MicroServices Architect, Zoro Tools at Zoro

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Role: MicroServices Architect

Location: Chicago, IL or Buffalo Grove, IL

A Zoro Architect is an experienced senior technologist with the ability to work from stated business intent all the way through guiding the technology implementation.

Zoro Architects are comfortable interacting with business leaders, technology leadership, technical implementation teams, customers, and each other.

A Zoro Architect exhibits the highest levels of integrity, ownership, team play, mentoring, and collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Zoro Microservices Architect is an expert-level specialist in the decomposition of legacy application monoliths into their equivalent distributed services or "coarse grained objects".
  • This individual has a strong understanding of how business growth at the $1 Billion+ level drives systems and platform change. Strong preference given to candidates with demonstrated backgrounds in industrial B2B eCommerce.
  • They have demonstrated experience in harmonizing existing legacy platforms with forward-looking microservices architecture.
  • They are able to design, and then lead, a migration from the legacy to the new architecture. This position requires the individual to be able to switch between the "big picture" organizational view of their role to the detailed implementation view comfortably and seamlessly.

The Zoro Microservices Architect has:

  • Expert level understanding of messaging middleware, pub-sub architectures, asynchronous computing, and producer-consumer abstractions.
  • Expert level understanding of "share nothing" distributed architectures.
  • Expert level understanding of event-driven distributed compute from web front end through logistics fulfillment.
  • Expert level understanding of cloud and container technologies.
  • Expert level understanding of major microservices patterns and behaviors including:
    • Registration
    • Discovery
    • Sidecars
    • Circuit Breakers
    • Load Balancing
    • Exactly Once Semantics
    • Application Layer Acknowledgement
    • Idempotent Messaging
    • Load-Driven Autoscale Up- And Down
    • Bumpers or “shock absorbers”
    • Sagas
  • Senior level understanding of other architectural disciplines such as Front End, Back End, Data, and eCommerce.


 Core Technologies:

  • Strong candidates will show demonstrated expertise in:
    • Linux
    • Docker
    • Google Cloud Platform
    • Kubernetes (GCP/GKE desirable)
    • Service Mesh (Istio desirable)
    • API Management (Kong or Apigee desirable)
    • Expertise in either Python or JavaScript (exposure to other languages like C, Go, or Scala desirable)
    • Working knowledge of git version control
    • Working knowledge of CI/CD (such as Ansible, Jenkins, Terraform, Spinnaker)
    • Functional understanding of TCP/IP networking, routing, firewalling, and network programming. 
    • General understanding of higher level protocols like dns, smtp, ssh, nfs, and http.
    • Functional understanding of IT monitoring, logging, alerting, and general operations.

Related Technologies:

  • Candidates who lack some of the expertise above will be considered if they show experience in related technologies such as:
    • AWS
    • gRPC
    • Protobufs
    • Envoy
    • etcd
    • ZeroMQ
    • RabbitMQ
    • Kafka (or other Enterprise pub-sub/ESB technology)


General Qualifications:

  • MS Computer Science or equivalent work experience.
  • Work experience in industrial eCommerce is highly desired.
  • Strong systems thinker with conceptual and structural orientation. Able to "begin with the end in mind".
  • Able to articulate the tradeoffs between time, cost, complexity, and quality when making design decisions.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills. Able to convey high complexity topics in clear and essential form.
  • Natural team player with strong conflict resolution and consensus building skills.
  • Comfortable making decisions with incomplete information. Able to work comfortably in constantly changing environment. Designs for future unknowns.
  • Demonstrated experience leading high complexity technical initiatives from concept through implementation.
  • Familiar with enterprise security and compliance disciplines.
  • Able to understand business-driven requirements and translate them into actionable technology initiatives.

Zoro is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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One office is located in the West Loop, offering diverse eateries and steps away from nightlife! The other is in the northern suburb of Buffalo Grove.

An Insider's view of Zoro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We are driven and work hard, because we are growing like crazy! We are in this together because we want to be, not because we have to. On the flip side, I've never missed one of my kid's ball games, concerts, parent-teacher conferences, and when I take a vacation, I'm actually allowed to take it (of course, I'm available if you need me, team)! :-)


HR Leader

What does your typical day look like?

As a Financial Analyst with Zoro’s Finance team, my typical day starts with generating daily sales reports and sending it over to our headquarters. Then, I talk to business unit owners and gather information that would impact our financials. Zoro has an encouraging collaborative environment…everyone is easily approachable!


Financial Analyst

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Zoro has an awesome test and learn culture where you can try new things and see what works and what doesn't and, most importantly, learn from those lessons and drive improvements. We constantly look for ways to do that - whether it is tools, engagement, processes or empowerment. We share best practices, feedback and suggestions from our agents.


Director, Customer Service

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

There’s a hunger for Design Thinking and making decisions based on customer feedback here at Zoro. Working on a scrum team as a UX Architect supports this directly but I’ll even get stopped in the hall by co-workers wanting to incorporate customer insights into their own projects. It comes from a culture of succeeding through collaboration.


UX Architect

What are Zoro Perks + Benefits

Zoro Benefits Overview

Very competitive package - beyond your base salary, we offer bonuses, a 401(k) match and additional 401(k) incentive contribution, a full-scope of medical/dental/vision/life insurance benefits, voluntary benefits, shuttle service, a bunch of free food (free coffee, soft drinks, snacks, and free meals from time-to-time). Our North Suburb office has a subsidized cafe inside our offices that is a breakfast/lunch spot and coffee bar, in addition to a game room, recreation area and a rock room... yes a rock room... bring your axe and rock out on a break!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
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
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Optional Voluntary Benefit
Wellness Programs
Discount partnership with Sky Fitness.
Onsite Gym
Buffalo Grove equipped with workout bench, dumbells, free weights, a basketball court, badminton court, ping pong, air hockey, bags, golf net, outdoor volleyball, and we've even played quiddich!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
3.5% contribution by Zoro on a bi-weekly basis (whether you contribute or not). Additional 3.5% target contribution based on annual company performance.
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We've won a Dave Thomas award for having a solid adoption assistance program - that's pretty cool!
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Starting at 18 days per year with carryover option of up to 5 days.
Paid Volunteer Time
We like to give back to the local community. We have team builders focused on helping a variety of philanthropic organizations.
Paid Holidays
Zoro offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We feature a range from shorts and t-shirts to those who embrace "Tie Tuesdays". Wear what makes you comfortable, but you may want to clean it up if you have an important customer in town!
Commuter Benefits
In our North Suburb office, we feature shuttle service to/from Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, and Deerfield stops. Also a commuter benefit program available as a voluntary benefit.
Company Outings
We've done many of these. From ball games to luaus to olympics to the zoo - Zoro finds ways to treat employees to lots of fun.
Game Room
Basketball, bags, driving range net, ping pong, badminton, video games, music room... we even played quiddich in our warehouse for our Harry Potter-themed Halloween event!
Stocked Kitchen
All offices feature coffee, soft drinks, sparkling water, tea, popcorn machine, random snacking opportunities, as well as an on-site cafe in our North Suburb office.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Sometimes happy hours provided by the company, but many team members get together outside of work because they want to, not because they have to!
Recreational Clubs
Softball, bowling, and dragon boat racing team... yes, dragon boat racing!
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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