Senior Solution Architect at Pearson (Sacramento, CA)

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At Pearson, we are committed to a world that is always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who push the boundaries of technology. We create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world's innovations. Within the Pearson Virtual Schools (PVS) division we have reimagined K-12 education through our virtual school and curriculum offerings. Our schools, Connections Academy and Pearson Online Academy, provide a best-in-class online learning environment for K-12 students to acquire the skills and confidence they need to adapt and thrive in a changing world. We also support school districts with curriculum, teachers, and technology as they make the shift to online. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced significant disruption and transformation to the K-12 learning market. And as a result, our category has seen explosive growth and our business has experienced enormous increases in awareness and enrollments. This presents an incredible opportunity for our team to chart a ground-breaking path through this shifting environment to achieve continued success.

Purpose of the position

The Solution Architect's role is to bridge the divide between key business stakeholders and the software engineering organization. They evaluate all business requirements and look at how different elements of business, information, and technology can be applied to solve a specific problem while adhering to enterprise architecture standards and definitions. The Solution Architect is not only in charge of finding answers, but also of actively leading a technical vision from concept to completion. Theyshould be able to accurately define the scope of a project by outlining technical components and parameters, identifying applications and interfaces, and documenting these components in detailed design documents with full end-to-end timeline plans. In addition, the Solution Architect may be called upon to explain a solution to various stakeholders, including senior leadership, in both technical and layman's terms.

Core tasks and responsibilities
  • Create high-level solution-approach documents that outline the proposed solutions, technology components, estimated costs, proposed resources, and estimated timelines
  • Creates complete low-level solution designs which includes any necessary components, technology sequencing, and master end-to-end plan
  • Partner with all levels of the organization including Product / Business stakeholders, Engineering / DevOps, Agile Facilitation, Management, and Production Support / Site Reliability Engineering in the development of end-to-end solutions
  • Account for challenges on constraints including, risks, time, resources, and scope
  • Partner with Agile Facilitation and Product Management teams to provide key insights and progress into the status of solution development
  • Provide frequent reviews of in-flight solutions to stakeholders, management, and leadership and be prepared to speak to them in both technical and high-level terms
  • Works closely with Software Engineering leadership and contributors to ensure delivery of quality solutions
  • Collaborates with Enterprise Architecture and Site Reliability team to ensure proper technology selections, infrastructure design, and cloud resource allocations

Personal Style
  • You are a leader. People listen to you because what you have to say makes sense and is actionable
  • You are both strategic and tactical. You think of the bigger picture and drive your peers, stakeholders, and the overall organization in the right direction
  • You listen. You gather data and hear many perspectives to get "ground truth"
  • You have a bias towards action. You solve problems no matter where they are, and you work with others to rally them towards a solution. The words "not my job" are not in your vocabulary
  • You are candid yet compassionate. You don't shy away from difficult conversations
  • You are proactive. You see problems before they arise, and you take action to work with your peers and stakeholders to correct them
  • You are a thought leader. You see beyond the day to day and recommend better ways to do things in the future. You constructively propose better solutions to things that we are currently doing or work with others to hone their good ideas into great ones. "Because that's how we've always done it" is not a good reason to keep doing something, in your eyes
  • You are collaborative by default. You draw in diverse perspectives, both technical and non-technical, and you can convey technical things in language your business partners can understand
  • You care about people, our mission, and doing the right thing. Doing the right things for both employees and customers is central to your philosophy

Required Skills, Experience, and Competencies
  • Bachelor's in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Systems, or related discipline required.
  • 8+ more years of combined software development and architecture experience.
  • 3+ years of experience with .NET (Framework and Core) development with a focus on web-related frameworks like ASP.NET WebForms and ASP.NET MVC is desirable.
  • Experience developing, architecting, and/or leading teams developing web-based applications
  • 3+ years of experience with cloud computing. Microsoft Azure experience is highly desired.
  • 3+ years' experience in analyzing business requirements, recommending technical solutions, and writing technical specifications and/or requirements.
  • Experience working in a SAFe Scaled Agile environment.
  • Possesses ability to work well across teams, to get things done without the need for continuous/regular intervention of leaders; able to exercise personal influence, resolve conflict, and bring about required behaviors.
  • Ability to "connect the dots" when it comes to large system design and understand, communicate, and solve for enterprise scale technical integration concerns.
  • Analytical Skills - Strong ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Project management and leadership skills are essential.
  • Experience developing IT and cloud infrastructure.
  • Current understanding of best practices regarding system security measures.
  • Experience in software engineering and design architecture.
  • Professional experience working with and analyzing computer hardware and software.
  • Demonstrated experience to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Understanding of business analysis techniques and processes.
  • Excellent communication skills in verbal and written English.

Bonus Points
  • Knowledge of Learning Management Systems (LMS), Educational Management Systems, or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Information Systems.
  • Public GitHub portfolio is highly encouraged.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose - to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world's leading learning company. Learn more at

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racistcompany in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about Pearson's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.


Organization: Virtual Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 2890
More Information on Pearson
Pearson operates in the Edtech industry. The company is located in Chandler, AZ, Iowa City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, Tupelo, MS, Concord, NH, Hoboken, NJ, Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX. Pearson was founded in 1871. It has 29811 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 1314 open jobs at Pearson, click here.
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