Sr. Solutions Architect in Roanoke, VA at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 6/3/2022

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Career Description

Job Description

POS Services is a department within the IT Customer Facing Systems organization, responsible for developing and supporting a growing number of critical enterprise applications and key solutions in our cloud first service-based technology environment.

We are currently seeking a strong, experienced Sr. Solutions Architect (SA) to join our growing team. Successful candidates will have a proven track record of delivering solutions from scratch through implementation, strong experience with leading and developing a new initiative, demonstrate critical thinking in design, communicate clearly, and have a consistent track record of delivering and supporting scalable, high performance enterprise-level APIs. That includes researching, analyzing, designing, proposing, providing direction, guidance, and delivering solutions that are appropriate for the business and technology strategies.

The ideal Sr. Solutions Architect is proactive, a critical thinker who thrives in working across teams, and be an expert in dealing with ambiguity. The implementation around Customer Facing Systems requires strong critical thinking skills, creative engineering balanced with high quality and customer focus. The ideal candidate is one that is not only passionate about software development and software architecture but also focused on business needs and customer experience. The day-to-day work is interesting, challenging and fast-paced!


  • Work with business stakeholders, project managers, business analysts, and other IT teams to understand the business needs and their requirements.
  • Work with a nimble team of software engineers and enterprise architects to ensure the solutions meet our business needs using Agile methodologies in a fast-paced environment.
  • Build reference architecture, frameworks and toolkits to drive adoption at scale
  • Develop proof of concepts, provide technical guidance, establish standards, define best practices.
  • Define integrations among internal systems and with 3rd parties, including external partner clients, SaaS based solutions providers, through APIs, data streams, and files.
  • Develops and maintain current and future-state architecture models; manages technical debt and risks, explores technical feasibility tradeoffs, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Create technical system specifications, architect highly available, resilient solutions deployed across our technology ecosystem spanning public cloud infrastructure and 3rd party-hosted implementations.
  • Raise up opportunities, enhancements, and process improvements. Communicate timely status, including any potential risks/issues of the assignments to management.
  • Research, design, define, develop, test, document and implement new service APIs or changes to existing services. Participate in test planning, development, and execution for integration and system testing.
  • Learn new software tools and skills as needed. Keep up with technologies. Provide mentoring to other development staff on technical topics.
  • Research issues across multiple key systems and databases. Assist business and team members on issue resolution and problem solving.
  • Comfortable working in an open, dynamic, rapidly changing environment where collaboration is crucial.


Technical Skills

  • 15+ years of hands-on experience in java middle-tier applications.
  • 6+ years of experience with building highly scalable applications using microservices based architecture, streaming platforms for either public facing web applications or applications with large numbers of concurrent users.
  • 6+ years of working experience with major cloud platforms.
  • Strong familiarity with API management and microservices
  • 6+ years of working experience with Confluent Kafka streaming platform
  • Experience building applications using RedHat OpenShift with Kubernetes, Java/J2EE application stacks, and Agile methodologies
  • Experience of developing low latency, highly available and scalable distributed systems in an environment with high volumes of transactions.
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring highly performant software engineering teams preferred.
  • Experience with designing and conducting performance/stress tests on applications, analyzing and leveraging these results to improve application throughput and response time.

Deep hands-on experience with the following technologies:

  • Creating and consuming REST API services with JSON
  • Developing and deploying solutions in AWS and Azure cloud platforms including AWS to Azure migration
  • Building solutions with Confluent Kafka stream and services like AWS Cloud Formation and Terraform
  • Building micro-services using Spring Boot
  • Docker and Kubernetes container technologies
  • PostgresDB and Oracle. Ability to define tables, create SQL queries, etc.
  • Unix command line and Bash/Shell/Python scripting to automate tasks, etc.
  • Bitbucket or GIT source control; JIRA, Confluence, web security experience such as WS-Security
  • Testing tools such as JMeter, Junit, Gatling, WireMock for automated tests
  • New Relic application monitoring configuration for monitoring and alerting

Communication Skills

  • Build and maintain relationships with senior executives, technical leaders, product owners, peer architects and other stakeholders to become a trusted advisor
  • Deliver persuasive, passionate, high impact, high quality presentations to senior decision makers.
  • Exceptional customer relationship skills including the ability to discover the true requirements underlying feature requests, recommend alternative technical and business approaches, and lead development efforts to meet aggressive timelines with optimal solutions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with or lead cross-functional teams with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, organize, and plan work to satisfy established timeframes; meet commitments and multi-task in a fast-paced work environment with a high-level of accuracy and efficiency.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to work with different business groups as well as IT partners at all levels within the organization.

Problem Solving and Analytic Skills

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills and can work independently.
  • Extreme attention to detail and organization in all aspects of the system development. Enterprise level services/APIs often require every detail to be carefully designed and developed to achieve high availability, reliability, and scalability to meet our user’s needs. Person in this role will often be writing real-time service APIs that are critical to business success.
  • A strong technical vision. Ability to understand, master, and be able to prototype with new technologies quickly. Person in this role needs to be able to quickly understand and solve unique and undocumented programming problems.
  • Open-minded, willing to consider multiple options, sources, perspectives, and possible solutions.  Careful assessment of the importance, relevance, and validity of all options.
  • Inquisitive. Ask probing questions and research as a basis for making design decisions and judging quality; understand the true reason behind the request rather than just accepting an initial thought or proposed solution.
  • Proactive and willing to contribute ideas. Not afraid to ask questions and challenge the status quo.


  • Master’s Degree within the STEM discipline and 15 years of systems engineering experience including practical experience with strong competencies in data structures, algorithms and API design.
  • Experience and understanding of enterprise Integration concepts and technologies including ESB, SOA based solutions, transactional systems, message-oriented middleware, canonical message model pattern, JMS, continuous integration framework, and web services.
  • Broad knowledge of service and client development, different open source framework, application performance tuning, Agile Scrum methodology, software engineering best practices.
  • Experience of building middle-tier services that integrate with various external systems and vendors with enterprise middleware technologies and different standardized communication protocols.
  • Experience in supporting large-scale web applications and enterprise service software.
  • Strong integration architecture experience with familiarity of real-time retail applications preferred.