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Lead Software Architect

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Regular-Full Time


Alpharetta - Georgia - USA, Atlanta - Georgia - USA, Cleburne - Texas - USA, Irvine - California - USA, Kelowna - British Columbia - Canada, Lowell - Massachusetts - USA, Montreal - Quebec - Canada, San Francisco - California - USA, Santa Ana - California - USA, Toronto - Ontario - Canada, Weston - Florida - USA

Description & Qualifications


UKG is looking to hire a Lead Software Architect to lead and mentor software architects and technical leads in designing and delivering next generation and transformational architectural designs that yield superior functional, scalable, resilient, adaptable, performant, and secure offerings and component services at UKG. This person will serve as a member of the Architecture Transformation organization and the Software Architecture community, with oversight on projects focused on design, integration and technical strategies that will help establish the technical vision for the future scale of our Product Architectures and Architecture Practice at UKG. They will establish the starting point for transformational architectural decisions, patterns, and practices, with revolutionary architectural outcomes of performance, scale, security, and delivery that will shape how new software architecture patterns, technologies, and best practices are adopted and measured at UKG. As a Technical Leader in the Research and Technology Services organization, this person will be responsible for partnering and collaborating with architects, technical leads, and engineers across all engineering functions at UKG, including but not limited to the Product Development teams for any offering as well as the overall Technology Community’s Guilds and Working Groups.

As a Lead Software Architect at UKG you will:
• Manage and deliver new architectural transformational designs, identify architecture risks, and maintain architectural opportunities and risk assessment for all stakeholders.
• Serve as subject matter expert for Software Architecture practice, with the ability to provide technical leadership for Product Architects in areas of Software Design, Development & Delivery, Reliability, Scalability, Performance, and Security across many Software domains such as but not limited to UI, APIs, Microservices, DDD, Platform Services, Data Engineering and Public Cloud.
• Contribute to the technical leadership for Product Architecture group to help other software architects envision, develop, and foster the adoption of a new architectural transformational designs and implementations.
• Serve as Technical Ambassadors of goodwill for our internal Technical Community as well as the external Tech Industry and Academia communities.
• Partner with Product Owners, Engineering Owners when making roadmap, design, architectural, and engineering impacting decisions.
• Lead initiatives to effectively communicate and present the architectural decisions and technical strategies so that development teams properly understand why the strategies need to be adopted.
• Lead initiatives in development of architectural significant proofs-of-concept solutions to assist product architects and development teams in accelerating the adoption of the technical strategy.
• Lead technical due diligence activities for M&A and third-party partnership evaluation initiatives.
• Serve as technical strategic advisors to research work being executed in the Development organization.
• Build and maintain critical partnership and collaborative work with the external technical industry, open-source communities, and academia.
• Prepare and publish materials for the submission of patents, as needed.


• 10+ years of Software Development experience and 5+ years of Software Architecture experience as well as 3+ years of technical leadership and architecture experience in software and cloud development (ideally in SaaS)
• 3+ years’ experience designing and delivering large scale distributed systems in a multi-tenant SaaS environment
• 5+ years’ experience building, managing, and leading architects and technical leads
• Expert understanding of security, reliability, scalability, high availability, and concurrency architectural patterns and solutions.
• Expert in solution design across the full technology stack, including for public and hybrid cloud deployments.
• Expert in patterns and solutions that enable evolutionary architectures, leveraging flexibility and creativity when balancing the present technologies with emerging ones when formulating new strategies.
• Influential speaker and an expert in designing and delivering presentations on large stages, Prior experience with at least one major IaaS and/or PaaS technology (OpenStack, AWS, GCP, Azure, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, etc.)
• Prior experience with agile development, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, and SRE practices
• Proficient in at least one static OO language (Java, Scala, C#)
• Proficient in at least one dynamic language (JavaScript/TypeScript, Python, Node.js)
• Proficient in current development tools (Github, Gitlab, CLI, Vim, Jetbrains, Xamarin, Visual Studio,, CircleCI, Jenkins)
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Engineering is preferred
• Prior experience technically leading at least one vertical software design practice, in depth such as Microservices Architecture, Public Cloud Architecture, Site Reliability Architecture, Data Engineering Architecture, or Software Security
• Prior experience with relational and non-relational database technologies (MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra)
• Prior experience with messaging and event streaming solutions (Kafka, RabbitMQ, Kafka Streams, Spark)
• Prior experience with Workflow (Camunda, Activiti) and iPaaS solutions (Mulesoft, Dell Boomi)
• Strong understanding of infrastructure and related technologies (compute, storage, networking)

Location: Hybrid Office/Remote
Job#: 20220023170


Company Overview

Here at UKG, Our Purpose Is People. UKG combines the strength and innovation of Ultimate Software and Kronos, uniting two award-winning, employee-centered cultures. Our employees are an extraordinary group of talented, energetic, and innovative people who care about more than just work. We strive to create a culture of belonging and an employee experience that empowers our people. UKG has more than 13,000 employees around the globe and is known for its inclusive workplace culture. Ready to be inspired? Learn more at

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer

Ultimate Kronos Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. 

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