Sr. Interoperability Architect

Full Time
Main Location
Durham, NC, United States
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Job Description

Coordinate the design, maintenance, enhancement, communication and governance for solution architecture. Responsible for developing and reviewing key architecture deliverables, preliminary and high-level architecture models for software and infrastructure solutions under development. Develop and review architecture artifacts and manage adherence to architecture standards. Perform risk analysis, industry and technical trend analysis, vendor selection and oversight, and assist in defining strategic direction. Responsible for architecture leadership and must be able to expose and communicate enterprise opportunities across multiple corporate initiatives, provide leadership to the broader architecture community and to vendors, communicate at all levels of the organization and be a trusted advisor for the senior leadership levels of the company.

Those in the Senior Solutions Architect role may work in any of the following capacities:

  • Serve as the senior architect on a given full Software Development Life Cycle project and  vendor work; developing,maintaining and  reviewing application architecture throughout the project.  May include leading proof-of-technology activities.
  • Serve as the senior architect responsible for the planning and design of both on-prem and cloud based infrastructure solutions.  Drive adherence to existing and evolving security requirements to ensure a robust and secure environment for which to deploy applications.
  • Serve as Project Lead Architect on a project team (PLA) (including users,developers and/or vendors), to plan, coordinate, analyze, design, review and implement application systems and/or enhancements to existing systems to meet current and future needs.

  • Provide leadership in the development and adherence to all application standards, application portfolio strategy, service level agreements, and processes (i.e., Walkthrough and Approval processes, Program/System documentation, Status Reporting, Escalation, Change Management, Problem Management, Software Development Methodology, etc.).
  • Ensure vendor work is accurately and thoroughly reviewed and also meets all applicable standards; identify gaps and/or opportunities in work to meet long term corporate goals.
  • Contribute to and apply IT industry best practices.
  • Participate in and/or lead a cross-functional IT Architecture group that reviews designs from an enterprise perspective. 
  • Participate in the design review process and support the overall Enterprise Architecture Management process.  Also, influence and drive change to architecture processes, strategies and standards, as needed.  
  • Accountable for key design reviews and recommendations to management and IT governance, including: Selection and  review of structural elements and their interfaces, by which a system is composed; Behavior as specified in collaborations about those elements; Composition of these structural and behavioral elements into larger subsystems; Architectural system that guides this organization; Architectural documentation creation and stewardship
  • Support pre-project efforts in terms of working with the user team or vendor during meetings/presentations, crafting conceptual solutions, assisting with time estimates, and documenting designs.
  • Develop Solution Architecture Models and Documentation (key written project deliverable) and/or oversee and approve the creation of architecture documentation.
  • Provide technical expertise/coaching for others; facilitate the development and provide direction on integration design patterns around services and interfaces; and monitor application architecture related to other areas of IT, the business community, and outside vendors to ensure the relevance of architecture to meet business needs.
  • Collaborate with the broader architecture community to provide input into IT strategies and standards.
  • Research and facilitate the development and review of solution, integration, workflow, cloud, infrastructure (including software defined storage and networking) and/or web service standards.
  • Provide architectural leadership that supports insightful decision making, drives efficiencies in the development process, and maximizes the quality of technical deliverables.
  • Create or review IT plans that manage clear and realistic expectations of what technology can offer in terms of products, services, and delivery mechanisms.
  • Establish, maintain and review enterprise architecture models to enable applications development and decision-supporting activities, consistent with IT plans.
  • Support and mentor less experienced architecture staff.

Hiring Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years of progressive experience in a combination of  development, design, infrastructure/data center and/or related IT disciplines.
  • If no degree, 12 years of progressive experience as stated above
  • Must have at least 3 years of direct infrastructure, system, application and/or other solution architecture experience.
  • Past experience should include significant background leading broad and complex technical work with proven success in the design and delivery of quality scalable IT solutions on time, on budget and in compliance with applicable requirements.:
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technical integrations, technologies, and processing environments, including cloud and SaaS technologies.
  • Familiarity with cloud computing is required.
  • Strong experience in solution design principles and practices, system development methodologies, and software life cycles.
  • Experience coordinating vendor solution delivery and partnering effectively with vendors to meet business needs.

Hiring Preferences:

  • Experience in multiple architecture disciplines is preferred.
  • Some experience formally leading technical teams is preferred.
  • Prefer candidates with knowledge and understanding of: Regulatory and legislative impact on health plans, specifically HIPAA requirements placed on cloud tenants; Health insurance and plan administration; Visual modeling using UML; SOA, SoDA, OOA/OOD; Converged infrastructure planning or design; Mainframe, AS400, middleware and client-server technologies, as well as specific knowledge of Java and Microsoft technologies.
  • Experience with object-oriented system architectures utilizing use cases, Unified Modeling Language (UML), Visio and the Rational Unified Process (RUP) or similar methodology is preferred.
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills, including team leadership and work organization/coordination.
  • Excellent influencing and consultative skills; and the ability to proactively identify and resolve issues and opportunities.
  • Works effectively with clients to document requirements by conducting interviews and facilitating JAD sessions.
  • Able to work closely with the business, IT personnel and other architectural areas to provide research and development around application trends, integration patterns, vendor direction  and development methodologies.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills to successfully communicate at varied levels within the organization (technical detail with developers through executive presentations to C-Levels).
  • Understand business behavior patterns and patterns of information and technology and how they work together to enable the business to achieve their strategic and tactical goals.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Prefer a certification in at least one facet of IT architecture.

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