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Ulta Beauty is the largest specialty beauty retailer in the United States and the place for the true beauty enthusiast who gets butterflies as she shops for beauty and experiments throughout our store. We are the only one to provide our guests prestige, mass and salon products and services under one roof – All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. We put our guests at the center of all we do, committing to offer her unrivaled ways to be beautiful in an environment that provides the thrill of exploration and delight of discovery.



The Sr, Business Architect is a senior thought leader who ensures that Ulta’s business vision, goals and strategy align with the business and IT operating model to deliver the expected business outcomes. This individual is accountable for leading the definition of business models, people, process, technology, organizational change and providing guidance on technology investments in response to internal and external drivers. This role is part of the enterprise architecture function and works closely with the Corporate Strategy team and various business areas in a highly collaborative, dynamic and fast paced environment to create a holistic enterprise business architecture and plan.



  • Business Architecture: Define the enterprise business strategy, expected outcomes and roadmaps, accounting for disruptions and trends, assessing economic models and capturing risks & interdependencies. Develop business capabilities, processes, functions and organizational structures to support the business strategies. Create business cases for strategic initiatives for prioritization, approval and funding.                         
  • Business Risk Management: Define the strategy for addressing risks arising from business operations and change. Lead resources to implement the strategy via detailed planning and execution of business risk management activities.
  • Business Process Management: Lead advanced modelling activities for strategic programs and across multiple business functions to produce current and target business process models in support of business strategy. Lead the definition of business process optimization goals and identifying business process efficiency improvements.
  • IT Strategy & Planning: Lead the definition, implementation and communication of the organization’s strategic management framework. Oversee the creation and review of the IT strategy and plans to support the strategic requirements of the business by leveraging integrated business architecture as part of overall enterprise architecture.
  • Governance: Lead the development and communication of the organization's policies for corporate governance of information and advise on strategic plans to satisfy the current and ongoing needs of the organization's business strategy and the current and future capabilities.Champion policies, practices and decisions which recognize the current and evolving needs of all the stakeholders. Manage compliance between business strategies, enterprise transformation activities and technology directions by setting policies, standards and defining best-practices.
  • Relationship Management: Champion the strategy to understand stakeholder objectives and requirements, lead relationship management with the most senior stakeholders, and act as the ultimate escalation point for business strategy issue resolution.
  • Innovation/Research: Manage, monitor and seek opportunities, new methods, trends, capabilities and products to the advancement of the organization. Promote and motivate colleagues to share creative ideas and learn from failures. Develop research goals and outline ideas for the evaluation, development, demonstration and implementation of research.
  • Resource Management: Manage a team of individuals, provide coaching and mentoring related to their development and career plans, set team goals and assess performance. Plan and forecast resources, manage allocation of individuals to programs and initiatives and monitor deliverables for quality and timeliness.


  • Assist with the evolution of the enterprise architecture function including the methodology, best practices, standards, policies and patterns and governance.
  • Contribute to the overall IT portfolio management function by leveraging application and system rationalization, standardization, retirement and streamlining opportunities.
  • Ensure that solutions meet all legal, security, risk, internal controls, accounting standards and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Produce solution cost and resource estimates based on business requirements and statements of work



  • Solid understanding of the retail business model and prior retail industry experience is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a related field, or applicable work experience.
  • 15+ years of work experience and 5+ years demonstrated leadership experience in complex business and technical environments as a business architect is required.
  • Experience leading and managing small to mid-size teams.
  • Experience in business capability modeling, business process modeling, ecosystems modeling, customer and user profiling, journey maps, balanced scorecards, scenario planning, and human-centric design.
  • Familiarity with enterprise architecture frameworks such as TOGAF.
  • Experience with organizational change management.
  • Ability to multi-task and adapt quickly to change.
  • Possess a strong work ethic and takes pride in producing a quality product.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent decision making and leadership skills.
  • Ability to influence the organization to "get things done".
  • Effective negotiation skills.
  • Self-starter requiring minimal supervision.


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Our satellite campus is in Chicago at 120 S. Riverside Plaza with 100 workstations & conference rooms which associates can reserve.
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An Insider's view of Ulta Beauty

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Flexible! Ulta leadership recognizes that associates will do their best work when they feel supported. The options of FlexCity, FlexShift, FlexPlace, and FlexTime allow an associate and manager to partner to create arrangements that support the employee's specific needs while satisfying Ulta's business requirements for their position.


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What does your typical day look like?

I would consider a typical day for me at Ulta to be very atypical. Every day is different; filled with new challenges and surprises as things move at the speed of light. So, what is typical? Because Ulta has such an amazing culture of people and energy, regardless of what the day brings, you will end the day knowing you work at an awesome place.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Being able to take on challenges and responsibilities that might intimidate you are important in being successful. These experiences offer a chance to put your skills to practice and learn. ULTA not only recognizes and rewards those individuals, but builds the confidence and support to help you grow.


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How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

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What are some things you learned at the company?

I’ve learned more in my 5yrs at Ulta than in my previous 14yrs of IT combined. Not only in technology, but in relationship management, budgeting, distribution, e-commerce, procurement, business strategy, skillset calibration and more. This openness and transparency provides unlimited recipes for success – you just have to pick one and run with it!


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What are Ulta Beauty Perks + Benefits

Ulta Beauty Benefits Overview

Being rewarded for your hard work never goes out of style. With a number of options to choose from, you can select benefits that meet the needs of you and your family. And benefits begin on your first day of active employment.

In addition to the competitive benefits outlined, we also have a generous Associate Discount of 25% off on retail products and 50% off on salon services.

Volunteer in local community
Ulta Beauty partners with After School Matters and Skills for Chicagoland's Future.
Partners with Nonprofits
Ulta Beauty is proud to partner with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Dress for Success and Save the Children through the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation.
Intracompany committees
Ulta Beauty has a variety of Corporate Associate groups, such as the Ulta Green Group.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Ulta Beauty is committed to ensuring our "Champion Diversity" value and "Inclusion" competency are part of who we are and the decisions we make.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Ulta Beauty associates can contribute up to the IRS limits of $2,700 annually to their Health Care FSA and up to $5,000 to their Dependent Care FSA.
Disability Insurance
All benefit-eligible associates are provided with company paid short-term disability & long-term disability insurance. Associates may also purchase supplemental critical illness and accident coverage.
Dental Benefits
Ulta Beauty offers dental insurance to eligible associates and their dependents.
Vision Benefits
Ulta Beauty offers voluntary vision insurance.
Health Insurance Benefits
Ulta Beauty offers health insurance to eligible associates and their dependents.
Life Insurance
Ulta Beauty provides all benefit-eligible associates with company paid basic life insurance. Associates may also purchase supplemental term life insurance and supplemental AD&D insurance.
Pet Insurance
Ulta Beauty offers voluntary pet insurance.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Ulta Beauty associates can save for their retirement by participating in the 401(k) plan administered by Fidelity, following 60 days of service.
401(K) Matching
Ulta Beauty matches 100% of the first 3% and 50% of the next 2% of eligible compensation deferred and is 100% vested immediately.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth parent and provide 2 weeks of paid leave for the non-birth parent.
Flexible Work Schedule
Ulta Beauty provides associates with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times and summer hours.
Family Medical Leave
All Ulta Beauty associates are eligible to apply for a leave of absence, which will be reviewed for any federal (FMLA) or state protected leave eligibility.
Adoption Assistance
Ulta Beauty provides adoption assistance reimbursement and paid-time off.
Company sponsored family events
Ulta Beauty participates in National Bring Your Child to Work Day.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We believe each associate should have time off from work each year. Ulta Beauty provides the following paid time off: vacation days, personal days, sick days and paid holidays.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Ulta Beauty provides paid sick days to associates.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Teams within Ulta Beauty host company outings semi-annually.
Relocation Assistance
Ulta Beauty provides relocation assistance where eligible.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ulta Beauty offers associates professional development opportunities like onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Ulta Beauty provides financial assistance to active, full-time associates with at least one year of service for tuition-related expenses.
Lunch and learns
Ulta Beauty hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks