GEM Companies, Inc.
  • 07-Jan-2020 to 30-Apr-2020 (MST)
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time


Position Title: IT Systems Architect Level 4

Location:  Colorado Springs CO

Employment Type: Full Time

Compensation: Salary DOE

Special Instructions to Candidate: Candidates must be a US Citizen with an active Secret Security clearance to apply for this position (active within the last 24 months)

GEM Companies of Denver, CO is seeking a Senior IT Systems Architect to join our team. This position is located in Colorado Springs CO. The qualified applicant will have input to the system architecture development lifecycle for a major client.  The Senior Architect is responsible for leading one or more architecture development efforts in addition to:

  • Work closely with business and technical staff and act as a key contributor to support complex and critical platform environments.
  • Ensure that the application/systems, data and technology aspects of the architecture are driven by the business imperatives of the organization and that the requirements are managed consistently and effectively to drive the overall architecture.
  • Responsible for assessing the requirements and presenting architectural recommendations that are in line with the strategic vision and direction of the organization.
  • Responsible to ensure that the various views comprising system architecture are consistent and coherent, at an appropriate level of detail and that changes are controlled through existing formal Change Management process to maintain consistency
  • Advise on and participate in governance boards to ensure that the overall architecture delivers the desired benefits to the organization.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for architectural frameworks, methods and tools and will act as coach to advise and assist varied business and technical staff with appropriate strategy and design disciplines.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that systems support the organization's business requirements and meet the needs of end users.
  • Define system platforms based on user/client needs, cost, and required integration with existing applications, systems, or other platforms.
  • Define technical standards and functionality tests.
  • Develop specifications, prototypes, or initial user guides as well as be familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan, develop, and implement a system platform framework applicable to the existing environment to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Establish the basic structure of the system, define the essential core design features and elements that provide the framework for all that follows.
  • Provides the engineering view of the users' vision for what the system needs to be and do, and the paths along which it must be able to evolve, and strives to maintain the integrity of that vision as it evolves during detailed design and implementation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a strong team player with solid interpersonal skills
  • Full life cycle experience, responsible for the development of a complete set of architectural views for large number systems in accordance with one of the more common architecture frameworks.
  • Strong business analysis skills and experience, including development of business vision and strategies, functional decomposition, requirements capture, process modeling.
  • Strong knowledge of design and architectural patterns.
  • Experience of at least one of the commonlyused methods, notations and tools (e.g. Chef, GitLab, Puppet, Teraform, CI/CD process, Ansible).
  • Experience in architecture development utilizing containers among applications and components and application interfaces/interoperability.
  • Experience in software development methodologies and structured approaches to system development.
  • Awareness of systems management and operational support tools and security and/or infrastructure experience
  • Expertise and Experience with the following technologies:
    • Red Hat Open Shift
    • VMware
    • Windows
    • Splunk, SolarWinds or
    • Container Orchestration Tools

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in executing sound judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Perform a variety of tasks and work under general supervision.
  • Experience designing and implementing applications in a DevOps and container tool environment
  • Experience developing design documents, user's guides and training
  • Should have experience with business continuity planning, auditing, and risk management
  • ITIL v3 certification and experience
  • Experience and familiarity with the following technologies:
    • Network protocols
    • WAN technologies
    • VMWare
    • Java/J2EE Development
    • WebSphere
    • Web Services
    • SOA and Data Architecture


Education/Certification Requirement:

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Business, or other related scientific or technical discipline with 7 or more years related professional experience. (Education can be substituted for years of experience). 

Security Clearance Requirement:

This position requires U.S. DOD Secret Clearance and TSA Suitability.  

Working Hours:

Day, 8:00am 5:00pm



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