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Platform Architect ( Software Engineer ) – Houston – Growing Technology Conglomerate – Hybrid – $180,000-$230,000 + Bonus + Benefits


Job Summary

We are looking for a Platform Architect ( Software Engineer ) as part of a team building and supporting the core enterprise data & machine learning platform. You should be self-driven and be able to work in a federated team environment, advising on best practice architectural patterns & balancing the needs of individual data analytics & machine learning use cases against overall enterprise architecture principles in architecting & building the data/machine learning platform. The ideal candidate should have strong knowledge of computer science, DevOps, MLOps, CI/CD, and platform automation with an application programming background. The ideal candidate should have started their career as a software engineer and subsequently honed their architectural expertise through leading teams in the software engineering and product development of large, multi-tenant software applications. This individual is expected to be a thought leader, proficient in building consensus and establishing strong links between business and technology sectors. 

Essential Functions

  • Lead creation & evolution of our clients data & ML platform under the guidance of the company Chief Architect and in partnership with BU data science, engineering & architecture teams.
  • Develop solutions roadmap and phased implementation approach for tech platforms supporting project Trailblazer to deliver strategic business objectives.
  • Balance individual needs for platform and tools against overall enterprise and BU-level architectural principles
  • Ensure platforms and tools are not overlapping or duplicated.
  • Provide guidance to balance tradeoffs between development speed and build-up of technical debt, as well as increased run costs due to sub-optimized code.
  • Monitor the market for new architectural patterns; recommend new technologies to enhance existing technical infrastructure where relevant to the program's needs.
  • Lead and design procedures for reviewing and integrating new components to existing cross-functional tech platforms used for Trailblazer
  • Build & maintain a core data platform with high automation & ease of use by data scientists & engineers within each business unit.
  • Responsibly receive, transmit, and handle consumer and customer data per applicable policies and procedures.
  • Review and follow data privacy practices, policies, and guidelines.
  • Formulate solution plans and provide guidance on designing automated delivery pipelines and best practices.
  • Do tool analysis and selection and implement automation frameworks and approaches for different application platforms.
  • Does have hands-on experience prototyping new tools, libraries, frameworks, and architectural patterns. This hands-on approach is aimed at demonstrating to platform users that the proposed architecture goes beyond theoretical exercises, providing tangible, proven benefits..
  • Evaluate and improve developer productivity by continuously assessing DevSecOps value stream.
  • Identify emerging automation techniques to help improve DevSecOps & MLOps toolchain.
  • Ensure the Data/ML platform is fault-tolerant, highly available, follow 12-factor app standards where possible, and efficiently and effectively use computing resources.

Technical Experience

  • Deep understanding of business strategy and ability to craft architecture plans to support business outcomes.
  • Deep understanding of AI, modern data architectures and patterns
  • Expert knowledge in contemporary design and architectural paradigms, such as microservices and cloud-native (AWS) design, with a strong ability to champion and proliferate across the organization.
  • Experience with cloud-based architecture API gateways; experience with large or complex system integration projects
  • Relevant industry knowledge to frame best practices at comparable companies.
  • Experience with modern data & machine learning platforms to support TFG’s Digital & AI ambitions.
  • Strong expertise with Databricks is preferred. Alternatively, similar tools like Snowflake.
  • Advanced knowledge of object-oriented principles, Python, YAML/Terraform, Microservices Architecture
  • Extensive experience in architecting, designing, and implementing software applications in AWS or Azure.
  • Extensive experience in designing and implementing CI/CD pipelines, preferably in AWS.
  • Experience with Docker or other containerization technologies
  • Expertise with modern SQL databases, data lakes & warehouse architecture.
  • Proficiency with source control tools (GitHub, Bit Bucket, etc.)
  • Experience with API Management platforms
  • Familiarity with container orchestrators (Kubernetes, Docker EE)
  • Operational experience with observability practices and tools such as monitoring, logging, and alerting
  • Strong knowledge of Agile Methodologies
  • Advanced knowledge of best practices and standards for software development.

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of the job, the associate is required on a daily basis to analyze and interpret data, communicate, and remain in a stationary position for a significant amount of the workday; and frequently access, input, and retrieve information from the computer and other office productivity devices. The associate is regularly required to move about the office and around the corporate campus. The associate is occasionally required to travel to other sites, including out-of-state, where applicable, for business. The associate must frequently move up to 10 pounds and occasionally move up to 25 pounds.

How do you apply?

If you are interested in applying for the Platform Architect ( Software Engineer )  role please do so via the link on this page or contact Digital Republic on the phone at +44 208 158 5641 or email [email protected]. Check our Job Vacancies page for more job opportunities.

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