Senior IT Principal Architect

| North Suburbs

Job Summary
Leads research, development, and implementation of enterprise-wide architectural concepts, principles and tools. Assesses business viability of new technologies. Consults with other senior level IT professionals and senior management to assess and evaluate current strategies. Makes recommendations, gains approval and develops implementation strategy for new technologies.
Acts as advocate for change to provide innovative, creative technology solutions. Prepares and delivers presentations to top-level management on new technology and its impact on the organization. Provides guidance to other architects throughout the enterprise. Stays abreast of the latest technology infrastructure and processes in the industry and marketplace.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leads research, development, and implementation of enterprise-wide architectural concepts, principles and tools. Leads in defining major sections of architecture to ensure that the organization's architectural solutions are built within a consistent framework. Serves as subject matter expert to the architecture function
  • Assesses business viability of new technologies. Consults with other senior level IT professionals and senior management to assess and evaluate current strategies. Makes recommendations, gains approval and develops implementation strategy for new technologies. Leads the decision-making processes related to the selection of architecture solutions. Performs systems and applications performance characterization and trade-off studies through analysis and simulation for most complex technologies.
  • Acts as advocate for change to provide innovative, creative technology solutions. Prepares and delivers presentations to top-level management on new technology and its impact on the organization.
  • Oversees the creation of design documents that ensure consistency in development across the organization.
  • Serves as a technical and business-savvy resource to engineering personnel on a wide range of design issues.
  • Implements and improves core architectural infrastructure. Develops improvements to core architectural infrastructure and coding standards. Reviews and approves design documents that ensure consistency in development across the organization.
  • Develops the technical “vision” and designs specifications of strategic/complex projects. Implements activities that impact the critical directions of the organization. Assigned to the most critical, strategic, complex and/or high risk initiatives.
  • Recognized internally and externally as an expert in the field. Determines leading edge technical / business approaches and/or develops major new technical tools.
  • Interacts with internal and external peers and management to develop unprecedented solutions that affect several departments. "Evangelizes" new ideas, technologies and solutions to gain acceptance from a wide range of audiences.
  • Serves as a liaison between engineering, quality assurance and non-technical stakeholders throughout the development and deployment process. Shares highly-complex information related to areas of expertise and/or to gain acceptance of new or enhanced technology / business solutions.
  • Anticipates and prevents problems and roadblocks before they occur.
  • Performs systems and applications performance characterization and trade-off studies through analysis and simulation.
  • Provides guidance to other architects throughout the enterprise. Guides and mentors a wide range of audiences. Leads teams on projects to guide timely and accurate delivery of new features or technical improvements.
  • Stays abreast of the latest technology infrastructure and processes in the industry and marketplace. Makes decisions/recommendations to use innovative, creative approaches as appropriate to meet business needs.
  • Mentors less experienced members of the team. Leads teams / projects and implementations.
  • May represent IT Technology in internal or external forums.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy, touching millions of lives every day through dispensing and distributing medicines, its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products. The Company has more than 100 years of trusted healthcare heritage and innovation in community pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling.
WBA is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. WBA is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products. The Company’s size, scale, and expertise will help position us to expand the supply of, and address the rising cost of, prescription drugs in the U.S. and worldwide.
Including through its equity method investments, WBA:

  • is present in more than 25* countries
  • employs more than 440,000* people
  • has more than 18,750* stores in 11* countries
  • has one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 400* distribution centers delivering to more than 240,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in more than 20* countries.


The Company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Botanics, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin.
WBA’s purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. The Company is proud to be a force for good through its contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace and a sustainable marketplace. Our businesses have been recognized for their Corporate Social

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and at least 8 years of experience in an IT engineering and/or architecture role OR High school / GED and at least 11 years of experience in an IT engineering and/or architecture role.
  • At least 6 years of leadership experience in server side or client side technologies
  • Experience in domain-specific architecture concepts and emerging technologies. (Design patterns, frameworks, current Java based solutions, mobile, OR Infrastructure Administration OR Data Sciences)
  • At least 4 year of experience in domain-specific Architecture.
  • Experience working with matrix teams including teams in different time zones;
  • Experience creating and promoting guiding development principles and influencing development teams, business users and management in adoption of technical solutions.
  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Information technology, Engineering, Science, or Math.
  • At least 5 years of experience in the field of innovation and comprehensive technology solutioning
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure and provisioning technologies such as Azure or Google Cloud Iaas and PaaS capabilities
  • Experience with Java/J2EE and other modern frameworks
  • Experience designing and implementing REST APIs, third-party integrations using enterprise integration patterns, and enterprise service bus components
  • Knowledge of Micro-services style architecture
  • Experience implementing back-end API services according to design reference documents and modify existing assets to fit requirements
  • Experience implementing or adopting Enterprise’s Continuous Deployment and Integration
  • Experience performing automated Unit Testing and Integration Testing
  • Experience resolving technical issues related to infrastructure, programming or packages
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Atlassian tool set: Bamboo, bitBucket (Git), Maven/Gradle, Junit, Artifactory – Jfrog , Docker, Cloud Foundry and Chef
  • Knowledge of Robotic Process Automation
  • Experience with R&D and innovation type activities
  • Experience with innovation accelerators
  • Global experience
  • Pharmacy or Healthcare industry knowledge
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Location

Developed and diverse suburb in N.Chicago. Opening our new Tech Office downtown at the Old Chicago Post Office in January 2020!

An Insider's view of Walgreens

What’s the vibe like in the office?

You can expect to be challenged, every day. You can also expect an extraordinarily diverse environment of collaborative professionals who are putting their talents together to fulfill the vision and mission. There are plenty of opportunities to make an impact, to grow and to learn with the team. The future of Technology is bright at Walgreens!

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What does your typical day look like?

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Katrina

Sr. Business Analyst

What makes someone successful on your team?

I think the most successful individuals are those who possess two key skills 1) the ability to quickly learn and synthesize information and 2) the ability to adapt to constantly changing challenges. Given the extremely complex nature of our industry,

Emmanuel

Sr. UX Designer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

In Rx Engineering, we are building the largest pharmacy software product suites in the industry. Innovation and quality is our DNA. We nurture through our “COOL” culture to build curiosity in new solution. We are challenged and fascinated with courage every day about this engineering journey which will change our customers’ life.

Ronnie

Director – Solution Engineering & QE

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We are faced with a host of rapid changes occurring in the healthcare and retail landscapes.. To make the most of these changes, Walgreens is adapting to the fast moving technology world of today and is committed to deploying cutting edge solutions to support our business and customers.

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What are Walgreens Perks + Benefits

Walgreens Benefits Overview

Walgreens offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible team members designed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being while helping you balance work and life. In addition to company-paid life insurance and voluntary life & personal accident insurance, the benefits below are available to our team members. To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/benefits.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Walgreens is proud to be a Corporate Social Responsibility leader, setting the pace on some of the most important issues of our day, and our IT and digital teams are no exception.
Partners with Nonprofits
Money raised through Red Nose Day supports programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/it-culture
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Every day, in a multitude of ways, the foundational principles of integrity, respect and fair dealing embraced by our founder Charles R. Walgreen inspire us.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Walgreens employees can contribute up to $500 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 6 weeks at 100% base pay, 6 weeks at 50% base pay. 50% benefit may be supplemented by PTO, frozen sick, or frozen vacation.
Dental Benefits
For dental coverage, you may choose from four plan levels ranging from a basic-only option to those with orthodontia and other major service coverage.
Vision Benefits
There are three levels of benefits for vision coverage ranging from an exam-only discount option to an enhanced PPO with both in and out-of-network benefits.
Health Insurance Benefits
You have access to competitive coverage options through the Benefits Support Center, which is the Walgreens private corporate exchange.
Life Insurance
Benefit-eligible team members are eligible for company-paid term life insurance at a benefit equal to: • 1.5 times annual base salary and $25,000 for all other hourly-paid team members
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Walgreens team fitness initiatives include Sponsored race teams like the JP Morgan Chase Run.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Walgreens provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan called the Walgreen Profit Sharing Plan. After completing one year, we match 4% of contributions $1 for $1.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
After 90 days of service and an average of 20 hours worked per week, you are eligible to purchase WBA stock at a 10% discount off market value.
Performance Bonus
You are eligible for a corporate bonus subject to approval by the Board of Directors (unless you are covered under another bonus program).
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home. Work remotely 2 days per week and/or work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
The Transportation Benefit Plan allows you to save money by paying for your transportation and parking needs with before-tax dollars and payroll deductions.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball.
Parking
We offer employees Free on-site garage parking.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Renewal host weekly Lunch and Learns on topics selected by our team.
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Walgreens offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible team members designed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being while helping you balance work and life. To learn more visit https://jobs.walgreens.com/benefits.

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