Senior Architect

Phoenix, AZ, USA (Hybrid)

Job Type

Software

Role Summary:

The IT - Data & Common Services, Analytics Platform & Architecture group is responsible for providing high-availability of access & performance to the organization’s analytical data, and modeling & enriching it for effortless consumption by the company’s edge systems and end users. The company partners with stakeholders to continuously assess data processes and tools, evaluate their usage and impact, and provide data governance and quality.  The company strives to transform to a data-focused, self-service business intelligence model with governed data management, built atop a modern analytics platform comprised of centralized cloud-based data and a powerful ecosystem of cloud-based tools.


This group of most senior technicians are recognized within the broader staff for their deep level of expertise within one or more technologies. These individuals help to define the principles, standards and guidelines regarding the proper use and deployment of business applications, data and technology within the company. These individuals are informal leaders in the organization and as such require many of the “soft skills” found (in addition to their technical knowledge) in the Management job family. This family is highly leveraged across the company.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Model desired organizational behavior as defined in the company values and leadership competencies

  • Cultivate and promote an organizational culture that provides for high performance, high morale, integrity, teamwork, and work-life balance

  • Lead, support and influence the achievement of the mission, goals, and objectives of the department and corporation

  • Contribute to technical design, decision-making, and tactical planning at the enterprise level

  • Influence technical designs at the enterprise level and actively participate in setting technical direction of the styles of computing

  • Actively participate in architecture governance (may be as a non-voting member)

  • Lead large development, installation or support teams and ensure the tactical implementation of computing styles and architecture

  • Lead solutioning/design sessions with a program perspective in association with all interdependent systems

  • Lead and facilitate the analysis, design, programming and implementation of viable solutions to highly complex business problems according to user specifications

  • Consult across multiple projects and technology areas at the same time to perform troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and solution implementation

  • Identify measures or indicators of system performance, analyze trends to proactively prevent problems and identify actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system

  • Work across projects to synchronize project plans, data analysis efforts and deliverables and to coordinate project activities across functions

  • Contribute to estimates, task identification and sequencing pertaining to complex technical project activities and overall project schedules

  • Actively participate and contribute to future Infrastructure Releases and Middleware/Hub

  • Actively participate in checkpoint and design reviews

  • Work with Business, support or development teams in recommending process or system enhancements, including those that would minimize maintenance costs

  • Ensure that systems are functionally appropriate, technically sound and integrated

  • Ensure that chosen technology and coding solution is flexible, supportable, and requires minimal maintenance

  • Negotiate and manage customer and team relationships at a project level

  • Maintain focus on internal and external customer requirements and demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of customer IT needs

  • Lead/conduct detailed code-reviews in a constructive manner and coach the development of other IT technical staff

  • Stay abreast of industry developments and emerging technologies to provide recommendations to the Architecture group and the Principals

  • Assists project teams in the development of cost and benefit analysis

  • Assists in organizational, financial capital and operations planning

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (in lieu of degree – 11 years of experience in Business, Engineering and/or IT environment)

  • 7 years of work experience in Business, Engineering and/or Information Technology environment

  • Prior experience leading project teams and guiding production efforts

  • Expert knowledge of computer or network systems hardware and software theory, practice, concepts and technology

  • Expert knowledge of technical/business environments

  • Technical Expert of required programming languages

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the required technologies

  • Expert ability to write code and advise the work of Software Developer Engineers

  • Understands Strategic Technical direction of:

Middleware
Systems Management
Enterprise Data & Access Layers
Pertinent Styles of computing

  • Understands the following: 

different data categories (i.e. master, reference data, operational data, analytical, raw, domain, enterprise) and how they relate to each other
components of a modern data architecture comprised of centralized cloud-based data and cloud-based tools, including data warehouses, data visualization tools, business intelligence and data governance
impact of design decision to the computer (performance, etc.)
technical behavior of the underlying operating system
technical behavior of the compiler and tools
ALL functional aspects of the tools and development environment
functional and technical behavior of the middleware and data layers
Dev/Ops, deployment environments
packaging and distribution of the application
operations/run requirements

  • Ability to deal with complex technical issues and make appropriate trade-offs as required

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems

  • Ability to design how a system should work and understand how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes

  • Ability to influence technical direction across multiple projects or technology areas

  • Ability to evaluate and recommend emerging technologies and influence technical designs

  • Sufficient business knowledge to assess impact of applied technology on customer’s business processes

  • Ability to review technical work of less senior staff

  • B.S./M.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems

  • Expert level experience in a single technology area or broad system level expertise across multiple computing platforms and technologies

  • Advanced knowledge of project management methodology

  • Ability to recommend and influence improvements across Information Technology departments

  • Ability to drive and foster integration and communication across technology groups and projects

  • Ability to recognize and communicate patentable ideas

  • Industry experience

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