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United Airlines Principal Architect in Houston, Texas

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The United IT team designs, develops and maintains massively scaling 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. Incumbent will:

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Information Technology or Business or equivalent experience, education, or training.

  • 10+ years of applicable experience in application and database design, or software architecture OR 5 years applicable experience in enterprise architecture.

  • 5+ years in architecture, design and development of mobile friendly web applications using SOA, Microsoft .Net framework, Angular and various technologies.

  • 5 + years in database design, data modeling and performance tuning. Familiar with latest technology in web and mobile development.

  • The ability to make insightful, successful business decisions and trade-offs assessing the internal and external business landscape, strategies, opportunities, strengths and weaknesses.

  • The ability to engage and enroll others in an initiative – both individually and in a group setting.

  • The ability to define new, original ideas and successfully implement them across an organization.

  • The ability to maintain perspective and establish context.

  • The ability to communicate verbally and in writing with all levels of employees and management, capable of successful formal and informal communication.

  • The ability to successfully manage multiple competing work efforts across multiple teams.

  • The ability to accept and promote diversity in concepts, processes and outcomes – to implement effective business solutions.

  • The ability to resolve disputes and produce an agreement, that is perceived as a collective advantage to all parties involved.

  • 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


  • Master’s degree

  • The ability to manage external vendor relationships professionally, to United’s best interests. Involves managing and negotiating contracts, statements of work and financials.

  • Experience in managing caching layer architectures

  • Ability to hold vendors accountable to high standards of performance.

  • Proven expertise in design and implementation of complex IT solutions

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

Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled