Senior Consultant, Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL at Fast Switch

Date Posted: 11/28/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: 54201

Senior Consultant, Solutions Architect-54201

Job Description:

  • Guides the development, specification and communication of application or infrastructure architectures used by multiple business or application systems. 
  • Provides in-depth technical consultation to the clients, partners, and IT management to develop plans and directions to assure the integration of corporate business area requirements. 
  • Develops technical specifications for application development initiatives and technology changes and migrations. 
  • Ensures secure coding guidelines are met and provides guidance to junior developers on how to meet security requirements. 
  • Provides training to other application or infrastructure architecture staff.  
  • Obtains a highly detailed understanding of the applications for which the role is responsible. 
  • Acts as technical expert on these applications when interfacing with other teams, both internal and external, and senior management. 
  • Thoroughly understands decision process issues of technology choice, such as capacities, response time, data interfacing, client server communication, industry standard technologies and new industry trends, etc. 
  • Provides technical expertise at the highest level. 
  • Participates in the building of new and on-going vendor relationships.
  • Promotes sharing of expertise through consulting, presentations, and documentations, etc.
  • Evaluates and selects from existing and emerging technologies those options best fitting business/project needs.
  • Completes occasional coding of complex components based on team and departmental needs. 
  • Engages in high level break/fix support during disaster recovery scenarios. 
  • Assists with Production issues when higher level analysis is required. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related discipline and at least five, typically seven or more years’ experience in information system architecture methodologies, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. 
  • Requires an extensive knowledge of application or infrastructure systems architecture, usually having experience with multiple system technologies. 
  • Excellent consultative and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with client, partner, and IT management and staff. 
  • Strong project management skills and a strong analytical ability. 
  • 3+ Years of management experience.

Required technology expertise:

  • Java J2EE.
  • UNIX OS and scripting.
  • Spring MVC.
  • Sybase / SQL.
  • JavaScript.

Desired, but not required technology expertise:

  • React JS.
  • Cloud Foundry.
  • Oracle Weblogic.
  • Mainframe - COBOL, JCL, Syncsort. CICS.
  • IMS DB.
  • DB2.

At Fast Switch, Our Purpose is Our People and Our Planet. We come to work each day and are reminded we are helping people find their success stories.  Isn’t that cool? Also, Doing the right thing is our mantra.  We act responsibly, give back to the communities we serve, and have a little fun along the way.

We at Fast Switch have been doing this for 22 years. We’re doing business in almost half the states in the union with offices in Detroit, MI, Columbus, OH, New York, Hartford, CT, Massachusetts, Minneapolis, MN, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Tucson, AZ.

We're a financially strong, privately-held company that is 100% consultant and client focused.

We've differentiated ourselves by being fast, flexible, creative and honest. Throw out everything you've heard, seen, or felt about every other IT Consulting company. We do unique things, and we do them for Fortune 10 companies, Inc. 500 companies, and technology start-ups. We also have a strong belief in giving back to the communities we serve.

Our benefits are second to none and thanks to our flexible benefits options you can choose just the benefits that you need or want, options include:

• Medical and Dental (Fast Switch pays majority of the medical program)

• Vision

• Personal Time Off (PTO) Program

• Long Term Disability (100% paid)

• Life Insurance (100% paid)

• 401(k) with immediate vesting and 3% (of salary) dollar-for-dollar match

Plus, we have a lucrative employee referral program and an employee recognition culture.

In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Fast Switch was named one of the Top Work Places in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press and one of the Best Staffing Firms in 2016 and 2017. We have won the Columbus Business First “Fast 50” award 9 times in 12 years because of our strong growth which translates into more and better opportunities for our consulting staff members.

Ranked '#1' supplier by over 50% of our customers nationally.

Ranked 'Top 3' supplier by over 75% of our customers nationally.

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