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Sr. Digital Architect

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Location: Peoria, IL, United States
Date Posted: May 25, 2020

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The Cat® Digital group is the digital and technology arm of Caterpillar Inc., responsible for bringing world class capabilities to our products and services. With almost one million connected assets worldwide, we're focused on using data, technology, advanced analytics, and AI capabilities to help our customers build a better world. To accomplish this, we’re deploying analytics that generate insights, recommend optimized decisions, and improve products by intelligently integrating massive quantities of telematics information, transactional records, images, unstructured documents, and other data sources. For example, imagine leading a group of world-class data scientists applying deep learning to identify unstated customer needs, improve products, and generate leads and recommendations by developing a detailed understanding of how customers use their Cat® products. Or by using the insights gained from such efforts to design customized customer services that maximize the value of their fleet of Cat® equipment. The opportunity to make an enormous impact is truly remarkable!

JOB PURPOSE:  To provide architecture solution services and counsel to digital and business driven projects and manage enterprise technology footprint. The position provides leadership direction and accountability for strategic application architecture plans, technology design and lifecycle, and information integrity by promoting reuse through Enterprise Architecture processes/reviews and standard compliance practices. A Sr. Digital Architect will determine and develop architectural approaches and solutions, conduct architectural reviews and recommend how to proceed with the applications (replace, retire, maintain, etc.)  


The primary focus area for this architect will be Parts & Service Applications including SIS/SIS2.0, SOS, SOC, ACM, etc. 


Key deliverables will include but not limited to: 

·         Create 3-5 year Service Software Platform architecture & roadmap 

·         Determine data strategy & requirements To be delivered to/consumed from Cat Digital Platform

·         Determine hosting/cloud strategy for Parts & Service applications

·         Interface with Data, Platform & Analytics teams to ensure strategic roadmap alignment

·         Interface with other applications (eCommerce, Fleet Mgmt, Remote Services etc) to ensure reusability of features and reduce duplication (Headless Commerce integration, etc)

·         Rationalize portfolio of Parts & Service Applications (reduce # of apps by 50%)


This position is recognized within the Cat Digital community as an expert in their technical or business domain.  The Sr. Digital Architect will create and maintain architectural best practices, addressing application, data and technology in the context of business process across defined business functions(s) or technology domain(s).


Key areas of accountability include leading the development of Architecture Solutions for Strategic Enterprise projects and programs; developing and maintaining global technology roadmaps and application evolution plans; leading in the evaluation of new technology, information or integration standards; and developing digital strategy for a specific technical or business domain.

Responsibilities include one or more of the following:

  1. Lead Architecture assessment and design for infrastructure domains that provide core capabilities for the enterprise.
  2. Lead Architecture design and create roadmaps for end to end enterprise systems that serve multiple business functions.
  3. Lead the design and implementation of enterprise data model and metadata structures for low to medium complex projects.
  4. Define which data is extracted and the rules by which it is transformed for complex projects.
  5. Initiate and deliver technology evaluation and recommendations.
  6. Develop and maintain current and planned state architecture blue prints.
  7. Lead the efforts for Enterprise Technology and Application Rationalization.
  8. Ensure projects maintain an enterprise-wide view to support adoption of standards and practices and promote reuse.
  9. Develop, improve, validate, and use tools to facilitate Enterprise Architecture efforts.
  10. Lead the analysis of technology industry and market trends to determine their potential impact on the Enterprise Architecture.
  11. Assist in the development and alignment of the digital roadmaps with the digital and business strategy.
  12. Participate in the identification and analysis of enterprise business drivers and requirements that drive the future state architecture.

13.  Employee is also responsible for performing other job duties as assigned by Caterpillar management from time to time.

Typical internal customers include employees within multiple business processes or functions including multiple Business Units and Divisions.  In addition, this position may have direct relationships with Global Product Owners (GPO), Digital Managers, and Directors. External contacts include various companies who purchase services offered by Caterpillar and/or suppliers who provide hardware or software to Caterpillar.

The position is challenged to identify problems quickly and correctly, some which may not be obvious. The incumbent solves problems by determining the best course of action, within departmental guidelines, from many existing solutions. Communications for needed investments, architectural changes, or business needs is critical to ensure solutions can be created to meet strategic business capability needs.


1.     Common Skills: Leadership, Team working, Inter-personal and Influential skills.

2.     Business Skills & Methods: - Business case development, business process mapping, strategic planning.

3.     Enterprise Architecture Skills: - architecture modeling, building block design, applications and role design and systems integration

4.     Program or Project Management Skills: - Managing business change, project management methods and tools, etc.

5.     General Digital Knowledge Skills: - Brokering applications, asset management, migration planning, SLAs, etc.

6.     Technical Digital Skills: - Deep expertise in one to many areas including software engineering, security, data interchange, data management, network, database, servers, storage, collaboration or other technical areas.



  • Four year Bachelor’s degree preferably in computer science or information systems
  • 8+ years of progressively complex digital experience with application design and/or development
  • Strong demonstrable experience delivering product and/or enterprise architecture for enterprise scale solutions in public cloud and hybrid eco-systems.



Top candidates will have: 

  •  Must have excellent communication skills and be able to deal with sensitive issues, mentor and coach and/or persuade others on new technologies, new applications, or potential solutions.
  • Strong understanding of Agile SDLC implementation in public cloud eco-system including environments management, test automation, peer review, CI/CD, resource optimization, etc. 
  • Strong hands on coding experience with any of Core Java, Spring, Python, etc.
  • Understanding of enterprise data integration and analytical platforms
  • Azure or AWS experience open source project contribution
  • Experience in multiple business processes or organizations and experience in multiple IT disciplines is also beneficial.
  • Caterpillar dealer and customer experience, knowledge of company products, product applications, and customer workflow related to Purchase, Operate, and Support processes. 
  • Strong experience and understanding of Agile DevOps and Cloud based technologies and processes 

Relocation is no available for this position.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O.  As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

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May 25, 2020


United States