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Solution Architect Des Moines, IA  1

Reference ID2755
Job Description

 Solution Architect

Des Moines, IA

Under administrative direction, responsible for taking a “solution area” from the current IT state to a future state which aligns with the long term business and technology strategies, including the creation, maintenance, and governance of system roadmaps and asset inventories for the solution area. Also responsible for guiding and reviewing the design and architecture work of Systems Analysts & Systems Architects impacting the solution area.  Along with solution area management, serves as accountable person for the on-going technical integrity of all projects and systems within the solution area.


Provides technical and architectural leadership on large and very highly complex projects that are multi-platform and/or cross enterprise or divisional functional areas. Top level technical expert in one or more highly specialized areas of applications systems analysis and programming. Formulates and defines system scope and objectives for assigned projects. 


Devises or modifies procedures to solve complex problems considering computer equipment capacity and limitations, operating time and form of desired results. Prepares detailed specifications to write programs. Designs, codes, tests, debugs, documents, and maintains those programs.  Has expert technical knowledge of all phases of applications systems analysis and programming. Has good understanding of business or functional units for which application is designed. Responsible for project completion and end-user satisfaction.

Core Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with analysts, designers, and programmers in conceptualizing and development of new software programs and applications
  • Perform technical tasks, detailed analyses, and interpretation of technical problems requiring expertise and/or specialized knowledge in a systematic manner; apply subject matter expertise unique to the discipline
  • Exhibit expert understanding of  the organization’s Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Play a leading role in the definition, development, and documentation of software’s requirements, objectives, deliverables, and specifications on a project-by-project basis in collaboration with internal users and departments
  • Play a leading role in defining software development project plans, including scoping, scheduling, and implementation
  • Prepare and/or interpret business, functional, and non-functional requirements; create and maintain user-oriented applications and design specifications
  • Develop, test, document and implement applications according to standards and methodologies
  • Design, implement and maintain databases. Follow database standards and integrity controls, analyze information requirements, and develop database specifications
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard information resources against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure
  • Design, run and monitor software functional and performance tests on new and existing programs for the purposes of correcting errors, isolating areas for improvement, and general debugging; administer critical analysis of test results and deliver solutions to problem areas
  • Recommend, schedule, and perform software improvements and upgrades
  • Maintain currency of professional, technical and business skills
  • Utilize established status report, time accounting and collaborative process to provide data for management
  • Exhibit expert understanding of application, data, integration, security, operational, and systems management architectural and design domains
  • Meet with decision makers, systems owners, and end users to define business requirements and systems goals, and identify and resolve business systems issues
  • Ensure compatibility and interoperability of in-house computing systems
  • Review and analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of existing systems and develop strategies for improving or further leveraging these systems
  • Create and describe system design and models utilizing commonly used industry mechanisms like E-R Diagrams, UML models, flow charts, etc.
  • Perform cost-benefit and return on investment analysis for proposed systems to aid management in making implementation decisions
  • Direct research on emerging application development software products, languages, and standards in support of procurement and development efforts; conduct research on emerging technologies in support of systems development efforts and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness and systems flexibility
  • Liaise with company’s software and hardware suppliers for prompt rectification of any problems or emergencies
  • Take an active role in cross-departmental projects when needed
  • Cultivate and disseminate knowledge of application development best practices; train, mentor, and provide guidance to junior software development staff
  • Oversee the quality assurance of program logic, data processing, and error resolution
  • Document the company’s existing systems architecture and technology portfolio; make recommendations for improvements and/or alternatives; develop, document, communicate and enforce a policy for standardizing systems as necessary
  • Develop, document and communicate plans for investing in systems architecture, including analysis of cost reduction opportunities; develop and manage a systems capacity plan
  • Responsible for strategy, roadmap, governance,  management, and integrity of the Architecture practice for the solutions area
  • Serves as a member of the Architecture and design review group at the division level and/or the Enterprise Architecture Review Board



The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • College diploma or university degree in the field of computer science, information science, management information systems plus a minimum of 12 years IT development experience or equivalent

·         Effective verbal and written communications skills and the ability to communicate with business partners and other IT staff

·         Problem solving skills sufficient to perform research and recommend a proposed solution to problems

·         Able to work on multiple tasks and meet established deadlines

·         Able to effectively direct and coordinate the work of other team members on a project without having HR management responsibility for them

·         Knowledge of computer programming languages as required for the system

·         Experience as Technical Lead and/or Project Architect on very complex multi-subsystem solution delivery projects


Additional Information:

  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Must be on call during scheduled times and may be required to work for extended periods at night and on weekends in support of conversion, assisting in operational problems, or testing a new program
  • Assignment Length: Direct hire - Candidates must be eligible to work in the US on a W2 basis without sponsorship or visa transfer
Location Des Moines, IA
Job Typefull-time
DurationDirect hire
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