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Synchrony VP, Solutions Architect in MERRIAM, Kansas

Role Summary/Purpose

The Vice President, Solution Architect craves working in a hands-on system design and architecture environment and leads by example to make sure time sensitive projects get done on time and to specification. To be successful in this role, deep expertise in solution architecture and modeling using APIs, modern web architectures and event driven designs as well as the ability to influence and lead a team are musts.

This VP will lead the requirements breakdown, development and ultimate production support of our client-facing servicing applications by creating, documenting and developing thoughtful solutions to meet requirements, anticipate bugs and maintain operational excellence. In short, you would be one of our technology experts and team leaders continually growing your technical expertise and engaging directly with our client teams and client.

You are the right candidate if you…

  • Have passion: Sure, you can code, but are you passionate about software development?

  • Have common sense: Building is important, but do you think through designs to ensure they’re the best solutions first?

  • Are slightly obsessed with pretty code: Do you write elegant, testable, performant code that is robust and scalable?

  • Enjoy architecting and documenting? Do you love to document systems and flows in creative ways to share with your immediate team members and colleagues?

  • Are a leader: This VP will influence a large cross functional team to deliver awesome cutting-edge customer servicing applications. Are you up for the challenge?

  • Learn quickly and adapt to new technology: Let’s face it – technology changes by the minute. Are you able to quickly adapt and learn to be productive with new languages, operating systems, and tools?

  • Think like a customer: Central to our products is our understanding of our customers’ needs and requirements. Do you consider UX in your decision making, and think like a customer?

Have tech chops: Boasting a Java, API, Full Stack development background is a must

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Influence many agile development teams through all phases of the Agile development life cycle through SAFe

  • Implement new technologies and assist developers as they migrate to new technologies

  • Develop applications as a thoughtful and insightful leader of the development team

  • Architect applications across the full stack where experience in PCF, Cloud Native Application Architecture, Microservices ecosystem, J2EE, Spring Java, Kafka, Databases, RESTful API’s, and Apigee are all a must.

  • Design data models to support complex business processes

  • Drive a CI/CD strategy using our Jenkins, Bitbucket, and deployment stack.

  • Influence and collaborate with software developers, UX designers, product managers, application architects, and customer application experts to create amazing web apps.

  • Mentor and influence all levels of the team: in this role, you will have the opportunity to influence up and down the chain of command

  • Ensure compliance with architecture, security and technology standards set by Synchrony Financial

  • Assist in crafting and maintaining the future state technology architectural strategy, along with our application modernization and migration roadmap.

  • Participate in Agile scrums consisting of cross-functional teams

  • Lead Agile sprints as technical expert, including sprint planning, daily standups, backlog grooming sessions, and sprint reviews

  • Ensure application code quality through development, test, and QA

  • Participate in addressing root cause analyses, incident reports and provide direction in problem resolution

  • Ability to analyze production defects, troubleshoot systems, identify root cause, and implement fixes

  • Passionate about the latest technologies, open source projects and languages

  • Provide 24x7 on-call support periodically throughout the year

  • Identify ways to increase efficiency and improve system performance

  • Work with third party vendors to develop software and/or integrate their software into the company's products

  • Perform other duties and/or special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum 4 years of experience with solution architecture OR, in lieu of degree, High School Diploma/GED 6 years of experience with solution architecture.

  • Minimum of 10 years of software development experience.

  • Experience with Java, API, Full Stack development

  • Full stack where experience in PCF, Cloud Native Application Architecture, Microservices ecosystem, J2EE, Spring Java, Kafka, Databases, RESTful API’s, and Apigee are all a must

Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience with migrating to modern web architectures such as React.JS

  • Experience building and consuming web services via REST and API Gateways such as Apigee

  • Experience with continuous integration environments

  • Experience with writing unit, integration, and UI test cases

  • Deep experience with responsive web design principles and cross device support

  • Strong experience with Pivotal Cloud Foundry

  • Experience using Kafka

  • Experience using Splunk for production support

  • Database architecture experience and familiarity with SQL and MySQL

  • Working knowledge of the overall mobile industry

  • Excellence in technical communication with technical and non-technical peers

  • Strong cross-functional team player with the ability to work seamlessly across a matrix organization and partner with global development companies

  • Desire to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment

  • Experience developing and supporting financial/banking applications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to influence clients, team members, management and external groups

  • Strong attention to detail in a team environment

  • Strong oral and written communication, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to analyze, use structured problem solving and available tools to troubleshoot systems, identify root cause, action plans, impact and resolution options

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older

  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • You must be willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation and submit fingerprints as part of the onboarding process

  • You must be able to satisfy the requirements of Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

  • New hires (Level 4-7) must have 9 months of continuous service with the company before they are eligible to post on other roles. Once this new hire time in position requirement is met, the associate will have a minimum 6 months’ time in position before they can post for future non-exempt roles. Employees, level 8 or greater, must have at least 24 months’ time in position before they can post. All internal employees must have at least a “consistently meets expectations” performance rating and have approval from your manager to post (or the approval of your manager and HR if you don’t meet the time in position or performance requirement).

Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

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

Reasonable Accommodation Notice:

  • Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

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The salary range for this position is 85,000.00 - 170,000.00 USD Annual

Salaries are adjusted according to market in CA and Metro NY and some positions are bonus eligible.

Grade/Level: 12