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Cengage Group Enterprise Architect in Seattle, Washington

We believe in the power and joy of learning At Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose – driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education. Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discovery Our business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do, and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see What you'll do here: + Provide a pragmatic approach to the architectural design of all software products using a modular, service oriented architecture. + Assist with development concepts such as speed of delivery, test driven development, ease of maintenance, and model-driven development + Collaborate with developers around the design of new features, review their existing software, and help refine their vision and make it practical + Make well-reasoned and pragmatic choices about the right mix of proven and innovative technology to make the platforms optimal to build on + Define API standards to support scale, extension, and versioning + Maintain technical and functional familiarity with key software platforms and products within the organization + Decide how solutions get customized and used by dozens of product teams + Development and maintenance of overall technology vision and roadmap + Review and make recommendations on existing platforms for continuous improvement + Development of technical standards related to the development of software applications + Development of technical frameworks (reference architectures and patterns) related to software applications + Research and evaluation (prototyping and POCs) of innovative and appropriate technologies + Research and analysis of technology trends + Assessments of vendors and technologies + Communication and education of internal partners + Resolve which platform should provide existing and new features + Hands-on development, independently and paired with software engineers + Provide consultation on projects + Tier 3 support for operational issues Skills you will need here: + Minimum 10 years of technology experience + Minimum 7 years of experience programming in a commercial environment, along with a consistent track record of delivering high-quality releases of complex systems on time + Knowledge of various software architecture methodologies and frameworks, with ability to customize to make practical + Ability to drive major changes via formal and informal influence + Excellent written and verbal communication skills + Current understanding of industry trends and latest web technologies is required + Ability to anticipate and design around potential problems that could impact user experience, scalability, security and reliability + Excellent, demonstrated creative and practical problem-solving and issue resolution skills + Ability to communicate complex technical concepts and value in business terms + Ability to communicate to technical teams the vision, strategy and reasoning driven by business + Up to 50% travel as required, expect 20% on average Preferred: + Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science or a related engineering field + Knowledge of Higher Education Systems such as LMS, Assessment Engines, and/or Library Research space + Experience working in an Agile development environment, using XP programming practices Cengage Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen ( and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice ( by visiting their corresponding links. Cengage Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917. If you are a Colorado state or New York City resident, please email to receive compensation information for this role. Please be sure to include this posting’s job ID in the subject line of the email to help ensure a timely response. About Cengage Group Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.