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Director of Enterprise Architecture 

About the Organization Brownells, A 2nd Adventure Group Company
At Brownells, we Empower the Spirit of Independence and Adventure. Our passion is connecting gunsmiths, firearm enthusiasts, collectors, hunters, competitors, and protectors with products that outfit and enhance their spirit of independence and adventure.

Brownells is the preeminent all-things-firearms company in the world. Founded in 1939 in Montezuma, IA, Brownells' storied history of connecting firearm and firearm accessory manufacturers with freedom-loving customers is unrivaled.

We believe the spirit of independence and adventure is a mindset - in the office, on the range, in the field or with your family. It is the foundation - and reason - for everything we do.

Our values:
• R.I.C.H. (Respect, Integrity, Courage, Honesty)
• Power of the Platform (collectively leveraging our unique brands)
• Purpose Driven Performance
• Relentless Creativity & Innovation
By joining Brownells, you will help us inspire, educate, and outfit adventure-minded, freedom-lovers across the world with products that outfit their passion.

Why Adventure With Us
Put simply, our adventure is fun! If working in a fast-paced, hobby-based business where growth and exploring new frontiers every day excites you, then WE WANT YOU!

Our team is diverse, inclusive, and obsessed with new ideas. We put our customers and employees and their families at the forefront. As a third-generation, family-owned business, we understand the need for a great benefits package, professional develop opportunities, adventure incentives and most importantly, flexibility in schedules to allow for the most time possible with your loved ones.
Division Brownells  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

Adventure Summary

The Director of Enterprise Architecture is key in establishing the organization’s IT architecture standards across integrated processes, applications, data, and technology solutions to ensure alignment with the business strategy and roadmap. Leading the development team and working alongside our Infrastructure and Transformation teams, performs technical planning, architecture development and modification of specifications. This role works across all departments, with the executive leadership, technology teams, business stakeholders, implementation partners and application vendors to shape enterprise solution architecture. The enterprise architect is responsible for providing leadership and guidance for selection, design, redesign, implementation, and lifecycle management of technology solutions for existing and future business requirements to ensure market leadership for Brownells.

Position Requirements

What You Will Do

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Help chart our course through a digital transformation including but not limited to multi-year roadmaps, future state tools and capabilities, organizational adjustments and additions.
  • Provide partnership to the organization on matters pertaining to technology strategy.
  • Work with technology delivery teams to describe the vision and partner to support execution.
  • Partner with IT Security to ensure future state plans and visions have the appropriate protections of patient data and company IP in place.
  • Works together with Infrastructure to champion continuous improvement of Technology.
  • Partner with Data Insights team to understand and recommend appropriate solutions for the organization to achieve objectives around Insights and Analytics informing decision making.
  • Lead the design and information architecture and roadmap of analytic platforms that support the business needs.
  • Develop multi-year roadmaps, provide the vision and work with individual IT leaders to translate this into actionable plans.
  • Utilize in-depth knowledge of platform technologies, software engineering, data engineering and data science to define target architectures, patterns and automation processes.
  • Provide technical leadership while developing and maintaining relationships with IT and Business leaders.
  • Create presentations to illustrate delivery plans, concepts, and prototypes, summarizing marketplace and competitive strategy.
  • Provides expert analysis on “buy vs build” dialog and total cost of ownership to facilitate informed decision making.
  • Provides guidance for the specification, identification design, development and implementation of software, hardware, services including SaaS, PaaS, IaaS for ecommerce applications and related technology.

What You Will Need

  • 8+ years of progressive leadership experience in functional area positions
  • 8+ years IT experience in large or mid-size organization
  • 5+ years of experience leading application/product development teams
  • 3+ years of experience working with cloud and data capabilities
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field is required; an advanced degree, particularly an MBA, is preferred
  • A proven track record as a strategic thinker, visionary, thought leader, influencer and change agent / change manager, with a strategic consulting approach and related skills.
  • Broad IT expertise in various disciplines, such as systems development, infrastructure, cybersecurity, change management, etc.
  • Understanding of ITIL & related Frameworks
  • Working knowledge of TOGAF

Knowledge & Skills

  • Strong organizational skills, including program and project governance.
  • The ability to work effectively in areas of ambiguity and create solutions to complex problems, and a dedicated results orientation.
  • The ability to develop key business partnerships both internal and external, and to build peer-to-peer relationships.
  • Ability to present to IT and executive business leaders and decision makers while providing appropriate thought leadership and creative insights when needed.
  • Hands on experience of migrating legacy applications to modern applications.
  • End-to-end architectural experience from front-office consumer facing applications through to back-office inter-system applications and administrative applications and how they all integrate
  • Exceptional problem solving and conflict resolution skills

Leadership Competencies

  • Customer Focus (L4)
  • Creativity and Innovation (L4)
  • Teamwork and Collaboration (L4)
  • Communication and Interpersonal Effectiveness (L4)
  • Drive for Results (L4)
  • Business Analysis (L4)
  • Testing & Quality Assurance (L4)

Physical Demands

  • Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns

  • General office environments
  • Ergonomics


Where You’ll Be Located

Grinnell, Iowa

Live Your Adventure!

Brownells is a subsidiary of 2nd Adventure Group. At 2nd Adventure Group, our mission is to provide a platform to connect people with their passions. Our brands are aligned to empower people to be inspired, educated, and outfitted for a lifetime of enjoying and sharing the spirit of adventure. Our sister companies include: Crow Shooting Supply, Sinclair International,, W.L. Baumler Co. and Big Springs Range Complex.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, the employer may consider whether the individual applying for or ho

EOE Statement Brownells, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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