IT Solutions Architect

Technical Systems Petaluma, California Remote, United States


Description

Solutions Architect Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Solutions Architect proactively and holistically leads and supports enterprise architecture activities that guide the development and management of a portfolio of solutions.
  • Solutions include projects, products, systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information), shared infrastructure services and shared application services.
  • Provides the necessary leadership, analysis and design tasks related to support the development of technology solutions to ensure that solutions meet business needs and align with architectural governance and standards.
  • Creates deliverables for managing the organization's portfolio of "to be" and "as is" solutions — including systems (applications, processes and information), shared infrastructure services, and shared application services and components to enable and drive targeted business outcomes.

Demonstrates competencies across four key dimensions:

Translates Business Strategy into Solutions Architecture

  • Understands business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state) and determines corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements to drive the organization's targeted business outcomes.
  • Understands emerging technology trends and disruptions and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving business and operating models.
  • Translates business and technical requirements into an architectural blueprint to achieve business objectives and documents all solution architecture design and analysis work.
  • Analyzes the technology industry, competitors and market trends, and determines their potential impact on the enterprise.
  • Provides deliverables like standard definitions, reference models and architecture designs to help the architecture review board (ARB) assess the impact of new and ongoing technology investment on the business and IT estate.
  • Acts as a consultant on a broad range of technologies, platforms and vendor offerings to drive targeted business outcomes.

Leads Solutions Design and Analysis

  • Leads evaluation, design and analysis for the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of specific business applications or technologies based on enterprise business strategy, business capabilities, value-streams, business requirements and enterprise standards.
  • Creates architectural designs to guide and contextualize solution development across products, services, projects and systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information).
  • Creates reference architectures focused on detailed design principles, decision points, detailed APIs, major systems and dependencies between business and IT.
  • Manages and develops the architecture for a broader scope of projects or products, working closely with application architects that manage and design architecture for a single project or product or initiative.
  • Analyzes the business-IT environment (run, grow and transform the business) to detect critical deficiencies, legacy and technical debt, and recommends solutions for improvement (systems of record, differentiation and innovation).

Orchestrates Solutions Delivery

  • Designs and directs the governance activities associated with ensuring solutions architecture assurance and compliance.
  • Defines the principles, guidelines, standards and solution patterns to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision.
  • Facilitates the evaluation and selection of software product standards and services, as well as the design of standard and custom software configurations.
  • Supports product managers in EOL (end of life) product decisions to maintain, refresh or retire products, services or systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information).
  • Develops a roadmap for the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from future to current state (as defined by the solutions architecture).
  • Monitors the current-state solution portfolio to identify deficiencies through aging of the technologies used by the application, or misalignment with business requirements.
  • Identifies the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the solutions architecture.

Facilitates and Collaborates to Deliver Business Outcomes

  • Works closely with the program management office (PMO) or project management office to ensure the execution of plans corresponds with what is being promised throughout the project or product lifecycle.
  • Manages projects across cross-functional teams to effectively and efficiently deliver technical solutions according to project timelines, from requirements through User Acceptance Testing.
  • Works closely with the product owners and product managers to ensure a robust architectural runway that can support future business requirements throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Provides consulting support to application architects within agile teams to ensure the project or product is aligned with the overall enterprise architecture.
  • Consults with application and infrastructure development projects and products to fit systems or infrastructure to architecture and identify when it is necessary to modify projects to accommodate the solutions architecture.
  • Supports a community of practice (CoP), guiding and helping agile teams, product owners, and application architects to align with the overall enterprise architecture governance and assurance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Solutions Architect Skills & Experience:

  • Solutions Architect has a deep understanding of business goals, objective and business outcomes, business capabilities, value-streams, and business processes.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information-technology, engineering, system analysis or a related study, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of five years of experience in at least two IT solution development disciplines, including technical or infrastructure architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management or cloud development
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies, platforms and processing environments
  • Good understanding of strategic and new and emerging technology trends, and the practical application of existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models
  • Good understanding of product management, agile principles and development methodologies and capability of supporting agile teams by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact and risks, taking account of technical and architectural debt
  • Experience working in a relevant industry is helpful, but not required.
  • Experience developing architecture blueprints, strategies and roadmaps
  • Experience delivering presentations to senior-level executives and technical audiences
  • Salesforce Architect certification desired
  • AWS Certified Solution Architect certification desired
  • TOGAF Certification desired
  • Experience working in Agile development teams.
  • Experience architecting modern, single page web applications using any of the following technologies: JavaScript Frameworks (i.e. React, Angular)
  • Experience working with Docker and Kubernetes on AWS
  • Experience working with Restful APIs and Microservices (AWS Lamda and AWS Fargate)
  • Knowledge of various backend development languages such as Ruby on Rails and Python
  • Knowledge of various database technologies such as MySQL
  • Knowledge of integrating Salesforce with custom developed business solutions
  • Knowledge of various aspects of an enterprise technology architecture such as business, information, data, network and security
  • Knowledge of information principles and processes
  • Knowledge of financial models and budgeting
  • Understanding and knowledge of system development life cycle methodologies (such as waterfall, spiral, agile software development, rapid prototyping, incremental, synchronize and stabilize, and DevOps)
  • Understanding and knowledge of IT service management (ITSM) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  • Knowledge and understanding of different modeling languages (such as UML and ArchiMate)
  • Understanding and knowledge of IT standards and controls
  • Excellent understanding of application development methodologies and infrastructure and network architecture
  • Excellent analytical, planning, organizational and technical and skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with developers in an in-and-out outsourced environment

Competencies

  • Organizationally savvy, with the ability to navigate organizational politics.
  • Skilled at influencing, guiding and facilitating stakeholders and peers with decision making.
  • Ability to articulate new ideas and concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations
  • Ability to translate future-state business capabilities and requirements into solution architecture requirements
  • Ability to propose and estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives
  • Ability to work creatively and analytically to solve business problems and propose solutions
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
  • Proactively monitors industry trends and identifies opportunities to implement new technologies

Characteristics

  • Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders and IT development teams.
  • Technology neutral: remains unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor choice, and is more interested in results than personal preferences
  • Displays intellectual curiosity and integrity
  • Motivated and driven by achieving long-term business outcomes
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams
  • Works with technical teams to finalize specifications related to integration between numerous systems

 

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • This position operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, and filing cabinets.
  • Work environment is indoors with majority of time spent sitting at a desk.
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, walk, twist and turn.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to use a computer keyboard and calculator.