Kin + Carta
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Enterprise Java Architect at Kin + Carta

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Solstice | Kin + Carta is a modern software engineering firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through groundbreaking digital solutions. As strategists and consultants, we help organizations evolve their digital strategy to solve mission-critical problems. As designers and developers, we build incredible digital solutions that transcend a standalone product and transform an organization’s relationship with its customers. Solid communication skills, a servant leadership attitude, a love of learning and an analytical mind are a must to be successful at Solstice | Kin + Carta. Solstice | Kin + Carta is seeking an Enterprise Java Architect to join our Cloud Practice on a full time or contract basis.

Your Profile Includes:

  • Experience as a passionate technology application architect with a history of working with enterprise technologies, and leading the development effort of large-scale enterprise systems
  • Strong level knowledge of Java and Java web applications
  • Strong understanding of modern Spring frameworks (Spring Boot, Spring Cloud Services, etc)
  • Solid OOD and OOP skills are required
  • Previous experience delivering products in an Agile environment
  • Experience developing enterprise applications that support high traffic volumes
  • 10 or more years of professional software development experience
  • Exposure to modern software practices such as TDD, CI/CD, etc. is required
  • Previous consulting experience is a plus
  • Working experience with microservice architectures is a plus
  • Working experience with public cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, GCP) is a plus
  • Working experience with modern web application frameworks (AngularJS, ReactJS, etc) is also a plus
  • Previous exposure to Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a huge plus
  • You have a knack for picking up new technologies quickly and the ability to apply concepts learned in other technologies and frameworks to those new platforms.
  • BS in Computer Science or a related field
  • Open to a minimum of 80% travel required

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Being a senior thought leader in the firm and leading the architecture design for Fortune 500 clients in order to build enterprise grade cloud native applications
  • Supporting team members in order to deliver products to market in an efficient manner
  • Partnering with top notch designers to create award winning user experiences
  • Bridging the gap between elegant front end design and existing enterprise backend architectures
  • Playing the technical leadership role in enterprise strategy and development projects and supporting pre-sales work.
  • Mentoring less experienced engineers to foster their career path and growth
  • Traveling to client site on a weekly basis to collaborate with client development team

We welcome Solsties to show up as their full selves everyday. Because this is so important to us, Solstice | Kin + Carta is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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Our Chicago office is in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.

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What are Kin + Carta Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Kin + Carta's value of "Make A Difference" is shown through quarterly events and activities. One in particular, Pay It FWD, is our annual day of volunteering where employees combine forces & give back
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity, Philanthropy, Wellness, and Social Committees can be joined by any member of our Kin who is interested in collaborating on events and making an impact upon our culture!
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
We offer quarterly "Overcoming Unconscious Bias" training, which creates a common language about bias and arms Kin with tactics to mitigate it across the firm.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Anyone at Kin + Carta can create an affinity group — a safe space for a group and its allies to celebrate and reflect on shared experiences, as well as advocate for positive change across the firm.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
One of our Wellness Committee's annual initiatives includes sponsoring race teams throughout the year, like the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge.
Mental Health Benefits
Our benefit plan offers Kin access to an Employee Assistance Program.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Kin + Carta's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Experience team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
We celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Kin + Carta. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of internal training programs and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.
Lunch and learns
Employees plan and host lunch and learn meetings almost weekly.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
All Kin are assigned a mentor who provides 1-to-1 support, career mentoring, and leadership advocacy.
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $5000 annually for continuing education.
Time allotted for learning
Employees are allotted two extra PTO days to use for their own personal training and development.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks, but our favorites focus on our employee's development. We know that investing in employee growth is crucial to our success as a forward-thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off allocated to training. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have internal training programs, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through Capabilities and Lunch and Learns!

An Insider's view of Kin + Carta

What are some social events your company does?

Kin + Carta celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Client Lead

What does your typical day look like?

My days are pretty dynamic — I could be preparing to lead a workshop, working on a product roadmap, sitting with research on customer interviews, mentoring team members, etc. A few things are constant every day, though: I get to solve interesting problems, I get to be creative, and I get to work with amazing people.

Michelle

Capability Lead

What makes someone successful on your team?

To me, what makes individuals on my team successful is a recognition that there is always something new to learn and always more room for growth. An open, honest desire to not only learn from your teammates' expertise, but also to share your own, is a huge part of what makes a teammate at Kin + Carta successful.

Reid

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual client summit to harness the creativity of our Kin. Employees self-organize around our R&D function, solving problems with emerging technologies to show off to our clients. Many of these ideas have gone on to help our clients better understand their end-user.

Kelly

CEO

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