VP, Infrastructure and Enterprise Architecture (Application Architect)

Chicago, IL 60606

Posted: 06/12/2018 Category: Other Job Number: 10515

VP, Infrastructure and Enterprise Architecture (Application Architect)


Our client is a nationally recognized asset manager. The firm’ s award-winning investment strategies has built a reputation as a fast, reliable provider of compelling financing solutions and we believe this has inspired repeat clients and investors.


Department Overview

The Technology Solutions department is responsible for designing and delivering state of the art technology solutions that are designed to create efficiency, mitigate risk, and grow revenue for the Firm. Technology Solutions focuses on technical excellence through innovative application designs, robust data integration and analytics, high availability infrastructure, and gold level service for our key stakeholders. Critical functions within Technology Solutions include Project Management, Vendor Management, Business Analysis, Data Strategy and Stewardship, Application Development and 3rd Party Integration, Strategic Infrastructure, and Operations. The Technology Solutions department collaborates closely with Firm leadership and business unit heads to develop plans in line with business objectives.


Position Responsibilities

This is a senior position focused on Application Architecture where you will be primarily responsible for identifying, researching, and implementing leading edge technologies and practices across the development environment. Responsible for developing pragmatic reference architectures for both on premise and our nascent cloud development environments. This position defines and promotes the application architecture to the \Technology Solutions Development Team by serving as an influential advisor and strategic partner through all phases of the development lifecycle.


Responsibilities include:
  • Evaluate build vs. buy and cloud vs. on premise and make recommendations supported by a clear business case which take into consideration cost, information security, and time to market.
  • Ensure our development practices support the construction of applications that are highly secure and highly available both in an on premise and cloud environment.
  • Design and implement the framework for architecturally sound, cost effective, scalable, and supportable solutions both on premise and cloud based.
  • Provide leadership to the application development team and inspire and motivate them toward successful implementation of technology initiatives by proactively understanding their challenges and partnering with them on strategic solutions.
  • Anticipate potential problems or opportunities and recommend/influence new solutions that are best suited for application architecture based on the overall company strategy and technology goals.
  • Collaborate with developers and infrastructure to make sure new development environments meet requirements and conform to best practices.
  • Stay current with new technology in order to design and propose innovative solutions that meet our clients’ needs, ultimately reducing operating costs.
  • Build strong, productive working relationships with all members of the Technology Solutions team.


Candidate Requirements Qualifications & Experience:
  • Bachelor’ s Degree in Computer Science or a related field is required with 10+ years of experience, preferably in Financial Services.
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate real-world experience architecting in house and cloud based solutions, integrating 3rd party business applications, delivering solutions in a highly complex Microsoft-centric environment, and building and delivering cloud applications in the Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS environment.
  • A passion for identifying, researching, developing/prototyping new technologies and tools to introduce to the company in order to build and expand a leading edge development environment.
  • An engaging pragmatic personality that is able to inspire others around new technologies and best practices in application development.
  • Demonstrate accountability, collaboration and shared responsibility, and the ability to influence and lead multiple stakeholders.
  • Delivery oriented with high quality and customer service standards.
  • Must be motivated by a fast paced, complex environment.


Critical Competencies for Success:
  • Client Focused: Is relentless about understanding internal and external customers’ needs and meeting and exceeding their expectations; drives to have our clients win − Analytical Reasoning: Defines problems and seeks solutions by examining issues and ideas through inquiry, analysis, dialogue, and evaluation; analytic
  • Personal Effectiveness: Gets the job done; follows through on commitments and takes actions that are best for the Firm; shows grit and determination
  • Initiative: Motivated to achieve goals beyond what is expected; proactive
  • Team Work: Initiates and maintains collaborative working relationships; fosters goodwill and cooperation to meet shared goals; team-oriented
  • Adaptability: Able to adapt and work effectively in changing circumstances and conditions; flexible

Kelly Hallgren

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