INFO TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECT
TransUnion - San Luis Obispo, CA

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Transunion works with businesses and consumers to gather, analyze, and deliver critical information. We help >45,000 businesses better manage risk, and 500 million consumers better understand and manage their credit. What we do helps build strong economies around the world.

TransUnion is investing in growth. We are introducing solutions that differentiate us, building and leveraging our industry-specific expertise and expanding geographically. As we grow, we recognize the power of employing the best.

TransUnion Interactive,

Inc. is the consumer subsidiary of TransUnion, a global leader in credit information and information management services, which maintains credit histories on approximately 500 million consumers around the globe. With TransUnion Interactive, businesses can better acquire customers, strengthen long-term customer value and increase their bottom line. Through TransUnion Interactive’ s product suite, consumers can benefit from online educational materials, free monthly newsletters and easy-to-use tools designed to help them manage and control their finances.

Location:
San Luis Obispo, CA

Position Summary:
The Information Architect facilitates the development, implementation and maintenance of standards, guidelines and direction for TransUnion Interactive IT Production architecture. This position guides the direction and definition to effectively support the business strategy, and will conduct research, analyze, design, propose, and deliver solutions that are appropriate for the business and technology strategies.

The IT Architect will provide architecture design recommendations based on organization strategy, develop high level technical architecture solutions including major enhancements and interfaces, functions and features, and establish standards and guidelines for the design of technology solutions including integration of multiple platforms, operating systems and applications across the organization. Other responsibilities include determining specifications, planning, designing, and developing business critical software solutions, developing programming and development standards and procedures, and programming architectures for code reuse.

The ideal candidate must have strong communications and interpersonal skills, and an in-depth knowledge of state-of-the art programming languages and object-oriented approaches for designing, coding, testing and debugging programs.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Planning/Process Management:
Participate in the mapping of IT architectures and/or Engineering and Development Database groups to specific technology platforms. Define the components, platforms, interfaces and development tools. Planning activities include reviewing architectural concepts from both a technical perspective and business/financial perspective. Conduct cost/benefit analyses to determine proper architecture solutions. Reviews architectural proposals from other areas for feasibility and make suggestions for improvement when necessary.

Analysis/Design:
Develops IT architecture and blueprint which reflects the business logic of the company. Conduct reviews and analysis of organizational needs and goals for the development and implementation of applications/systems and/or databases. Bridge the gap between business needs and technological solutions.

Process Definition:
Analyze and design business processes around architecture design process. Standardize methodology to reduce cost, improve productivity, improve quality, predictability and timeliness, reduce risk, improve cross-group coordination, improve skills and improve customer and associate satisfaction

Communication:
Communication is critical in forming the bridge between the technical and business realms. An architect must be fluent in both spectrums. The ability to convey complex technical processes to business people is an important feature of the architect role. Providing cost/benefit matrices for each design approach is an important deliverable of an architect.

Mentoring

: Provide technical guidance to development and design teams. Consult on integration and conversion activities. Recommend re-design or re-development of sub-systems that do not fit the architecture design. Recommend the use of technologies that provide long term compatibility and flexibility. Work closely with IT and Engineering/Development with architect design methodology and protocol. Must be able to convey high level technical concepts and design processes to teams of designers and developers.

Technology knowledge:
Continuously monitors emerging technologies, tools, and new coding techniques for use within the division.

Testing:
Must maintain awareness in trends in the testing arena. Build large, highly complex test script scenarios.

Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline preferred.

10+ years of experience in systems/applications/database analysis and design.

5+ years of experience IT architecture design

Strong understanding of Architecture design process, methodology, and high level of understanding of business environment, strategy and needs.

High-level understanding of the theories, methodologies and principals underlying technical analysis, design and implementation of software applications, systems, and/or databases.

Proven expert analytical and design skills at multi-product/multi-environment levels as well as an in-depth experience in research and analysis, project planning and implementation.

In-depth knowledge of the entire development process, including specification, documentation and quality assurance.

Highly aware of business issues and impact of enterprise architecture solutions.

Ability to act as a Subject Matter Expert and central point for technical issues across groups and products.

Strong knowledge of the following technologies:
Java and j2ee

Operating System: Linux (Red Hat 5) & Windows

Database: Oracle 10G

Clustering: Oracle RAC

Server Hardware: HP Blade technology

Applications: Oracle Weblogic 10 & Resin

Storage: NetApp solutions

Network: Juniper Networks & F5

You will work for an organization that has demonstrated strong growth even in difficult times...an organization built on the foundational values of integrity, service, reliability, and performance. We are focused on continuous process improvement and creative problem-solving. We promote transparency, collaboration, communication and corporate stewardship.

We are committed to internal hiring and as we grow career opportunities will expand. Your development will be accomplished through a variety of learning and mentoring opportunities.

You will have opportunities inside and outside of work to develop social connections with your colleagues and opportunities to support the community through a variety of events and charitable causes.

We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, a business-casual environment, and a convenient downtown location as well as a free on-site fitness center.

To be considered for employment with TransUnion, you must be able to pass our background screening requirements.

TransUnion is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; M/F/D/V. TransUnion values the advantages gained from a diverse workforce.

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