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Senior Technology Solution Architect

February 12 2020
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories Information Technology, Programming, Development, Systems architect, Design, Product development and Management, System administrator
Victoria, BC


The Technology department is responsible for developing technology solutions that contribute to the achievement of BCI's mission and long-term goals. The department manages the Corporation's business applications and information technology infrastructure, providing support to a large group of financial professionals. The department is also responsible for authoring technology-related directives and conducting disaster recovery planning to minimize risk to the Corporation's delivery of investment services.


Reporting to the Director, Applications & Operations, the Senior Technology Solution Architect is responsible for the design and development of technical solution architectures that meet the needs of internal business customers and drive overall business value. The Senior Technology Solution Architect is instrumental in reviewing and creating solutions that deliver on Technology's roadmaps, including building/reviewing the application design for new development or enhancement of an existing application. While providing technical solution architectural leadership to members of cross-functional teams, s/he works collaboratively in an Agile hybrid environment with a focus on continuous improvement.

The position can be based in either Vancouver or Victoria with some travel between the two cities.


  • Bachelor's degree in Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field;
  • A minimum of 5-7 years experience as a Solution Architect designing high-availability solutions (i.e. building/designing new solutions in multi-platform environment);
  • A minimum of 1-2 years experience with Agile methods (Scrum) and strong understanding of SDLC and ITIL processes;
  • Experience providing technical leadership as a Solution Architect to development and delivery teams including experience in Application development;
  • Experience with the following technologies and tools: Middleware integration (e.g. WebSphere, WebLogic, MQ-Series, MuleSoft etc.), Databases (e.g. Oracle DB2, SQL, MS SQL Server);
  • Hands-On experience with programming languages and development platforms (e.g. .NET, C, C++, Java/XML, JEE, Spring Boot (2.0) and web technologies (e.g. JavaScript, PHP, and Spring);
  • Experience in working collaboratively with the business and IT team including with Security, Infrastructure Architects etc.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, listening and communication (presentation) skills with an equally strong knowledge of system design tools.


  • Collaborates with team members, other teams and customers to understand the objectives, needs and issues of assigned customer area(s);
  • Collaborates as the technical Solution Architect subject matter expert with team members, other teams and customers to understand the objectives, needs and issues of assigned customer area(s);
  • Collaborates as the technical Solution Architect subject matter expert with Product Owners and Business Solution Engineers to define and/or review the solution requirements;
  • Identifies options that will address the solution requirements, creates solution selection criteria, and assess options against criteria;
  • Provides technical leadership and takes responsibility for planning activities leading to the design and development of solutions, ensuring delivery teams have a clear vision and path;
  • Produces the detailed solution designs and participates in all stages of a product development life cycle including development, testing and release to production including Vendor Solutions evaluation;
  • Produces solution designs for new applications and manages ongoing design updates for existing applications;
  • Defines, documents and develops in-depth knowledge of the structures, processes, integrations, data and infrastructure of assigned solution(s);
  • Defines, documents and develops best practices, design patterns and technology standards, and communicates and enforces technology standards;
  • Facilitates the evaluation and selection of hardware and software technologies;
  • Analyzes current solutions and identifies opportunities for improvements and automation;
  • Researches and monitors technology developments and industry trends, assesses their relevancy to the organization, and makes recommendations to enhance productivity;
  • Presents work products to internal and external stakeholders, reviews the work of team members and provides feedback in an open, respectful and constructive manner;
  • Delivers work products in line with schedule commitments and implementation plans;
  • Proactively identifies risks and issues and proposes mitigation plans to remove barriers;
  • Applies knowledge of Agile methods and participates in team activities, ceremonies and efforts to continuously improve processes including backlog development or grooming, sprint planning and team retrospectives;
  • Acts as a subject matter expert and provides support, and guidance to others to adoption of Agile methods;
  • Contributes to BCI's reference architecture and the ongoing evolution of DevOps practices;
  • Ensures technical artifacts are accurate, accessible, maintained and communicated;
  • Undertakes special projects or assignments as required;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Learning Agility

Effective performers continuously seek new knowledge. They are curious and want to know "why". They learn quickly and use new information effectively. They create and foster a culture of interest, curiosity, and learning.

Relationship Building

Effective performers establish and proactively maintain a broad network of relationships (e.g. colleagues, co-workers, vendors, suppliers, etc.). They value these relationships and work effectively across the organization by maintaining positive working relationships with peers and others.

High Standards

Effective performers possess a high inner work standard and shows pride in their work.  They consistently strive to ensure work is complete within deadlines and that all work performed is of a high quality.


Effective performers are skilled at directing, persuading, and motivating others. They are able to flex their style to direct, collaborate, or empower as the situation requires. They have established a personal power base built on mutual trust, fairness, and honesty.

Organization & Planning

Effective performers have strong organizing and planning skills that allow them to be highly productive and efficient. They manage their time wisely and effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks. They follow through on tasks to ensure changes in technology are communicated effectively.

Results Orientation

Effective performers maintain appropriate focus on outcomes and accomplishments. They are motivated by achievement, and persist until the goal is reached. They convey a sense of urgency to make things happen. They respect the need to balance short- and long-term goals. They are driven by a need for closure.


Effective performers clearly and articulately convey technical and other information both orally and in writing to others in a manner appropriate to the listener. They write clearly, accurately and concisely, composing project, technical and other required documentation as required.

Change Mastery

Effective performers are adaptable. They embrace needed change and modify their behaviour when appropriate to achieve organizational objectives. They are effective in the face of ambiguity. They understand and use change management techniques to help ensure smooth transitions. network