IT Manager – Business Solutions Architect | Manufacturing

Information Systems
Warroad, MN
At Marvin Windows and Doors, we have Careers – Built around you. ™ We are currently seeking an IT Manager – Business Solutions Architect | Manufacturing for our Warroad, MN location.
Position Overview
The primary focus for this position is to effectively connect technology with manufacturing and supply chain business strategies and priorities, empowering cross functional collaboration to deliver high impact results.  The right candidate will leverage their strong business acumen and relationship skills to take an immersed position within these operational landscapes and gain comprehensive understanding of the critical path business objectives.  Armed with this understanding they will bring forward viable technology solutions, develop overarching strategic solution roadmaps and secure alignment on solution priorities with stakeholders at all levels… ensuring rapid solution delivery, adoption and maximum return on investment.
Essential Job Functions
Business Partnership (50%)
Strategic Mindset
  • High Impact Outcomes (ROI)
  • Thought Leader (Strategic Point of View and Solution Roadmaps)
  • Proactive Partner (Driving vs. Reacting)
  • Solution Architecture in Context (Present, Near Future, Long Term)


  • Take an Immersed Position in the Operational Landscapes
  • Skilled in Bi-Lingual Communication (Business Conversations with Business Partners, Technical Conversations with Technology Partners)
  • Earn Respect of Business and Technology Stakeholders
  • Develop Strategic Partnerships
  • Secure Alignment on Solutions and Priorities


  • Lead, Manage and Hold Team Members Accountable for Delivering Desired Results
  • Recruit, Train and Develop a High Performing Team of Business and Quality Assurance Analysts
  • Set Vision for Solution Architecture Landscape
  • Develop and Refine Strategic Roadmaps
  • Prepare and Present Executive Alignment and Business Case Presentations
  • Optimize Functional Budget Utilization
  • Effectively Manage 3rd Party Vendor Partnerships

Values and Culture Ambassador

  • Company Values in Action
  • Solutions Speed and Agility
  • Ownership in the Outcome
  • Enjoy Delivering Amazing Solutions to our Internal and External Customers

Business Analysis and Solution Architecture (40%)

Business Analysis

  • Understand and Assess the Operational Landscape
  • Develop a Strategic Point of View
  • Collaborate with Stakeholders to Identify Pain Points and Opportunities
  • Define ROI and Business Impact
  • Build Priority Alignment

Solution Architecture

  • Identify Key Stakeholders and Shared Ownership in Outcomes
  • Define Required Outcomes for Success
  • Document Project Requirements and Current State Process Flows
  • Rapidly Prototype Solutions
  • Gain Solution Architecture Alignment and Sign-Off
  • Finalize Business Requirements Document and Project Plan

Solution Delivery

  • Align with Technical Architects on Business Solution and Data Requirements
  • Manage Projects to Ensure Deliverables and Timelines are Met
  • Prepare Unit, Systems Integration and User Acceptance Test Plans
  • Coordinate User Acceptance Testing, Training and Production Launch Schedules
  • Post Production Launch Support and Continuous Improvement

Enterprise Technology and Data Ecosystem Governance and Alignment (10%)

Governance and Alignment

  • Collaborate and Ensure Alignment on Solution Architecture with Enterprise Technology and Data Ecosystem Vision, Strategies and Protocols
  • Strong Working Knowledge of Systems and Data Security Best Practices

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

• Demonstrated strong analytical and solution architecture skills required, including a thorough understanding of data architecture and how to interpret customer business needs and translate them into application, data and operational requirements.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to professionally interact with and influence a diverse group of executives, managers, and subject matter experts.
• Strong facilitation and presentation skills along with relationship building skills.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and manage small to large projects in a cross-functional environment.
• Must be self-motivated, have strong desire to learn, and be adaptable to a fast paced, ever-changing environment.
• High degree of professionalism and a project management experience/style that promotes progress through teamwork in a collaborative environment, using best practice methodologies like agile or waterfall.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of systems supporting manufacturing and supply chain processes.  Knowledge of logical and database programming languages are desired, PL/SQL or SQL data query experience is strongly desired.
• As an expert Senior Business Analyst and Solution Architect, possesses the ability to start quick, take charge, and generate a positive impact immediately.
• Ability to travel on occasion (approximately 10%)

Education / Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Information Technology, or related discipline desired. 
• Hands on experience in gathering, documenting, and communicating project business requirements using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, as well as prototyping (Axure) or other appropriate software.
• 10+ years of experience in software development life cycle, including business process and requirements documentation, analysis, design, system construction, testing, training, communication planning and deployment (concept to deployment).
• Demonstrated experience in implementing and supporting custom integrated, enterprise and 3rd party packaged software and web solutions, preferably in an agile environment.
• Experience with business operations or systems development
• Experience writing PL/SQL or SQL
• Experience in managing complex projects, familiarity and experience in using Project Management software, such as Microsoft Project is a significant plus.
• Technical proficiency/familiarity with applicable software to support the internal customer.