Platform Architect

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TL;DR:

The Platform Architect is tasked with overseeing the creation of a platform and corresponding organizational and cultural changes needed to help the platform become sustainable by the client.

As a trusted partner to our clients, you’ll be pushing the organization forward while helping them solve difficult technology problems.  You will foster an environment that empowers teams and facilitates the development of your team members, setting everyone up to deliver their best work.

Full Description:

The Thoughtworks Digital Platform Strategy (DPS) offers a holistic approach unleashing the power an enterprise already possesses. By combining tailored platform solutions with powerful strategic guidance, we collaborate with our partners to build and execute on a strategy to facilitate innovation, reduce time to market, and deliver unique competitive advantage.

As Platform Architect here's what we'll be looking for you to bring:

  • Basic understanding of the following areas:
    • Public cloud service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, DBaaS services as well high level product offerings such, as AWS Sagemaker, Cognito, GuardDuty)
    • Infrastructure as Software (Container Orchestration, Observability, CI/CD)
    • Modern security practices
    • Modern API platform design
    • Modern data architectures (e.g. event driven architectures, data democratization, platform approaches to support ML/AI at scale, stream processing, and integrating real time analytics into customer applications)
  • Organizational skills and consulting abilities that:
    • Develop and evolve technology strategy, aligned to and prioritized by business objectives
    • Influence / coach enterprise architecture on modern evolutionary platform architecture principles and practices
    • Develop and communicate measurements of platform progress and business impact
    • Support organizational changes in regards to capability development, restructuring toward product-centric team models, and transitioning to modern agile SDLC practices
    • Communicate technical decisions to non-technical audiences and build consensus around them
    • Articulate the value of foundational technology approaches to business executives (e.g. the pros & cons of microservices architectures in a given context)
    • Own key relationships both up and downstream of the platform teams to ensure delivery.
    • Manage priorities and make decisions in high stakes scenarios
  • You understand that leadership is not something you do from far away; you get the importance of taking people with you along the journey and are able to influence and coach those around you to orchestrate team success.
  • You understand that not every client can effectively utilize sophisticated technologies or new tools tools and prefer to choose solutions that are appropriate for an organization’s capability, cost-sensitivity, and risk tolerance.

There's no typical day or engagement for our Platform Architects. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Assess the ongoing success of the platform efforts and report the progress to the client services team and the DPS team.
  • Guide delivery programs with one or more business applications which will be drivers for the emerging delivery infrastructure and API platforms.
  • Strategize with the client and ThoughtWorks subject matter experts on creating and combining elements of a platform, and ensure delivery against it.
  • Be responsible for engaging with technical and business stakeholders to understand clients’ needs, prioritize the delivery approach, and guide technical leads in solution delivery.
  • Evangelize business benefits and impact of the platform as well as the value of modern delivery and engineering practices.
  • Support client architects and portfolio managers in developing technology roadmaps, including effectively evaluating build/rent/buy decisions.
  • Perform account management activities, such as delivery assurance and helping shape new engagements.

A few important things to know:

While we’ve traditionally been a traveling consultancy, travel is not required for this role at the moment. We anticipate the need for travel to our client locations in the future when it’s deemed safe.

Not quite ready to apply? Or maybe this isn’t the right role for you? That’s OK, you can stay in touch with AccessThoughtworks, our learning community (click "contact me about recruitment opportunities" to hear about jobs in the future).

It is the policy of Thoughtworks, Inc. to provide a work environment free of discrimination. The Company will take affirmative action to ensure applicants and Thoughtworks employees are treated without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnic origin, veteran status, family status, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.  This also includes individuals who are perceived to have any of the aforementioned attributes. ThoughtWorks will adhere to all federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations governing employment.

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Location

This Midtown office is the social hub for the local tech community with its collaborative open-format showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of NYC.

What are ThoughtWorks Perks + Benefits

ThoughtWorks Benefits Overview

Allowances for books, conferences & training, cell phone, local transit, and high-speed internet
Personal development programs and training tailored to the career path that you choose
Opportunities for global assignments/travel
Internal conferences & community events

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Diversity, equity and inclusion have the power to create transformative social change.
Unconscious bias training
An interactive session where participants will learn what unconscious bias is, where it comes from, how to spot it, and how it can have an impact in the workplace.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Communities of passionate individuals committed to growing diversity, equity and inclusion at ThoughtWorks
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We strive to be equitable, reflective, and inclusive of the society we live in. Home to all: regardless of age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, background or identity.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Behavioral Health Program is a free, confidential service to all employees to help with everything from mindfulness and managing stress to planning your new home purchase.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
All permanent employees are granted Stock Appreciation Rights (SARs) upon their hire date.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Eligible employees gets 12 weeks of paid sabbatical after their first 10 years of working at the company.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 7 days per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
ThoughtWorks offers $1650/year to support your unique career development needs
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Allowances for health and well-being, books, conferences, cell phone, local transit and high-speed internet. Personal development programs and training tailored to the career path that you choose. Opportunities for global assignments/travel. Internal conferences and community events. Relocation packages.

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