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US-TX-Austin: Applications Architect

Date: _30-Jan-2012_
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Applications Architect

* Evaluate new projects to determine best development platform to deploy solutions * Research and evaluate vendor solutions, frameworks, evolving technologies, standards, and understand potential impact on current or future solutions * Evaluate new project proposals using business valuation models and provide recommendations to senior leadership team, that will improve cost effectiveness and systems flexibility * Act as liaison between the senior leadership team and IT to ensure ITís strategic direction aligns with the businessí strategy and growth opportunities * Ensure that software, security and infrastructure improvements achieve the business, technical, and architectural goals established for the project and strategic roadmap * Take creative approaches to problem solving and apply innovative methods; encourage innovation * Communicate with all levels of management, across LOB and IT management on technical discussions * Acquire the necessary technical and business knowledge to perform technology evaluation to support LOB operations and software developments needs * Document the companyís existing systems architecture and technology portfolio; make recommendations for improvements and/or alternatives

* Minimum of 7 years of full-lifecycle application architect experience * Proven ability to translate business requirements into high value technical solutions * Experience managing/leading a wide range of technical skills to design and develop an open architecture and development processes * Experience working with various development methodologies, with recent experience in Agile, XP, or Scrum preferred * Ability to quickly gain trust with business and technical counterparts and forge strong partnerships and leadership. * Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to audiences with varying technical knowledge * Broad knowledge and experience of all layers of the modern IT technology stack, including hardware, operation systems, networks, application frameworks, storage, database systems, and industry trends * Excellent track record of balancing and prioritizing technical leadership and problem resolution across a diverse and concurrent set of IT projects in order to deliver on project milestones * Good knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws * Exceptional analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities * Exceptional understanding of the organizationís goals and objectives * Strong interpersonal and consultative skills * Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language * Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment * Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment * Bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Information Technology (IT), Computer Science or Engineering

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