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Position Summary:

You will be part of a growing Application Development team that handles NBA applications for Internal and External Users. The IT department services over 10 internal groups and the Solution Architect will be a seasoned Technology leader comfortable with a variety of architectural best practice. The ideal candidate will be a technologist who is able to balance the rapid pace of technology change with an authoritative ability to handle client relationships, including working closely with the business and technical teams/vendors. The candidate will be a major contributor to the development of engineering and design standards; and assist in the ongoing support of applications. The candidate will have demonstratable experience in the use of tools, technologies and strategies in architecting applications. We're looking for someone who is laser-focused on operational excellence and customer satisfaction. You'll need to wear many hats, so flexibility and a can-do attitude are critical! We are looking for a dynamic, collaborative personality that can champion the cause of Agile within the organization. The candidate needs to have a consistent track record of successfully delivering value for their organization in a fast-paced environment along with successful management of customer expectations. A passionate leader who strives for automation would be ideal for this position. Experience mentoring and leading other staff, both onsite and offshore would be required for this role to be successful. As a Solution Architect, you will lead NBA's efforts across all products and lines of business. You are a pioneer that will help create new standards and best practices across the entire Software Development Lifecycle. You will coordinate external development teams and recruit, mentor and develop our own internal team of engineers. You will play a fundamental role in achieving our ambitious growth objectives. You must be comfortable switching between multiple projects, both leading and contributing as an individual, and working with both business teams and technology teams to translate business requirements into finished product. You possess strategic vision and tactical mastery and combine it with an entrepreneurial spirit to get it done. You will collaborate closely with stakeholders across the company to design innovative solutions and balance competing priorities and tech resource demand. The right candidate is not only passionate about design standards and automation technologies but also passionate about leading and mentoring a great group of engineers. We're looking for someone who welcomes challenges and is hyper-focused on delivering exceptional results to internal business customers while creating a rewarding team environment. This position reports into the Head of Customer Applications, IT

Major Responsibility:

  • Understand business needs and develop solutions that delight consumers and customers
  • Demonstrate your technical abilities and contribute to our overall architecture; in areas within the business's eco-system of inter-dependent technology where there isn't an architecture; take it, own it, drive it
  • Help define and implement the Application Architecture Standards for NBA; and help implement it in multi-functional alignment with the teams that exist across functions, like Marketing, Finance, HR etc.
  • Provide leadership during application design and development for highly complex or critical projects across numerous lines of business and shared technology Ensure alignment to enterprise architecture and usage of enterprise platforms when delivering projects
  • Understand Agile artifacts; interact regularly with users to gather feedback, listen to their issues and concerns, and recommend solutions Build and lead high-performing teams focused on Architecture and Architectural standards to provide Technology as a Service Building, maintaining and demonstrating partnership with 3rd parties like Stanford Labs, Microsoft Research, and Google Labs to be at the cutting edge of technologies and foster data-driven decision-making at the NBA
  • Ensure cross collaboration with sister teams in other geographies
  • Provide oversight for budgets and project plans, and manage technology risks and issues
  • Partner with your peers within the organization and build multi-functional alignment

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • 5+ years of experience in designing and architecting complex solutions
  • 5+ years of experience in a highly regulated industry
  • Experience defining technology standards for an organization
  • Experience with architecture frameworks, including design patterns, distributed applications, Azure Well-Architected Framework, AWS Well-Architected Framework, C4 Model, etc, with the aim of reuse
  • Experience architecting microservices, containerization, and event-driven architecture
  • Experience architecting Identity & Access Management, including Active Directory, Azure AD, Okta, Ping Identity, and SAML
  • Experience with the full Azure stack; exposure to AWS, GCP and other cloud platforms is a plus
  • Experience with programming technologies, including .NET Core, C#, Java, Python, Kafka, Storm
  • Experience with Data technologies, including SQL, NoSQL, BigData, R, and GraphQL
  • Experience with front-end technologies, including Angular, Node, React, etc. Experience with enterprise Devops, including SSDLC, performance, observability, and high availability
  • Background in agile software development and scaled agile frameworks A true believer in measuring success based on working software and in quick prototyping
  • Someone who still codes and can spin up a snippet of code quickly
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to build and execute innovative digital product, combined with tactical ability to execute simultaneously against multiple competing priorities
  • Someone with an iterative approach, drive to move fast and think big
  • Experience managing internal and external teams at the same time, working with multiple brands and digital properties of varying maturities
  • Demonstrated ability to partner and communicate effectively with non-technical team members, resolving competing or contradictory objectives, and unifying disparate ideas into a homogenized solution
  • Ability to be versatile and handle multiple projects and re-prioritizations
  • Possess the ability to influence others, implement change, and standardize processes in a complex business environment
  • A passion for mentoring and growing the potential of others
  • Ability to effectively and appropriately interview technical candidates
  • Passion for Automation and hunger for Acceleration; Keen knowledge of DevOps as well as RPA is a big plus Superb communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to translate ideas into solutions based on user and business needs
  • Eagerness to learn new technologies and bring new ideas to the table

Education:

  • Master's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or Management of Information Systems/Technology

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