Principal Architect for API Platform in Raleigh, NC at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 11/18/2019

Career Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Raleigh, NC
  • Career Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    11/18/2019

Career Description



Job Description

A Principal Architect for API Platform provides direction, guidance, and definition of API-based IT architecture to effectively support the corporate business strategy. The responsibilities of a Principal Architect include researching, analyzing, designing, proposing, and delivering API-based solutions that are appropriate for the business and technology strategies. A Principal Architect must have significant business knowledge and have one or more areas of technical expertise in which they concentrate. A Principal Architect interfaces with other architecture disciplines, acting as visionary to proactively assist in defining the direction for future projects. A Principal Architect is responsible for conception of solutions, building consensus and the selling and execution of such solutions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Act as an API-based solution advisor to IT Project Teams as they work with Business Domain owners to understand the needs of a given Business Domain.
  • Act as the gatekeeper of API Best Practices and API governance. He/she is an advocate for the Mulesoft recommended approach to API Design
  • Champion the adoption of modern, API-based integration solutions for critical business use case
  • Evangelize the organization on the benefits and purpose of an API-led approach
  • Guide the decision making around the SDLC process to ensure it is tailored to the reality of modern integration technologies
  • Perform the role of Principal Architect as part of the AAP Enterprise Architecture Engagement Process
    • Participate in Functional Requirements Gathering for business solutions
    • Lead Technical Requirements Gathering for business solutions
    • Perform Impact Analysis on proposed Business Capabilities
    • Lead the creation of Solution Designs as part of a project team
    • Recommend appropriate technologies and patterns for the implementation of an Enterprise Integration Solution Design
    • Integrate solution design artifacts into the documentation library that makes up the Enterprise Architecture
  • Participate in the AAP Enterprise Architecture Core Team with all associated duties
    • Participate in Design Reviews for IT projects under design
    • Participate in Code Reviews for IT projects under implementation
    • Research and recommend new technologies for adoption into the Enterprise Architecture set of standards
    • Create Reference Models for, and facilitate the application of newly adopted technologies
    • Research new solution patterns for the implementation of IT enabled capabilities and recommend patterns for adoption into the Enterprise Architecture set of standards
    • Create Reference Models for and facilitate the adoption of new solution patterns
    • Develop new skills to stay current with the changing IT and Business landscape
    • Maintain the EA roadmap which defines the IT strategy for technology implementation and retirement
    • Participate in IT Process Improvement
  • Other Duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A Principal Architect must have working knowledge of the business domain they serve
  • The API Principal Architect must have deep knowledge of integration concepts, service (in the broader sense of the term) based integration, API Gateway, data orchestration/aggregation/transformation concepts
  • Specific Mulesoft Anypoint and CloudHub experience is a big plus
  • Expertise in multiple IT domains.  A Principal Architect must have:
    • Expert level competency in the principles of Enterprise Application Integration
    • Understanding of the Solution Development Lifecycle
    • Competency in the following disciplines
      • Middleware Capabilities, with a special focus on API-based integration technologies
      • Relational Database Design and Integration
      • Object Relational Mapping
      • Business Rules Management Systems
  • Competency with Application Design Principles
    • Enterprise Application Integration, with a special focus on canonicity and reuse
    • Design Patterns for Enterprise Application Development (GoF)
    • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Excellent Communication Skills, both written and verbal
    • Principal Architect must be able to effectively communicate with non-technical Business Domain members
    • Principal Architect must be able to clearly articulate solution design ideas in written and verbal form to technical audiences
  • Excellent Research Skills
    • Must be able to evaluate requirements against technologies and design patterns to produce appropriate Solution Designs
    • Must be able to evaluate new technologies and design patterns for adoption into the Enterprise Architecture set of standards

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, or related field, and 10-15 years of Application Development and Architecture Definition experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low.