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C++ Solutions Architect

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C++ Solutions Architect

Category: Development/Engineering

City: Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Position ID: J0419-1191

Employment Type: Full Time

Position Description:

CGI Federal is the vendor of a highly popular Federal financial and acquisition ERP solution. Through a program of iterative releases using Agile/SAFe and DevOps best practices, we are planning to remove technical blockers, evolve the user experience, and improve information handling while we transition from ERP/macroservices to a microservices solution. However, we will be retaining and expanding our core business logic, much of which is currently written in C++, as we make this transition.

We are looking for an experienced C++ solution architect who can develop solution designs, scope technical initiatives and epics, develop frameworks, and guide/mentor scrum teams in support of program priorities. The ideal candidate will have deep passion for C++ development and will be looking for a long term position that will allow you to embed yourself into our team that is enhancing our large, complex enterprise system in parallel with its modernization. The best case scenario is that you have development experience with enterprise and/or ERP solutions (SAP, Oracle, Momentum, and/or other State/Local ERP products, for example) leveraging key platforms and technologies that include third party application integration, not just a website or an application.

We own this intellectual property, so you will be delivering software that is the basis for a major revenue stream for our company. The ideal candidate will be deeply experienced with C++ and is creative and motivated by the challenge of unravelling complicated system transitions as we build enhancements into our system in parallel with making progress on this modernization.

Your future duties and responsibilities:

A full time member of the Solution Architecture Group, the Solution Architect uses his/her deep knowledge of C++ and development best practices to support definition and delivery of the product roadmap. This includes technical opportunities to advance the baseline software imminently and in the future, crafting technical documents for large or complex initiatives, evaluating technologies and/or alternate approaches, working with Product Managers to estimate and design new enhancements, and supporting program-level trade-offs on priorities.

The Solution Architect role requires an individual capable of designing and developing architecture framework capabilities to ensure a technical runway so that development momentum is not delayed. This person has strong collaborative skills who can work and communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical stakeholders to continually ensure the product is of the highest quality. This person will provide technical expertise as a member of an architecture team that supports products under active development in an Agile environment. This is a long term role requiring the commitment and dedication to ensure the quality and viability of the products are maintained. The Solution Architect will:

• Design and document solution architectures for new enhancements, systems, and applications.

• Analyze options for system and technology gaps and issues in the current solutions.

• Scope technical epics for assigned initiatives.

• Evaluate existing framework and/or develop new framework that will be used by agile teams responsible for implementing a solution architecture or enhancement design.

• Prepare the assigned agile team to begin work on an initiative by reviewing epics with the team, ensuring comprehension of the subject matter and feature scope prior to PI Planning.

• Provide ongoing support to agile teams throughout a PI to help keep overall solution vision on track, make technical trade-offs where necessary, and support the identification and escalation of risks.

• Conduct code reviews for agile teams to ensure compliance with application development standards, technical requirements, and designed architectures.

• Diagnose application, infrastructure, and technology issues using various resources, define an appropriate solution, support the resolution, and document the incident record.

• Continuously identify and escalate any risks to product solution, quality, staffing and/or delivery commitments so they can be acted upon in timely manner.

• Participate in sprint and system demos for agile teams to maintain a pulse on product progress and interdependencies throughout the lifecycle. Identify and offer suggestions for improvement.

• Mentor developers and other technical resources to enable them to:

o learn the ins and outs of the software and how our customers do business,

o assist in managing trade-offs and assessing user or system impact, and

o comply with design standards and processes to promote quality.

• Work with account teams and/or customers to understand their technical requirements, provide support on current software implementations, and make recommendations for a product path forward.

• Support estimation for new product features, including outlining solution approach, vetting approach with Product Mangers, product SMEs, and other stakeholders, and preparing hours-based estimates to present to management, account teams and/or investment boards.

Required qualifications to be successful in this role:

• 10+ years of experience as a Solution Architect, Principle Engineer (Lead Developer), or similar role for complex, reliable software systems

• Technical expertise in C++ on large scale, enterprise or ERP applications

• Demonstrates initiative and strong attention to detail as needed to define and oversee a plan for implementation of software objects toward an overall solution

• Experience working in and leading teams an Agile development environment.

• Team player with the ability to adapt to changing priorities and goals.

• Ability to translate functional designs into technical solutions.

• Ability to work closely with technical leads, engineering teams and architecture stakeholders for status updates, technical issues, architectural considerations, and engineering assessment of product goals.

• Ability to understand complex technical concepts and translating them into detailed, executable plans

• Experience developing and documenting architecture framework capabilities for use by other development teams

• Ability to provide appropriate and informed guidance and technical direction.

• Ability to prioritize across multiple competing interests and recognize situations requiring escalation.

• Strong analytical, problem solving and diagnostic skills.


• BS/BA degree.

• Excellent product delivery skills.

• Functional knowledge in one or more areas of the Momentum software suite or equivalent software package

• Experience working with brand new applications or legacy applications.

• Experience working with remote teams.

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