VSP Vision Care - Senior Systems Architect

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Date: Feb 7, 2018

Location: Rancho Cordova, CA, US, 95670

VSP Global is comprised of five complementary businesses that combine high-quality eye care insurance, high-fashion eyewear, customized lenses, ophthalmic technology and retail solutions, with employees in over 23 countries. No matter the role, we’re all focused on a singular mission: to help people see. Learn more by visiting https://vspglobal.com/cms/careers/

General Summary

Lead Software Enterprise Architecture initiatives across VSP Global.  Drive Architecture and Technology convergence, focusing on economies of scale to ensure the right technologies and platforms are deployed to achieve strategic business outcomes  and are adaptable to future needs.  Provide software technical leadership across VSP Global to facilitate innovation in new software-based solutions.

Essential Functions

Publish and maintain the enterprise architectural standards for technical system(s) and solution development to ensure best functionality, possibly including but not limited to: security, performance, scalability, extensibility, interoperability, and usability


Provide consultative expertise and leadership to influence VSP Global in the design, development, and execution of technology initiatives; provide architectural design, planning, at the enterprise level, with the use of sketches, models, prototypes, and/or reference models for easy interpretation


Determine how new technology solutions should be built and how technology should be built in order to reside across multiple solutions/projects to maximize efficiency and effectiveness ultimately resulting in technical design(s), and plan(s) for even the most complex of problems, to reside across problems or for technical issues existing across the VSP Global enterprise


Facilitate architectural guidance and advice to ensure all aspects of development process (technical designs, solutions, planning, implementation) meet architectural guidelines, minimize costs, are built in a speed-to-market manner, align with the future technology strategy, and are adaptable to future technology solutions.


Be technical expert, sought after for technical expertise and guidance for the most complex and advanced technology content to fulfill alignment between business and technology strategy, and to provide optimal technology functioning for the business


Ensure enterprise systems functioning is optimal; review/analyze, and improve on existing systems


Key contributor and influencer on new technology platform adoption; seek out and explore new technologies for possible implementation to further improve user experiences, enterprise integration, performance and scalability, and system qualities and development efficiencies


Perform analysis for technical planning, and technology formation to continuously meet the needs of the business, creating comprehensive technology formulation across GTS, including but not limited to cost – benefit analysis, technical components research and comparison


Promote technology reuse throughout the enterprise for best technology functioning, technological interoperability, and support of budget


May conduct proof of concept for technology tools or components


Mitigate risks pertaining to technical plans possibly due to management of product development flow or interoperability across the enterprise


Maintain currency of deep technology knowledge; introduce applicable technology in alignment with VSP goals and for creative solutions


Introduce innovative ideas for technology projects, solutions, or planning while maintaining low cost structure

Job Specifications

Typically has the following skills or abilities:


Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent experience


Twelve years of experience in related field


Expertise in enterprise-wide technology and system integration


Excellent technological vision


Read and write current programming languages; excellent knowledge of current development and production cycles/processes


Excellent knowledge of software and systems design patterns and understanding of how and when to apply them


Broad knowledge of the systems across the enterprise


Excellent planning and facilitation skills


Experience leading technology projects; demonstrated ability to collaborate, direct, mentor and train others to optimal outcomes


Strong business process knowledge


Strategic view of where business is headed and how technology may be

leveraged to attain business goals


Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate complex issues using simple concepts adjusted to audience and their skills


Excellent analytical and conceptual design skills; strong problem-solving skills; excellent creative thinking, developing skills and takes initiative


Requires broad knowledge of current and future technology developments and trends


Data Modeling skills


Excellent organization and time management skills


Ability to influence organizational best practices to better suit organization needs


Identify and mitigate risks; contribute to risk management plan


Ability to regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment in the performance of his/her job duties


Primary experience focused on automation and orchestration of infrastructure technology

SDN and Data Center focus

AWS/VM Ware expereince ideal


Working Conditions / Physical Demands

The working environment is generally favorable lighting and temperature is adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust etc.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job grade.





The information above describes the general nature of the position and serves as a summary of the typical job functions. It's not a comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, or duties.


VSP Global is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or protected veteran status.  We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento

Job Segment: Ophthalmic, Risk Management, Computer Science, Information Technology, IT Architecture, Healthcare, Technology, Finance

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