Senior Solutions Architects

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Requisition #:  J1112-0285

Position Title:  Senior Solutions Architects

Department:  Information Technology Services

Employment Type:  Full-time

Location:  234 Wellington Street

City, Province:  Ottawa, Ontario

Country:  Canada

Job Category:  Information Technology

Number of Positions:  0

Date Posted:  November 9, 2012

Closing Date:  December 2, 2012


Number of Positions Available: Three (3)
Position 1 Type: Regular
Position 2, 3 Type: 3-year term with the possibility of extension or of becoming regular

Salary Range:

(annual salary): The Bank offers a competitive total compensation package with starting salaries, based on qualifications, generally ranging between $81,706 and $102,132* (job grade 18).
*Where the Bank has needs for specialized skills, it may offer higher starting salaries to exceptional candidates.

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Canada's central bank is the nation's pre-eminent macroeconomic policy institution. No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very centre of Canada's economy, in an organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. No matter what your area of expertise, you'll enjoy an open culture and a superior work environment that will challenge, energize, and motivate you to excel. (More info)

Job Summary

Information Technology Services (ITS) is the primary information technology service provider for the Bank of Canada and, as such, facilitates the fulfillment of the Bank’s mandate. ITS is a flexible, adaptive organization that aims to exceed client expectations for the provision of consistent, high-quality service. ITS partners with clients and suppliers to deliver automated business solutions and office tools, and establishes and sustains the IT infrastructure necessary to support these solutions and tools.

We are currently seeking three experienced Senior Solutions Architects, each to join one of the following three strategic programs:

A. Analytic Environment (AE) Program and Currency Strategic Program
B. Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Program
C. Auctions and Markets Applications Program (AMAP)

You will be responsible for contributing to the development and maintenance of the applications solution architecture. You are accountable for creating architectures for the development and integration of business and information systems to enable streamlined application interfaces, reduction of application redundancy and the efficient distribution of data in support of business objectives. You will ensure that the applications, data, network and infrastructure architectures meet evolving business requirements and meet standards for reliability, scalability and availability.

Central Responsibilities:

• develop architectural framework for applications system development, maintenance and enhancement efforts, ensuring that data, infrastructure and applications architectures are aligned
• define and document the structure, connections and relationships of business processes, organizational work groups, data, applications, user interfaces, applications interfaces, infrastructure and network topology
• work with the Bank’s Enterprise Architecture group to apply Bank standards within the programs
• when necessary, facilitate the evaluation and selection of hardware and software technology and product standards, as well as the design of standard configurations and their implementation and migration into operations
• participate in all phases of the development methodology cycle to implement the required information technology, adding technical know-how, creativity and a seasoned perspective to initiatives and teams
• analyze business context (trends and business strategy) to derive the architecture in support of the solution
• translate architectural decisions into high-level designs; review and develop artifacts for alignment with the overall architecture
• research and monitor technology developments and industry trends, assess their applicability, functionality and reliability for the Bank, and recommend technologies that will enhance productivity and the achievement of the client’s business objectives
• resolve complex problems related to systems within area of expertise; apply existing criteria in new ways and possibly develop new approaches
• take the lead in facilitating consensus with ITS colleagues on the proper level and pace of change and integration of technologies, considering present and envisioned application environment, technology environment and technical platforms
• provide key input to the resolution of architectural links and technology choices and ensure that appropriate questions are raised and answered by stakeholders in order to balance strategic integration issues with urgent business needs
• provide advice on technology purchases and on future projects or environment upgrades/modifications
• provide guidance and support to more junior colleagues for common/routine problems
• promote, reuse and apply existing solutions in new ways and help evolve new reusable components, patterns and templates
• build long-term relationships or partnerships with clients and suppliers to support evolving business needs; may be called upon to represent the Bank’s interests with stakeholders

Key Requirements:

• degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or related discipline, or equivalent experience
• minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the IT field
• minimum of 5 years of experience in developing solution architectures
• English and French essential
• linguistic requirement (minimum starting level): functional in second official language (training may be provided to help the selected candidate reach the required level of fully functional)
• demonstrated experience with a variety of technologies/approaches, including J2EE, packaged applications, multi-platform applications and service-oriented architecture (SOA)
• expert knowledge of four or more development languages or tools from the following list: (ASP.NET, C#, C++, JavaScript, jQuery, Java, CSS, XML, XSL, XSLT, Visual Studio, Eclipse, MS T-SQL, Oracle PL/SQL)
• demonstrated experience with different architecture/design techniques (e.g., object-oriented, top-down, structured analysis, component-based design) and tools
• strong business acumen, including the ability to translate business needs into application solutions
• ability to be self-motivated and to work under general supervision
• ability to quickly grasp the essence of a complex issue and to synthesize data/views to capture and communicate key points
• ability to think beyond the work environment and make decisions in the context of the total environment
• ability to organize content and write in a style appropriate to the audience and to the purpose of the document

in addition – Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Program:
• minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in developing ECM solutions (i.e., SharePoint, OpenText)
• minimum of 3 years of relevant experience working on information architecture (i.e., taxonomy, metadata, workflow automation, search)
• minimum of 3 years working with enterprise search technologies

in addition – Analytic Environment (AE) Program and Currency Strategic Program:
• minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in data management, extract, transform, load (ETL) architectures, J2EE application development, application integration patterns
• minimum of 3 years of relevant experience integrating solutions with SAP

in addition – Auctions and Markets Applications Program (AMAP):
• minimum of 2 years of relevant experience with financial and trading systems
• minimum of 3 years of experience with database systems
• minimum of 2 years of relevant experience integrating solutions with SAP


for all three positions:
• ability to work with an Enterprise Architecture framework and group
• strong knowledge of ITIL processes
• knowledge and experience working with SunGard FAME
• strong knowledge of principles and best practices in software architecture and architectural/design patterns and frameworks
• knowledge in implementing secure applications
• excellent knowledge in all aspects of testing, including unit and stress testing

in addition – Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Program:
• knowledge and work experience with OpenText Content Server (Content Server Builder, Content Server API (LAPI), Content Web Services)
• knowledge and work experience with SharePoint-related software components and processes (site collections, sub sites, master pages, lists, custom lists, SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, WebParts, and custom WSPs and optimal deployment processes)
• knowledge and experience developing and deploying enterprise federated search

in addition – Analytic Environment (AE) Program and Currency Strategic Program:
• knowledge and work experience with IBM DataStage, IBM Cognos
• knowledge and work experience with WebLogic and JBoss application servers, MS SQL Server and Oracle RDBMS
• knowledge of Enterprise Application Integration patterns and technologies

in addition – Auctions and Markets Applications Program (AMAP):
• knowledge of the financial market and banking systems
• knowledge of transactional systems
• knowledge and work experience with WebLogic and JBoss application servers, MS SQL Server and Oracle RDBMS
• Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree or equivalent


• Condition of employment: Candidates must be eligible for reliability status clearance.
• Priority will be given to candidates who are legally entitled to work in Canada.
• Relocation assistance may be provided, if required.
• The Bank of Canada benefits from the unique perspectives, attributes and talents of its diverse workforce. We offer flexibility to accommodate the needs of our employees and candidates. The Bank of Canada is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from qualified men and women, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.
• Only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you are a qualified candidate, please submit a detailed resumι and a covering letter by 2 December 2012. We will also ask you to complete a mandatory questionnaire during the application process.

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