Vice President, IT Strategy and Architecture



Vice President, IT Strategy and Architecture



Employment Type:



per year

Job Description:

We better the lives of our customers and communities.


Capitalizing on his/her knowledge about the business environment, the firm's customers, markets, products/services, and competitors, as well as his/her expertise in technology, the role is expected to:

* Provide vision and insight into the development of the business strategy.
* Demonstrate leadership and expertise for business technology initiatives.
* Ensure trans-enterprise integration of business processes, technology solutions, data, customer experience, etc. to drive competitive capability, innovation, and new revenue.

The individual is an essential member of the company's leadership team. As such, he/she will have close and regular contact with senior management peers to develop and review strategies and initiatives.

The individual will exploit technology as a critical aspect of the customer, client, and employee value proposition within the context of risk and benefits.

As a leader of the IT department, he/she is expected to develop strong relationships with his/her team and facilitate connected thinking between the IT department and the rest of the organization.

He/she will have regular contact with external partners and is expected to develop a network of vendors, advisors, and peers through membership in a professional association, attendance at conferences, and other events, and through the use of social networks.

The individual may be called upon to speak at conferences or with the media as a technology expert.


* Technology Leadership & Innovation: Seizes opportunities created by emerging technologies to facilitate innovation in business models, products, and services; uses information and technology to drive value into and from the customer experience; develops solutions for complex business problems that require ingenuity and creativity.
* Enterprise Architecture: Develops and oversees the EA program; facilitates trans-enterprise integration by providing natural mutual points of engagement and communication both within and outside the organization; optimizes the delivery of business services at the enterprise level to realize the corporate strategy.
* Investment Management: Manages the risk-efficient investment of enterprise capital and other factors within the context of the organization's innovation goals; exploits ideas for change and manages them as a portfolio of investments.
* Solutions Facilitation: Interacts with service providers and ensures their products are secure, integrated, and cost-effective; establishes a converged cloud approach and manages the lifecycle of the services requested by the business.
* Business Strategy: Contributes to the growth of the organization using an understanding of the organization's industry, core functions, products, services, customers, and competitors.
* Stakeholder Engagement & Management: Identifies, builds and maintains formal and informal networks and constructive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. It includes leveraging stakeholders to influence positive outcomes for the organization.
* Data Stewardship: Helps to drive the growth of the organization through better management and delivery of data throughout the enterprise.

Education and Experience

* A graduate degree in Business or Management supported by a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Engineering or another related discipline with an IT focus is preferred, or equivalent work experience.
* At least 10 years of experience leading strategic business transformation initiatives and/or major development programs.
* A minimum of five years of experience in strategic planning and technology architecture
* Proven experience with technologies such as ERP, collaboration tools, data collection, consolidation and analytic/business intelligence tools, social networking platforms, etc.
* Proven experience in researching, evaluating, negotiating, and managing third-party service providers.
* A minimum of five years of management experience leading an IT department or other business unit, including demonstrated competency in:
* Leadership and stakeholder relationship management (external and internal).
* The complex analysis of business structure and processes, and the design of effective and efficient solutions to address complex business issues.
* Leading multidisciplinary work teams.
* Implementing organizational change within that department/business unit.

* Demonstrated knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws, and other industry-relevant regulations.
* Proven ability to architect and present technology alternatives based on a business concept.
* Demonstrates strong business acumen: understands key business drivers for performance and growth, and the use of sound business practices.

Personal Attributes

* Leadership & Influence: Leads, guides, and motivates groups of people to deliver results; encourages risk-taking, initiative, and responsibility; demonstrates the ability to effectively persuade others to listen, commit, and act on a new approach.
* Communicates effectively up and down the management chain in the appropriate language, and provides the appropriate level of detail and focus on the right information.
* Thinks strategically.
* Exercises independent judgment and takes action on it.
* Excellent analytical, conceptual, and creative problem-solving skills.
* Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
* Highly self-motivated and confident.
* Able to prioritize and execute tasks effectively while under pressure.
* Strong interpersonal and consultative skills.
* Executive presence.

Who we are

We know that the services we provide directly affect and are essential to our customers' quality of life and wellbeing. From homes to hospitals, elder-care facilities to elementary schools, our customers depend on our ability to continue to provide safe and reliable energy and water services. For more than 30 years, Liberty has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering clean energy and water solutions. Our rapid growth has led both our renewable energy and regulated utility services into different geographies and commodities, but our purpose remains unchanged - Sustaining Energy and Water for Life.

Today, Liberty provides regulated water, electricity, and natural gas utility services to over 807,000 customers in the United States and Canada. And, our growing portfolio of clean, renewable wind, solar, hydro and thermal power generation facilities represents over 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity and more than 1.6 GW of renewable energy projects under construction.

Through embedding sustainability in our day-to-day business decisions and putting our customers first in all that we do, we know that we can do well by doing good. We recognize that we have a role to play in leading the energy transition towards greener solutions for our customers and communities. And, our recent recognition in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and as one of the Top 10 of Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking are testaments to our work in sustainability.

About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp:

Liberty is a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("Algonquin"). Algonquin is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $11 billion of total assets. Common shares, preferred shares, and installment receipts are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQN.PR.A, AQN.PR.D, and AQN.IR. APUC's common shares are also listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AQN.

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What we offer

* Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

* Share purchase/match plan

* Pension Plan

* Free refreshments

* Top Talent Program

* Volunteer paid days off

* Employee Assistance Program

* Achievement fund

* Free parking, including free electrical charging

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role, and are not certain you meet the all the qualification requirements, we encourage you to apply to further investigate the opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person's unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition Team.
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