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Wealth Management Business Architect

Northern Trust

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted February 23, 2021.

The Wealth Management Digital Services (DS) organization supports the Northern Trust Wealth Management business unit by driving the vision, strategy and delivery of the overall client and Northern trust employee (referred to as “partners”) experience. Our goal is to create, validate and iteratively deliver a contemporary, integrated experience that enables relationship management teams (and their supporting ecosystem of regional and operational support teams) to provide high touch, personalized interactions with prospects, clients and third party advisors through an efficient and scalable set of tools and operational processes. We are looking for an experienced and passionate Business Architect to join the team to define and maintain the end-to-end service design and architecture blueprint for Wealth Management. In this role, you will need to be analytical, creative and comfortable defining strategy, driving change via influence, leading meetings and transforming the most valuable ideas into actionable plans, products and results. You will collaborate with the broader Digital Services organization, Wealth Management leadership, thought leadership Practice representatives, Mid-to Back Office Operations and Technology partners to foster an innovative and integrated environment. Major Duties 

  • Create and maintain the end-to-end service/journey blueprint and capability map (aka North Star vision) for Wealth Management through a deep understanding of current client and partner experience and supporting technology and data platforms.
  • Collaborate with various delivery teams to continually visualize progress of roadmaps towards desired North Star vision. 
  • Accelerate delivery of cross platform experiences by removing architectural roadblocks for journey and platform Product teams through the identification and definition of core capabilities and utilities. 
  • Partners with Technology Architect community to facilitate solutioning of complex architecture topics with the right stakeholders.
  • Ensures a “business value” lens is included on all architecture decisions. 
  • Stay informed of new and existing Wealth Management products and services, as well as competitive and market trends. Identify opportunities that arise from new technology and retail trends as they relate to business capabilities and current capability gaps.
  • Partners with broader DS organization to create appropriate business case information to help information prioritization of new opportunities. 
  • Analyze impact on business capabilities in both new and existing business models, especially in early stages of new initiatives.
  • Partners with Technology leadership to spearhead vendor RFI/RFP processes and other new third party partnerships prior to implementation and productionized support. Identify opportunities to leverage emerging technologies and partners with Technology and Product teams on defining and executing Proof of Value efforts. 
  • Provides leadership and guidance to entire WM Digital Services organization through influence, fostering an environment which encourages employee participation, teamwork and communication. 
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of legal and risk requirements pertinent to wealth management, trusts, banking and investments. 
  • Seasoned expert with extensive technical and business knowledge and functional expertise that has been developed over 15+ years and/or equivalent experience 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Executive communication abilities 
  • Ability to interface and influence all levels of the organization, including executive leadership 
  • Proficient in Business and Product Strategy approaches, including business value definition + metrics, journey mapping and qualitative + quantitative research methods Familiarity with Human centered design approached
  • Proficient in Agile development methodologies and engineering capabilities 
  • I n depth Financial Services knowledge Highly flexible and adaptable to change 
  • Leadership and organizational skill are required to determine the Business Unit’s goals, resource needs and to assess and develop skills of staff 

About Northern Trust:  Northern Trust provides innovative financial services and guidance to corporations, institutions and affluent families and individuals globally. With 130 years of financial experience and nearly 20,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service. Working with Us:  As a Northern Trust partner, you will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture, which has a strong history of financial strength and stability. Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company that is committed to strengthening the communities we serve!  We recognize the value of inclusion and diversity in culture, in thought, and in experience, which is why Forbes ranked us the top employer for Diversity in 2018. We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and ethical companies. Build your career with us and apply today.

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