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one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

IT Lead Architect R&D


Hyderabad, TG, IN, 500032

Req ID 21193 Hyderabad, India



Your Tasks:



  • On this position you will be leading the IT Architecture for Product Development and PLM – which itself is affecting Production, Product Development and Quality (PDPQ) SW Applications Architecture; you will drive the continuous development of the applications portfolio, ensure the compliance and security auditing and analysing of applications, platforms and systems together with the colleagues from the sister teams; you will ensure the assessing of potential risks and potential for technical enhancement as well as for cost savings in IT area. You will also be cooperating with project leads and ZF Management. You will be involved in Change Management activities to provide continuous improvement
  • Perform Reviews of IT architecture and create recommendations proactively, Proactive evaluation of new applications. Competent governance endurance, steering and decisions making regarding the applications portfolio in alignment with the management, given guidelines and workstream PDPQ strategy team to ensure the CIP of PLM with the ~2000 Application families in PDPQ based on common technologies. Ensure actual overview of status of applications portfolio; Creation and continuous improvement of the concepts for the “PDM/PLM Architecture” and R&D Architecture, including underlying platforms, systems, apps, protocols, and interfaces to on-premise and cloud applications. Driving process and applications portfolio management in R&D and PLM. Identification and escalation of risks and problems within IT Architecture.
  • Work closely with both, the Internal and External IT Architecture and compliance audit teams. Assist with compliance to obtain (annual) certifications. Provide written reports and presentations regarding status of IT Architecture to other management / leadership in FIP. Adapt and create guidelines for suppliers and developers. Perform other duties as assigned. Ensure Software Product Lifecycle Management and improvement of IT Applications portfolio with strong contribution to the strategy team of PDPQ and the IT strategy of PDPQ.
  • Lead IT Architecture team for PLM and R&D Architecture in Consulting Management and teams. Responsible Technical Lead for approaches to identify potential for consolidation of SW Tools Landscape and to achieve synergies of existing tools and interfaces.
  • Steering of international (sub-)projects and work packages of PDPQ IT Architecture improvements. Ensure Consultancy of business and IT for IT Architecture questions in the named environment. Plan and perform IT Architecture and compliance assessments. Coordinate project management tasks and drive IT Architecture parts. Coordinate selected activities (his own and ZF internal and external) of projects within workstream.



Your Profile:



  • Master’s degree in Information Technologies or similar with 12 -16 Years of professional experience, >5 years of experience in IT Architecture, working in IT environment with focus on IT security. Understanding of key concepts and standards for IT Architecture
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills & good analytical skills. Strong English communication skills - both written and spoken.
  • Good understanding of IT domain: software, software development, hardware, network, databases; Know How of PDM/PLM and ERP Systems, etc
  • Will be a plus: understanding of security and compliance frameworks such as PCI, ISO, COBIT or Sarbanes-Oxley IT controls, security certifications, ITIL,
  • Travel Required 0-40%






Be part of our ZF team as Senior IT Architect PDM/PLM and R&D and apply now!


Rajesh Geddam

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