality, technical viability, and consistency.

5.Within the One IT Community, participates with other areas on special assignments as they affect computer-based systems.

6.Understands and uses reference architecture.

7.Understands and uses solution delivery framework.

8.Sets agenda and establishes priorities.

9.Monitors industry publications and electronic information and develops communications that interpret the impact of events to Nationwide's technology direction.

10.Monitors industry trends to ensure the technology architecture is current with industry standards and new technology implementation.

11.Develops strong knowledge base in particular domain.

12.Performs other duties as assigned.


Education: Undergraduate degree in areas related to Computer Science, Management Information Systems, or Mathematics preferred. Prefer BS or BA and/or product-related technical insurance course work (CPCU, CPU, LOMA). Equivalent work experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. Technical certifications preferred.

Experience: Six years minimum experience in Information Technology field.

Knowledge: Must have knowledge in information technology architecture components, principles, procedures and practices. Must have knowledge in information design, controls and audit methodology for business systems and data processing environments. Must have a broad knowledge in information technology trends. Must have a detailed familiarity with applicable operating systems. Must have an in-depth understanding in insurance and financial services business models and operations. Must have knowledge of project management concepts and techniques required.

Skills/Competencies: Must have demonstrated experience in systems analysis, design and computer programming, including current technologies. Working knowledge of the software development cycle. Knowledge of relational databases required. Understanding of project management concepts and techniques required. Understanding of customer business environment preferred. Competency in intranet/internet technologies preferred. Oral and written communication skills for contacts with all levels of staff, management, external sources, negotiation, presentations, project management, and technical and non-technical contacts. Occasional travel. Non-standard or extended work may be required based on project needs.

Values: Regularly and consistently demonstrates the Nationwide Values and Guiding Behaviors.

Staffing Exceptions to the above minimum job requirements must be approved by the: Vice President and HR Officer


Overtime Eligibility: Not Eligible

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Associates may have on-call responsibility after normal working hours and/or on weekends.

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.

Job Evaluation Activity: Evaluated: MDK (12-22-03)

Additional Job Description

Job ID: 51430