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Lead Solutions Architect (40367)

Company Name: SF Staffing Solutions
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Location: San Ramon, California, United States
Date Posted: 3/29/2013
Posting Expiry Date: 5/28/2013
Pay Rate: $140,000 - $160,000

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Our company is an institution whose history spans over 130 years, and whose geographical reach extends over 19 states, as well as over 84 countries through our affiliation with BNP Paribas, one of the world's six strongest banks according to Standard & Poor's. From our earliest days as a community bank, our focus on relationships, exceptional customer service and being a good corporate neighbor has never wavered. Today, as one of the leading regional financial services companies in the nation, our team members are dedicated to being our customers' trusted financial partners - whether they're opening a first account, purchasing a home, running a small business, or leading a large corporation. When you join our company, you will be a part of an organization that has learned how to grow and adapt in an ever-changing environment. And most of all, you will become part of a company that recognizes that our success is rooted in our relationship banking model and in the satisfaction of our customers. That's why our company was ranked the highest in customer satisfaction among retail banks in the West.


The Lead Solutions Architect is responsible for evaluating, architecting and implementing the technology platforms that support business needs. The ideal candidate will be responsible for working with the various teams to provide design and technical expertise, drive best practices and ensure the creation of a robust and flexible architecture to meet our business objectives. For selected technologies, the Lead Solution Architect will be responsible for building and maintaining a strong vendor relationship and ensuring that we and the vendor operate in concert to maximize the returns from purchased software and services. The ideal candidate will be responsible to evaluate current legacy products in our company and recommend a technology roadmap to ensure that the products continue to meet business objectives.


- Create an architecture strategy for our company that furthers an integrated customer experience and promotes the development of common services and capabilities across the enterprise

- Define and implement consistent architecture and technology governance practices for our company throughout the planning and delivery cycles. Provide both technology and architecture oversight and governance as part of this process

- Lead architecture efforts that promote and implement greater architectural consistency and technology sharing across our company

- Understand and promote the role of architectural best practices; communicate effectively with all key constituents and actively promote the needs and benefits of governance, architecture and standards

- Be a key contributor to the overall technology strategy and ensuring the realization of goals such as reuse, infrastructure simplification, cost management and flexibility

- Build strong cross-organizational relationships and effectively influence staff across the IT organization and broader enterprise

- Develop the architecture community within our company and mentor architects in the development of their skills

- Define conceptual approaches and solutions architecture for our applications and integration among applications and services

- Create conceptual and software architecture documents using industry best practices for documenting architecture. Consider both business and technical audiences

- Collaborate with development groups and software vendors to identify and define solutions for complex, global business requirements

- Collaborate with internal partners to define application standards, conventions and best practices including compliance with security requirements

- Provide cross-application subject matter expertise for solutions

- Participate in application capacity planning and facilitate application proof of concepts

- Oversee the evaluation and selection of 3rd party software packages as well as the design of standard application configuration of these packages

- Multi-task in complex, global environment while focusing on architectural success of multiple projects


- Minimum of 7 years of experience as a Technology Solutions Architect

- Bachelor's degree in related information technology field

- Experience with architecting and developing solutions for highly scalable, highly available systems

- Experience in architecting multi-tiered solutions based on architectural best practices

- Experience with service oriented architecture (SOA), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology and other middleware technologies

- Experience with web solution architectures

- Strong strategic thinker with an ability to communicate your vision

- Creative thinking and approach, essential to collaboration with our customers, product groups and account management to determine solutions that further the business and align with business plans and technology strategies

- Outstanding analytical skills; able to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources

- Strong facilitation and listening skills

- Ability to represent technical and business issues and solutions to multiple levels internally and externally to support strategic organizational plans

- Highly effective written, verbal and presentation skills

- Interpersonal skills that lend themselves to effectively negotiating priorities and resolving conflicts among project stakeholders

- Excellent architecture documentation and modeling skills

- Strong software development, design and application architecture skills

- Significant Retail Banking experience

Benefits - Full

Relocation Assistance Available - Possible for the ideal candidate
Commission Compensation - No
Bonus Eligible - Yes
Overtime Eligible - No
Interview Travel Reimbursed - No

7+ to 10 years of experience
Management Experience Required - No
Minimum Education - Bachelor's Degree

Willingness to Travel - Occasionally