Associate Vice President Solutions Architecture in MVW Corporate Headquarters at Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Date Posted: 2/16/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Are you ready to grow your dream career while making others' vacation dreams come true? Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a world premier organization for Vacation Ownership with resorts at destinations around the globe. Join our team and help deliver unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true.

Generic Position Summary

As a member of the professional staff, contributes a high level of specialized knowledge and skill in a discipline (e.g. Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Resources, Operations Planning & Support, Sales & Marketing) area to support department and/or function objectives. Generally works with considerable independence, developing operating plans and related operational processes for own department in alignment with broader business objectives. 

Specific Job Summary

As a senior member of the Enterprise Architecture (EA) team this position will support EA leadership to facilitate and manage the enterprise architecture deliverables and objectives such as change control, technology risks, technology selection and architecture framework in a matrix environment. The position also implements and maintains enterprise architecture tools to promote compliance with standards and processes.  This position will work with business partners, IR leadership and service providers in technology planning and uses models and architectural frameworks to identify key relationships and gaps between business objectives, processes and IR systems. This role will need the ability to translate business strategy and process into logical architectural components and delivery of technology roadmaps that enhance operational efficiency.

Generic Expected Contributions

  • Develops operating plans and workable business processes for own department in alignment with function strategy.
  • Manages larger business processes and/or projects, setting priorities and measurable objectives, monitoring and reporting on the process, progress and results. 
  • Responds to, solves and makes decisions on business requests that have broader department impact and/or moderate risk.  Presents alternative solutions to business issues by leveraging the broader organization. 
  • Responsible for own work and contributing to team, department and/or business results. May direct work of non-management staff.  Typically influences work of cross-functional or extended teams.
  • Assists more senior associates in achieving business results by:
    • acting in a consultative fashion to implement programs impacting the broader organization.
    • assisting in the development and communication of broader organizational goals.
    • achieving results against budget within scope of responsibility.
    • taking calculated risks to move the department or team forward.
    • developing and using systems to organize and keep track of information.
    • balancing the interests of own group with the interests of the organization.
    • working with others to identify and remove barriers to success.
  • Readily critiques own behavior to acknowledge mistakes and improve future leadership performance and acts independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.
  • Performs other duties as appropriate.

Specific Expected Contributions (including duties and responsibilities)

Solutions Architecture:

  • Develop, implement and publish architecture design principles, strategies and frameworks and design governance processes to ensure  compliance across the enterprise
  • Develop and maintain strategic and technology roadmaps
  • Leads the internal governance processes for technology selection
  • Participates in the creation and maintenance of IT strategy and planning
  • Interfaces with Business Partners, IR Leaders and Service Provider(s) in development of the annual technology planning and roadmap
  • Create, maintain and publish Enterprise Technology Architecture Blueprint (ETAB), Enterprise Technology Architecture Roadmap (ETAR), and Enterprise Application Architecture Blueprint (EAAB)
  • Capture/document Business Architecture (Vision, Strategy and Goals) into enterprise architecture repository
  • Communicates technology direction and strategy 
  • Assist in defining, manage, and improve architecture service level reporting
  • Keeps abreast of emerging technology and business process trends within the industry
  • Manages day-to day relationships with all IT teams to ensure the delivery of services meets or exceeds the business’s expectations
  • Manages critical architecture issues that cross organizational boundaries
  • Communicates important policy changes that affect service provider and/or business operations
  • Participates in business portfolio and demand management processes

Specific Projects

  • Produce clear, concise, accurate and reliable technical documentation and reports
  • Provide effective, innovative solutions to meet business requirements
  • Maintain positive relationships with business analysis, product design and product development team members and IR Management
  • Provide positive direction, leadership, and advice on IT projects
  • Project is completed within time estimates and costs provided

Implementing and Maintaining Enterprise Architecture Tools

  • Builds, maintains, implements, and monitors an architecture risk assessment/management process
  • Defines Technology Governance committee and processes
  • Facilitates project compliance with defined enterprise architecture processes
  • Builds and maintains a standard set of enterprise architecture tools and processes that will provide the right level of governance for all IT teams

Architectural Design

  • Adhere to agreed SDLC standards and processes including design and code reviews.
  • Produce clear, concise, accurate and reliable technical documentation and reports
  • Provide recommendations that produce positive application/information benefits and/or improved integration/operations control information
  • Design product frameworks that produce the most efficient, effective technical solution
  • Produce accurate and reliable estimates of solution architecture design time
  • Produce functional decomposition of proposed solutions for use by the product managers in build estimation.
  • Report continuous process improvement opportunities
  • Maintain and promote positive constructive relationships with business analysis, product design and development team members, software providers and IR Management
  • Minimize the risk of adverse architectural impacts resulting from implementation of software changes
  • Facilitate acceptance of architecture variance with the domain standards team
  • Participate constructively in the implementation review process
  • Ensure project deliverables are consistent with user requirements and good practice
  • Display initiative in dealing with architectural issues related to the project
  • Maintain positive relationships with business analysis, product design and product development team members and IR Management
  • Provide positive direction, leadership, and advice on IT projects

Generic Candidate Profile

Successful candidates should possess knowledge and experience and demonstrate strong leadership and relationship skills as follows:

  • Communication - Conveys information and ideas to others in a convincing and engaging manner through a variety of methods.
  • Managing Change - Initiates and/or manages the change process and energizes it on an ongoing basis, taking steps to remove barriers or accelerate its pace; serves as role model for how to handle change by maintaining composure and performance level under pressure or when experiencing challenges.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; obtains and compares information from different sources to draw conclusions, develops and evaluates alternatives and solutions, solves problems, and chooses a course of action.
  • Professional Demeanor - Exhibits behavioral styles that convey confidence and command respect from others; makes a good first impression and represents the company in alignment with its values.
  • Strategy Development - Develops business plans by exploring and systematically evaluating opportunities with the greatest potential for producing positive results; ensures successful preparation and execution of business plans through effective planning, organizing, and on-going evaluation processes.

Specific Candidate Profile


  • 10+ years of progressive leadership experience in technical architecture, information architecture and solution architecture discipline
  • Five year’s recent experience in selecting and leveraging current and emerging technologies across IT platforms
  • Three year’s recent experience with architectural frameworks, IT Governance, technology roadmaps, enterprise technology selection and the various approaches to the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
  • Facilitation and management of cross functional, sourced, or matrix teams
  • Graduate degree or undergraduate degree and TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) certification(e.g. Management Information Systems, Computer Sciences, Engineering)
  • Strong negotiation, influencing and problem resolution skills


  • Technical architecture, infrastructure architecture and solutions deliver experience
  • Demonstrated success leading medium- to large-scale initiatives across enterprise platforms
  • Proven leadership experience in enterprise architecture, infrastructure architecture and application development
  • Knowledge of all aspects of the IT functional areas
  • Proven ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Knowledge of business environment, service requirements and culture
  • Demonstrated ability to assess customer/client needs, creatively approach solutions, decide and influence appropriate courses of action
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to articulate complex ideas in easy to understand business terms
  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language
  • Strong client service orientation
  • Team-oriented, collaborative leadership skills
  • Ability to accomplish results through others, particularly by establishing relationships, effective controls and monitoring processes
  • Strong collaboration and partnering skills

Marriott Vacations Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.