Chief IT Architect
NCsoft Corporation - Austin, TX

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NCsoft West, the U.S. branch of NCsoft Corporation, the world's largest independent developer and publisher of online computer games is seeking a talented Chief IT Architect.This position will provide senior technical leadership and architectural vision for our infrastructure design.You will work closely with the different technology groups to perform technical design, evaluations and implementation for both our IT infrastructure as well as for our live operations.This position will lead system designs and/or reviews to assure that applications solutions exhibit expected levels performance, security, scalability, maintainability, appropriate reusability and reliability upon deployment.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:·Help define and drive the IT/Live Ops vision for the company in collaboration with the Director of IT/Ops and Development Studios.·Collaborate with other NCSoft technology leaders to ensure technology and architecture direction is consistent with the enterprise direction and needs.·Manage technology evaluation and selection process.·Manage Systems Analysis process for solutions development.·Review and approve all technical specifications and database designs to ensure consistency with overall vision and compatibility among products.·Contribute to the development and management of software development standards and processes.·Reports project status and progress to IT senior management.·Ensures accuracy and timeliness of output and deliverables for assigned functional areas.·Implements the policies, practices, and procedures for the Information Technology and the Live Operations organizations.·Establishes relationships with business users.·Receives objectives from senior management and collaborates on the most appropriate process for accomplishing goals.REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:·Requires an Advanced Degree in Computer Science or related discipline or related field.·7+ years of experience in two or more IT disciplines. (Systems, Network, Security, Database)·5+ years experience leading project teams and providing direction for engineers; or any combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background.·2+ years experience designing networks and systems for high volume, high availability applications.·Applied experience with ITIL standards and procedures.·Good understanding of business operations·Gaming industry experience preferred.·Prior leadership or management experience a plus·Effective communication skills, including facilitation, consultation, negotiation and persuasion.A casual work environment, comprehensive benefits and competitive salary are all part of the package.