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Principal Architect

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Lowell - Massachusetts - United States, Weston - Florida - United States

Description & Qualifications


Are you interested in working with bleeding edge technology at a leading software company? This opportunity also allows you to work on constantly changing research projects. If so, UKG is looking to hire a Platform Principal Architect on the Technology Research team to lead numerous research projects as well as designing and delivering functional, scalable, resilient, adaptable, performant services. This person will serve as a member of the UKG Innovation & Experimentation 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 Platform at UKG. They will establish the starting point for architectural decisions, patterns and practices, and enterprise architecture scale and efficiencies that will shape how software development and technology adoption will evolve at UKG. As a technical leader in the UKG Pro Development organization, this person will be responsible for leading a team of architects, and technical leads, and will partner with Product Owners and Engineering Owners towards successful analysis, planning, design, and delivery of the solutions.
• Collaborate with development directors in defining and understanding the business requirements tied to imperative business strategic goals
• Grow and provide technical leadership for the Platform Product Group to help them envision, develop, and foster the adoption of a platform that provides consistent capabilities in the areas of Identity, Access Management, Tenant Management and Provisioning, Workflow, Notifications, and other foundational technologies
• 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 the team 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 the team in development of architectural significant proofs-of-concept solutions, to assist development teams in accelerating the adoption of the technical strategy
• Lead the team to develop and maintain a set of incubated coded libraries and components in inner-sourced repositories
• Lead the team to serve as technical strategic advisors to research work being executed in the Development organization
• Lead the team to build and maintain critical partnership and collaborative work with the external technical industry, open-source communities, and academia
• Lead the team to speak on large stages, conferences, and events to communicate UKS's technology story
• Lead the team to prepare and publish materials for the submission of patents, as needed


• 10 or more years of Software Architecture and Software Development experience
• 8 or more years of technical leadership and architecture experience in software and cloud development (ideally in PaaS and SaaS)
• 8 or more years’ experience designing and delivering large scale distributed systems in a multi-tenant SaaS environment, 8+ years developing a platform or research projects, 5+ years’ experience building, managing, and leading architects and technical leads
• 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, including technical keynotes
• Prior experience with at least one major IaaS and/or PaaS technology (AWS, GCP, Azure, Kubernetes, etc.)
• Prior experience with messaging and event streaming solutions (Kafka, RabbitMQ, Kafka Streams, Spark)
• Prior experience with agile development, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, and SRE practices
• Strong understanding of infrastructure and related technologies (compute, storage, networking)
• 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)

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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Disability Accommodation

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