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JOB PURPOSE:  To define the relationships, flows and implementation of business (processes/activities/functions, information), applications, data and technology in the enterprise and the transitional process necessary for implementing technology in response to changing business needs.  The position provides leadership for application architecture plans, technology design and lifecycle, and information integrity by promoting reuse through digital processes/reviews and standard compliance practices. A Digital Architect will help develop architectural approaches and solutions, participate or lead architectural reviews and recommend how to proceed with the applications (replace, retire, maintain, etc.)                                                                           


JOB DUTIES: This position is recognized within the Cat Digital community as an expert in their technical or business sub-domain.  The Digital Architect will create and maintain architectural best practices, addressing application, data and technology in the context of business process across defined business functions(s) or technology domain(s).


Key areas of accountability include participating in the development of Architecture Solutions for Strategic Cat Digital projects and programs; provide input into global technology roadmaps and application evolution plans; act as a researcher and evaluator of new technology, information or integration standards; and participate in IT digital strategy development for a specific technical or business domain.
Responsibilities include one or more of the following:

  1. Participate in the Architecture assessment and design for infrastructure domains that provide core capabilities for the enterprise.
  2. Lead Architecture design of integrated systems across site or regional projects and programs.
  3. Participate in the design and implementation of enterprise data model and metadata structures.
  4. Define which data is extracted and the rules by which it is transformed for simple to moderately complex projects.
  5. Participate in technology evaluation and recommendations.
  6. Participate in the development and maintenance of current and planned state architecture blue prints.
  7. Provides input for Cat Digital Technology and Application Rationalization efforts.
  8. Applies an enterprise-wide view to solutions to support the adoption of standards and practices and promote reuse.
  9. Participates in the analysis of technology industry and market trends to determine their potential impact on the Enterprise Architecture.
  10. Assist in the development and alignment of the digital roadmaps with the Digital and Business strategy.
  11. Employee is also responsible for performing other job duties as assigned by Caterpillar management from time to time.


1.     Common Skills: Leadership, Team working, Inter-personal and Influential skills.

2.     Business Skills & Methods: - Business case development, business process mapping, strategic planning.

3.     Enterprise Architecture Skills: - architecture modeling, building block design, applications and role design and systems integration

4.     Program or Project Management Skills: - Managing business change, project management methods and tools, etc.

5.     Digital General Knowledge Skills: - Brokering applications, asset management, migration planning, SLAs, etc.

6.     Technical Skills: - Deep expertise in one to many areas including software engineering, security, data interchange, data management, network, database, servers, storage, collaboration or other technical areas.



BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE:  Typically, this position will require an accredited, four-year Information Technology degree, a closely related technical degree, or equivalent experience.  Progressively related experience of least 6-10 years and recognition as a sub-domain expert is necessary.


Basic Requirements:



    Strong demonstratable experience delivering component, product, and/or enterprise architecture in public cloud and/or hybrid eco-systems.


  • Must have demonstratable experience in one or more of the following: massive real-time event and message processing, data lakes, Big Data transformations and analytics, complex e-commerce applications, IoT edge and cloud data processing, SQL and NoSQL data modeling

  • Strong hands on coding experience with any of Core Java, Spring, Python, etc.

  • Strong hands-on development experience in public cloud environment

  • Must have excellent communication and influential skills



Top Candidates Will Have



    Understanding of Agile SDLC implementation in public cloud eco-system including environments management, test automation, peer review, CI/CD, resource optimization, etc.


  • AWS development experience

  • Familiarity with ML and data analytics

  • Understanding of enterprise data integration and analytical platforms (C3 IoT, Pentaho, Snaplogic,..)

  • Open source project contribution

  • A certification in TOGAF or similar framework is highly desirable. 

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What are some social events your company does?

Whether we’re working virtually or in-person, we are always looking for ways to have fun and grow as a team. Team dinners, coffee chats, ax throwing, chess club, and virtual happy hours are just a few of the activities we do to make work more fun and connect with colleagues around the world.



What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

It’s amazing to be able to work in an architectural framework where we can negotiate between speed to market and a solid application – software that is well-built, well-designed, well-tested. I find this negotiation both challenging and exhilarating.


Lead Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I’ve been with Caterpillar for 20 years now, and I’ve been lucky to work on teams that have different focuses. I’ve worked on everything from engineering applications to the latest and greatest digital technology applications.


Digital Product Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

The team should be comfortable approaching me with any kind of issue — like improving a process, getting rid of unnecessary ceremonies or something else — and know that I will address it. I believe a manager should be the first line of defense against bugs and conflicting priorities, and my team needs to know that I have their back.


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What projects are you most excited about?

Deep learning algorithms, popularized in the past five years, allow us to scan huge volumes of data from Caterpillar's fleet of connected engines and machines for unusual patterns. We're now able to make sophisticated predictions that wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago.


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Volunteer in local community
Caterpillar Inc. participates in local volunteer activities such as the Chase Corporate Challenge
Partners with Nonprofits
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
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Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
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Company Equity
Performance Bonus
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Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
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Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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Casual Dress
Game Room
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Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
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Online course subscriptions available
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