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Solutions Architect - Vancouver, BC

PNI Digital Media is a leading tech industry e-commerce solutions provider, and we're proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. We're looking for a Solutions Architect to work in our Vancouver, BC office.

The Solutions Architect is top in their field. Reporting to the Enterprise Architect, you are the most skilled developer in the company and will be tasked with ensuring all developers produce enterprise class applications.  You’ll provide technical leadership and consulting across PNI, from the strategic decision making down to the project planning level, and ensure that PNI’s development practices and standards are maintained and upheld. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops the solution architecture that defines components of the solutions and their interfaces to external resources, other components and other applications.

  • Supports the development of the Architecture road map.

  • Develops and maintains a technical understanding of the industry, competitors, and PNI’s business

  • Works with the teams, Product Managers, Project Managers, and Development Managers to research and identify alternatives which will provide cost savings and/or increased operating efficiencies.

  • Monitors key technologies and other company technical standards.

  • Write best in class code as the gold standard for everyone to follow.

  • Solve the most complex development issues.

  • Mentor developers on architecture, development, best practices and standards.

  • Understand financial implications for technology and architecture decisions.

  • Scopes, analyzes and prototypes new features or new lines of service.

  • Facilitates development and supports architecture efforts for projects, working with the Application Architects and Lead Developers.

  • Work across projects to improved communication and alignment between projects.

  • Communicate with External parties to ensure integrations run smoothly.

  • Produce diagrams and documentation for developers to follow and maintain.

 Knowledge and Skills

  • Extensive .NET experience using Visual Studio is an absolute must.

  • Extensive understanding and practical use of Design Patterns (where appropriate). 

  • Extensive understanding and practical use of Enterprise Architectural Design Patterns. 

  • Strong design ethic and understanding of various paradigms such as Domain-Driven, Aspect-Oriented, and Object-Oriented Design.

  • Experience with client-server computing in a large distributed system.

  • Experience with Enterprise Service Buses (Azure Service Bus /RabbitMQ).

  • Experience with implementing REST-full architectures that scale.

  • Experience with working with legacy systems and a systematic approach to refactoring.

  • Experience with Web 2.0 and strongly values great user experiences. 

  • Hi-performance computing and optimization.

  • Strong understanding and experience with automated testing (including Unit, Integration, Load and Stress).

  • Experience with Agile and SCRUM development methodology.

  • You must continuously be striving to improve designs and code quality and adhere to good design principles – while being execution oriented, practical and have a laser-like focus on customer needs. You consider yourself a “pragmatic idealist”.

  • Excellent written (technical documentation) and oral communication skills in English.

  • Natural leadership skills. You like helping and guiding people.

  • Self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.

  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

 What's It Like to Work at PNI?:

At PNI, we never settle for status quo.  We’re efficient but diligent.  We never forget that our customers are our business.  We value teamwork.  And above all, we know how to have fun.  We love dogs, video games, karaoke, popcorn and foosball.  We celebrate our successes, and we hold charity and fitness events throughout the year.  In addition to a fitness subsidy, mat leave top-ups, and a dog-friendly workplace, we offer our staff free fitness and yoga classes each week.  Come and find out why we’re a consistently award-winning employer.  Some of our recent accolades:

  • Canada Top 100 Employers

  • BC's Top Employers

  • SME Canada Top Small & Medium Employers

  • BC's Top Technology Companies

  • Profit 500 Company

PNI Digital Media offers on-demand, personalized print products, transaction processing, and order routing services to the world's largest retailers.  We connect consumer-ordered digital content, whether from online, in-store kiosks, desktop software, or mobile phones, with retailers that have on-demand manufacturing capabilities to produce personalized products.