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Principal Architect, AI/ML

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Travel Amount Required:

Up to 25%

Job Type:

Regular-Full Time


Alpharetta - Georgia - United States, Atlanta - Georgia - United States, Lowell - Massachusetts - United States, Weston - Florida - United States

Company Overview

Here at UKG, our purpose is people™. Our HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions help organizations unlock happier outcomes for all. And our U Krewers, who build those solutions and support our business, are talented, collaborative, and innovative problem-solvers. We strive to create a culture of belonging and an employee experience that empowers our people – both at work and at home. Our benefits show that we care about the whole you, from adoption and surrogacy assistance to tuition reimbursement and wellness programs. Our employee resource groups provide a welcoming place to land, learn, and connect with those who share your passions and interests. What are you waiting for? Learn more at  #WeAreUKG 

Description & Qualifications


UKG is hiring an Architect for AI team. In this role you will be responsible for leading and driving the architectural design and implementation of AI/ML solutions. This role requires a strong technical background and a passion for driving innovation and efficiency. This role will work as a thought leader in our cross-functional teams to help define and govern the processes spanning over the whole AI/ML development lifecycle. The ideal candidate is an experienced software architect with experience in cloud infrastructure, machine learning and software development principles.

Architects are members of a team that participate in how we define, implement, and enforce an overall architecture practice, including principles and standards. They are focused on improving efficiency and effectiveness of the business through architectural designs that align and fit within the technical ecosystem. They are the primary drivers of the technical design.

• Provide technical leadership and support to Value Stream
• Develop, design, and communicate a clear architectural vision and design for the Value Stream that is aligned with the organization's goals and objectives, while keeping a product suite mindset at the forefront.
• Understand product requirements, drive for clarity of requirements to ensure the design is fit for purpose, and ensure design supports architecture strategy.
• Develops technical roadmaps and ensures that services for the suite meet established architectural guidelines and standards.
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including developers, operations, and product managers, to gather requirements and ensure architectural design meets the needs of internal and external stakeholders.
• Collaborate with peers and technical leaders to define/articulate constraints and guidelines.
• Define and enforce CI/CD standards, development methodologies, and quality assurance processes.
• Identify and mitigate risks associated with architectural decisions.
• Anticipate business needs 6+ months out and works with leaders to inject effort.
• Use resources provided by Architecture Governance on common architecture practices (standards, templates, etc.) to ensure designs and vision reflect our principles and standards
• Document and maintain the product & service architecture
• Drive strategic architecture vision and innovation.
• Identify and evaluate emerging technologies, industry trends, and best practices to ensure the Value Streams scalability, security, and performance.
• Provide architecture leadership, focusing on creating and maintaining cross-product and multi-year architecture visions.
• Identify architecture risks, develop mitigation strategies, and maintain architectural opportunities for all stakeholders.
• Understand how architecture is done across the industry; research new technology trends; identify innovations that can drive a competitive advantage for UKG products.


• 15 + years software development experience in a fast-paced environment, working through all phases of the software development life cycle.
• Proven experience as a lead architect or similar role, driving the architecture and implementation of AI and ML products or platforms in a software product development organization. Designing cloud native services in either GCP, AWS or Azure.
• Possess extensive design portfolios showing high proficiency in any Java (or equivalent in Python or Scala or Spark etc.) based development technologies for SaaS and Multi-Tenant solution.
• Experience with modern cloud technology (GCP, AWS, Azure, Kubernetes, etc.) and the ability to design a solution that operates optimally in a cloud environment, including cost optimizations, leveraging managed services, observability, etc.
• Experience with relational and non-relational database technologies (PostGres, MySQL, MongoDB, Big Query, etc.)
• Experience building, optimizing deploying ML workflows/pipelines. Experience working with Docker containers and cloud-based computing environments; tools and platforms: GCP, Vertex AI, Kubernetes, Composer, Big Query
• Understanding of machine learning algorithms such as Linear and Logistic regressions, Decision tree, Naive Bayes, KNN, K-means, Random Forest.
• Strong exposure of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery process (CI/CD)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Understanding of NLP algorithms, LLMs and Generative AI is preferred.
• Experience with modern analytics technology (PowerBI, DataStudio, Snowflake, Tableau, Looker, etc.) will be preferred.
• Experience with messaging and event streaming solutions (Kafka, RabbitMQ, Apache Beam, Spark, etc.) preferred.
• Experience in detailed analysis, feasibility studies, performance analysis and prototyping
• Experience in developing Software application for Multiplatform development.
• Experience in object-oriented programming and design, Service oriented architecture and design patterns
• Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and collaborate with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
• Excellent problems solving skills, with the ability to handle the most complex issues.
• Bachelors/Master’s in engineering / Computer Science or equivalent experience

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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Disability Accommodation

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