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Columbia Sportswear Company Sr. Director, Enterprise Architecture in Portland, Oregon

Sr. Director, Enterprise Architecture

Full time Portland, OR US May 13 2022


At Columbia, we’re as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, we’re proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.

Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: “It’s perfect. Now make it better.” As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.

We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.

And we believe in you.


Although we're an apparel and footwear-focused company, technology is central to everything we do. Columbia Sportswear’s Digital Technology (CDT) group enables an IT infrastructure across four global brands, a global supply chain, and 500+ geographically dispersed stores. These teams support in-store, mobile, and data platforms to enhance customer interface and service in an ever-evolving industry.

The Sr. Director of Enterprise Architecture forges the path to innovation and high-quality, effective architecture at Columbia Sportswear Company. This role ensures that Columbia's business practices and technology decisions are informed, forward-looking, and result in a scalable, agile, reliable, and secure landscape capable of shifting as the business changes. The role is accountable for all architecture strategies and standards across all regions and brands while leading the enterprise architecture team directly. The ability to build trust, influence, and effectively communicate a clear, actionable strategy to developers, architects, team leaders, and senior leaders is critical to success in this role.


  • Act as Columbia's global, strategic architectural leader, forging the path for architectural practice and achieving challenging, complex business objectives through innovative, adaptable technology solutions.

  • Work directly with executive and senior leadership, both functional and technical, to influence strategies with architecture intent and to enable digital capabilities.

  • Deliver both current and future state roadmaps to unify and guide both capability and technology investment.

  • Create a strong community of practice to involve, support, and guide solutions architects working on behalf of their distinct domains.

  • Develop actionable, consumable architectural patterns which fast-moving delivery teams will want to adopt and will use in delivering high-quality, technical solutions.

  • Search out and evaluate innovative opportunities to leverage new technology and practice.

  • Champion practices (cloud-first, DevOps, Lean development, automation, etc) which adaptive, progressive future state architecture

  • Provide architecture standards and processes to support an inclusive, responsive center of excellence and community of practice.

  • Provide architectural oversight and qualities metrics for the enterprise.

  • Set the pace for cultural habits of innovation, growth, and learning.

  • Operate with transparency, integrity, and urgency.

  • Plan and manage departmental budgets and forecasts.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent collaboration and influencing skills.

  • Ability to maintain productivity in a multi-tasking environment.

  • Professional verbal and written communication.


  • 10+ years leadership and management responsibility in architecture, technical strategy, or related areas for modern-minded, multi-region companies supporting a complex technical landscape.

  • Minimum of 5 years of direct leadership work experience successfully managing professional-level employees.

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred.

  • Strong understanding of modern architecture practices and of the trends driving the next generation of technology andpractice.

  • Demonstrated ability to obtain a thorough understanding of strategic business goals and craft an actionable technical strategy in support of those goals.

  • Capability to influence at various levels of the business, including executives, senior business leaders, and non-technical audiences.

  • Proven budget and cost management experience.


Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position’s scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.