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Lead Application Architect - Technology - Rockville, MD at FINRA

Posted in Information Technology 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Rockville, Maryland

Job Description:

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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking a well-qualified individual for our Lead Application Architect opening in Rockville, MD. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume through our career site at – no phone calls, please.

Job Summary:

The Application Architect is generally autonomous in their technical thought leadership in framing technical visions based on strong understandings of the business and economic environment. The Application Architect is a member of an Agile program's management team and has hands-on technical responsibility for the overall architectural and engineering design of the products being delivered by the program. They are responsible for cross-discipline view on solution development including analyzing technical trade-offs, determining major components and subsystems, and defining interfaces and collaboration between them. The Application Architect understands the solution context and works with the development teams and business users to help ensure fitness for use in the business user’s environment. In cooperation with Product and Delivery Management, the Application Architect plays a critical role in aligning teams with a common technical direction while they work toward the accomplishment of the Vision and Roadmap.  As a program-level leader of the technical staff on the program, the Application Architect will mentor the program staff, challenge their assumptions, and encourage them to consider the tradeoffs among the quality attributes.  To establish and maintain their credibility with development teams and other technologists, the Application Architect must be a competent developer as well as be a proactive and persuasive collaborator. Although the Application Architect has the authority and responsibility over the architecture and design of the applications, the Application Architect will favor guiding teams toward a suitable solution and building consensus with the team such that these decisions are jointly owned and all parties are devoted to the approach.   There will be times where the Application Architect must step in and make a decision for a number of reasons (e.g. stopping paralysis, violation of portfolio/enterprise requirements) but these cases should be rare.  The Application Architect must keep an eye on the big-picture and make sure that development teams are kept informed with any information that is relevant to their product and helps them align with needs of the organization. Additionally, the Application Architect is a Lean-Agile leader who understands the complexities of large-scale solution development and applies Lean and Agile practices to address them.


Position may be filled at various levels depending on experience and job skills of a successful candidate.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Align development teams to a common technological and architectural vison of the solution under development

  • Facilitate and lead the design, technical architecture for the program

  • Work with development teams and provide technical leadership and the direction for the interfaces between the subsystems and between the solution and the solution context

  • Consult and contribute to the planning and definition of the product.

  • Own the high-level design of the solution and evaluate solution alternatives

  • Define subsystems and their interfaces; allocate responsibilities to subsystems; understand solution deployment, and communicate requirements for interaction with the solution context

  • Work with portfolio and enterprise stakeholders, particularly the Enterprise Software Architects and Enterprise Operations, to ensure alignment with enterprise standards and objectives (e.g. designing for lights-off operations).

  • Lead and participate in Program Increment (PI) Planning and Pre-Planning, System and Solution Demos, and Inspect and Adapt events.

  • Define, explore, and support the implementation of the design to evolve the solution intent; work directly with development teams assisting their implementation, and support them as needed.

  • Plan and develop the Architectural Runway in support of upcoming business Features/Capabilities.

  • Work with Product Manager, Program Manager, and Product Owners to ensure that architectural components that enable feature delivery are appropriately prioritized and that team capacity is allocated toward their completion.

  • Support technology/engineering aspects of a program-level Kanban

  • Supervise and foster building quality into the systems

  • Define and plan training and growth curriculum for development team members

  • Contribute to the technical aspects of all program staff’s annual reviews and goals.

  • Facilitate and manage technical debt backlogs for development teams.

  • The Application Architect should ensure that teams identify and capture their tech debt.

  • The Application Architect, along with feedback from the teams, is responsible for prioritizing the tech debt backlogs (one backlog per team).

  • Identify technical risks and work to establish a suitable mitigation strategy

  • Fulfill other roles on smaller programs as necessary (e.g. development team Dev Lead)

  • Consistently demonstrate good judgement in technical decision making and be able to explicitly convey the rationale and trade-offs that contributed to the solution.

  • Publish and keep current, any suitable artifacts that represent evidence of design for the current and target states.  The artifacts should allow portfolio and enterprise level architects to identify risk, identify opportunities for leverage, provide insight into which qualities the teams are optimizing for, and the insight into the judgement of the technical leadership.  

  • Artifact examples include: Quality Attribute Scenarios, Context Diagrams, Module Views, Component & Connector views, Deployment Views, Variability Guides, Assumptions, Decisions, and Constraints Documents.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related discipline with at least seven (7) years of related experience, or equivalent training and / or work experience.

  • Expert Java developer

  • 2+ years of experience in either Big Data or real-time market systems

  • Significant experience developing and delivering solutions in AWS

  • Delivered multiple systems to a production environment

  • 2+ years as a member of an agile development team

  • Excellent written and verbal technical communication skills including executive management presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships and leverage those relationships to improve the quality of work products.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is normally performed in an office environment

  • Occasional travel and extended hours may be required with extended hours when necessary.

The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

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