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Architect Principal Job

Date: Mar 16, 2019

Location: Eagan, Minnesota, US, 55122

Company: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

About Blue Cross


For more than 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been passionate about improving health. We’ve been guided by our Mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives and have earned a reputation for innovation and service. Going forward we are committed to extending our reach outside of Minnesota and broadening our impact beyond our core health insurance business. Our Vision of being a national leader in consumer health will be driven by our new enterprise brand, Stella, and a strategy that spans a portfolio of diversified businesses and brands, including BCBSMN, to add value to consumers throughout their healthcare journey. We are dedicated to building on our legacy of leadership in Minnesota and expanding our platform to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.


We offer our employees a comprehensive benefits, compensation and total rewards package to keep you and your family healthy and to secure your financial future. Our Employee Resource Groups help us advance health equity while promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment. Join us and make a healthy difference in people’s lives through the work you do every day. Together, we’ll make the healthcare experience better for everyone!

Description Summary

The Architect Principal is responsible for developing enterprise level solutions that integrate across applications, systems and platforms. Aligns business and technology strategies to define project and/or program level architecture that enables business objectives. Works with project managers, other architects, and delivery teams to effectively manage the technology solution across initiatives to ensure an optimal, high level, conceptual design. Analyzes and translates business information and technical requirements into an architectural blueprint that outlines solutions to achieve business objectives. Leads enterprise level architecture frameworks, proof-of-concept, architecture standards and reference architectures. Servers as the highest level technology expert across multiple disciplines.


  1. Leads creation of a complex architectural framework and develops and communicates guidelines and best practices for specific technology use.

  2. Provides governance over architecture plan documentation and proposes changes in policy, process, and standards as they relate to architecture and design principles ensuring adherence to Architecture Standards.

  3. Collaborates with business partners and IT to align strategies, advocating and communicating information technology strategies to the business and business strategies to IT.

  4. Performs technical competitive analysis of solutions and advises leadership regarding their use in the enterprise.

  5. Facilitates a broader understanding of company direction and IT strategy across the organization.

  6. Researches and maintains awareness of current and emerging process, policy, and technology solutions related to Information Technology and overall strategy.  

  7. Provides expert level technical guidance, and mentors or leads others.

  8. Reviews deliverables to ensure they met architect standards.

  9. May manage others.


  • Bachelor's degree preferably in Computer Science and 7 years of experience in an architect role or 11 years of experience in in lieu of a degree.

  • Expert level ability to design highly complex application programs and systems.

  • Expert level knowledge and understanding of architecture, application and or system engineering and integration.

  • High level of experience in creating and leading architecture of multiple applications/systems using a variety of technologies.

  • Exceptional ability in designing and implementing applications using several architecture patters, e.g., SOA

  • High level of operational experience designing and supporting large, mission critical, systems.

  • Expert level knowledge of technical, business, and industry.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Exceptional human relations skills to effectively interact with leadership and management, peers, business partners and vendors.

  • Highly skilled at systems, creative, critical and analytical thinking, decision making and problem solving.

  • Expert level understanding of the standards and deliverables to ensure integrity of the design process.  

  • High-level knowledge of general business applications and business processes.

  • Highly skilled at hands-on communication, facilitation, collaboration and leadership.

  • Highly skilled at influencing and motivating individuals and teams.

Preferred Requirements

  • Certification in TOGAF or similar architecture methodology

  • In-depth knowledge of BCBS computer methodologies

  • In-depth knowledge of multiple business areas

  • Technical Certifications in one or more technical disciplines or products Participation in user groups (AEA, ACM, IEEE)

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Blue Cross is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic.

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