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Lead System Architect in Topeka, Kansas

Lead System Architect's responsibilities are as follows:

  • work with the Guardian onshore and offshore delivery resources, product management, and engineering management to develop and document technical design for customer-specific solutions

  • possess deep understanding of software development technical aspects

  • have strong leadership, organizational, and communication skills to effectively collaborate with customers and partners, business analysts, lead other project team architects, and work with developers and QA

  • take responsibility for designing and ensuring validity of architectural solutions within single or multiple domains by working closely with and coordinating multiple project team architects' efforts

  • develop cross-domain integration designs according to existing best practices and establish new architectural conventions

  • work with business analysts and customers to determine the scope and work out a high-level architectural solution

  • with a full product vision in mind, define technical strategy and identify internal and external technical dependencies and task implementation priorities

  • evaluate business requirements from a technical standpoint

  • gather technical information from customers and service providers to better fulfill functional and non-functional requirements

  • provide technical training and presentations for the project team and product stakeholders

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Architectural design:

  • investigate and solve a variety of architecture related problems, such as performance, scalability, and integration

  • research and develop new ideas, solutions, and improvements

  • upon request, participate in software quality control activities, assure product compliance with requirements and specifications in all stages of design, development, and implementation

  • communicate design issues, suggestions and improvements, and customization to the core product technical leads

  • solve integration and architectural design problems that can span across multiple domains

  • support other project team architects, review and validate their architectural design and documentation

  • create optimal deployment profiles

  • assist in resolving performance bottlenecks

Work stream responsibilities:

  • be responsible for architecture and technical decisions made in assigned work streams, prepare architectural and design documentation

  • review and approve functional and non-functional development and create implementation guidelines for developers

  • support developers during implementation by explaining design principles and details and solving design and implementation issues

  • participate in code reviews

  • work with business analysts, review and approve business analysis requirements documentation

  • provides scope estimations for assigned work streams

Communication:

  • present high-level and low-level design to relevant stakeholders

  • report potential risks and dependencies to the project lead architect and delivery managers

  • participate in architectural discussions and lead such discussions on the architectural level internally, and, upon request, with the customer and partner teams

  • work with vendor product management and engineering departments to align project implementation design and architecture for compatibility with future base versions and to minimize potential upgrade effort

  • contribute to the knowledge sharing platform

Planning and reporting:

  • participate in initial backlog estimation and ongoing estimation during project execution if requirements are changed or added (may involve other architects on the project)

Critical Competencies

  • possess theoretical and practical knowledge in programming technologies and software development lifecycle

  • have strong understanding of object-oriented software development methodology

  • possess knowledge of of the following:

  • architecture design patterns

  • code level design patterns

  • enterprise design patterns

  • cross-system integration patterns

  • write clear architectural design proposals

  • possess knowledge of Agile scrum

  • understand legacy data conversion principles

  • have deep knowledge and experience with the following:

  • Java

  • Spring framework, including IoC, transactions, and web services

  • Hibernate

  • microservice architecture

  • eventing architecture (Kafka)

  • SOA, REST

  • cloud and distributed architectures; AWS

  • Cassandra

  • Postgress

Location

  • Hybrid Remote – 1 – 2 Days a week at a Guardian Office (Holmdel, NJ, Bethlehem, PA or Stamford, CT)

  • Will consider 2 x a month at a Guardian Office for remote candidates.

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Our Promise

At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Salary Range

$109,650.00 - $203,640.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits

  • Dental plan

  • Vision plan

  • Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts

  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage

  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable

  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)

  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement

  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days

  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health

  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement

  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons

  • Adoption assistance

  • College planning

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Student loan assistance

  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.)

  • Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity

  • J.E.D.I. certification and training programs

  • Matching gifts/volunteering

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact applicant_accommodation@glic.com .

Every day, Guardian helps our 29 million customers realize their dreams through a range of insurance and financial products and services. Our Purpose, to inspire well-being, guides our dedication to the colleagues, consumers, and communities we serve. We know that people count, and we go above and beyond to prepare them for the life they want to live, focusing on their overall well-being — mind, body, and wallet. As one of the largest mutual insurance companies, we put our customers first. Behind every bright future is a GuardianTM. Learn more about Guardian at guardianlife.com .

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