Heitmeyer Consulting

Job Title: Business/ Solution Architect
Location: San Francisco, CA
Duration: 6 months

Job Summary

Our client in the financial services industry is seeking a Business/Solution Architect to define, maintain and extend functional product architecture for the company’s suite of Financial Services Applications. Application Architect – guide application development team through development process. Ensure development is done right the first time and understands how products relate with other products and ensures interdependencies are in focus. Software Technology Architect – define and maintain architecture principles and standards for the company’s application development based on business requirements. Infrastructure Technology Architect – focus is primarily on disciplines of selection, operation and administration of “commercial-off-the-shelf” (COTS) systems and system software that make up underlying operating environment in support of business processes.

Skills Overview

• Knowledge of the company’s products and services
• Knowledge of financial services industry
• In Depth knowledge of end to end systems development life cycles (including water fall, interactive and modern approaches to software development)
• Proficiency in solutions design and requirements definition disciplines leveraging model driven design-based tools and techniques including conceptual solution component models, business process models, use cases, etc.
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to technical and non-technical audiences of various levels in the organization (e.g., executive, management, individual contributors)
• Excellent Analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, team, and time management skills
• Ability to persuade and influence others on the best approach to take
• Ability to estimate work effort for project sub-plans or small projects and ensure the project is successfully completed
• Positive outlook, strong work ethic, and responsive to internal and external customers and contacts
• Willingly and successfully fulfills the role of teacher, mentor and coach
• May require a thorough understanding of design patters and their application
• May require a fluency in development and understanding sequence diagrams, class models, etc
• May require in-depth knowledge of networking, computing platform, storage, database, security, middleware, network and systems management, and related infrastructure technologies and practices.
• Willingness to travel and be on customer site 25 – 75% depending on engagement
• Ability to work independently as well as a strong team player

Job Description

The IT Architect will be primarily focused on one or more of the following disciplines:

  • The Business/Solution Architect is responsible for defining, maintaining and extending the functional product architecture for the company’s suite of Financial Services Applications.
  • Defines and maintains a product architecture that offers flexibility to Product Strategy and Product Management to configure product and services solutions that meet business requirements of clients in the marketplace.
  • Delivers the concepts defined in the Open Financial Architecture roadmap in the form of a library of high-level functional component models made up of interoperating application subsystems, which can be flexibly combined into various product and service solutions based on marketplace and business needs.
  • Defines the high-level structure of a product solution by mapping marketplace and business requirements to application system components.
  • Arranges functionality of application components, assigns component responsibility, defines component interaction and correlates the application system components to a product solution as defined by the requirements.
  • This process includes the resolution of those requirements best met by existing or enhanced application components and those which will be addressed by new application subsystem components (to be built, purchased, or otherwise leveraged from an external vendor).
  • The Application Architect is responsible for guiding the Application Development team through the development process.
  • Ensures development is being done right the first time and has an understanding of how their products relate with other products, and insures interdependencies are in focus.
  • Success is measured on the ability to minimize re-work required after production implementation, which may be due to stability, performance, and/or functionality that does not support architectural tenets (services-oriented architecture, multi-bank processing, etc.).
  • Makes design decisions and technology recommendations to satisfy business requirements based on the product roadmap/vision.
  • Establishes a coherent architecture vision of how the company’s enterprise software and infrastructure technology will be applied to best address current and expected future application needs.
  • Continuously communicates the vision in an audience-appropriate manner, both internally and externally, from developers and designers to business owners and customers.
  • Makes recommendations based upon this vision and associated analysis in order to satisfy tactical, operational, and strategic needs.
  • Ensures lead developers and designers are familiar with application, software and infrastructure technology assets, standards, and requirements along with software development best practices. Assists in the identification of patterns, techniques, tools, and processes that contribute to effective project execution and business-unit profitability.
  • The Software Technology Architect defines and maintains architecture principles and standards for application development, based on the company’s business requirements.
  • Defines and documents the principles and standards to ensure speed and quality of development, while maintaining flexibility and maintainability in anticipation of future needs. Equally important are principles and standards to ensure robustness of applications to meet needs for performance, efficiency, reliability, availability, scalability, and security.
  • Works to understand, assess, and put into practice selected emerging technologies in anticipation of meeting future software business needs.
  • Researches industry trends and determines what emerging technologies are commercially viable for the company’s  environment and identifies those technologies which may be unproven, or “bleeding edge”. This includes product evaluation, reference technology proof of concept, and industry trend analysis.
  • Based on research and assessment, current technology standards are validated and / or refreshed and extended by newer technologies (e.g. J2EE vs. .NET).
  • Defines and maintains software architecture principles and standards for application development, based on business requirements.
  • Designs and provides internal building blocks or development components that enhance the speed of development, quality, and stability of product solutions.
  • Supports product development by providing the application development community proven design patterns, frameworks, templates and models, as well as ready-built components providing for common application infrastructure services (messaging, data access, security, etc.) Executes evaluation projects and produces working models based upon Product Solution requirements.
  • May participate as a member of a project team when implementing critical or “first of kind” technologies.
  • The Infrastructure Technology Architect is primarily focused in the disciplines of selection, operation, and administration of “commercial-off-the-shelf” (COTS) systems and system software that make up the underlying operating environment in support of the business processes.
  • Provides a road map and direction to guide the selection and deployment of technology solutions, and manages the overall environment Technology Portfolio.
  • Selects infrastructure technologies in support of business needs.
  • Manages the portfolio of infrastructure technologies, including the identification, enhancement and retirement of viable technologies. Prescribes common building blocks and methods for application and selection of these technologies.
  • Manages the infrastructure architecture process with connection to the business and related architecture functions (Business, Software and Application) in order to continually evolve the infrastructure disciplines.

Responsibilities

  • Documents and publishes appropriate architecture principles and standards, position papers, blueprints, best practices, patterns and frameworks.
  • Defines, constructs, supports and provides training for enterprise frameworks.
  • Defines and maintains a library of functional component models within and across company product lines.
  • Documents functional product solutions for key product strategy and product management initiatives leveraging defined functional component model libraries and the defined product line architecture roadmap.
  • Documents functional product solutions for key financial services sales opportunities leveraging defined functional component model libraries and the defined product line architecture roadmap.
  • Maintains a catalogue of reusable functional application components consumable across applications and product lines.
  • Reviews functional and technical designs to identify areas of risk and/or missing requirements.
  • Acts as the tie breaker on design decisions.
  • Documents and communicates opportunities to leverage inter-project synergies, application and enterprise software or infrastructure asset re-use, and opportunities to expose application assets for enterprise consumption.
  • Communicates system architecture to technical and business audiences.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
     

Education
 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or the equivalent combination of education, training, or work experience. Post-graduate education is desired.
     

 

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of the company’s products and services
  • Knowledge of financial services industry
  • In-depth knowledge of end-to-end systems development life cycles (including waterfall, iterative and other modern approaches to software development)
  • Proficiency in solutions design and requirements definition disciplines leveraging model driven design based tools and techniques including conceptual solution component models, business process models, use cases, etc.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to technical and non-technical audiences of various levels in the organization (e.g., executive, management, individual contributors)
  • Excellent analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, team, and time management skills
  • Ability to persuade and influence others on the best approach to take
  • Ability to estimate work effort for project sub-plans or small projects and ensure the project is successfully completed
  • Positive outlook, strong work ethic, and responsive to internal and external customers and contacts
  • Willingly and successfully fulfills the role of teacher, mentor and coach
  • May require a thorough understanding of design patterns and their application
    • May require a thorough understanding of Model-View-Controller design patterns for web applications
  • May require a fluency in developing and understanding sequence diagrams, class models, etc.
  • May require in-depth knowledge of networking, computing platform, storage, database, security, middleware, network and systems management, and related infrastructure technologies and practices

Additional Requirements

Requires the following experience or equivalent combination of education and experience as a minimum to enter any level of IT Architect job:
 

  • Must have led the technology direction for multiple projects and led or presented architecture concepts outside the realm of immediate workgroup
  • Demonstrated experience as the application development system designer or technical lead on many “very large” (i.e., 10,000 hours or more spanning more than 6 months) projects
  • May also require one or more of the following experience requirements:
    • Five or more years working in a distributed and heterogeneous computing environment (ZOS, UNIX, Windows)
    • Five or more years demonstrated experience in working with relational (and/or hierarchical) databases
    • Five or more years demonstrated experience in modern software application technologies
    • Successful design and implementation of applications in a shared service bureau environment
    • Experience in building On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP), batch and reporting systems
    • Experience in using Unified Modeling Language (UML) for Object Modeling
    • Experience in building robust and scalable infrastructure architectures (telephony systems, network services, web farms, multiple-node systems, etc.)

 

 

Heitmeyer Consulting is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to minority status, gender, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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