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  • Solutions Architect

    Ameriprise FinancialDePere, WI

    Job #108424301

  • The Solutions Architect is responsible for conceptualizing and designing detailed solutions for specific projects enabling the organization to meet business objectives with an emphasis on applications. Provide technical leadership to ensure technical design and implementation are aligned with business requirements. Serve as the primary point of contact between the project team and the architecture delivery organization. Ensure compliance of technology solutions with architectural standards and participation in the full development life cycle of the delivered capability. Responsibilities Major areas of accountability: Gather Non-Functional Requirements ~~ Assess Technology ~~ Design ~~ Risk Assessment ~~ Governance ~~ Best Practices Partner with business analysts, systems analysts and engineers in gathering and reviewing non-functional requirements. Identify key business and technology drivers that impact architectures, including end-user requirements, existing software distribution capabilities, existing application environment (including legacy and packaged systems), and performance/availability requirements. Collaborate with application and infrastructure teams to understand scope and requirements. Conduct assessments of current business and technology architectures including: functional assessments, such as end user satisfaction and functional overlaps/gaps; and technical assessments, such as platforms, tool proliferation, age of underlying technologies; uptime/availability; and business processes. Identify and document any risks, issues or critical success factors that may require immediate action. Translate project requirements into detailed designs consistent with current and future platform strategy and roadmap while influencing requirements and balancing needs for immediate action and the POA. Design external system interface architecture that includes appropriate application of techniques and standards. Maintain and promote use of appropriate design techniques and methodologies. Actively participate in testing design and execution to validate coverage and perform causal analysis. Create effective and efficient control patterns, conduct risk evaluations and enforce policies and standards to enable the enterprise to conduct business at an appropriate and known risk level. Research and recommend technology to improve current systems. Ensure capabilities are reviewed and compliant within defined risk levels while considering hardware/software currency, performance/availability, security and information/transaction integrity and drive the awareness of required improvements. Communicate and manage governance parameters that take into account stakeholders' interests and processes with measurable results. Partner with other architects to ensure alignment and integration across portfolio boundaries and promote an enterprise focus on applications management. Develop and build strong relationships within and across the lines of business and use effective communication skills to influence and accomplish strategic application architecture objectives. Research and maintain a deep understanding of current and emerging technologies and solutions to solve business problems. Based on this research, proposes changes in process, policy and standards as they relate to the architecture and design principles. Collaborate with other peers and colleagues within the industry and identify opportunities for sharing knowledge. Required Qualifications Skills in general architecture, operations, and deployment methodologies and techniques (e.g. TOGAF, Zachman, ITIL, MOF). Solid understanding and applied expertise in solutions architecture designs and concepts, which include but are not limited to: SDLC Process, Security, high availability, recovery, performance, monitoring and operations design, and application architecture. 5 years relevant solutions architecture experience that includes successful software integration experience. 3 years software development and/or technical support experience. Bachelor's degree. 5-7 years of relevant experience required. Preferred Qualifications - Ability to participate and contribute to proof of concepts.

    - Experience with any of the following technologies or frameworks: C#, SharePoint, MVC, WCF/Web Services, REST, agile development methodologies, Visual Studio. Removal Date 20-Nov-2013

    Company Description:

    Focused on people, not just our bottom line.

    Here, you'll be part of an inclusive, collaborative culture that rewards you for your contributions. You'll work with other talented people who share your passion for doing great work that's in the best interest of our clients. And you'll have plenty of opportunities to make your mark at the office - and a difference in your community. So if you're talented, driven and want to work for a company that cares, put a rewarding career more within reach at Ameriprise Financial.

    Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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