Senior Principal Enterprise Architect

Last updated one month ago
Location:Chicago, Illinois

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Job Description

JOB SUMMARY

The technical architect is accountable for proactively and holistically leading or supporting EA activities that guide the direction and development for technological responses to disruptive forces, and driving targeted business outcomes. Technologies may include application architectures, data center, infrastructure, cloud, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies

The technical architect is accountable for proactively and holistically leading or supporting EA activities that guide the direction and development for technological responses to disruptive forces, and driving targeted business outcomes. Technologies may include application architectures, data center, infrastructure, cloud, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

This is an 'SRE' position, responsible for the full-stack engineering and support of products that support our hybrid cloud capabilities. We are organized in a Chapter model, so you will be responsible for creating and executing a roadmap of best practices across the organization. Responsibilities include meeting teams to offer advice for the technical design, deployment, monitoring and ongoing support and maintenance of a diverse set of cloud technologies and applications. The role is a technical, hands-on opportunity with a heavy focus on automation, resilient design and deployment of cloud ready systems and services. This role collaborates with Product teams internal and external to IS to provide world class products and services in support of our application development community, and our business as whole.

Being a Site Reliability Engineer at Discover is someone who likes to take responsibility for new applications going into production to ensure operational excellence (Availability, latency, performance, efficiency, problem management, monitoring, emergency response and capacity planning). You will participate in anything that prevents a system/app from serving its’ intended purpose. Could be slowness, could be an outage, to understand how we can improve Time to Detect, Time to Engage, Time to Fix, and Time to Mitigate issues. You will improve our monitoring solutions and define SLIs/SLOs/SLAs. You will develop automated solutions using a variety of coding languages. We are organized as a Chapter organization, so you will be expected to lead the SRE mindset across the organization. You will also define our SDLC so that our automated solutions are structured and we can take advantage of code re-use, proper code reviews, and mentoring on a coded enterprise.

Responsibilities

  • Understanding practical application of existing and emerging technologies, lay out an execution roadmap, operating models, financial and organizational impacts
  • Work with EA and domain peers to analyze enterprise business context (business strategy and external trends) to derive technology architecture future state. This includes defining key requirements, principles, architecture models that guide technology decisions for the enterprise. Drive consensus on strategy and approach through all levels in the organization.
  • Oversee technology implementation approach to derive earliest and highest value for the organization through implementation of new capabilities.
  • Coach mentor and collaborate with technical SME’s and peers to develop technology architecture that enables and drives new capabilities.
  • Understand, advocate, and augment the business and IT strategies

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology
  • 6+ years Software Development or related
  • 4+ years Lead/architect role within 2 different technology domain areas

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Information Technology
  • 3+ years in a SRE role
  • Well versed with the entire software development lifecycle, DevOps, and SRE practices
  • Experience with operational monitoring tools with a mindset towards predictive analysis
  • Working knowledge of the automation tools such as Ansible, Terraform, or Chef
  • Familiar with Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), OpenShift (OCP), Amazon Web Service (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • A solid understanding of working with git
  • Experience with troubleshooting and debugging issues at any level
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of microservices based architectures, APIs, etc.
  • Good understanding of networking including L2 and L3 concepts, including Firewall, Load Balancing, Routing and Switching.
  • A working knowledge of Linux based systems and Virtual Machines (VM) technology
  • Strong scripting skills including ability to write scripts from scratch using Python and/or Bash
  • Can identify and mitigate reliability risks
  • Excellent communication and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of Security (CIA Model and PCI compliance) is a plus
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery models including Blue/Green and Canary release models is a plus
  • Experience with continuous integration/deployment frameworks such as Jenkins

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