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Mainframe Architect

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Employment Type: Contract Industry: Information Technology / Systems Job Number: 905 Pay Rate: 62.5

Within area of expertise takes a lead role to (application, solution, information, technology, business) design, develop, implement, support, and optimize more complex architecture strategy to meet business capabilities and needs.  Takes a lead role to ensure completeness of more complex architecture by adequately addressing all the pertinent concerns of its stakeholders.  Ensures integrity of more complex architecture by connecting various views of stakeholders, reconciling conflicting concerns, and showing the trade-offs made in so doing.  Considers practicality and fitness for purpose in determining architecture to develop.  Leverages business and technology knowledge to enable and/or alter business processes, practices, organizations and systems.  Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies and best in class industry business trends and practices.  May take on role of Project Lead for special assignments. May mentor less experienced team members.



1. Takes a lead role to provide strategic consultation to business customers in defining or designing more complex business processes, functions and organizational structures, as well as in researching, identifying and internally marketing enabling technologies based on customer capability requirements. Facilitates development of more complex enterprise business solutions that combine knowledge of particular business processes and issues, general technological options, and process facilitation techniques. Participates in more complex enterprise strategy development, including environmental analysis, opportunity identification, value cases and business innovation portfolio development.

2. Takes a lead role to specify and design large or more complex systems, solutions, networks, infrastructure elements, or processes. Selects appropriate design standards, methods and tools and ensures that they are applied effectively. Reviews others’ system design to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology. Establishes policy for selection of more complex architecture components. Evaluates and undertakes impact analysis on more complex major design options. Ensures that the system architecture balances functional, service quality and systems management requirements.

3. Uses appropriate tools, including models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of more complex architectures. Takes a lead role to produce detailed component requirements, specifications and translates these into detailed solutions/designs for implementation using selected products. Provides advice on technical aspects of system development, integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and processes.  Ensures that relevant technical and business strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly.

4. Selects and uses more complex tools and methods to establish, clarify, and communicate the functional and non-functional requirements of system users, their characteristics, and tasks.  Takes a lead role to identify the technical, organizational, and physical environment in which more complex products or systems will operate. Identifies, proposes, initiates, and leads significant improvement programs, taking responsibility for the quality and appropriateness of the work performed and the realization of measurable business benefits. Modifies existing process improvement approaches and/or develops new approaches to achieving improvement.

5. Takes a lead role to ensure the resolution of a variety of more complex architecture and business problems and serves as a technical or business lead for highly complex project initiatives.
  • Communicates effectively will all levels of organization
  • Manages expectations of customers, partners  and management
  • Participates in customer walkthroughs and plans; design and technical walkthroughs; and problem resolution and decision making
  • Interacts with departments across the organization as necessary, including the development and interpretation of highly complex requirements for peers and other staff.

6. Maintains an in-depth knowledge of specific technical aspects in area of expertise and provides expert advice regarding their application.  The area of specific expertise may be any aspect of information or communication technology, technique, method, process, product, or application area of a more complex nature.

7. Takes a lead role in providing leadership and mentoring in the areas of expertise and architecture to their peers, developers, management and business users including technical expertise, coaching, and ad-hoc training by:
  • Preparing presentations on more complex issues on the area of expertise
  • Presenting to their peers to ensure consistency to organizations' s strategic direction.

8. Other duties as assigned or requested.

SKILLS AND CERTIFICATIONS [note: bold skills and certification are required]
10 years of relevant IT experience 

Security Clearance Required:  No
Visa Candidate Considered:  No

Ryan McKigney

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