System Architect

Direct hire Role Louisville, KY

Job Description:

The Principal Systems Architect provides architectural direction for complex projects across multiple technical areas and business segments. He/She develops and drives the architecture vision and ensures alignment with business objectives. * The Principal Systems Architect is a leader who provides enterprise-wide technology perspectives in support of business objectives. He/She anticipates future technology needs and business requirements to drive new technological approaches. * This position conceives and sells technology solutions to Information Technology (IT) senior management. * The Principal Systems Architect functions as a design authority.
Job Duties: * Engages with IT and business management (e.g., District, Portfolio, Application, etc.) to set business technology strategies.  * Drives the creation and adoption of reusable technology assets to improve efficiency. * Reviews and approves projects to ensure conformance to stated architectural direction. technology. * Master or Distinguished level Architect certification from The Open Group is preferred. * The Principal Systems Architect provides architectural direction for complex projects across multiple technical areas and business segments. He/She develops and drives the architecture vision and ensures alignment with business objectives. * The Principal Systems Architect is a leader who provides enterprise-wide technology perspectives in support of business objectives. He/She anticipates future technology needs and  requirements to drive new technological approaches. * This position conceives and sells technology solutions to Information Technology (IT) senior management. * The Principal Systems Architect functions as a design authority.
Job Duties: * Engages with IT and business management (e.g., District, Portfolio, Application, etc.) to set business technology strategies. * Drives the creation and adoption of reusable technology assets to improve efficiency. * Reviews and approves projects to ensure conformance to stated architectural direction. * Champions technology solutions to IT senior management (e.g., Architecture, Review Board, IT Governance, etc.) to gain approval. *Establishes and tracks metrics on architectural solution quality to improve the practice of architecture. * Translates requirements into architectural components to develop solutions. * Analyzes trends in technology to assess the impact of emerging technologies on the business, and to provide viable solutions that address technology and business needs. * Reviews and approves architecture analyses and designs to ensure fulfillment of requirements. * Guides project teams in the development of architectural artifacts that adhere to enterprise IT standards. * Initiates and executes proofs of concept and builds prototypes to assess new solution approaches and technologies. * Drives the evaluation and selection of technology products to meet strategic,business initiatives. * Coaches others to develop architectural skills.
Knowledge & Experience: * Displays an understanding of the principles of open architecture and can make recommendations to improve foundation architecture; articulates standards and guidelines to members of the development community;  * consults to development project teams; researches the design of new architectural components; assesses * benefits and drawbacks of proposed changes. * Creates well-reasoned action plans based on findings; demonstrates agility and * resourcefulness in identifying creative and practical solutions; efficiently evaluates the quality of other’s analyses. * Shares information about the strategy, structures, processes, procedures and key technical elements of the enterprise; translates knowledge of the interrelationships between technical elements into business strategies; plays a key role in the development of technology best practices and the pioneering of new approaches. * Leverages technical knowledge to achieve business objectives; resolves technical issues that impede solution development; adapts technological information, facts, or data to varying situations or groups; recommends changes to technological approach based upon knowledge of trends and best practices. Uses multiple research methods to determine business requirements / critical elements of the problem to be solved; develops creative, workable solutions to complex issues, projects, and/or process designs; develops logical business cases; * evaluates impact of solution on service, cost, and/or quality. * Leads management and implementation of basic projects; communicates plan, schedule, baselines, and metrics to stakeholders and implementation team; provides scheduled reports and updates to stakeholders; manages progress to plan and makes necessary adjustments to schedule, resources and timeline; communicates changes to stakeholders; employs project management tools and technology (e.g., Microsoft Project, Program Management Group website, etc.) appropriately.
Skills: General Skills * Must have the ability to manage by influence, and be proficient in advocating ideas to IS and business leaders. * Expert consultative skills. * Strong oral/written communication skills. * Expert ability to mentor others. * Expert strategic thinking skills. * Expert ability to synthesize facts, trends, inferences, and key issues and/or themes in complex situations. * Expert understanding of the broader impact of work efforts across architectural system components, critical business processes and applications.
Technical Skills: Core Skills: * Structured Systems Analysis – Expert * Object Oriented Analysis & Design – Expert * Web Development Technologies – Advanced .NET/JEE Development – Advanced/Expert * Mainframe Development – Intermediate/Advanced * Data Bases – Relational and Non-relational – Advanced * Microsoft Office – Advanced
Desired Skills * Internet Development Architecture & Design – Advanced * Client Server Architecture – Intermediate .NET environment – Advanced * Data Communications – Advanced * Data Modeling – Intermediate * Technical Knowledge of Hardware – Advanced
Educational Requirements: * Advanced degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline or the equivalent in education and work experience. * Typically requires 12+ years of solid, diverse work experience in information technology.

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