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Senior Solutions Architect, Knowledge Management

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA 98109
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Sets the architecture direction for the foundations knowledge management implementation. Shapes, designs and plans the portfolios long-range technology roadmap, to anticipate future business needs and to maximize the value of long-term investments in enterprise knowledge management, including our Azure and Microsoft 365 platforms. Provides leadership, mentorship and technical expertise to related development across multiple teams and projects. Creates and maintains the foundations architecture blueprint, integrated with the foundations enterprise architecture.

Leadership and Culture

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Core Responsibilities

  • Solution Design: Develop and maintain a comprehensive and detailed technical blueprint of services. Create solution options that align IT services with business sponsors missions, goals and objectives with consideration of both technical and non-technical implications and trade-offs. Review and recommend selection of third-party software platforms to augment existing enterprise platforms (Azure, Microsoft 365, other) functionality where appropriate. Follow and shape foundation Enterprise architecture best practices, adhering to standard activities and deliverables for technology solutions. Develop and leverage a broad understanding of the overall Information Technology landscape and Foundation business architecture.
  • Solution Implementation: Produce blueprints that guide the development and implementation of cloud based business solutions across multiple projects. Provide expertise and direction to technical teams during project delivery. Validate and approve the deliverables of the technical team.
  • Team Leadership: Effectively articulate how the team can realize business value through cloud technology. Mentor technical team members. Direct the day-to-day work of contingent technical staff. Contribute to the foundations Enterprise Architecture.
  • Customer Engagement: Partner directly with business partners to deeply understand the customers business capabilities and business strategies. Incorporate customer feedback into the teams solution architecture to support business strategies. Relied upon to represent, including formal presentations, the broader goals, strategies and priorities of overall Information Technology across the foundation as needed.
  • Product and Service Strategy: Independently develop and maintain the technology roadmap for services and capabilities. Collaborate with business and IT partners to ensure that the roadmap creates business value with technically sound solutions. Ensure implementations support technology and business roadmaps. Proactively seek out and advocate for opportunities to apply Azure-based technical innovations to customer needs.
  • Continual Improvement: Frequently monitor the business capability landscape to identify opportunities for greater long-term business value. Frequently monitor the industry solution landscape to track the development of available solutions, and identify opportunities for adapting the teams Azure solution architecture. Partner with peers in Enterprise Architecture team to ensure the framework remains relevant and useful.
  • People Management: This role may manage people and/or contractors and is responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Provide best practices of designing, configuring, and maintaining cloud environment
  • Manage, architecture layouts, solution blue prints and road map
  • Familiarity with security principles - encryption, authentication, authorization, integrity, auditing, pen testing etc. - and how these are applied in a cloud environment
  • Familiarity with implementing Azure data and AI solutions
  • Familiarity with SaaS Cloud solutions (e.g. Salesforce, Microsoft 365)
  • Experience in implementing integrated data and knowledge management solutions for enterprises
  • Familiarity with content, document management and search technologies
  • Expertise in outlining cloud-based solution architecture descriptions, monitoring and governing their implementation and identifying continual improvement opportunities in alignment with Enterprise Architecture framework.
  • Expertise mapping business capabilities to long-term technology solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and presentations; ability to articulate technology impact to business customers at all levels.
  • Relationship building and consulting skills, including development of effective relationships with senior business and IT leaders.
  • Complex problem-solving knowledge and skills, including conflict resolution and facilitation.
  • Ability to estimate and recommend total cost of ownership with and for colleagues & customers/business owners
  • A continuous learner, keeping existing technical skills up-to-date while seeking out new technology trends in technical domains relevant to assigned portfolio


Typically make decisions:

  • Defining technical approach for a suite of applications supporting a line of business.
  • Directing own day-to-day work.
  • Prioritizing work of project technical team members.
  • Approval of technical deliverables created by onshore and offshore teams, to adhere to established technical standards and design patterns.
  • Evaluation and recommendation of new application development tools.

Provide input to the following decisions:

  • Estimating the quantity and type of resources required for an effort.
  • Estimating project release timelines.
  • Updating or revising technical standards.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors degree, with a degree in computer science desired.
  • A minimum 10 years of IT software development experience with; 5 years of solution architecture design leveraging a relevant technology stack, 7 years of hands-on technology implementation on a relevant technology stack, and 2 years of hands-on experience on Azure

Applicants for this role need to possess current work authorization in the US. Applicants who require employer-sponsored work authorization to begin or remain in this role will not be considered.


As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. Were committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to servein race, gender, age, cultures and beliefsand we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:

* Race

* Color

* Age

* Religion

* Pregnancy

* Sex

* Sexual Orientation

* Disability

* Gender Identity

* Gender Expression

* National Origin

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

* Prior Protected Activity


Posted: 2020-05-20 Expires: 2020-06-19

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