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Application Development Architect

Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Date Posted: Nov 19, 2020

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Job Description


This position is recognized within the Caterpillar IT community as an expert in Application Lifecycle Development. Key areas of accountability include defining core application development platforms and languages; fostering agile development methodologies; defining dev-ops pipeline strategies; researching emerging technologies and maintaining global technology roadmaps. 
Responsibilities include one or more of the following:
Lead assessment and design for software development domains that provide core capabilities for the enterprise.
Lead design and create roadmaps for end to end lifecycle functions
Define global dev ops pipeline strategies
Define automated testing strategies 
Lead selection of enterprise development platforms
Consult on application refactoring for cloud enablement
Develop application migration standards 
Initiate and deliver technology evaluation and recommendations.
Develop and maintain current and planned state architecture blue prints.

Typical internal customers include employees within multiple business processes or functions including multiple Business Units and Divisions.  In addition this person may have direct relationships with Global Product Owners (GPO), IT Managers, and Directors. External contacts include various companies who purchase services offered by Caterpillar and/or suppliers who provide hardware or software to Caterpillar. 

The position is challenged to identify problems quickly and correctly, some which may not be obvious. The incumbent solves problems by determining the best course of action, within departmental guidelines, from many existing solutions. Communications for needed investments, architectural changes, or business needs is critical to ensure solutions can be created to meet strategic business capability needs.


Required Qualifications:
Position requires a four year degree from an accredited college or university or 10 years relevant experience in application development or architecture.
5 plus years of experience in application development.
3 plus years with dev-ops technologies
Top Candidates Will Also Have:
Previous experience as an ALM architect 
Cloud PaaS experience on AWS and Azure.
Automated release and testing orchestration in Jenkins or Azure DevOps/TFS 
Experience with infrastructure automation using containers or infrastructure as code
Fluent in continuous delivery, continuous integration and A/B testing. 
Experience in automated testing tools and technologies
10+ years of Information Technology experience.
Hands-on experience with Agile methodologies.
Demonstrated strong communication skills articulating complex topics to non-technical audiences.
Proven leadership, team working, inter-personal and influential skills beyond the span of control.
Experience in managing business change, project management methods and tools.
Proven business case development, business process mapping and strategic planning.
Broad application development experience in languages such as Java, JavaScript or Python
Experience in enterprise solutions delivering availability, reliability and scalability.
Experienced as a Technical Application Architect and has demonstrated experience in setting vision and roadmaps.

The Hiring Manager sits in Illinois but location is flexible and can be remote within US.

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at
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Nov 19, 2020


United States