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Solutions Architect

Solutions Architect

Job Locations 
US-VA-Richmond
Job ID 
2017-4119

Job Description

Overview

Reporting to the Sr. Director of IT Program Management, the Solutions Architect (SA) will be responsible for proactively and holistically leading or supporting enterprise architecture activities for creating deliverables that guide the developing direction for managing a portfolio of solutions in response to disruptive forces, and driving achieving targeted business outcomes. Solutions include systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information), shared infrastructure services and shared application services. The SA will provide the necessary leadership, analysis and design tasks related to the development of an enterprise architecture. This individual creates deliverables that help develop a direction for managing the business's portfolio of "to be" and "as is" solutions and components to better match targeted business outcome objectives. The SA will coach, mentor and influence IT and business stakeholders on how best to leverage the digital platforms, solutions and maximize business value.

Responsibilities

  • Recommends and establishes the enterprise architecture strategies, processes, and methodologies
  • Understand business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state), and determine corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements to drive the organization's targeted business outcomes.
  • Design and lead the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of specific business applications or technologies based on enterprise business strategy, business capabilities and business requirements.
  • Shares best practices, lessons learned and constantly updates the technical system architecture requirements based on changing technologies, and knowledge related to recent, current and upcoming vendor products and solutions.
  • Advise senior ITS leadership on matters related to enterprise IT Strategy, Architecture and Standards.
  • Participate in architectural review functions and ensure adherence to technology standards and architecture.
  • Analyzes current architecture to identify weaknesses and develop opportunities for improvement such as improving business processes, expanding capacity, reducing time and cost, and increasing effectiveness.
  • Assist in enterprise wide research, evaluation, design and testing of new technologies that improve and enhance enterprise systems reliability, availability and serviceability.
  • Develop, maintain, and improve architectural artifacts, including reference architectures, future state architecture, guiding principles, roadmaps, patterns, standards, etc.
  • Collaborate with the various ITS teams to ensure that technology decisions align with the overall Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps.
  • Facilitate the development of standards, architectural governance, design patterns and IT best practices.
  • Keeps abreast of healthcare industry trends in addition to technology trends.

Qualifications

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess a 4-year college degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or Business Administration, or equivalent working experience

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND / OR SKILLS

  • Understands architecture constructs (architecture/design patterns, SOAP, REST etc.) and development methodologies (Agile, Iterative, Waterfall etc.)
  • Understanding of various enterprise architecture frameworks (Zachman, TOGAF, FEAF, etc)
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: articulate and effective communicator and presenter, able to describe complex problems and solutions in simple or understandable terms
  • Demonstrates both strong analytic and big picture capabilities in problem solving approaches
  • Able to teach others and explain complex concepts with clarity, educating through knowledge sharing presentations and written documents
  • Excellent understanding of application development methodologies and infrastructure and network architecture
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work with multiple priorities, sometimes under limited time constraints
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations
  • Proven ability to work well with others

WORK BACKGROUND / EXPERIENCE

  • 5 years of experience in an IT solution development discipline, including technical architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management or operations
  • Experience serving as a Technical Lead on key initiatives or projects

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Physical health sufficient to meet the ergonomic standards and demands of the position

 

About Us

Virginia Premier is a managed care organization which began as a full-service Medicaid MCO in 1995. Partnered with VCU Medical Systems we strive to meet the needs of the underserved and vulnerable populations in Virginia by delivering quality driven, culturally sensitive and financially viable Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs.  Headquartered in Richmond, VA we also have offices in Roanoke, Tidewater and Bristol with additional satellite locations allowing us to serve over 200,000 members across eighty counties throughout Virginia. 

 

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package to include excellent Medical, Dental and Vision Plans, Tuition Assistance, Infant-At-Work Program, Remote Work options and generous vacation and sick leave policies. Our culture supports an environment where employees can continuously learn and gain professional growth through various development programs, education, exciting projects and career mobility.  

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. EOE

 

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