Principal Architect – Enterprise Resource Planning & Supply Chain

We are looking for a Principal Architect – ERP & Supply Chain to act as a Head of Technology Design for our major Supply Chain Transformation programme, and to play a key role in defining and implementing our vision for the Technology roadmap across our application landscape. If you are a technology leader who thrives on transformation, innovation and delivery, we want to hear from you.

Our Business

Penguin Random House UK is part of the world’s leading trade publisher, Penguin Random House. We seek out and champion brilliant voices from across the globe, bringing their stories, ideas and writing to audiences everywhere. With over 50 independent imprints across nine publishing houses, we are the UK’s largest publisher. We have over 2,000 employees across two publishing sites in London, two distribution centres in Frating, Essex and Grantham, Lincolnshire, and our archive and library in Rushden.

We work with the best talent from within the industry and beyond, with publishing experts supported by teams specialising in Technology, Digital, Finance, Data and Sales – to name but a few. Collaboration, creativity and innovation lie at the heart of what we do. In a market which is constantly changing, we are stretching the definition of the word publisher: working with talent across the creative spectrum – from TV production companies to A-list audiobook narrators – to connect with more readers than ever before, both through and beyond the book. We are working hard to champion a more inclusive industry, to make sure that our company – and the books we publish – are as diverse as the society we represent.

We make books for everyone, because a book can change anyone.

The Opportunity

In line with Penguin Random House’s global priorities, we believe that our supply chain in the UK and internationally is a major factor for differentiation and value creation. Optimising our supply chain is a critical strategic priority. Best-in-class supply chain in the UK will be critical in our ability to support significant growth in online sales, to optimise international distribution, respond to disruptive market events and achieve a more cost-effective operation for us and our customers.

This year, we embark on the largest supply chain change in our history, modernising, enhancing and transforming a core part of our business. This multi-year transformation programme combines Process, Infrastructure and Technology change. It exists to bring together several transformational workstreams, including:

  • Build & Fit out of an extension to our warehouse

  • Potential Implementation of partial automation

  • Potential new Warehouse Management System implementation

We have an excellent opportunity for a highly specialist Principal Enterprise Architect to join us, reporting to the Director Enterprise Systems. The Principal Architect – ERP & Supply Chain will lead and support the definition of the vision for Technology and the Technology roadmap for Penguin Random House across the majority of the application landscape around our ERP estate with particular focus on the Supply Chain Transformation. They will act as Head of Technology Design for Supply Chain Transformation Programme, act as Solution Architect as needed, as well as the overall Application Enterprise Architect. They will provide leadership to design activities across internal, external and vendor design activities. Key stakeholders will include the wider Technology Leadership team, Group Operations Director, and MD, Distribution.

This position can be based out of our London or Frating, Colchester sites. We are also happy to discuss flexible working.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead Design Activities for Supply Chain Transformation Programme

  • Develop and continually improve Architectural and Design principles with other senior Business and Technology stakeholders

  • Implement the architecture for the Supply Chain Transformation Programme

  • Support development and maintenance of the overall Technology roadmap and Domain specific roadmaps beyond the Supply Chain Transformation Programme

  • Participate and Lead Architectural governance meetings and workshops to define and manage principals, standards and policies

  • Act as Solution Architect on a project by project basis as needed.

  • Assess and recommend technology solutions to meet business needs.

  • Supporting the overall development and architecture approach for all layers of a solutions.

  • Support the selection and management of vendor and solution integrators

  • Lead and own the architectural design of assigned solutions collaborating with all appropriate internal and external technology and business experts

  • Directly contribute to the development and management of the Penguin Random House technology strategy, architecture, roadmap and policies/standards

  • Ensure the quality and integrity of all solution designs and their interfaces, including their fit to Penguin Random House technology standards and policies

  • Collaborate with business engagement, implementation and service delivery teams to define the scope of technical projects, directly supporting them in identifying and defining goals, risks, issues, and resource requirements

  • Ensuring appropriate quality assurance procedures are applied through the lifecycle of the design, development, deployment and operation of all solutions within assigned domains.

  • Support/oversee the planning, management and delivery of application development services, including software development teams, 3rd party providers and infrastructure services.

  • Provide technical consultancy for application and infrastructure requirements, working across technology and business teams; ensuring a consistency of approach and adherence to technical design standards.

  • Work with the business and technology subject matter experts to define and deliver the target technology architecture for the Supply Chain Programme as well as for the wider company’s application stack requirements.

Candidate Profile:

  • Direct experience with 10M-50M GBP supply chain transformation programme in a similar capacity is highly desirable

  • Experience operating as a Senior Solution Architect, Chief Architect or Design Manager for a large organisation in supply chain domain, including integration of warehouse management systems

  • Business Architecture, Analysis, and Capability modelling experience

  • Experience in multiple Architecture Domains, solid appreciation and understanding of core concepts / building blocks of technical/ infrastructure design and architecture

  • Experience of Architectural frameworks (TOGAF/Zachman)

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills with stakeholders across the Business and Technology functions

  • Ability to manage and facilitate complex design across multiple suppliers and teams.

  • Experience of managing technical teams through the project life cycle, working successfully with infrastructure teams and 3rd party service providers.

  • Understanding and experience of project management methodologies and frameworks and change management processes.

  • Works effectively and inclusively with a range of people, both within and outside of the organisation and demonstrates determination, resourcefulness and purpose to deliver.

  • Drives a culture of innovation with Technology and the Business

  • Comfortable using critical thinking analysis and highly analytical

  • A collaborative team-player, championing our principles of openness and diversity

  • A self-starting leader who nurtures and fosters talent with clear visions and authenticity

Please apply with your CV and cover letter at your earliest opportunity. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.

What you can expect from us:

Salary:Circa £97,000dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:• 27days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays• Medical cover• Life assurance• Cycle to Work scheme• Discounted gym membership• Personal Learning Allowance• Generous pension scheme• Summer working hours (role dependent)• Volunteering policy and charity matching• Employee Assistance programme• Mentoring programme• Extended Parental Leave policy• Access to company books and ebooks• Each site has trained mental health first aiders• We plant a tree for every new employee to our business

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

As aDisability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at http://[email protected].

Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here: note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

Country:United Kingdom


City: London

Postal Code:SW11 7BW

Job ID:224243


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