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Advantage Solutions Enterprise Architect in Chicago, Illinois


What is an Architect @ Advantage Solutions

Your passion for technology and hunger for digital transformation and innovation will help shape the future of sales and marketing within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) space for years to come. In your daily interactions, you will provide essential strategic and day-to-day leadership across the organization, working with teams of engineers and product owners, aligning cross-functional projects, and ensuring fiscal and technical alignment with the organization.

In this model, the Architect is a strategic role that directly collaborates with the Product Owners, Engineering Leads, and other key partners to define a target state vision and technical roadmap for the business domain they are responsible, including its end-to-end architecture while ensuring adherence to standards and strategic initiatives.

A successful Architect @ Advantage Solutions manifests holistic wisdom of up- and down-stream impacts of technology solutions and trends to guide the development of future products and patterns. With that, an Architect @ Advantage Solutions is a top-tier engineer with experience making high-level design choices, framing technical standards, and re-enforcing frameworks, patterns, and principles, including tools, software, and engineering execution standards.

To be effective, an Architect @ Advantage Solutions develops expertise within their domain, creates a roadmap for their systems, and communicates that plan to others within the organization. However, more than technical knowledge is required, as an Architect @ Advantage Solutions must also have the soft skills to manage and positively influence projects and people.

In addition, an Architect is expected to actively engage with our delivery team to assist with project executions, provide and receive feedback on technology and pattern use, and mentor team members. A versatile stakeholder, the Architecture teams up with the delivery leadership to provide a holistic view of the technology landscape within the Enterprise portfolio, with specific attention to Enterprise Applications, integration, and data concerns.


  • Tasks often involve investigating unique and complex problems.

  • Responsible for making decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an essential impact on complete architectural design activities.

  • Frequently involved in the conceptual stage of the design phase of a project and accepts complete responsibility for the architectural design elements of the entire project.

  • Architects must keep themselves well-versed in new technology and industry trends.

  • Responsible for prioritizing ever-changing tasks and scopes while ensuring that schedules and deadlines are met.

  • Evaluate project costs and aid in crafting budgets for new projects.

  • Provide thought leadership to and mentor product team members.

  • Partner with technology vendors to identify opportunities to innovate in the Enterprise space.

Responsibilities include (but not limited to)

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the collaborative development of a technology strategy and architecture that aligns with corporate strategy and goals.

  • Lead the collaborative development of a technology roadmap(s) that achieves Advantage Solution's architecture.

  • Provide architecture designs that consider functionality, cost, performance, scalability, reusability, security, and extensibility.

  • Enhance our cloud capability by creating and implementing cloud-first patterns.

  • Define and facilitate the architecture processes, including the reporting and oversight of architecture deployment.

  • Work closely with peers across the organization to create and maintain architecture artifacts, operational documents, and automation playbooks.

  • Provide architectural expertise, direction, and assistance to facilitate the delivery of solutions that align with business objectives in a cost-efficient manner.

  • Actively seek ways to improve processes and interactions.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with projects, products, and technical stakeholders to ensure technology and business concerns are part of roadmaps.

  • Actively engage in the Enterprise strategy and the definition of roadmaps.

  • Lead the strategy and delivery of the Advantage Solutions integration platform.

Qualifications / Skills / Requirements

Primary Qualifications

  • Outstanding collaboration and communication skills are essential

  • 10+ years of hands-on experience in architecting and designing solutions using at least three disciplines: cloud architecture, software development, data platform integration, business processes and capabilities, focusing on scalability, security, performance, and cost to serve

  • 10+ years of experience in applying architecture patterns, frameworks, and principles that cover application, data, business processes, and design concepts, enabling operational flow for scenarios such as application to application, business to business (B2B), direct to consumer (B2C), and digital integrations

  • 10+ yrs. Experience working on large-scale projects

  • 10+ yrs. Exposure to cloud-managed services, serverless technology, and microservices like Function-as-a-Service, Containers, and managed infrastructure-as-code

  • 10+ yrs. Experience overseeing customized development of processes for multiple projects simultaneously

  • 10+ yrs. Experience designing secure solutions based on industry specifications

  • Demonstrate a track record of leading collaboratively within complex organizations requiring strong influence management skills - the ability to work cooperatively at all levels in a matrix environment

Secondary Qualifications

  • Proven experience delivering ERPs for a $4B+ company. Past deployment in an international setup, Oracle or SAP a plus.

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience solving integration problems in a high volume (+10 millions transactions per day) environment using open-source or off-the-shelf platforms. Experience with Apache Camel a plus.

  • 3+ years of experience dealing with data transformation and management using open-source or off-the-shelf platforms. Experience with ETL tools, Spark, CDC tools a plus.

  • Demonstrated track record delivering mission-critical applications in the Cloud and on-prem, leveraging DevSecOps, SRE functions. Experience with Azure, Kubernetes a plus.


The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Requirements Gathering & Planning

  • Regularly meet with stakeholders and users to determine requirements and demo development progress. Create wireframes and mockups, architect systems and data models, and plan a development roadmap.

Software Development

  • Code back-end services, controllers, and APIs; front-end views and components; and data models that meet the project’s requirements. Advance the codebase by removing technical debt.

Testing and QA

  • Incorporate and improve unit test coverage and generate UI tests to automate testing. Smoke test as needed and perform code reviews to ensure the accuracy and clarity of code.

Customer Service & Support

  • Provide post-release training, troubleshooting, and ad-hoc bug fixes. Write and keep technical documents up-to-date.

Personal & Team Growth

  • Adopt and advance the team’s best practices and actively contribute new ideas and concepts. Maintain understanding of current technologies and programming practices through continuous education, reading, workshops, and/or groups. Train new software engineers.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports

Indirect Reports

  • May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

  • Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job

Minimum Qualifications

The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Education Level: (Required): Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Field of Study/Area of Experience: Computer Science or other related discipline

10 or more years of experience:

  • .NET, C#, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, T-SQL, MVC

Additional experience a plus:

• AngularJS, Azure, Bootstrap, jQuery, REST, SCSS, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Motivated to learn, experiment, and use the latest technologies

  • Positive attitude with a desire to solve problems

  • Familiar with the stages of the software development lifecycle

  • Knowledge of security best practices

  • Team player who is comfortable partnering with business departments

  • Troubleshooting and debugging skills

  • Comfortable shuffling priorities and context switching based on business needs

  • Possess a sense of pride and confidence in authored code

  • Understand the business domain and proactively suggest features

  • Independent worker requiring very little oversight

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes. Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago

Primary Posting Location : City Chicago

Primary Posting Location : State/Province IL

Primary Posting Location : Postal Code 60601

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2023-430146

Position Type Full Time

Category Professional: (IT, Finance, Legal, HR, Talent Acquisition, Administrative, Customer Service)

Minimum USD $107,647.00/Yr.

Maximum USD $199,500.00/Yr.