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Distinguished Architect

San Francisco, CA / Remote

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Position Overview

Autodesk is on a journey to transform its business through realization of our platform strategy and is seeking a Distinguished Architect to help us in that journey. As our customers move their data and workflows into the Autodesk Platform, our ability to deliver a trustworthy solution becomes paramount. We must deliver a solution that our customers find dependable and performant, while simultaneously addressing security, privacy, and cost concerns.

As a senior technology leader reporting to the Chief Architect, Platform Services & Emerging Technology (PSET), you will identify, assessing, prioritizing, and most importantly driving the projects through which we will achieve this outcome. You will play a key part in realizing Autodesk's platform vision and transforming multiple industries.

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Seeking candidates on the West Coast, United States to work remote or hybrid/remote.


  • Work with peers throughout Autodesk to understand our architectural landscape and challenges, articulate opportunities, and motivate change with an emphasis on building trust
  • Work with leadership to articulate our current architecture and inform future investments via quantitative and qualitative arguments
  • Assess current development and operational practices from an architectural perspective, emphasizing privacy, security and especially resilience.
  • Propose, prioritize and encourage adoption of Autodesk architecture and practice standards
  • Coordinate with multiple industry division product development teams, other members of our centralized platform team, and other teams. as required through effective communication and networking
  • In collaboration with peers in PSET's architectural organization, provide input on solving current and ongoing architecture challenges, designing and articulating architectural direction for platform and interrelated divisions
  • Contribute to cross-organization working groups targeted to solving some of Autodesk's most pressing architectural challenges
  • Maintain expert-level, knowledge of architectural patterns, technologies and trends
  • Bring innovative, state of the industry architectural thinking to our practice of software architecture
  • Track industry best practices and advocate where relevant
  • Advise on the development and adoption of Autodesk and AWS technologies, including databases, compute frameworks, CI/CD, and regionalization strategies
  • Write and speak internally about your work through internal conferences, mentoring, seminars, etc. At least four international trips per year will be required for internal meetings

Minimum Qualifications

  • 15+ years of experience as a software engineer / architect
  • 5+ years in a senior architecture role in a SaaS business pursuing a platform strategy
  • Self-directed with an ability to complete work strategically and efficiently.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated innovation through patents, publications, conference presentations, etc


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About Autodesk

Welcome to Autodesk! Amazing things are created every day with our software - from the greenest buildings and cleanest cars to the smartest factories and biggest hit movies. We help innovators turn their ideas into reality, transforming not only how things are made, but what can be made.

We take great pride in our culture here at Autodesk - our Culture Code is at the core of everything we do. Our values and ways of working help our people thrive and realize their potential, which leads to even better outcomes for our customers.

When you're an Autodesker, you can be your whole, authentic self and do meaningful work that helps build a better future for all. Ready to shape the world and your future? Join us!


From health and financial benefits to time away and everyday wellness, we give Autodeskers the best, so they can do their best work. Learn more about our benefits in the U.S. by visiting

Salary transparency

Salary is one part of Autodesk's competitive compensation package. For U.S.-based roles, we expect a starting base salary between $189,000 and $305,800. Offers are based on the candidate's experience and geographic location, and may exceed this range. In addition to base salaries, we also have a significant emphasis on annual cash bonuses, commissions for sales roles, stock grants, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At Autodesk, we're building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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Client-provided location(s): San Francisco, CA, USA
Job ID: autodesk-24WD76662
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • FSA
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Health Reimbursement Account
    • On-Site Gym
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Work-From-Home Stipend
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Some Meals Provided
    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Pet-friendly Office
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • Company Outings
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Leave of Absence
    • Paid Vacation
    • Sabbatical
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Relocation Assistance
    • Performance Bonus
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Company Equity
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
  • Professional Development

    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Promote From Within
    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Mentor Program
    • Internship Program
    • Leadership Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Woman founded/led
    • Black founded/led
    • BIPOC founded/led
    • Latinx founded/led
    • Asian founded/led
    • LGBTQ+ founded/led
    • Veteran founded/led