Lead Architect

Job Description
CVS Health is looking for a Lead Architect who will be responsible for driving technical solutions across an entire Digital application or Sub-system (SAFe Solution), in pursuit of a unified customer facing experience. In this role, you will be a part of a large-scale architecture, product and engineering environment, leading technical architecture initiatives for one or more Agile Solution Trains, helping to ensure successful product deliveries. This role requires EXCELLENT coalition building skills, broad technical knowledge, great communication skills, and strategic thinking.
Is this you?
• Proven Architect with the demonstrated ability to create technical solutions in large organizations with complex business requirements and constraints.
• Strong ability to work with multiple stakeholders, including business, product, and UX team members to influence the application data-flow design and extensible product platform architecture.
• Takes a disciplined approach to software development and problem solving; excels at breaking down large problems into multi-step plans in an Agile development environment.
• Collaborates with multiple Agile value stream execution teams in driving large solutions across multiple planning/execution cycles.
• Experienced with various types of software architectures including Micro Frontend/Microservice architecture.
• Possesses broad technology knowledge (enterprise applications, web components, APIs, microservices, Cloud, data analytics, networking, data storage systems, large-scale systems).
• Good understanding of ADA and other regulatory compliances including PCI, PII and PHI.
• Excellent collaboration, influencing, negotiation, coaching and coalition-building skills.
• Excels at building relationships and has top-notch communication and evangelism skills.
• Passionate about technology with a very high technical aptitude.

Responsibilities Include:
• Lead technical architecture initiatives for multiple value streams (e.g. Agile Release Trains), helping to ensure successful product deliveries.
• Manage the evolution of architectural roadmaps for your domain, showing how new features are released or updated, with an eye on paying down technical debt with minimal disruption.
• Identifies opportunities to leverage common solutions for cross-cutting concerns.
• Partner with key stakeholders to establish and adopt architectural best practices, guidelines, and standards. Evangelize, mentor, and coach all on the same.
• Understand the product requirement and product vision, evaluate the high-level technical feasibility, blocker or risks, lead the solution discussion.
• Work on the overall solution engaging with other architecture colleagues on UI, API and service level with logic workflow, integration strategy and technical blueprint.
• Communicate and present solution to business partners and leadership, communicate and align engineering team on solution technical blueprint.
• Lead Proof-Of-Concepts and provide "Reference Architectures" and "Baseline Implementations" when appropriate.
• Evaluation of new technologies, vendors, and hands on POCs on new or emerging technologies.
• Provide guidance to developers and other stakeholders on architectural best practices, guidelines, and standards. Evangelize, mentor, and coach all on the same.
• Enhance and enforce architecture principles of reusability, performance, scalability, resilience and simplification on overall framework and component design.
• Provide guidance, direction and mentorship to Architects/Sr. Architects.
• Provide guidance to developers and other stakeholders regarding the design of server applications, encompassing APIs and micro-services, containers, databases, cloud infrastructures, and cloud services.
• Ensure all Non-Functional Requirements (e.g. performance, availability and fail-over, scalability, security, etc.) are properly articulated, and work with all parties to guarantee that the software products that are delivered meet these objectives.
• Drive build vs buy evaluations.
• Participates in high-level estimation.
• Mentor and coach junior engineers and seek the opportunity to bring in continuous improvements to implement.

Required Qualifications
• 12+ years of hands-on consumer facing enterprise level application development/architecture experience (6+ in Architecture including leading technical architecture initiatives for multiple value streams e.g. Agile Release Train).
• 8+ years of experience with concept of service API, caching, web component, content management, web security, SSR/CSR, cloud platform, queue, micro services and service mesh, SQL and non-SQL Storage, identity management.
• 8+ years of experience designing and writing API contract, microservices and exposing REST APIs in Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, Spring JPA, Java and KAFKA development.
• 8+ years of experience in RDBMS, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, RDS, or Oracle; ORM (Hibernate); JMS including Kafka; caching strategies, profiling, memory management and performance tuning; and Optimization of through put and payload with service.
• Expert understanding of architectural methodologies and best practices.
• Experience and proficiency with modern languages, frameworks, and technologies.
• Significant experience with the design and development of complex systems/user interfaces; employs a disciplined and rigorous approach.
• Substantial experience with requirements analysis, estimation, systems and application design, and testing.
• Recognized ability to explain highly complex technical architectures, designs and issues clearly and understandably to all constituents.
• Expert with popular Design Patterns catalogues. Demonstrated grasp of architecture issues and applies that thinking to designs and implementation.
• Substantial experience with distributed computing architectures, including race conditions, parallelism, and concurrency control.
• Experience with modern API patterns and how to build well-designed APIs. Experience designing RESTful APIs that facilitate a superior UX or simplify systems integration.
• Experience with architecting solutions for Cloud (GCP, Azure, or AWS).
• Experience with Jenkins, CI/CD Pipeline, GIT and other DevOps principles.
• Success managing the evolution of architectural roadmaps for a domain.
• Demonstrated ability to lead proof-of-concepts and/or spike solutions.
• Proven ability to guide, direct and mentor Sr. Architects.
• Excellent collaboration, influencing, evangelization, negotiation, coaching, mentoring, and coalition-building skills. Ability to work with persons in all job functions (e.g. product, UX, developers, QA, DevOps).
• Excellent verbal and written communications.
• Ability to manage multiple competing priorities with minimal supervision. Self-directed.

COVID Requirements
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
CVS Health requires its Colleagues in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any booster shots if required), where allowable under the law, unless they are approved for a reasonable accommodation based on disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.
  • If you are vaccinated, you are required to have received at least one COVID-19 shot prior to your first day of employment and to provide proof of your vaccination status within the first 10 days of your employment. For the two COVID-19 shot regimen, you will be required to provide proof of your second COVID-19 shot within the first 45 days of your employment. Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with CVS Health.
  • If you are unable to be fully vaccinated due to disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief, you will be required to apply for a reasonable accommodation within the first 10 days of your employment in order to remain employed with CVS Health. As a part of this process, you will be required to provide information or documentation about the reason you cannot be vaccinated. If your request for an accommodation is not approved, then your employment may be terminated.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with SAFE practices or able to work in SAFE practices and agile methodologies.
• Experience related to security-oriented projects.
• Experience with building Web Components and Micro Frontend Architecture.
• Open-minded to new ideas & approaches, and ability to implement the ideas using various technologies.
• A self-starter that is naturally inquisitive.

Bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or related field required.

Business Overview
At CVS Health, we are joined in a common purpose: helping people on their path to better health. We are working to transform health care through innovations that make quality care more accessible, easier to use, less expensive and patient-focused. Working together and organizing around the individual, we are pioneering a new approach to total health that puts people at the heart.

We strive to promote and sustain a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging every day. CVS Health is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate in recruiting, hiring or promotion based on race, ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or protected veteran status or on any other basis or characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. We proudly support and encourage people with military experience (active, veterans, reservists and National Guard) as well as military spouses to apply for CVS Health job opportunities.