System Architect
ISSG, Inc. - Information Systems Services Group - St. Louis, MO

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System Architect


The System Architect is responsible for working with IT leadership to define and develop infrastructure architecture standards, policies and procedures, support standards, and recovery strategies. Always maintaining focus on solutions that are scalable, highly available and add overall value to the organization.

Essential Functions:

Makes tactical and strategic recommendations for the infrastructure architecture; hardware, monitoring, data security, messaging, storage, applications, administration, support, performance, and availability.

Applies enterprise IT knowledge to design improved processes, generate valid requirements, and ensures alignment with the strategic direction of the organization.

Serves as an advisor to IT leadership, proposing changes that add value based on analysis of requirements and new technology solutions.

Stays current with technological developments and provides recommendations about how the organization can benefit from new technology solutions.

Defines, documents, and maintains the system and network architecture within the organization.

Documents design specifications, installation instructions, and other system-related information.

Collaborates with engineers/software developers to select appropriate design solutions and/or ensures the compatibility of system components.

Works with appropriate parties to resolve discrepancies between proposed IT systems and enterprise quality and security standards.

Mentors and directs the workload of more junior level infrastructure engineers, while owning and supervising the activities of system administration.


Bachelors degree in computer science, MIS or other related area required.

Masters degree preferred.

A minimum of 8 years designing, implementing, and supporting an enterprise compute environment required.

Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously is required.

Extensive experience with virtual infrastructure design and concepts.

Experience implementing and supporting Cisco UCS, Nexus, and NetApp storage a plus.

A wide degree of creativity and lateral thinking is expected.

Ability to communicate difficult/sensitive information quickly and tactfully to stakeholders.

Understanding of business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities.

Able to think quickly, assess a situation and make a sound decision.

Solid written and verbal communication, listening, organization and priority setting skills; ability to interact professionally with a diverse group consisting of executives, managers, and subject matter experts.

Listens well and retains instructions; accepts constructive feedback from supervisor.

A track record of being consistent with attendance and prompt arrival at work and meetings.

Ability to perform job with integrity and values.

Ability to work over eight hours in a work day, and over 40 in a work week as necessary;