Integration Architect

Position Description

Are you ready to make a difference in a Fortune 500 company as we transform our critical systems? If so, your search ends here

CarMax, in Richmond, VA is looking for a passionate Integration Architect ready to embrace and lead our adoption of an enterprise wide, API first strategy. You will partner closely with product teams across the organization to educate, mentor, and champion our preferred architecture. Shine amongst your peers by encouraging cross team collaboration and consensus building while leading our API Guild.

The Integration Architect will create the technical vision and provide thought leadership for all integration technologies. The architect will develop, create awareness for, and monitor adherence to integration standards and will utilize these standards to design solutions that meet operational requirements, such as scalability, maintainability, security, reliability, extensibility, flexibility, availability, and manageability.

The Integration Architect is responsible for reviewing the development, implementation, maintenance, and support of designs and provides oversight of applications within their team. This involves the uniformity of application implementations under their influence, proper performance of those applications, and the future vision of the team's development within the enterprise direction. This position will be responsible for ensuring that software developed meets CarMax®: architectural and quality expectations and requires a broad knowledge about all applicable business processes.

The Integration Architect has a deep understanding of integration technologies and practices as well as the business acumen to develop overarching system designs. The Architect partners with the CarMax®: Architecture team to develop standards and design patterns. This position will work with various IT teams to champion the adoption of patterns, platforms, and tools to support the usage and conformity of the integration architecture.

This Architect is a mentor and provides positive and developmental feedback and capitalizes on teachable moments to grow others. This position is responsible for the technical training and development of associates.

Position Requirements

•Gathers requirements from business partners, I.T. department and identifies the platform and architecture of the system
•Sets strategy and direction and provides proposals for solutions to meet business requirements
•Design sweeping applications that impact multiple application environments within their team
•Recognizes areas of improvement in the development lifecycle and recommend action plans
•Creates, reviews, and develops solutions throughout the team's environment and effectively communicates the rationale behind the designs
•Designs modifications to existing software while minimizing customization, designs reusable components, and elimination of redundancy in designs throughout their team's environment
•Responsible for multiple large projects in leading the definition, selection, and implementation of enterprise tools, technologies, and processes
•Drives architectural consensus with the team while maintaining awareness with other teams
•Develops and delivers technical training and business understanding for developers
•Drives efficient resolution for system outages as well as performance and functional shortcomings
•Engages in a critical support situation and effectively, efficiently, and quickly drives to a successful resolution
•Investigates new technologies and techniques and researches ongoing industry developments through a partnership with the Architecture team
•Adapt and drive industry best practices to improve results and efficiency of the integration team
•Create and maintain the ESB/middleware platform strategies and roadmaps, in partnership with other IT leaders
•Provide technical vision and subject matter expertise for integration technologies
•Balance the ability to think big with accomplishing smaller, achievable, "building block" goals

•Broad understanding of the business processes implemented across the team's applications
•Broad understanding of all aspects of the team's technical software requirements including security, scalability, and usability
•Able to develop long term technology plans
•Able to build consensus and acceptance of improvements and changes to CarMax development patterns, standards, and processes
•Able to influence the technical direction of others in order to drive all projects to successful completion within the architectural standards and guidance
•Able to courageously drive strategic initiatives and challenge upward and across the IT enterprise when necessary
•Proven ability to effectively communicate architectural standards and best practices
•Ability to drive through obstacles and time constraints to successfully deliver a project to completion
•Demonstrated ability to compare and contrast alternative approaches to meet objectives while assessing risk both quantitatively and qualitatively
•Able to effectively estimate time required for technical efforts for projects of all sizes
•Demonstrated communication skills to include verbal and written communication, delivering organized presentations, able to tailor message to the audience, facilitate group discussions with diplomacy, and seek diverse opinions
•Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, and problem solving skills and performs well in high pressure or stressful situations
•Demonstrated ability to effectively estimate effort, durations, and enterprise impact required for large technical solutions
•Ability to evaluate long term impacts when making recommendations and decisions.

•4 year degree in IT related course of study, preferred
•10+ years of development experience, required
•Minimum 5 years retail industry experience, preferred
•Experience with agile methodologies, preferred

•Proven track record of successfully delivering API/SOA/Middleware integration projects
•Apigee Edge or similar platform experience preferred
•Demonstrated experience with enterprise data integration technologies, ESB, other messaging oriented middleware
•BizTalk Server 2013 or Tibco Business Works, 5.x or 6.x preferred
•Tibco Enterprise Messaging Service preferred
•Microsoft SQL Server scripting and Data models, preferred
•Microsoft .NET (C#) preferred

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