Chief Enterprise Architect

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It’s an exciting time to be an employee at Principal®! We have been accelerating our investments in digital business strategies. We are investing in customer experience which allows our IT teams to partner closely with marketing throughout the company to create best-in-class digital experiences. We have an exciting opportunity for a Chief Enterprise Architect to join our team and help us develop the architectural direction and guidance to accurately align technology in support of the needs of our company. In doing so, you’ll gain an understanding of our customer’s needs so that we can generate the best customer experience possible and make a strategic impact across the enterprise.

The Chief Enterprise Architect (CEA) is responsible for guiding the enterprise through transformation and optimization initiatives helping the organization grow revenue, optimize costs and mitigate risks. The CEA will apply existing, new and emerging technologies to transform and optimize business and operating models while aligning to the enterprise strategy. The CEA will be responsible for defining EA processes and leading the integration of these processes with other related business and IT processes.

This role is instrumental in developing, sustaining, and promoting strategic architecture within our IT organization!

What You’ll Do

Lead and manage the EA practice. Drive the enterprise’s top and bottom lines by applying EA as an enabler of strategy and technology innovation.
Anticipate and react to major technology game-changers impacting the organization.
Identify technology-enabled innovations that ensure the company and leadership are well positioned to capitalize and build a competitive advantage.
Evaluate the impact of highly strategic projects across the enterprise, to ensure alignment with defined technology strategy and architecture.
Recommend appropriate course of action to senior management and figure out right balance between risk and agility.
Lead the analysis of business and operating models, market trends and the technology industry to determine the potential impact on business strategy and direction.

What You’ll Get From Us

Competitive pay, benefits, perks and more. We’ll reward you for the skills and experience you have . Find out more.
Respect for your unique perspective. Diversity, inclusion and empowerment are at the core of our culture.

A career, not just a job. Principal is a place where you can learn and innovate. Do important work. Make an impact. And achieve your professional goals.
The ability to have a great job and a great life . Sure, work is important. But so is your family. And your friends. And your community. That’s why we provide the flexibility needed to find the right balance between your job and the rest of your life.


Master’s or bachelor’s degree in computer science, technology, engineering or math-related field.
Minimum of 10 years’ experience required,15 preferred in strategic and operations planning and/or business analysis.
Three plus years validated experience in an IT management and familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, agile and lean methodologies, infrastructure and operations, and EA frameworks.
Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture and knowledge of business ecosystems.
Sophisticated planning/organizational, problem-solving, analytical, time management, decision-making, and interpersonal skills required, as well as proven leadership and basic presentation skills.
Must be able to effectively communicate technical plans, strategies, and designs to all levels of the company.
Must be able to maintain accuracy and a high degree of confidentiality.

Preferred Skills

Basic knowledge of insurance and financial services products preferred.
Basic knowledge of business unit applications preferred.

Location: Des Moines, IA

How We Hire

Once you apply, your application is reviewed by our talent team. Generally within a few weeks, the team makes interview selection decisions and communicates those via phone or email.

Learn more about our hiring steps and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Additional Information

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we’re not able to consider candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.)

Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Need assistance? Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Human Resources at (515) 247.MYHR (6947) or at 1.866.524.MYHR (6947).

Investment Code of Ethics

For positions with Principal Global Investors, you will be required to follow a Code of Ethics which covers a number of obligations related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

Who We Are

We help people build the kinds of lives they dream about—empowered by financial security and stability. We started in 1879 (yes, 1879) as an insurance company. Today, we’re a member of the FORTUNE 500® and a global investment management leader.

So that’s what we do. As far as who we are, well, we believe that how we do things is just as important as what we do.

Doing what’s right has been a part of who we are for more than 140 years. We focus on taking care of not only our employees, customers and advisors, but also the people who live in the communities where we do business.


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