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Solutions Architect
Ref No.: 18-03814
Location: O Fallon, Missouri
Job Title: Solutions Architect
Duration: 12+ Months Contract (Possible Extensions)
Location: O Fallon, MO (63366)
Job Description/Comment:
Major Accountabilities:
  • Create solutions with high level of innovation, cost effectiveness, high quality, and fast time to market. Play a key role in day to day system development and maintenance activities of the team to meet service level agreements (SLAs). Contribute to the overall strategy and manage complex issues within functional areas of expertise.
  • Develop overall strategic technical plan and create architecture proposals based on identified solution gaps, including: planning, design and implementation of technical solutions. Create solution definition and solution architecture. Assist Management in Business Case Development and Scenario Planning leading to an effective decision making process. Assist in making presentations to the Management, Business Owners and other Stakeholders.
  • Assist in examining commercially available and forthcoming industry technologies related to area of expertise. Research on current and upcoming technologies and application appropriate frameworks and provide recommendations to Management. Perform PoCs (Proof of Concept) and help Department in the selection of Technology. Assist technical leads to create and maintain solution and technology road maps.
  • Partner with Project Managers in implementation of processes per the evolving needs of the team and the platform. Assist in creating detailed cost and time estimates for implementing business solutions, defining technical scope and requirements of the project and helping project manager with managing scope during the lifecycle of the project. Identify Quality methodology and help define Quality Metrics for the Team. Partner with technical leads to define and implement Quality Assurance and Quality Control processes in the department. Assist in vendor selection and RFI/RFP process.
  • Ensure adequate test coverage in Unit Testing, System Testing/Integration Testing and Performance Testing. Perform Quality Inspections and Walkthroughs throughout the SDLC including Requirements Review, Architecture Review, Design Review, Code Review and Security Review to ensure compliance with Client standards. Co-ordinate offshore development and manage day to day activities. Support collection and reporting of project and software metrics. Actively look for opportunities to enhance standards and improve process efficiency. Mentor and guide other team members during all phases of the SDLC.
  • Successfully lead production incident and problem management, identification of root cause and remediation of the problems. Mentor, coach and assist project team members. Provide Brownbag sessions on new and upcoming technologies, methodologies and frameworks. Provide technical training to the team. Assist with selection of technical resources for the projects.
  • Ensure compliance to the defined standards. Actively look for opportunities to modify and enhance standards per the needs of the department. Develop documentation templates, enforce development of documentation throughout the development lifecycle of the solution.
  • Bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science or Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge / Experience:
  • 5 to 8 years of experience in related field, including experience delivering secure solutions in Financial Services Sector is preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of Software Engineering Concepts and Methodologies is required.
Skills/ Abilities:
  • Ability to be high-energy, detail-oriented, proactive and able to function under pressure in an independent environment along with a high degree of initiative and self-motivation to drive results.
  • Strong communication skills -- both verbal and written – and strong relationship, collaboration skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to quickly learn and implement new technologies, frameworks and tools and support multiple concurrent activities and to interface with external / internal resources, working as a member of a matrix based diverse and geographically distributed project team.
  • Understanding of basic cryptography principles and web security standards. Ability to design and implement solutions to operate in a replicated environment with multiple live sites. Able to identify potential design issues related to replication delays.
Preferred technical skills and experience
SAFE or Agile experience
Development/Agile tools experience – Fusion, Jira, Confluence, Bamboo, SVN, GIT, SOAPUI Pro, Rally
IDE tools – Eclipse, IntelliJ experience a plus
Web Service development experience (REST/JSON, SOAP)
Oracle - SQL, PLSQL (tuning and performance tuning desirable)
Shell Scripting
JBoss Web framework expertise
Camel (a plus)
Test Driven Development
JavaScript (JQuery/Angular JS)
CICD Principles