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Senior Advisor Solution Architecture (Retail)

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services - CFMWS

This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted March 15, 2023.


CFMWS. A job with purpose. Our 4000+ person strong organization champions a healthy, fun, creative and active lifestyle for Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families. Help us deliver a variety of recreation and fitness programs, offer family support, organize charity events and make sure our members access retail, travel and banking discounts and customized financial services. At Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), we love what we do. And we live it too.


Under the director of the Director IM/IT Business Services, the Solution Architect is a hands on individual focused on the technology. The Solution Architect understands business objectives and plans, designs, manages, and ensures technical integrity and consistency of the system/solution/product throughout every stage of its lifecycle to meet the business goals. You will be:

  • Responsible for architectural guidance and recognizing technical risks. Provides strategic advice to product line managers and technical support to the product teams including tools, reusable technology and coaching on architectural guidelines.
  • Responsible for the development of strategic directions for solutions, including the development/enhancement of architectural viewpoints, models, roadmaps and designs to map out and evolve components that align within the CFMWS enterprise architecture. This requires the completion of comprehensive business transformation and architecture assessments as well as complex reviews in support of system/infrastructure needs of our product.
  • Responsible for leading change for on-premises/cloud adoption and/or hybrid, and taking the vision and overseeing the entire chosen process for the product. Developing, maintaining the co-coordination of the adoption process is paramount.
  • Responsible for understanding CFMWS’s Business, Application, Information (Data), Security and Technology/Cloud domains and the effective integration of solutions into the broader business and enterprise IT landscape. Contribute towards enterprise architecture policies, standards, guidelines, best practices and ensure compliance with CFMWS and industry standards.
  • Responsible for liaising with vendors to understand product architecture, integrations, and development roadmap; and collaborating with CFMWS staff to ensure awareness and alignment of vendor product with CFMWS environment and standards.


Education, Certifications and Licenses

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Business Administration, or in a related field, AND some years of experience in technical architecture, application architecture, solution architecture or in a related field

Demonstrated understanding of industry standards, architecture frameworks and methodologies including TOGAF, Zachman, Federal Enterprise Architecture Frameworks

Certifications in TOGAF, IASA (IT Architect) or Azure Cloud, an asset


Five (5) + years of experience in Solution Architecture with demonstrated expertise in one or more architecture domains such as business, information/data, application/integration, technology/cloud, security including the following specific experience:

  • End-to-end solution design and architecture
  • Systems architecture and technical architecture and design
  • Retail and eCommerce solutions
  • eCommerce enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • DevOps practices
  • Using formal architecture frameworks and modeling tools integrated solution design
  • Software integration and relational databases
  • Multi-technology environments
  • Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Reporting
  • Leading multi-application development team
  • Providing advice on strategic issues
  • Creating and facilitating presentations

Competencies, Skills and Abilities

Client focus, organizational knowledge, communication, innovation, teamwork and leadership.


English or French Essential, Bilingual an asset

Reading: Advanced

Writing: Functional

Oral: Advanced


Health Benefits: Drug coverage, travel insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.

Work Life Balance: A wide range of paid/unpaid leave, including paid vacation, family related leave and personal days.

Retirement Planning: A Defined Benefit Pension Plan and Group Savings Plans.

Learning and Development: Tuition Assistance Program and Advanced Learning Program, payment of professional association memberships, online learning opportunities and second language training.

Perks: Discounts through CF One Member Appreciation.


  • This position has an assigned location and may allow flexible work options such as remote or hybrid work but the employee must be able to report to the assigned work location at their own cost if required. In the event that we don’t find a local candidates, employee located anywhere in Canada will also be considered. Remote work may be required depending on health and safety considerations.
  • You may be eligible to receive a Scarce Skills Premium for this position as outlined in the attached IT Scarce Skills Compensation Agreement.
  • The selection process will be done virtually.


20 March 2023


CFMWS is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who can help us build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live. Accommodations are available to all candidates identifying a need during all or any parts of the selection process.


Salary: 97900-122420