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Systems Architect - III
Ref No.: 21-00504
Location: Philadelpha, Pennsylvania
Pay Rate : $ 86.53 - 98.86 /Hour
The System Architect is accountable for the technical and solution outcomes for the features and user stories being delivered by their assigned Scrum Team(s). A System Architect's day-to-day duties include the necessary design, engineering and implementation activities required to successfully deliver and integrate critical systems that support Group's strategic imperatives. This critical solution leadership role is a dedicated member of the Scrum Team and also partners with other key stakeholders across the Agile Release Train. Identifies innovations and efficiency opportunities that enable the scrum team to maximize velocity and quality outcomes.


Accountable for the definition of the right talent and capacity required for the scrum team to deliver on program objectives

Accountable for the evolution and implementation of software and quality engineering standards and practices

Responsible for architecture synchronization with solution architects to ensure alignment with the solution context from initial intent through emergent design

Accountable for the deployment architecture specification required to meet the system's needs for performance and availability while balancing cost, in house knowledge and maintainability

Evaluates engineering artifacts (e.g. design specifications, code, quality and performance plans) that describe the solution, how it drives business capabilities and conforms to industry best practices

Partners with the RTE, Product Manager and Systems Team lead to sequence software delivery to support integration and demonstration of cross-scrum features and epics in accordance to the Agile Release Trains overall release strategy

Partners with the Scrum Master and Product Owner to refine the backlog and drive delivery of features and user stories into working software

Communicates solution risks and issues effectively with the Scrum Master, PO, RTE to ensure that all are working collaboratively to track, manage and mitigate so that impact to schedule and scrum team can be minimized

Accountable for the security of software products and compliance with organization policies, including risk based guidance for alternatives to manage security threats while maintaining project budget and schedule constraints

Accountable for technical innovation and thought leadership that improves our engineering culture, the quality of our products and speed of delivery

Partners with Environments and Ops Readiness teams to specify system software configurations and scaling capacity needed to optimize application runtimes, instrument and monitor workloads, and provide alerting mechanisms when application errors or environment issues are detected

Accountable for continuous integration and continuous testing stages of the CI/CD pipeline and partners with Shared Systems Services team on deployment stages

Supports Production Readiness activities to ensure proper transition of application knowledge and any changes to support modified or new applications/components

Identifies all required architecture runway enablers for the scrum team including technology upgrades, tech debt remediation and introduction of new technologies or design patterns through the definition of spikes and works with the Scrum Master and Product Owner to ensure those spikes are included in delivery priorities

Coordinates solution syncs with Solution Architecture to reconcile emerging design and architecture decisions with overall solution context and intent

Partners with Systems team to ensure alignment to overall release train quality objectives and to minimize test duplication

Collaborate with Systems team on performance engineering to share knowledge on the inner workings of the solution, to pin point potential performance constraints and to review and provide feedback on PVS approach

Responsible for in scrum quality engineering, focusing on unit testing and integration of components and assemblies created by the scrum. Leverages automation tools and processes like TDD, BDD service virtualization to minimize defect bleed through to systems team

Curation of the technical debt backlog in order to keep design and code artifacts up-to-date with best practices and lessons learned, while also ensuring the artifacts reflect the current state of implementation


Proven ability to quickly earn the trust of key stakeholders; mobilize and motivate software engineering teams; set technical direction and approach; resolve conflict; deliver tough messages with grace; execute with limited information and ambiguity

Significant experience with software and quality engineering best practices including: Test Driven Development, Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Enterprise Application Integration, Performance Engineering, Agile Test Methods

Knowledge of design patterns (e.g. Gang of 4) and enterprise integration patterns that offer formalized solutions to common problems

Understanding of key system architecture concepts and their relationship between solution, software, application and hardware architecture disciplines

Strong knowledge of one or more programming languages including JavaScript/TypeScript, Java, Python, SQL

Strong knowledge of Web development and modern frameworks such as Angular, Vue.js, React.js and Node.js, Spring

Ability to navigate matrixed and external enterprise organizations effectively

Results-oriented, diligent and works with a sense of urgency

Assertive, responsible for his/her own work (self-directed), have a strong affinity for defining work in deliverables, and be willing to commit to deadlines

Ability to identify and implement required actions quickly in order to accomplish goals, eliminate roadblocks, and create focus

Posses knowledge and expertise in the use of Agile delivery methodologies (Safe, Scrum and Kanban)

Influential, focused and versatile team player that is comfortable under pressure.

Ability to communicate at all levels with clarity, poise, maturity and precision both written and verbally

Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills; balancing strategic alignment with technology roadmap and emerging industry trends with practical delivery

Knowledge and experience in Group Insurance (Disability, Life and Accident), particularly claims management, a plus