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Solution Architect | 3 Month Contract-to-Hire in Grand Rapids, MI at VisionPRO

Date Posted: 8/30/2018

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Job Description

Solution Architect | 3-Month Contract-to-Hire – Job 72809

Job Overview:

  • The Solutions Architect is accountable for, proactively and holistically, leading activities for creating deliverables that guide the developing direction for managing a portfolio of solutions, in response to disruptive forces, and driving achieving targeted business outcomes.
  • Solutions include systems (including applications, technologies, processes, and information), shared infrastructure services, and shared application services.
  • Key skill sets include experience with Healthcare (preferably Health Insurance), Service Oriented Architecture, and AWS.
  • Solutions Architects provide the necessary leadership, analysis, and design tasks, related to the development of an enterprise's solutions architecture.
  • This individual creates deliverables that help develop a direction for managing the organization's portfolio of "to be" and "as is" solutions – including systems (meaning not just applications, but also processes and information), shared infrastructure services, and shared application services and components, to better match targeted business outcome objectives.
  • Solutions architecture is sometimes used interchangeably with applications and infrastructure architecture. However, both of the aforementioned, typically fall under the purview of the Solutions Architect.
  • Application Architecture is a subset of Solutions Architecture. It's the discipline that guides application design and defines application architecture paradigms, such as service-oriented architecture (SOA), principles that influence design decisions, and patterns that provide proven design solutions.
  • Solutions Architects leverage and use technology solutions to enable the organization's future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive the organization's targeted outcomes. They facilitate and orchestrate the delivery of targeted business outcomes.

Scope of Activities:

  • Understand business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state), and determine corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements, to drive the organization's targeted business outcomes.
  • Design and lead the implementation of a solutions architecture, across a group of specific business applications or technologies, based on enterprise business strategy, business capabilities, and business requirements.
  • Manage and develop the architecture for a broader scope of projects, working closely with application technology leads that manage and design solutions, for a single project or initiative.
  • Provide consulting support to application technical leads, within projects, to ensure the project is aligned with the overall domain and application architecture.
  • Monitor the current-state solution portfolio, to identify deficiencies through aging of the technologies used by the application, or misalignment with business requirements.
  • Understand technology trends, and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies, to enable new and evolving business and operating models.
  • Understand, advocate, and augment the principles of information technology strategies.
  • Analyze the business-IT environment (run, grow, and transform the business), to detect critical deficiencies and recommend solutions for improvement (systems of record, differentiation, and innovation).
  • Analyze the technology industry, competitors, and market trends, and determine their potential impact on the enterprise.
  • Define the principles, guidelines, standards, and solution patterns, to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision.
  • Design and direct the governance activities associated with ensuring solutions architecture assurance and compliance.
  • Develop a roadmap for the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio, from future to current state (as defined by the solutions architecture).
  • Facilitate the evaluation and selection of software product standards and services, as well as the design of standard and custom software configurations.
  • Consult with application and infrastructure development projects, to fit systems or infrastructure to architecture, and identify when it is necessary to modify projects to accommodate the solutions architecture.
  • Identify the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures, or culture) and financial impact of the solutions architecture.
  • Document all solution architecture design and analysis work.
  • Work closely with the program management office (PMO) or project management office, to ensure the execution of plans corresponds with what is being promised.

Credentials and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, System Analysis, or a related study – or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, in at least two IT solution development disciplines, including technical architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management, or operations.
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments.
  • Good understanding of strategic and new and emerging technology trends, and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models.
  • Understanding of Agile methods and processes, and capability of supporting Agile project teams, by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact, and risks, taking account of technical and architectural debt.
  • Must have an understanding of Enterprise Integration Patterns and Platforms.


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including teamwork, facilitation, and negotiation.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of all components of an enterprise technical architecture.
  • Knowledge of financial models and budgeting.
  • Excellent understanding of application development methodologies, and infrastructure and network architecture.
  • Ability to work with developers, in an in-and-out outsourced environment.


  • Organizationally savvy, with a good understanding of the enterprise's political climate, and how to navigate, influence, and persuade political waters.
  • Ability to communicate, influence, and persuade peers.
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations.
  • Ability to translate future-state business capabilities and requirements, into solution architecture requirements.
  • Ability to propose and estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives.
  • Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to business problems.
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
  • Proven ability to work well with others.


  • A respected leader.
  • Technology neutral; remains unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor choice, and is more interested in results than personal preferences.
  • Displays intellectual curiosity and integrity.
  • Motivated and driven by achieving long-term business outcomes.

VisionPRO relentlessly delivers top talent to help our clients excel. We have been trusted for 20 years to align the right talent to the right opportunity, expertly solving unique business challenges. From small businesses to the Fortune 500, our clients appreciate our consultative approach, resourcefulness, and fast response to their individual needs. Our prospective candidates and existing consultants can count on VisionPRO to passionately help them maximize their career choices, while also supporting their growth opportunities. We serve our customers from around the world, helping them with their most critical hiring decisions and project needs.