Technology Director- Global Architecture



Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Friday, June 2, 2023

Who we are:

lululemon is an innovative performance apparel company for yoga, running, training, and other athletic pursuits. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional design, we create transformational products and experiences that support people in moving, growing, connecting, and being well. We owe our success to our innovative product, emphasis on stores, commitment to our people, and the incredible connections we make in every community we're in. As a company, we focus on creating positive change to build a healthier, thriving future. In particular, that includes creating an equitable, inclusive and growth-focused environment for our people.

About this team:

The architecture group at lululemon is responsible for guiding the design and implementation of technical strategies that support every aspect of our rapidly scaling global business. You will work in a matrixed environment alongside peers in business, engineering, program, ux and strategy – among other disciplines – to collaboratively develop and deliver industry leading technology solutions aligned to business goals and objectives. In addition to your primary team, project, or portfolio you will be supported by a diverse Architecture Community of Practice, which provides learning and governance resources to all architects and will help you build a strong and robust practice of leadership grounded in technical proficiency, innovative thinking and empathy.

A Day in the Life:

  • Serve as the Architecture leader for program delivery, in partnership with Product, Engineering, Program and Business Leadership
  • Aligns standards of practice to and serves as primary path of escalation for partnership with various stakeholders and Sr. Executives
  • Evangelize and champion instances where teams deliver solutions that drive business performance while creating scalable, cost efficient and reusable components that demonstrate our most important architectural principles
  • Represent the practices of architecture and engineering by framing technical or architectural alternatives in business terms, clearly articulating both business and technical implications of various options.
  • Defines, tracks and measures the progression of “enterprise leverage” across the technology owned capabilities by driving the creation, adoption and reuse of enterprise technology assets.
  • Collaborate with engineering leadership to evangelize and design principles focusing on scale, resiliency, security and data safety
  • Work closely with Product Management and/or Tech Leadership to define and execute on a shared roadmap.
  • Foster a high-performance culture by promoting ownership and responsibility across all teams.
  • Establish and mature best practices and standardized frameworks, tools and operational processes related to architecture– across management and individual contribution roles; Lead creation and ensure maintenance of the architecture job families
  • Handles architecture budget for part of the portfolios.

  • “Buy” vs. “Build:” Ratifies architectures that incorporate in-house managed development, integrations with vendors and integrations with 2nd party partners within lululemon.
  • Key investment decisions for architectures, including decision authority to sunset, contain or grow.
  • Reference architecture approval for all development patterns and reusable componentry
  • Architecture skill/fitness alignment & promotion approval for all engineering and architecture job families.
  • Governs solution design and standards of practice across entire tech foundation portfolios
  • Partners closely with DLT and delivers technology foundation capabilities and Architecture roadmaps
  • Partners with Business Innovation leaders and provides technology supports
  • Develops and grows team

Must Haves:

  • 10+ years' experience in cloud architect roles with enterprise-scale design responsibilities.
  • Must have 5+ years experience in leading teams.
  • Global e-commerce experience
  • Preferred large enterprise experience in a matrixed environment.
  • Must have knowledge and/or experience with technologies applied to enterprises at global scale.
  • Must have an understanding of enterprise security and privacy requirements associated with the above technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating on latest technologies with Engineers and Architects.
  • Extensive background in working with business partners: Translating business needs into prioritized technology features and requirements.
  • Consistent record of being results oriented with demonstrated ability to achieve bold goals
  • Demonstrated presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Experience with Agile software development methodology.
  • Must excel working in team-oriented roles that rely on ability to collaborate with others