IT Business Solutions Architect

  • 600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: IT
  • Site Location: Minneapolis

Company Description

When it comes to being wild, we know a thing or two. We’re not afraid of trying something new or the hard work it takes to make it happen. It’s in our DNA. We’ve turned a family recipe into a new snacking category. And the wilderness into the world’s largest meat snack business, that’s still proudly family owned and operated.

We’re a company built by innovators, and are driven to not only satisfy your hunger, but to also feed your journey – whether that journey is on the road, on the run, at the campground, at the playground, in the office or in the moment. It’s a journey we share with you. It’s the journey forward of our people, of our communities, of our category…with a reverence for quality and an irreverence for the status quo.

At Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, we see every moment of every day as an opportunity to move forward, to forge new ground. To realize our vision of becoming the World’s #1 Protein Snack Company. We never give up. You never give up. Together, we keep going. Are you wild enough to join us?

Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company is made up of over 4,000 passionate team members, across 11 countries, who share an uncompromising commitment to delivering awesome products and feeding the journey of those who move things forward. The Jack Link’s Protein Snacks portfolio of brands includes, Jack Link’s, Lorissa’s Kitchen, MATADOR Jerky, BiFi and Peperami.

Status for our Support Centers beginning January 10, 2022:

Beginning January 10, 2022 we will adopt the following hybrid schedule for all Team Members in our support centers:

Our new hybrid work environment allows for face-to-face interaction and collaboration while still providing flexibility to work remotely:

  • All Team Members are expected to work in the office 3 Days/Week with the option to work remotely 2 Days/Week
  • Team Members will work closely with their managers to identify which days they will be in office, and which will be remote
  • In person group meetings are encouraged; Team Members will not be required to come to the office for meetings that occur on days that they plan to work remotely. All meetings should be set up to succeed as a hybrid call using Teams or WebEx technology.

Job Description

The IT Business Architect is the Lead business solutions architect for the Global Jack Links IT Organization, who is responsible for translating business requirements into technical solutions that align with overall technical architecture, as well as policy and compliance requirements. This is a key role in promoting the architecture and technical capabilities at Jack Link’s and help build an Enterprise Architecture practice. This job requires strong interpersonal and communication abilities since he/she will work with a wide variety of team members across the organization including stakeholders, executives, individual contributors, and subject matter experts. 




The duties and responsibilities of the IT Business Architect shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following: 



  • Provides solutions to complex projects and programs to meet business goals that include, but are not limited to, those having a range platforms and areas of expertise that are strategic and long-term in scope. 

  • Develops high-level architecture designs and documentation to facilitate integration with existing and future Jack Link’s technical and enterprise architecture 

  • Accountable for cross functional integration and data flow design between SAP ECC and other applications 

  • Participates in the development of and maintains documentation, artifacts, and deep knowledge of, the current state and future roadmap of the technology footprint for the company  

  • Performs in-depth analysis of proposed technology prior to the procurement and build process to ensure alignment with technical architecture and business goals, and propose changes as required to meet those objectives. 

  • Performs analysis and provides oversight of detailed technical designs to ensure they conform with the strategic direction, security requirements, and operational capabilities of the company. 

  • Be the Enterprise Architect for the organization 

Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) 

  • Manages multiple high priority initiatives in a fast paced highly technical environment 

  • Integrate global portfolio governance framework to evaluate and prioritize enterprise IT requests and maximize business value  

  • Play a key role in developing, driving and managing the IT strategy  

  • Develop and participate in the IT governance processes to set priorities and resolve conflicts across multiple teams 

  • Develop, maintain, and grow strategic vendor relationships to the benefit of the organization and IT strategic goals.   

  • Delegates tasks to various teams and ensures that they are successfully completed 



Required Education: 

  • Bachelor Degree in computer related field or equivalent work experience 

Required Experience: 

  • 10+ years’ of experience working in technology roles designing/engineering technical solutions for a global enterprise 

  • 8+ years of technical and cross-functional experience with SAP ECC  (S/4 HANA, and manufacturing experience preferred)  

  • 3+ years of experience as lead solutions architect in a consumer goods or manufacturing industry 

  • In depth understanding of data structures and flows with in SAP ECC modules and other complementary systems; working experience in leveraging data to generate business outcomes  

  • Exposure to Enterprise Architecture practice is required 

  • Implementation and technical integration experience for major IT projects involving multiple applications 

  • Proven ability to leverage technology trends in delivering business solutions 

  • Experience in successfully managing high profile projects 

  • Experience in successfully leading small IT teams 

  • Working knowledge of project and portfolio management processes and methodologies 

  • Knowledge of Agile methodologies and Scrum Master experience or PMP certification is preferred 



  • Thorough understanding of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. 

  • Knowledge of latest technology trends and innovations 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; must work effectively with all levels of management and employees 

  • Must demonstrate effective leadership, problem solving, presentation, and employee motivational skills. 

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information to non-technical personnel. 

  • Effective interpersonal skills and relationship-building skills. 

  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail. 

  • Available for afterhours support as needed 

Additional Information

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. IMPORTANT: If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. We may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. In order to determine whether Form I-9 documentation is valid, we use E-Verify’s photo screening tool to match the photograph appearing on some permanent resident and employment authorization cards with the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) photograph. If you believe that your employer has violated its responsibilities under this program or has discriminated against you during the verification process based upon your national origin or citizenship status, please call the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).

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