Senior Principal, Applications Architect

More than 30 years ago, ETRADE pioneered the online brokerage industry by executing the first-ever electronic individual investor trade. While the landscape of our industry has changed dramatically, our culture of innovation and drive to make online trading accessible to everyone continues to drive us forward. We believe in challenging the status quo, fostering an environment of curiosity and learning, and, above all, putting our customers first.


The Applications Architect ensures that the company-developed software applications and integrations align with the organization's business goals. The Applications Architect is responsible for all aspects of architecture, standards, and practices related to application development.


  • Designs and implements technical architecture and infrastructure necessary to support application development
  • Reviews functional requirements for architectural and security concerns
  • Prepares and documents technical designs and solutions along with their associated project task descriptions and effort estimates
  • Develops and enforces application development standards, including secure development practices
  • Uses industry standards and the company's systems architecture, design techniques, and development standards to review new work to ensure it complies with standards
  • Performs new development, enhancements, and maintenance of application development infrastructure needed to meet business requirements
  • Assists other teams to troubleshoot application issues in production, quality assurance, demonstration, and other environments
  • Collaborates with QA automation group to design and implement technical architecture and infrastructure necessary to support automated acceptance testing
  • Responsible for SCM, build automation, and DevOps standards and infrastructure needed to support Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery practices
  • Mentors software developers and IT staff members in areas of development technique and practices
  • Documents resolutions to system problems


  • Bachelor's degree (preferably a Computer Science or related degree) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in Software Development to include: Senior Developer or Development Team Lead experience


Minimum of 8 years' experience in Java platform development to include:
  • Java Enterprise Edition (preferably under JBoss/WildFly)
  • Java MVC web application framework (preferably Java Server Faces)
  • Java dependency injection framework (preferably Spring Framework)
  • HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Version Control, SCM, and CI/CD toolsets (preferably Subversion, Git, Gradle, and Jenkins)
  • Automated Unit and/or Acceptance testing frameworks (preferably JUnit, Spock)
  • Background in Securities/Banking/Financial Services
  • Java IDE (preferably IntelliJ IDEA)
  • Unix/Linux (preferably RedHat/CentOS)
  • RESTful web services
  • XML and XML Schema
  • JDBC and JPA/Hibernate
  • Relational DB principles using Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • NoSQL or post-relational database (preferably MongoDB)
  • Agile/Scrum methodologies
  • Issue management system
  • Use of a wiki for documentation

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills to identify root causes and implement and document appropriate solutions to system issues
  • Highly self-motivated, with the ability to complete tasks with minimal guidance, and to learn independently
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills in working in a cross-functional team comprised of Product Manager, QA, Development, and Project Manager
  • Ability to manage and prioritize individual and group tasks
  • Must work with Product Management to review, approve, and prioritize application architecture, infrastructure, and feature designs
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic skills with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents
  • Proficiency in UNIX/Linux, Apple Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems

We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit to learn more about the opportunities.

TRADE Financial is an Equal Opportunity Employer who encourages diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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