Principal Technical Architect

Location: Mission, KS (66202)
Company: Cox Automotive
Industry: IT
Job Type: Full Time
Posted: 4 days ago

Primary Location: 5700 Broadmoor St, Mission, KS, USA

Division: Cox Automotive

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: No

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Requisition Number: 202202025

At Cox, we're forward-thinking innovators who put people first. Our award-winning workplace culture is centered on inclusion and kindness, and we're looking for people to join our mission to be a force for good in the world. Come build a better future with us across automotive, communications, the environment and more.

We want to do everything we can to keep our employees safe and healthy. Therefore, where permitted by applicable law, you will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S.-based job. Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will of course be considered.

Keep reading to learn more about this opportunity to join the Cox family of businesses.

We know youve got choices as an experienced Technical or Solution Architect, so why work for Cox Automotive? Besides being a privately held company thats been in business over 100 years, Cox Automotive is a respected industry leader. We arent in "maintenance mode." Were innovating and we know our employees are our most valuable resource!
Do you have a passion for helping to deliver world-class software solutions? Would you like to do this using the newest computing technologies? Do you have a knack for helping an organization understand application architectures and integration approaches, architect advanced cloud-based solutions, and launch the build-out of those systems? Are you one of those rare technologists with the communications, consultative, and leadership skills to help guide major projects to success?
If the answer is "Yes" and you meet the qualifications, then the Enterprise Architecture team would like to talk to you!

Job Description:
You will lead architecture for the Consumer Delivery Release Train providing leadership and guidance to several Delivery Teams. As a part of the Release Train Leadership Team, the Release Train Architect works with Engineering, Product, and Business leaders to align Agile Delivery Teams to a common technological and architectural vision of the product under development. They participate in defining the system and subsystems, validate technology assumptions, and evaluate alternatives through hands on prototyping and discovery. They serve as a technical subject matter expert to engineering, assist with the development of architecture standards, and champion technology and architecture related initiatives. They frame alternatives in both Technology and Business terms, ensuring that decisions are not made in isolation of their technology implications, and vice versa.

The right individual would balance product solutioning with technical thought leadership, and extend broader leadership capabilities to a larger community of software engineers, in order to align everyone to a shared technology direction and strategy.
This role involves tight collaboration with Engineering teams, Products, and third-party stakeholders in defining the technology choices, infrastructure, subsystems and their interfaces.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Set the Release Train architectural direction, long-term vision, and guiding principles
  • Frame technical or architectural alternatives in technical and business terms, clearly articulating technical implications of various options
  • Participate in planning, definition, and high-level design of the solution and explore technical alternatives
  • Champion sound architectural initiatives and effectively advocate for them at an executive level
  • Drive creation, adoption and reuse of enterprise technology assets within the Release Train; identify opportunities to create new reusable technology assets and promote them for use at Delivery Stream, Portfolio or Enterprise level
  • Analyze Release Train technical debt and advocate with Product and Engineering for business-appropriate technical debt handling; contribute to Delivery Stream and Portfolio-level technical debt analysis
  • Direct Delivery Team Engineers in technology selection and defining subsystems with their interfaces
  • Establish critical Nonfunctional Requirements at the Release Train level; participate in the definition of others
  • Serve as a technology thought leader
  • Identify required Architectural Runway in support of upcoming Features/Capabilities, and where necessary work with Product and Engineering counterparts to ensure that it is prioritized and delivered
  • Plan and facilitate AWS Well Architected Framework reviews on a periodic basis, with an eye towards continual Release Train improvement
  • Assist with improving architecture practices
  • Work with Product and Engineering release train leaders to determine capacity allocation for architecture runway, technical debt reduction, and other enablement work
  • Foster overall quality of engineering deliverables
  • Lead identification/creation, adoption, and reuse of technology assets across the Delivery Stream
  • Lead the architecture and principal engineering cadence and community of practice
  • Serve as a principal technical stakeholder and contributor for the technology direction of the Delivery Stream
  • Where permitted by applicable law, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for this U.S. based job. (Reasonable accommodations for medical and religious objections will be considered.)
  • 7+ years experience in full development life cycle and significant experience in delivering applications and architecture services in a production environment
  • 3+ years leadership experience
  • Prior experience in the implementation of design and architecture processes in an Enterprise Agile environment.
  • Prior experience in IT architecture roles in large-scale, complex IT environments
  • At ease advocating for technical solutions and enjoy the challenge of influencing others
  • Ability to write high-quality blog posts and technical documentation
  • Ability to serve as a technology mentor, facilitating the growth of Cox Automotive colleagues
  • Ability to manage conflict and maintain productive working relationships
  • A solid understanding of the solutions architecture of consumer-scale web solutions, distributed systems integration and cloud computing platforms is strongly desired
  • Technical Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Management of Information Systems, or related field, OR equivalent work experience
  • SQL and NoSQL database technologies
  • AWS (preferred), GCP, or Azure services and solution architectures
  • REST API design and microservice implementation
  • Object-oriented design including common patterns
  • Distributed systems
  • Docker, Kubernetes, and other container technologies

Who We Are

About Cox Automotive

Theres nothing ordinary about Cox Automotive. We are people of every background driven by our passion for mobility, innovation, client success and community outreach. We make buying, selling and owning (or simply using) cars easier for everyone. Touching more than 40,000 clients across five continents, we bring together the best brands and the best teams to propel the automotive industry forward. Some of those team members work for our iconic consumer brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, while others are creating the future of automotive at industry-facing brands like, Manheim and vAuto.

About Cox

We are the Cox family of businesses. Weve been making our mark since 1898 by building and evolving world-class businesses, staying true to our values, and encouraging top talent to always look for growth and impact while building a career with us. Our primary divisions - Cox Communications and Cox Automotive - are driving a new wave of innovation, powering smart cities with powerhouse broadband communications and pioneering greener, more progressive transportation alternatives for individuals and fleet operators. Were also expanding into new spaces like cleantech and healthcare to rev up our momentum toward building a better future for the next generation. Were looking for the talent today who will be our leaders tomorrow. Sound intriguing? Learn more about where we are today, where we hope youll be going with us, and the common purpose that unites us at

Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page .

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individuals age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.

Statement to ALL Third-Party Agencies and Similar Organizations: Cox accepts resumes only from agencies with which we formally engage their services. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, Cox employees, Cox hiring manager, or send to any Cox facility. Cox is not responsible for any fees or charges associated with unsolicited resumes.

Web Reference : AJF/342832700-202
Posted Date : Sat, 02 Jul 2022

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