Systems Senior Architect- Research & Development

Wells Fargo Bank
Chandler, Arizona
Apr 24, 2021
May 05, 2021
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At Wells Fargo, we are looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. We are seeking candidates who embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in a workplace where everyone feels valued and inspired.

Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you.

The Strategy, Digital & Innovation (SDI) team forges the strategic direction of Wells Fargo, provides and manages our digital foundation and common capabilities, and transforms our business models to meet evolving customer needs and grow the company. The investments we are making will help the company create innovative digital banking experiences, and make it easier for customers to achieve their financial goals.

The Role:
This position leads Research & Development (R&D) Architect efforts in specialized business domains and technologies in accordance with the R&D governance model. This leader ensures R&D programs and initiatives have continuous architecture review, design and documentation and collaboratively leads Innovation R&D in these responsibilities for R&D strategic programs and initiatives.
This leader is responsible for initiating and tracking R&D innovations, tools and methodologies that can improve operational IT efficiency across the business. They will lead R&D research and development in R&D projects. This individual will be Research & Development's leading collaborative technical expert on Innovation and R&D programs that may include Embedded Finance, Digital Ledger Technology, R&D Scientist Initiatives, Advanced Technology Partnerships, & Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. This leader delivers and maintains relationship collaboration with multiple Wells Fargo Technology architecture teams and corresponding LOB product partners. This individual represents Wells Fargo in external industry groups and IG industry efforts.

A successful candidate will demonstrate the following:
• Senior subject matter expert in specialized technologies capable of transforming technology capabilities into customer and business solutions that originate in unsolved customer and business needs
• Successful experience with leading vendor and partner involved projects as an influencer or lead
• Experience and/or openness to learning new development and product management tools
• Strong aptitude of emerging technologies including Digital Ledger Technologies (DLT) -specific industry trends or integration, e-commerce, API commerce, Payments, Settlement and Clearing
• Good tolerance for ambiguity and at the same driving towards pragmatic solutions in the enterprise infrastructure and software stack
• High EQ and ability to work effectively in a matrix organization
• Robust, flexible problem solving and decision making skills, ability to adapt experience to new combinations of solutions to understand
• Demonstrated creative out-of-the box and analytical approach to problem solving
• Demonstrated ability to understand, articulate, and execute strategies for complex highly integrated banking systems
• Ability to assess issues, make experienced decisions with initial data and be able to adjust, implement solutions, and influence change
• 'One-team' behavior is a must at both the R&D level, as well as company-level
• Highly flexible and able to quickly adapt to changing priorities

Preferred market locations for this role are as follows: San Francisco, CA; Phoenix/Chandler, AZ; Minneapolis, MN

Travel will be required up to 5% of the time

Required Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following: systems, applications, or architecture planning
  • 3+ years of experience using an industry standard database modeling language

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in one or a combination of the following: systems, applications, or architecture planning
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to influence across all organizational levels, particularly senior management
  • Ability to negotiate, influence, and collaborate to build successful relationships
  • Ability to influence, partner, and negotiate with senior business leaders to gain commitment to accomplish business goals
  • Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy

Other Desired Qualifications

• 7+ years of experience in enterprise software architecture design
• 3+ years of experience using an industry standard design conceptualization tool and modeling, such as, but not limited to Enterprise Architect
• Bachelor's degree or higher in Math, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or related as a subject or equivalent experience
• Experience as an architect in financial services, fintech or similar industries
• In-depth experience with API First and serverless microservice-based design methodologies and tools
• In-depth experience in specialized technologies that include Digital Ledger Technologies (DLT), Payments, Smart Contracts, API Commerce, B2B2C Business Platform models, IoT, Embedded Finance, Banking as a Service
• Experience in leading by example, applying experience in the full IRD life cycle including IRD architecture and development, such as, proficiency in Kotlin, java, DAML in the design of DLT
• Knowledge of agile software development and familiar with languages and platforms that may include but not limited to Kotlin, java, spring, R, Python, iOS, Android, React, Gatsby, H2O, MapR, Cloudera, Hadoop, Kafka, Camel, Kubernetes, MongoDB, NLP Natural Language Processing, ML Architecture, CI/CD and others
• Ability to influence, and coordinate the operations of a matrixed technology team with strong verbal, presentation, teaching, written and interpersonal communication skills

Job Expectations

  • Ability to travel up to 5% of the time

Street Address

CA-SF-Financial District: 333 Market St - San Francisco, CA
AZ-Chandler: 2700 S Price Rd - Chandler, AZ
MN-Shoreview: 1801 Parkview Dr - Shoreview, MN


All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.

Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

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