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Vertex Solutions Software Architect in Champaign, Illinois

Title: Software Architect Reports to: Chief Technology Officer Classification: Exempt Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-time

Job Summary This individual will gain a deep understanding of software and hardware customer user experience, identify product offerings’ technical capability gaps, and design integrated software solutions to grow market share. This individual will additionally work with internal business staff and subject matter experts to understand customer and immerging technology impacts on product requirements to plan and execute solution design and development based on a combination of internally developed and externally sourced software and hardware elements. The Software Architect will coordinate feature planning from a technical perspective while also managing, coordinating, and identifying and mitigating risk associated with internal and external (with partner companies) technical dependencies and schedules. The Software Architect is expected to analyze, recommend, and coordinate implementation and/or integration of proposed new technologies. This position requires strong written communication skills to document technical solutions internally and in proposals to potential customers.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Analyzes customer requirements during the opportunity qualification phase of the Business Development Lifecycle (BDL) to answer the question “Does this customer have a problem that we can solve?”

  • Executes the technical solution design process during the Capture and Bid & Proposal phases of the BDL including input needed to shape requirements and working with business teams, subject matter experts, and partner businesses to develop, scope, and describe detailed technical approaches

  • Develops and maintains a knowledge of the competitive marketplace including the existing and immerging technical capabilities of the company, partner companies, and competitors

  • For awarded programs and during the requirements phase of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), coordinates Design Document and Software Requirement Specification Document development with customers, business staff, and engineering teams

  • During the product development phase, continually documents system architectures, supports feature planning and aligns with customer and contract requirements, and manages and coordinates hardware and software integration efforts with partner companies

  • During the product testing phase supports test planning and execution at corporate-site and corporate-managed customer locations in addition to coordinating feature and integration testing with partner company staff

  • During the product delivery phase works with corporate- and customer-site company staff and partner company staff to support logistics, user acceptance testing, and maintenance and feedback planning

  • Works closely with business staff, company subject matter experts and instructional designers, and project stakeholders to develop requirements and expected deliverables

  • Creates and updates design documents, master feature lists, etc.

  • Scopes development work accurately and in-line with time and cost constraints

  • Applies quality assurance standards throughout the entire development lifecycle in compliance with company procedures and industry best practices

  • Communicates with engineering teams, project management, business staff, and partner companies in a timely and effective manner

  • Assists with test procedures and documentation of test results to meet system requirements


  • Ability to coordinate integrated technical product development and delivery with extremely high attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to interact with team members and stakeholders in a problem-solving, constructive manner

  • Ability to develop effective written content for both internal use and external proposal purposes

  • Ability to successfully manage and meet multiple, simultaneous project deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks while demonstrating the initiative to complete projects with minimum supervision

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a project team

  • Ability to change and adapt to new or changing project requirements

  • Willingness to learn and improve

    Supervisory Responsibility This position has no supervisory responsibility.

    Work Environment This job operates from an office in Champaign, IL; Niceville, FL; or home-based remotely.

    Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and work on a computer for long periods to time. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop and kneel. The employee must be able to lift and carry up to ten pounds as needed. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to use a virtual reality head mounted display.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but the employee must be available during the “core” work hours of 0900 - 1500. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

    Travel Limited long-distance travel to customer locations along with travel to corporate site offices for remote hires is expected.

    Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent

  • 10+ years of experience with working across the SDLC

  • Strong understanding of the fundamentals of software design principles and how to apply them to design and develop robust, efficient, scalable, and maintainable applications

  • Strong collaboration and communication skills within distributed project teams

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong problem solving, analytical, and debugging skills

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, independently, and within a collaborative team-oriented environment using sound judgment in decision-making

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, time-critical work environment

  • Ability to obtain government security clearance required, active clearance a plus

  • Experience with virtual reality, graphics, and/or game engines

  • Experience with integrated military, government, and civilian training simulation development and delivery

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications Ability to obtain a SECRET security clearance.

    Work Authorization/Security Clearance In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Background checks- criminal, civil, employment, and education required. Drug screening in compliance with drug free workplace standards. Ability to obtain a federal government clearance when required for projects.

    Other Duties Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Vertex Solutions, LLC is an “Equal Opportunity Employer,” and prohibits, in all employment – related practices and decisions,

    discrimination, harassment or prejudicial treatment against any person based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, pregnancy,

    childbirth, pregnancy related conditions, age, disability, veteran status, or otherwise as provided by federal, state or local law.