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United Airlines Principal Architect - IT in Chicago, Illinois

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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.

IT Strategy

  • 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.

Architecture Planning

  • 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.

IT Delivery

  • 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.

Organizational Development

  • 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.


  • 5+ years of engineering / software development experience and demonstrated architecture experience in a large organization leveraging DevOps techniques and practices like Continuous Integration

  • 5+ years of software engineering experience in distributed programming

  • 3+ years of hands-on experience configuring and implementing solutions on cloud platforms such as Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud.

  • Extensive knowledge of Container based applications and Kubernetes

  • 5+ years of experience in development with Java with some experience in Scala and/or Python

  • 5+ years of experience with messaging platforms such as Tibco EMS

  • 5+ years of experience correlating and reacting to events from multiple systems and storing data in in-memory data grids like ActiveSpaces

  • Experience in architecture and implementation of large and highly complex projects

  • 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

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

Division: 21 Digital Products & Analytics

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled