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Co-op services Credit Union Application Architect in Des Moines, Iowa

The Opportunity

CO-OP Financial Services is bringing digital transformation to the credit union movement. We’re creating innovative technology solutions that help not-for-profit credit unions best serve their members and compete with the big banks. As a result, our world-class team is growing faster than ever! If you’re passionate about technology and want to be part of a purpose-driven organization, this is an exciting opportunity to provide real value and help shape the future of human-centered financial services.

We are seeking a talented Application Architect to design and implement information systems which will adequately support the organization. This position identifies new technologies, partners, and applications to enhance and improve the companies market or internal offerings. The incumbent assists with creation and maintenance of a technology reference model. The Application Architect creates architecture artifacts along the project lifecycle to document technical requirements and vision. The incumbent works with other areas of the business to assess needs and figure out the underlying issue that needs to be solved. This position leads application and solution architecture practice across engineering scrum teams and identifies project and solution-related architectural issues to the wider architecture team. The Application Architect analyzes system requirements and ensures that systems will offer secure solutions and will be effectively integrated with current applications. This position ensures that all systems are working at optimal levels and offers support to application development department regarding new technologies and system requirements.

What You Can Look Forward to

  • Assesses IT application solutions, analyzes functionality, efficiency and productivity; helps design, develop and implement new technical solutions.

  • Defines requirements based on user/client needs, cost, and required integration with existing applications, systems, or platforms.

  • Creates system architecture design documents on complex or integration projects.

  • Creates and owns the architecture documentation, including review of existing architecture (Infrastructure, Applications, Cloud, etc.) and updates as changes are made. Builds strong internal and external partnerships.

  • Actively supports CO-OP’s strategic future, culture and leadership practices.

  • Proactively pursues development opportunities and show expected progress on learning plan.

  • Researches industry best practices.

  • Inspects what is expected to make sure architecture is delivered in the design. Reviews code to make sure it aligns with goals and objectives (inspect what you expect); provides guidance on configurability vs hard coding; provides standards that are in alignment with the size of the company.

  • Crucial in supporting the process of the SDLC by ensuring architecture is supporting of developing scope and estimates in alignment of company objectives to complete in a timely, cost effective and efficient manner.

  • Understands impact of project on both business and technology infrastructure.

  • Analyzes business scenarios and identifies opportunities for technically innovative solutions and improvements.

  • Actively supports and embraces our core values ofWork as Partners, Communicate Openly and Honestly, Demonstrate Excellence and Champion Changein all interactions.

  • Actively supports our CO-OP culture and embraces our core values of Work as Partners, Communicate Openly and Honestly, Demonstrate Excellence and Champion Change in all interactions.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

  • BS in Computer Science / Computer Information Systems or equivalent degree, or equivalent training and/or experience.

  • 10+ years previous development experience required.

  • 10+ years’ experience with coding in more than two development languages (C#, SQL, VB.NET, C++, Objective C, HTML, Java Script, Java, XML, ASP.NET, etc.) and be proficient in those languages.

  • 10+ years’ experience with web development environments (Windows Server, IIS, WebSphere or Apache).

  • Advanced knowledge of Modern OS architecture concepts and communications protocols.

  • Advanced database design and development.

  • Expert modern graphical user interface and development methodologies.

  • Fundamental software development methodologies, design and implementation.

  • Expert technical knowledge in software development methodologies, design and implementation. Good to excellent understanding of entire development process, including specification, documentation and quality assurance.

  • Knowledge of finance and credit card systems is essential.

  • Web Application Development.

  • Creativity and the foresight to identify potential problems within our systems.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality pertaining to non-public business, financial and technological information, plans or data.

  • Advanced analytical, design and problem-solving skills at multi-product/multi-environment level to troubleshoot system defects and mitigate the issues they cause.

  • Possess high motivation and self-direction, sound problem solving skills, decision making and multi- tasking skills.

  • Expert skills in research and analysis, project planning and implementation. Understanding and awareness of business issues as they impact overall project plans.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with an ability to express and document complex technical concepts in business terms.

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with technical staff, non-technical staff, end-users for requirements gathering, testing, training, and outcome validation.

  • Ability to work the time necessary to complete projects or meet deadlines.

  • Ability to communicate technical content to a non-technical person.

  • Thorough knowledge of infrastructure, application programming, and web and software applications.

  • Ability to stay abreast of new technology and continually learn new skills to come up with innovative ways to solve complex problems.

Why Join CO-OP?

You will be part of an organization that focuses on a strong culture and embodies the credit union movement philosophy of People Helping People. CO-OP’s commitment to reflecting our own core values and purpose extends beyond how we serve our clients and the products that we deliver. We are committed to understanding, attracting and engaging a diverse workforce where every employee can live up to their value; ensuring that our employee base reflects the consumers we serve. The result of this effort is an inclusive environment where diverse talent thrives.

With more than 35 years of industry leadership, CO-OP Financial Services is the largest, most comprehensive credit union service organization in the nation. CO-OP serves as THE credit union technology engine, bringing payments solutions, engagement services and strategic counsel to help credit unions optimize member experiences to consistently provide seamless, personalized multi-channel offerings, while delivering secure, sophisticated fraud mitigation service.

CO-OP serves more than 3,000 client credit unions, with 60 million debit and credit cardholders, nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs and more than 5,600 shared branches nationwide. Our vast technological ecosystem facilitates more than 6.5 billion transactions every year and equips credit unions of all sizes to deepen member engagement and prosper in the fast-paced world of fintech.

The Perks

  • Fun, challenging and, collaborative work environment with passionate colleagues that care deeply about the intersection of technology and human-centered financial services.

  • Health benefits – medical, dental, & vision plus wellness programs and gym reimbursements.

  • 401K with generous company match.

  • Tuition reimbursement.

Req No.2019-4079