Principal Solution Architect

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Disney Parks & Resorts

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The Principal Solution Architect is responsible for the solution architecture and design, as well as delivery estimates, for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (WDPR) technology projects. It is the responsibility of the Principal Solution Architect to coordinate with architects and designers from various disciplines (solution, infrastructure, data/information) to define the most effective solution to business problems, while also leveraging their knowledge of existing systems and services and the capabilities available in the marketplace.
The Principal Solution Architect will also partner with delivery, production support and Shared Services partners (e.g., Quality Assurance, Infrastructure Engineering, Reference Architecture etc.) to ensure alignment of the solution approach and estimates with each stakeholder. The individual will also work with various business stakeholders in problem solving, creating business capabilities, and defining effective and efficient technology solutions for solving business problems and enabling business capabilities.
The successful candidate requires technical knowledge and skills that are broad and deep, covering various hardware, software, and platforms. The candidate must be comfortable operating in complex heterogeneous technology environments, and have experience with highly integrated and mission critical solutions. The candidate must possess the ability to share and communicate ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, to business sponsors and partners, technical resources, and executives, in clear concise language that is the effective for each respective group.
The candidate should have experience in digital and mobile technology areas. The candidate should have experience in solution architectures that leverage buy or build options, as well as cloud (PaaS and SaaS) solutions. Responsibilities
  • Coordinate between business and IT stakeholders to develop a solution architecture approach.
  • Create delivery estimates based on solution architecture approach.
  • Assess market technology choices to determine fit, including software, hardware, SaaS/PaaS, etc.
  • Translate complex functional, technical, and business requirements into architectural designs.
  • Coordinate with delivery project managers and business analysts to draft project scope and compile delivery estimates.
  • Collaborate with other architecture teams.
  • Adapt to a quickly changing environment and interact with a broad customer base with diverse needs and functional responsibilities.
  • Be responsible for gaining a deep understanding of the entire WDP&R portfolio of applications and understand the integrations between them.
  • Develop business capability roadmaps for the existing portfolio of applications to help ensure we are moving toward a consolidated footprint of technologies that align with the reference architectures.
  • Develop strategic technology roadmaps for specific domains based on business capability roadmaps.
  • Play a key role in working with the Reference Architecture organization to define current and future needs.
  • Be a champion for helping ensure other solution architects and delivery teams are moving as aggressively as possible toward uplifting applications, where possible, and ensuring all new applications are aligning with the Reference Architecture prescriptions.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the WDP&R applications and business processes and proactively advise on opportunities for business process redesign, or application or process consolidation and/or simplification.
  • Be a mentor to the other architects on the team: provide advice, guidance, and feedback; share experience and expertise as appropriate; act as a sounding board for ideas.
  • Be the go-to resource for other solution architects that are looking for assistance with solving complex architecture issues.
  • Review other architects’ solutions and ensure their application architecture strategy aligns with organizational goals.
  • Assist in a continual evolution of the Solution Architecture team’s processes and metrics to make the team more efficient, and increase the value add to the organizations supported.
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant IT work experience, preferably with 10 or more of them in a solution architecture role.
  • 5 or more years of leadership experience in large, cross-functional teams, influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders.
  • Advanced expertise in architecture, application design, system engineering, and integration.
  • Experience writing technical specifications and technical documentation.
  • Experience with multiple diverse technologies and environments.
  • Expert knowledge of industry standard best practices.
  • Has knowledge and demonstrates understanding of the entire WDPRT application landscape.
  • Extensive knowledge of architecture frameworks, tools, and core design patterns.
  • Research and analysis experience designing new architecture frameworks or enhancing existing architectures.
  • Troubleshooting skills, the ability to determine issue impact, the ability to resolve complex issues, and the ability to consistently exercise sound judgment and initiative in stressful situations.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Skilled in partnering with various architecture disciplines in software development.
  • Knowledge and experience with various estimation processes.
  • Ability to multi-task amongst several priorities.
  • Experience with software integration patterns – services, eventing, SOA (both REST and SOAP preferred).
  • Deep experience with and working knowledge of major components of .NET, Java, XML, C++, JavaScript frameworks (AngularJS, Node.js), Objective-C, Swift, Android, Cloud (AWS), Oracle, mySQL, and NoSql databases.
  • Familiarity with modern web development, mobile, and heterogeneous integrations.
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly through self-study.
  • Experience with cloud PAAS, SAAS, and IAAS.
  • Experience with designing for container based deployment (docker etc).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in theme park and entertainment technologies
  • Experience in hospitality and lodging technologies.
  • Experience in online guest experience technologies.
  • Existing knowledge of WDP&R applications and environments.
Required Education Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field. Preferred Education Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field. Company Overview “We make magic.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen! Additional InformationThis position is with the legal entity of Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC, an equal opportunity employer.


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