Chief Applications Architect

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Sphera, the former Operational Excellence and Risk Management business of IHS Inc. is a leading global provider of enterprise software and services that enables companies to manage and optimize their environmental, health, safety and sustainability processes. Our software allows customers to automate processes, monitor emissions, ensure regulatory compliance, and track chemical inventory throughout a manufacturing cycle. We were recently spun off by IHS and acquired by Genstar Capital, essentially positioning us as a start-up tech company with $100 million in annual revenue and over 3000 customers in 70+ countries.

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Chief Applications Architect

The Chief App Architect is responsible for delivering results for the Engineering department by:

  • Leading the architecture strategy for the company’s suite of products in the Cloud and work collaboratively across all functional departments to support the long-term product vision
  • Ensuring that our core product functionality is transitioned to the SpheraCloud platform in a cohesive way
  • Being a leader at Sphera who is both highly technical but also business savvy
  • Actively participating in the engineering process- anticipating our future needs

 

Responsibilities

Set Standards for our Engineering team

Set, communicate, and govern technical standards throughout the product development organization. This includes the standards for the architecture itself and working closely with our delivery teams in setting standards of how the work gets done (i.e. coding standards, design patterns, code reviews, security requirements, etc.)

Advance our Cloud Architecture

Drive the creation and implementation of architecture standards and artifacts by working collaboratively with the Engineering leadership team

  • Collaborate with the Engineering team to develop the architecture, build the backlog, and adjust the design as necessary. Collaborate with the Product Management team to make sure the voice of architecture is part of the Product Roadmap.
  • Lead technology evaluations and framework selections to choose the most appropriate technology that meets the current and future business needs.
  • Analyze the risks, benefits, and opportunities associated with the implementation of solution.

Be Diligent about Planning and Design

Translate product requirements to system level architecture, creates architecture roadmaps and high-level designs. Work with senior technical team (technical leads, principal engineers, etc.) to develop detailed designs.

Perform Research and Development

Maintain knowledge of and seek to understand current trends in new technology. Have a progressive vision to look forward for our product in development for 3 years or more in the future. Assist in the evaluation of technology for future acquisition.

Collaborate across Product Development

Facilitate negotiation between Product Management and Engineering to advance the development of our product.

  • Ensure that overall enterprise architecture is inclusive of all stakeholder viewpoints and are vetted to ensure that artifacts support, reflect, advance, and integrate as intended
  • Work closely with Engineering in building and governing processes to improve and evolve the software development process at Sphera (tooling, standards, code reviews).
  • Evaluating the long-term product plan and ensuring that we’re anticipating architecture needs.

Have an Agile mindset

Delivers solutions in small steps while incorporating an “inspect and adapt” feedback loop from internal and external stakeholders. Flexible and able to adjust\change direction as the business environment and technology universe evolves and changes.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Computer Science or related disciplines
  • 10+ years of software development of commercial-grade systems and applications with a proven track record of building and leading successful engineering teams
  • Excellent Knowledge of the new technology trends and its applications for the new products in the market place.
  • Excellent Knowledge of Software Engineering Discipline, including hands-on knowledge of Latest Programming Languages, Object-Oriented Programming, High-Performance, Fault-tolerant Distributed Systems, Data Structures and Algorithms, Operating Systems, Distributed DBMS and DB modeling and access languages.
  • Strong technical understanding of the Microsoft technology stack
  • Proven experience assessing business requirements
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to perform under the pressure and deliver complex technical solutions
  • Superior communication skills with ability to relate with both technical and business professionals
  • Full knowledge of and adherence to Software Development Life Cycle best practices
  • In depth knowledge of Agile Project Development Methodologies

 

Sphera is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

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Location

We are located right off of the Randolph/Wabash L stop in the Prudential Plaza with fantastic views of the Lake Michigan & Millennium Park.

An Insider's view of Sphera

What’s the vibe like in the office?

One of my favorite parts of working at Sphera is the relaxed, friendly environment. The people here are just good people. Colleagues, including executives, are friendly and approachable. There’s no drama or cliques and everyone is easy to chit chat with. If you’re a nice person and you like to end everyday knowing you’ve done a good job, you’ll fit

Ellen

Social Marketing Specialist

What does your typical day look like?

Each day I respond to design questions, consult on small self-contained design tasks with small deliverables, collaborate with other teams to ensure internal UX consistency, and make large strides on the main deliverables that will bring Sphera to the forefront of UX excellence in the EHS sector.

Edward

UX Designer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We’re in the early stages of building out new office space in Chicago. Part of our design includes an Innovation Lab. We want to make some of the latest technologies available to our engineers, as well as some dedicated time, so they can develop prototype solutions that enable our clients in ways that no one is thinking of yet.

Perry

Chief Technology Officer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our Team tries to collaborate by aligning on goals and share with the other dev teams to initiate the support from collaborators. We regularly share the summary of our work to create a place where others can easily find this information.

Babitha

Quality Analyst

What are Sphera Perks + Benefits

Sphera Benefits Overview

Sphera colleagues enjoy expansive company benefits that include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with a match, Paid Time Off, and much more.

Chicago-based employees enjoy a number of building amenities including free gym membership in the building, shuttle service to and from Union/Ogilvie stations, and plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from. Oh, and amazing views of Lake Michigan, Millennium and Grant Park(s)!

Culture
Volunteer in Local Community
We have three Sphera community days - Sustainability, Quality & Safety where we go out into our local communities and volunteer for a cause that is aligned with our mission.
Friends Outside of Work
Eat lunch together
Daily Stand Up
Open Door Policy
Group Brainstorming Sessions
Pair Programming
Open Office Floor Plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA provides the ability for colleagues to contribute up to $2,650 annually to pay for out-of-pocket medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care expenses.
Disability Insurance
Short-Term and Long-Term disability benefits include 60% coverage with applicable premiums and maximum payouts.
Dental Benefits
Dental coverage includes 100% coverage of the cost of preventative services including oral exams, cleanings, and x-rays with nominal monthly premiums.
Vision Benefits
Vision Benefits include comprehensive coverage for exams, lenses, frames, and contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
Medical insurance for Sphera employees is provided through Cigna and features multiple plan options depending on individual/family coverage preferences.
Life Insurance
We offer company-paid life insurance with a payout of 1.5x annual salary for non-commission and 2x payout for commission employees. There is supplementary life insurance available as well.
Pet Insurance
Our Pet Insurance plan covers illness or injury as long as they are not pre-existing conditions. There is a nominal monthly cost to the employee.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
We have an onsite gym in our Chicago location with membership at no cost to our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Sphera's 401(k) plan includes a number of different retirement strategy options to choose from.
401(K) Matching
Our 401k plan matches 100% up to 3% of employee contributions. In addition, we match .5% up to 6% of an employee's contribution. So if you contribute 6% your match would be 4.5%.
Performance Bonus
There is a wide variety of annual or periodic incentives above and beyond annual salary.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of family medical leave and all benefits are maintained throughout that period.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Our PTO plan includes 18 days of paid time off not including holidays.
Paid Holidays
Our annual schedule includes 9 paid holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We dress for our day at Sphera. Most days you will find colleagues in jeans but may spruce things up a bit if customers or vendors are in town...or if you just feel like it.
Commuter Benefits
We offer discounts for train, bus, and parking!
Company Outings
We actively support our mission through our three annual Community Days where all colleagues become more educated on Sustainability, Safety, and Quality.
Stocked Kitchen
The kitchen at Sphera headquarters is stocked with coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine, snacks, filtered water, and more!
Happy Hours
Happy hours occur at the office or out on the town...it just depends.
Fitness Subsidies
There is a gym in the building and available for all employees at no cost.
Professional Development Benefits
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