Solutions Architect

| Chicago

We're looking for an organized and highly motivated Solutions Architect with 8 years of experience to join our team. Our software team manages system design, data modeling, as well as technical architecture and software development.

The Solutions Architect is a key member of the FourKites implementation project team and is responsible for the overall design of the application and mapping client business requirements to systems/technical requirements for our Enterprise customers around the globe. The Solutions Architect works as a team member along with the Engineering Manager, Technical Architect and supporting team members to deliver the complete solution for the customer. Directly reporting to the CTO.

Responsibilities:

  • Spearhead the Discovery process to understand and connect customers’ existing business processes and technology to craft the “to be” FourKites solution
  • Design and implement technical solutions to satisfy functional and non-functional requirements while ensuring quality and timely delivery
  • Work closely with business partners to understand business requirements
  • Work closely with various technology teams (Development, Infrastructure, PMO, etc.) to define and implement elegant, scalable and sustainable technical solutions using the FourKites technologies
  • Guide development team to design and implement innovative solutions with a focus on adhering to standards, best practices and code quality techniques
  • Establish and improve development standards and development processes
  • Maintain thorough subject matter expertise of the functionality and solution architecture
  • Responsible for the detailed design of technical solutions, Proof-of-Concepts (POC), prototyping and documentation of technical design throughout the SDLC process
  • Build and maintain effective working relationship with key technology team members
  • Create prototypes in support of solution architecture activities
  • Produce quality code for assigned development tasks
  • Stay current on FourKites releases, new features and product roadmaps
  • Stay current on FourKites integration tools and best practices
  • Stay current on emerging technologies in the areas of SDLC tools, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment and automation technologies
  • Partner with other architects, vendors, partners, business and technical teams to understand business needs and translate them into capability/platform roadmaps and work toward realizing the roadmaps.
  • Provide after hours on-call support.
  • Help with triaging and fixing defects for the planned releases and production
  • Create and enable best practices, governance measures, and patterns for custom and configured solutions on the FourKites platform.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Computer Science or equivalent or appropriate business experience that shows equivalent talent
  • 8+ years of combined IT experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • 2+ years of object-oriented programming experience
  • 2+ years of experience with Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Experience with JavaScript, AJAX and other front-end technologies is a big plus
  • 2+ years of experience with custom SDLC processes such as code versioning, packaging, test driven development (TDD), continuous integration, test automation, code analysis and code quality metrics.
  • 3+ years of experience with Agile development methods and practices
  • Ability to foster new ideas and concepts
  • Ability to mentor and coach other developers.

FourKites is the fastest-growing predictive supply chain platform, backed by top-tier VC firms in Silicon Valley, Boston and Chicago, delivering real-time visibility and execution for Fortune 500 companies and third-party logistics firms. Using a proprietary algorithm to calculate shipment arrival times, FourKites enables customers to lower operating costs, improve on-time performance, and strengthen end-customer relationships. With a network of more than four million GPS/ELD devices, FourKites covers all modes including ocean, rail, parcel and over-the-road. The platform is optimized for mobile and equipped with market-leading end-to-end security. We look for smart, agile, creative team players who are ready to roll up their sleeves and deliver for our customers.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • SQLiteDatabases

Location

Modern office space with panoramic views of downtown Chicago. Located in the Ogilvie Transportation Building, that's connected to all of downtown!

An Insider's view of FourKites, Inc.

What are some social events your company does?

The team at FourKites makes sure to take time to get a little competitive. Happy hour at SPiN allowed the teams to bond over snacks, libations and some fierce ping pong skills.

Amanda

Talent Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

We are working on a project to add functionality to our platform that will increase our customer’s visibility and add flexibility to our integrations. This has required collaboration between multiple departments to ensure that the scoping of the multiple product enhancement tickets are detailed and address the problems of all stakeholders.

Ashley

Manager, Carrier Operations

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started with FourKites as executive admin support & office manager. Several months into the role, I discussed growth opportunities with my manager and expressed an interest in moving into the HR function. The company supported my growth by sponsoring my SHRM certification and at my 1yr anniversary, I officially transitioned into a HR role!

Sara

HR Manager & Office Manager

What are FourKites, Inc. Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
FourKites has the "Fun Committee" to help create new happy hour ideas, spirit weeks, summer and winter parties, new swag ideas and co-ed sports teams.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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