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Senior Solution Architect

Location: St Louis, Missouri
Date Posted: 08-09-2018
Currently looking for a Senior Solution architect to fill an opening with a company located in Chicago, IL. Interested candidates preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and seven or more years of demonstrable experience with progressively more complex systems/solutions. This role is open to remote/virtual location, the preference is for candidate to be in Chicago area.

This Solution Architect should have a strong experience in executing on technology strategy, and building out a simplicity-focused pragmatic roadmap, to get us there. 

Position Overview:
  • Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise
  • May lead teams or projects with high resource requirements, risk, and/or complexity
  • Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices 
  • Solves complex problems, taking a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions where change is needed
  • Works primarily without guidance apart from only the most complex situations
  • May lead functional teams or projects
 Responsibilities of the Senior Solution Architect:
  • Designing the company’s Analytics systems/solutions in a way to ensure a highly-available, highly-secure, platform/environment for our products and services.
  • Providing mentorship to peers and other team members relating to best practices, and cloud architecture.
  • Ensuring solutions are designed/developed pragmatically based on business value, with a vision towards end-state, and an execution path that will get there.
  • Staying up-to-date on the latest cloud architecture and tools and leveraging those within the company’s Analytics solution design.
  • Driving new ways of building solutions based on the latest cloud solutions available and driving alignment/consistency across peer/leadership group to gain buy-in and leverage those accordingly.
  • Ensuring solutions are built with a long-term approach, and short term tactical steps will not inhibit end-state vision.
  • Working with partners to ensure execution of any externally developed components meets solution standards.
  • Recommending/finding alternatives and more simplified solution approaches.
  • Providing resourcing forecasts on high-level scopes of work to aid in investment approach/timelines.
  • Apply knowledge of all aspects of the system life cycle, from specification, analysis and design, development, testing, and maintenance. 
  • Understand, participate, and support the entire solution from ideation and visual design through the SDLC, lifecycle activities such as extending or updating a system, planning retirement of a system.  
  • Create technology feasibility models through research and Proofs of Concepts (POCs).
  • Driving architectural changes through design, review, execution, and deployment to ensure success and resiliency of owned solution scope.
 Requirements of the Senior Solution Architect:
  • Seven or more years of demonstrable experience with progressively more complex systems/solutions.
  • Experience designing highly available, large-scale, cloud-based systems.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment, leveraging influence, persuasion, and group facilitation skills to accomplish business objectives.
  • Demonstrable drive to stay up-to-date on latest technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to positively work with peers, leadership, and customers alike.
  • Demonstrated effective analytical and conceptual skills, with the ability to translate business plans and solution group objectives into effective action plans that deliver positive employee and credit union experiences
  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology or related field. Advanced degree desirable.
  • Five or more years of experience working with cloud-based technologies, Azure experience desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of the financial services industry, the various regulations within that space, and demonstrated ability to execute on their compliance
  • Role open to remote/virtual location, preference for candidate to be in Chicago area.
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