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Solutions Architect - Supply Chain Systems (Remote)

Ferguson Enterprises

Ferguson Enterprises

IT, Operations
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Job Posting:

Ferguson is North America’s leading value-added distributor across residential, non-residential, new construction and repair, maintenance, and improvement (RMI) end markets. Spanning 34,000 suppliers and more than one million customers, we deliver local expertise, value-added solutions, and the industry’s most extensive portfolio of products. From infrastructure, plumbing, and appliances, to HVAC, fire protection, fabrication, and more, we make our customers’ complex projects simple, successful, and sustainable.

We have an opportunity for a Sr. Solutions Architect role in the Supply Chain Architecture and Engineering space. You will join a team of experienced technology professionals who design, develop, and support the technologies used by our Supply Chain organization. These applications include, but are not limited to, those that support Automated Warehousing, Warehouse Management Systems, and 3rd party and private fleet Transportation Management.

In this role, you'll help to orchestrate the architecture, technical design, and integration of Supply Chain technologies. Working closely with our Supply Chain technology team, other tech teams, vendors, and business collaborators, you'll design and implement solutions to meet business needs. Your main focus will be on providing architectural solutions, tooling, and processes to support our development teams in maintaining our business applications. As a perfect fit for this position, you'll exhibit strong leadership abilities, serving as a key resource for Ferguson's development and engineering teams. The role entails both independent work and collaborative efforts across departments."

**This position may be remote or hybrid in accordance with company policy.**

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with key collaborators, leadership, and Business Analysts to understand the needs of supply chain departments.
  • Technical expertise, including infrastructure and application understanding, in applying technology to automate supply chain solutions.
  • Provide analysis and recommendation on the design of on-prem software/hardware implementations and/or implementation of SaaS/PaaS solutions supporting the supply chain line of business.
  • Collaborate internally and across departments with peers to deliver products/solutions that align to Ferguson’s strategic vision.
  • Prepare detailed design and specifications from which programs/applications/configurations will be implemented.
  • End-to-end ownership of solutions, ensure accuracy and completeness of solution by having recurring check points / audit loops with technical implementation teams.
  • Responsible for analyzing and solving sophisticated problems and providing solutions to overcome those problems using the newest technologies.
  • Provide technical leadership on sophisticated projects and as needed will be an escalation point on production outages.
  • Complete architectural reviews of projects.
  • Complete design and code reviews.
  • Review team practices to identify areas of improvement.
  • Work with vendors to resolve 3rd Level or project issues.
  • Evaluate 3rd party tools.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Related or Business-related field or relevant work experience is typically required to perform at expectation.
  • At a minimum 7+ years of professional IT experience, with at least 3-5 years of hands-on implementation experience leading high-stake and complex IT projects.
  • Developed innovative architectural designs for large commercial Enterprises (5000+ Associates) with sophisticated integrations across various platforms and applications.
  • Expert level experience defining the system architecture, identifying gaps between current and desired end-states, and delivering comprehensive solutions that will achieve desired business outcomes.
  • Experience with Supply Chain systems is a plus, especially as it relates to automated warehouse management systems (WMS), Warehouse Control Systems, Goods to Person Picking systems, other automated material handling equipment, and transportation management systems, to include integration between those various systems.
  • Strong capabilities to analyze and lead the design of complex IT projects, focusing on interdependencies between applications whilst addressing the overall business needs.
  • Excels at overlaying stakeholder visions, goals of projects, and mandatory requirements of various functional IT departments.
  • Solid understanding of IT infrastructure components (hardware, software, network, operating systems, storage) and Cloud platforms components (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS).
  • Comfortable with leading designs outside of comfort zone – learning new technologies whilst contributing to strategic requirements.
  • Good knowledge of IT disciplines, e.g., software applications and interfaces, production operations, quality assurance, systems management, etc.
  • Solid understanding of application development lifecycles, to include waterfall and agile methodologies and understanding of CI/CD pipelines.
  • Experience researching and evaluating commercial IT Products and Solutions.
  • Foundational knowledge of Microsoft Azure.
  • Excellent written, oral, instructional, presentation, and communication skills focused on motivation and positive attitude with ability to actively engage and empower large groups
  • Must be self-motivated, proactive, creative, and efficient in identifying issues with strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a high attention to details.
  • Must be collaborative in decisions making and facilitate working to consensus to gain agreement when proposing solutions or taking ownership.
  • Ability to create technical design documents with presentations using Microsoft Visio and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work in a virtual team environment

Other Skills and Qualities:

To perform the job optimally, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies & essential functions:

  • Problem solving— a creative, analytical mind able to review large quantities of data and quickly bring solutions to life.
  • Interpersonal skills—the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others' ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.
  • Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations and demonstrates group presentation skills.
  • Written communication—the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
  • Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities and uses time efficiently.
  • Quality control—the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.

Ferguson is dedicated to providing meaningful benefits programs and products to our associates and their families—geared toward benefits, wellness, financial protection, and retirement savings. Ferguson offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement savings with company match, paid leave (vacation, sick, personal, holiday, and parental), employee assistance programs, associate discounts, community involvement opportunities, and much more!



Pay Range:


Actual pay rate may vary depending upon location. The estimated pay range for this position is below. The specific rate will depend on a candidate’s qualifications and prior experience.


$6,805.95 - $11,921.25


Estimated Ranges displayed are Monthly for Salaried roles OR Hourly for all other roles.


This role is Bonus or Incentive Plan eligible.


The Company is an equal opportunity employer as well as a government contractor that shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a), which prohibits discrimination against qualified protected Veterans and the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(A), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability.

Ferguson Enterprises, LLC. is an equal employment employer F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

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