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Application Architect


Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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We manage all IT assets, projects and resources, and we deliver technology and expertise.  This includes consistently delivering top-tier performance and value as a trusted partner and services provider.
 
We strive for an IT culture that identifies the newest, most effective solutions through discovery, open discussion, and collaboration. We have fun together, care about each other and take pride in the solutions we provide. We believe in continuously optimizing our processes, refining our solutions and improving ourselves to the benefit of the Iowans we serve. If you are passionate about applying your creative and innovative architecture strategies and approaches, then this is the role for you!
 
In the initiation phase of a large, multi-year system integration project. The scope of the project includes the implementation of a modern architecture platform and procurement of several new Medicaid modules to meet the IME’s requirements for managing Medicaid health benefits for over 600,000 Iowa citizens. The migration from the current environment to the future-state platform will involve the modernization or replacement of dozens of legacy systems and applications as well as the evaluation and modification of hundreds of system-to-system interfaces.
 
The department is seeking an application architect role to operate at the program management level of the team to analyze and document the As-Is environment and define an implementation approach for migrating business processes and data to the future-state platform.
 
Responsibilities during the initiation phase include:

• Using Unified Markup Language (UML) to deliver application architecture documentation, including component diagrams, deployment diagrams, and sequence diagrams
• Design and document system-to-system interfaces, including any associated business rules or technical constraints
• Serve as Medicaid Systems Subject Matter Expert (SME) while working with a Systems Integrator to develop the approach for phased migration activities, including the remediation of any associated interface/conversion impacts
• Communicate and mitigate impacts resulting from system transitions
• Participate in the RFI/RFP process for systems module selection
• Participate in the procurement process to select a Systems Integrator to execute the DDI phase
A successful candidate for this role is expected to possess the following skills and experience:
• Extensive experience designing application architectures based on a microservices or modular approach
• An understanding of cloud technologies and associated benefits
• A thorough knowledge of Unified Markup Language (UML) and other techniques for documenting technology systems
• In-depth experience with the software development life-cycles and software development methodologies
• Experience delivering results on systems integration projects involving business transformation
• Experience delivering in an agile/iterative delivery environment
• Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of personalities and work styles
• Ability to break down complex tasks into actionable work items
• Ability to work independently and communicate effectively

Skills Required:

• Experience working as a Development Lead or Applications Architect:  5 years REQUIRED
• Experience with Unified Markup Language: 5 years REQUIRED
• Experience designing application architectures for large IT Systems using a microservices or modular approach: 5 years REQUIRED
• Demonstrated understanding of cloud technologies and hybrid solutions that interface with on-premises systems: 3 years REQUIRED
• Experience designing and documenting large IT systems containing heterogeneous technologies and multiple systems integrations points: 12 years REQUIRED
• Experience designing systems architectures utilizing SOA-based technologies (SOAP, REST, etc.), including component and web service design:  12 years REQUIRED
• Experience with application design patterns: 7 years REQUIRED
• Experience with building IT solutions that adhere to multiple industry standards, compliance, and regulatory requirements, and technology standards: 12 years REQUIRED
• Excellent task management skills, w/ the ability to multitask and manage multiple tasks with changing priorities in a cross-functional environment: 12 years REQUIRED
• Demonstrated experience with working with business and technical users to gather and document technical requirements:  8 years REQUIRED
• Working experience with Agile Projects: 5 years REQUIRED
• Demonstrated experience with managing client expectations and implementing change management initiatives: 5 years REQUIRED 

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