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United Airlines Principal Architect - Information Technology in Houston, Texas


The United IT team designs, develops and maintains massively scalable technology solutions that are brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics and digital solutions.

Job overview and responsibilities

Provides thought-leadership in enterprise architecture strategy & planning. Defines roadmaps to bridge the gap from current to future state for business, information and technology capabilities. Contribute to the development of multi-year plans in alignment with business and IT strategy. Provide industry-leading thought leadership - and facilitate development of strategies across multiple disciplines/domains. Facilitate development of architecture patterns and standards. Consult in design of complex enterprise initiatives - and provide guidance to project teams. Consult in design of multiple projects across multiple disciplines/domains. Manage enterprise architecture models and repositories. Establish communities of practice in areas of expertise. Communicate and market the enterprise architecture strategy. Coach and mentor other IT staff in area of expertise.

  • Provides an enterprise-wide perspective within the United IT division.

  • Leads architecture strategy & planning for large programs - and provides guidance to technical staff across multiple projects.

  • Model the enterprise-wide business and technology capabilities to analyze the alignment of business strategies and capabilities with technology strategy and solutions.

  • Decompose business strategies and initiatives into actionable multi-year roadmaps, providing clear direction on execution in order to ensure a high return on investment.

  • Develop and maintain the centralized EA repository and artifacts.

  • Drive strategic and transitional planning of applications, technology, information and business functions across the enterprise.

  • Align the development of core business capabilities, information assets and technology in response to strategic imperatives.

  • Collaborate with the business to evaluate business goals, identify business problems, and propose solutions.

  • Provide direction to internal and external resources during the selection and implementation of business systems.

  • Participate in the design of business, information and technology architectures on the basis of cost, functionality and practicality.

  • Maintain communities of practice surrounding business analysis and IT architecture.

  • Facilitate open communication and fact-based decision making.

  • Research, identify, and recommend industry best practices for solving business and technology problems.

  • Function with autonomy and demonstrate influence.

  • Clarify, define, coordinate and direct the work of others.

  • Provide guidance to other architects.


  • Bachelors degree, preferably in Information Technology or Business or equivalent experience, education, or training.

  • Business Acumen

  • Creativity & Innovation

  • Persuasion

  • "Big Picture" Thinker

  • Strategic

  • Communication Skills

  • Technical Expertise

  • Integrity and Trust

  • Prioritization

  • Five years applicable experience in business, information or technology architecture OR two years applicable experience in enterprise architecture

  • Experience in leading technical staff or coordinating work across multiple technology teams

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Masters degree

  • Vendor management

  • Valuing diversity

  • Negotiation

  • Proven expertise in design and implementation of complex IT solutions

  • In-depth knowledge in area of expertise

  • Awareness of industry best practices and research

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled