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Job Ref:  786771
Employer:  BHP Billiton
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United States
County/State:  Texas
City:  Houston
12/10/2016 21:05

BHP Billiton is a leading global resources company. Our purpose is to create long-term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources. Across our global operations, we are committed to working in ways that are true to Our BHP Billiton Charter values of Sustainability, Integrity, Respect, Performance, Simplicity and Accountability.


The Technical Applications Enterprise Architect's primary role will be to provide architecture oversight for the design and implementation of global Geoscience High Performance Computing (HPC) and GIS platforms across BHP Billiton assets. The Technical Applications Enterprise Architect also serves as the primary point of contact within the Enterprise Architecture function for High Performance Geoscience Computing (HPC) and GIS platform architecture. Responsibilities include:
  • Develop and maintain the global Technical Applications platform current and future state architecture and roadmap
  • Drive change toward the future state architecture in alignment with Business and Technology strategy
  • Advise the Technology function on all key Technical Applications platform standards and best practices, existing capabilities, and emerging technologies
  • It is a primary requirement that employees comply with the BHP Billiton Sustainable Development Policy and HSEC Management Standards and Guidelines, Guide to Business Conduct, and the Production Unit Standards and Procedures.


  • Works with the Copper and Potash Business Systems delivery teams to solve complex application and integration problems and aligning activities across all Enterprise Systems functions
  • Maintain relationships with strategic vendors to understand offerings and vendor roadmap
  • Reviews and approves new and existing program/project architectures related to the platform
  • Communicates platform standards and policies to all levels in the organization
  • Lead the architecture efforts for and regional implementation of Integration platforms
  • Work with Business Systems Architect on platform integration with various disparate systems (SAP/Production Systems)
  • Work with Enterprise Data Architect on any activity involving data architecture (defining data models, information flows, information taxonomies, cataloging of terms, etc..)
  • Manage the design of the platform by jointly working with technical leads to analyze requirements, authoring architecture diagrams, developing specifications, and mapping system capabilities to requirements
  • Documents and manages any exceptions to enterprise systems architecture standards
  • Supports and participates in process and data governance
  • Ensures that project documentation captures architecturally significant decisions
  • Ensures that function architectural governance is a consistent and transparent process
  • Chairs or participates on steering committees for all relevant projects
  • Works closely with Planning & PMO to ensure solution architecture process and aligned with PMO phases
  • Works closely with technical computing on infrastructure design, innovation, and platform performance
  • Takes responsibility for technology evaluations and proofs of concept


The Technical Applications Enterprise Architect will be measured against the following key result areas.
  • HSE practices and contribution to a safe working environment
  • Support and delivery of solutions architecture services to the Enterprise Systems Function
  • Maintenance of the platform architecture in the EA repository
  • Effective leadership of technical leads and project teams requiring architecture oversight and guidance


Charter values:
  • Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Performance
  • Simplicity
  • Accountability

Leadership Model:
  • Vision
  • Credibility
  • Action orientation
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Feedback and recognition
  • Accountability
  • Judgment


The Technical Applications Enterprise Architect role will be expected to liaise and coordinate with the following roles as required.

Responsible to:
  • Manager, Enterprise Systems Architecture

Key Interfaces
  • Peer organizations, for peer learning and benchmarking
  • Peers in resource sector
  • Industry bodies
  • Key vendors / externals SMEs in respective functional area


Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree is required

  • A qualification in mining technology and TOGAF certification

Experience and Technical Competencies
  • A minimum of 15 years relevant professional experience, with a minimum of 5 years experience in petroleum, minerals & resources
  • Knowledge of enterprise architecture frameworks and ISA-95 framework
  • Experience with Solutions Architecture development methods
  • Ability to lead and work effectively in a diverse and globally dispersed virtual team environment, guiding and supporting team members
  • Strong business relationship management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to present and discuss technical information to a business audience and technology audience
  • Builds highly cohesive teams with high energy levels and constructive, positive cultures
  • Proficient in BI technology tailored to the Petroleum and Resources/Mining businesses (Informatica ETL, SAP Business Objects, OBIEE, SPA HANA)
  • Proficient with High Performance Computing implementations for large Geoscience data sets (Hewlett Packard, General Parallel File System [GPFS], Flash storage appliance, DDN storage, Infiniband networking standards)
  • Familiarity with emerging High Performance Computing technology (GPU, HP Apollo series, Compute-Big Data convergence)
  • Familiarity with GIS tools and applications (ArcSDE, FME, ArcServer, GeoCortex, Web App Builder)
  • Familiarity with common languages for GIS tools and application (Python, Java, C)

Ability to enforce structure and discipline but remain flexible to situational priorities and provide timely decision making Languages: English required, Spanish desirable


At BHP Billiton, we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. We offer a diverse and challenging environment with great learning and career opportunities for people who share our values. BHP Billiton's Petroleum business has exploration, development, production and marketing activities in countries around the globe, including significant positions in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, onshore U.S., Australia, and Trinidad and Tobago.



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