Job #: 3034

Title: Application Architect


  • New York City, NY
  • Job Type:

  • Contract
  • Contract Pay Rate:
  • $75-100
    • Anywhere
    • Posted 2 months ago

    The System Architect is accountable for the technical and solution outcomes for the features and user stories being delivered by their assigned Scrum Team(s).  A System Architect’s day-to-day duties include the necessary design, engineering and implementation activities required to successfully deliver and integrate critical systems that support Group’s strategic imperatives. This critical solution leadership role is a dedicated member of the Scrum Team and also partners with other key stakeholders across the Agile Release Train.  Identifies innovations and efficiency opportunities that enable the scrum team to maximize velocity and quality outcomes.


    Accountable for the definition of the right talent and capacity required for the scrum team to deliver on program objectives

    Accountable for the evolution and implementation of software and quality engineering standards and practices

    Responsible for architecture synchronization with solution architects to ensure alignment with the solution context from initial intent through emergent design

    Accountable for the deployment architecture specification required to meet the system’s needs for performance and availability while balancing cost, in house knowledge and maintainability

    Evaluates engineering artifacts (e.g. design specifications, code, quality and performance plans) that describe the solution, how it drives business capabilities and conforms to industry best practices

    Partners with the RTE, Product Manager and Systems Team lead to sequence software delivery to support integration and demonstration of cross-scrum features and epics in accordance to the Agile Release Trains overall release strategy

    Partners with the Scrum Master and Product Owner to refine the backlog and drive delivery of features and user stories into working software

    Communicates solution risks and issues effectively with the Scrum Master, PO, RTE to ensure that all are working collaboratively to track, manage and mitigate so that impact to schedule and scrum team can be minimized

    Accountable for the security of software products and compliance with organization policies, including risk based guidance for alternatives to manage security threats while maintaining project budget and schedule constraints

    Accountable for technical innovation and thought leadership that improves our engineering culture, the quality of our products and speed of delivery

    Partners with Environments and Ops Readiness teams to specify system software configurations and scaling capacity needed to optimize application runtimes, instrument and monitor workloads, and provide alerting mechanisms when application errors or environment issues are detected

    Accountable for continuous integration and continuous testing stages of the CI/CD pipeline and partners with Shared Systems Services team on deployment stages

    Supports Production Readiness activities to ensure proper transition of application knowledge and any changes to support modified or new applications/components

    Identifies all required architecture runway enablers for the scrum team including technology upgrades, tech debt remediation and introduction of new technologies or design patterns through the definition of spikes and works with the Scrum Master and Product Owner to ensure those spikes are included in delivery priorities

    Coordinates solution syncs with Solution Architecture to reconcile emerging design and architecture decisions with overall solution context and intent

    Partners with Systems team to ensure alignment to overall release train quality objectives and to minimize test duplication

    Collaborate with Systems team on performance engineering to share knowledge on the inner workings of the solution, to pin point potential performance constraints and to review and provide feedback on PVS approach

    Responsible for in scrum quality engineering, focusing on unit testing and integration of components and assemblies created by the scrum.  Leverages automation tools and processes like TDD, BDD service virtualization to minimize defect bleed through to systems team

    Curation of the technical debt backlog in order to keep design and code artifacts up-to-date with best practices and lessons learned, while also ensuring the artifacts reflect the current state of implementation


    Proven ability to quickly earn the trust of key stakeholders; mobilize and motivate software engineering teams; set technical direction and approach; resolve conflict; deliver tough messages with grace; execute with limited information and ambiguity

    Significant experience with software and quality engineering best practices including: Test Driven Development, Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Enterprise Application Integration, Performance Engineering, Agile Test Methods

    Knowledge of design patterns (e.g. Gang of 4) and enterprise integration patterns that offer formalized solutions to common problems

    Understanding of key system architecture concepts and their relationship between solution, software, application and hardware architecture disciplines

    Strong knowledge of one or more programming languages including JavaScript/TypeScript, Java, Python, SQL

    Strong knowledge of Web development and modern frameworks such as Angular, Vue.js, React.js and Node.js, Spring

    Ability to navigate matrixed and external enterprise organizations effectively

    Results-oriented, diligent and works with a sense of urgency

    Assertive, responsible for his/her own work (self-directed), have a strong affinity for defining work in deliverables, and be willing to commit to deadlines

    Ability to identify and implement required actions quickly in order to accomplish goals, eliminate roadblocks, and create focus

    Posses knowledge and expertise in the use of Agile delivery methodologies (Safe, Scrum and Kanban)

    Influential, focused and versatile team player that is comfortable under pressure.

    Ability to communicate at all levels with clarity, poise, maturity and precision both written and verbally

    Excellent problem-solving and critical-thinking skills; balancing strategic alignment with technology roadmap and emerging industry trends with practical delivery

    Knowledge and experience in Group Insurance (Disability, Life and Accident), particularly claims management, a plus



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